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BatMan Jan 31, 2008 10:12 AM

Town Talk Diner or al Vento? Why?


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    cupcakerevolution Jan 31, 2008 12:28 PM

    Town Talk! It's such a fun and quirky place with lots of variety. And those infamous adult milkshakes.

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    1. re: cupcakerevolution
      BatMan Feb 1, 2008 08:02 AM

      Anything on the dinner menu that is highly recommended?

      1. re: BatMan
        drew13000 Feb 1, 2008 09:41 AM

        Every time I eat at Town Talk, I vow to try something other than the fried egg sandwich. Every time, i order the fried egg sandwich, knowing how amazing it is. I've also been really happy with the risotto, and you must try the cheese curds and an adult malt.

    2. MSPD Jan 31, 2008 12:51 PM

      Town Talk Diner. Unless I'm in the mood for al Vento, then al Vento.

      You realize these places have absolutely nothing in common besides being restaurants in Minneapolis?

      TTD is loud, cramped, urban, has something for every taste and budget. As mentioned, bonus points if a Guiness milkshake turns you on. The festive choice.

      al Vento is straight Italian, neighborhoody, more serene and straightforward. The choice for relaxing and conversing.

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      1. re: MSPD
        BatMan Feb 1, 2008 07:18 AM

        Yep, I do realize they're very different restaurants. We're just a group of 6 looking to have dinner somewhere, not too picky where we go. Since both places are on my "to go" list, I thought I'd see what folks thought.

        Looks like TTD because I love Guinness and love milkshakes...

      2. katebauer Jan 31, 2008 01:36 PM

        Does Town Talk take reservations? If not it's going to be a long wait behind the counter on Saturday night waiting for a table for 6. That said, I'd go to TT if you want a fun yet loud meal, Al Vento if you want a quieter, more sophisticated meal.

        Also, we went to Town Talk last week and late on a Tuesday night parking was hard to be found. If several people are driving separately and not that familiar with the area it might be stressful.

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        1. re: katebauer
          BatMan Feb 1, 2008 07:19 AM

          The guy I spoke to said they don't really take "reservations", they just put you on a "list". He suggested we get there around 7:30, confirm our name on the list, and have a drink at the bar if we want a table by 8.

          1. re: BatMan
            katebauer Feb 1, 2008 07:29 AM

            Just be prepared for the bar being full and your party having to stand for the 30 minutes. I'm not trying to talk you out of the place, in my experience it's tough to get a big group in there on a weekend unless you show up earlier or are willing to stand.

            1. re: katebauer
              BatMan Feb 1, 2008 08:00 AM

              As long as the bartender keeps filling ours drinks, we'll be just fine :)

        2. AnneInMpls Jan 31, 2008 02:05 PM

          I'd definitely go to Al Vento - great food, warm and cozy atmosphere, and a reasonable noise level so you can talk. Plus there's enough variety on the menu that you can have a huge three-course meal or just pizza with a glass of wine.

          Note: I haven't been to Town Talk - I'm not into burgers and fries (or red meat and milkshakes), and I hate extra noisy places - so factor that into my recommendation.


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