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Jun 19, 2009 11:48 AM

Bloomington IN questions, incl Tallent

We have a mid-week anniversary coming up and have decided to take a mini-trip to Bloomington to celebrate. We have reservations for Tallent and intend to do the tasting menu, but I was wondering about corkage? I'd really like to bring an anniversary year (1990) CNdP with us to accompany dinner. We've never been to Tallent, nor to Bloomington for that matter. We'll stay overnight at a hotel fairly close to the restaurant, and would also like recommendations for breakfast and lunch; bonus points for recos in fun and funky areas. Thanks in advance!


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  1. Niki -

    Corkage isn't available in the state... it's a class C misdemeanor "for a person to bring the bottle into a licensed premise, for the person's own use, to convey or consume at the licensed premises.". It makes me personally a little put out.

    Tallent does have a nice wine list though and it's pretty reasonable.

    Uptown (Bloomington) has a good breakfast and FARM does a nice lunch - but skip breakfast there.

    There are several Bloomington Hounds who can steer you extremely well - they'll be chiming in soon I'm sure

    Congratulations on your anniversary and let us know how your mini-trip goes!

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    1. re: Cookiefiend

      Thanks, Cookie, appreciate the info about corkage. Guess we'll save that bottle for the 20th anniversary :-).

      1. re: Niki in Dayton

        Woot! You go girl!

        Again congratulations - 19 years is amazing these days!

    2. For Brunch we really dig Uptown, though nothing's been new there...ever. For lunch we've been eating at Finch's a lot- local foods, well prepared and a great atmosphere. Killer beer list too.

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      1. re: chetatkinsdiet

        Thanks! DH is all about a good beer list :-)

      2. Everyone's right, corkage isn't allowed in Indiana...unfortunately. Tallent has a good enough wine list and you'll enjoy the tasting menu. I totally agree with the Uptown rec. and they don't change much there but there's no real reason to as its been good for sooo long. Village Deli does a good breakfast, too. Finches is a good rec and I personally would skip Farm completely.

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          1. re: HoosierFoodie

            Farm does an amazing bacon and egg pizza which is to die for.

          2. Congratulations-that's the year we were married, too-yikes, 19 years!
            I wonder if you called the restaurant ahead of time if they could provide a suitable vintage?
            You are in for a treat-we'll be there near the end of July...we always try to spare at least a day for Bloomington, and especially Tallent.

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            1. re: David W

              Thanks, David; we'll just drink what they've got . I suspect that it might cost more to get 1990 wine than I'd care to pay given the current economy ;-)

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