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!
Tallent is an amazing restaurant. I went there a lot while I was living in BTown.
For other great food places I would recommend a stop at Village Deli for breakfast, or if you want a bagel, Bloomington Bagel Company. If you enjoy the slow food movement (like Tallent) then Truffles and Limestone grill are great choices, however you have to have a car they are on the other side of campus. Lenny's on Fee lane has great Italian food.
The ethnic food area is on 4th street. They have everything you can imagine.
Laughing Planet has great wraps, and it is all organic. It is on the corner of Kirkwood and Grant street.
Enjoy Btown and Happy anniversary
Truffles is good, though the menu hasn't changed since about 2000 (Come on, ancho chile espresso rubbed lamb? fried artichokes?). Additionally they don't focus on local ingredients, really Finch's and Tallent are the only restaurants in the area to primarily focus on such ingredients. (Sorry Farm, you come close, but not that close).
Limestone Grill doesn't particularly focus on local ingredients, but it's ok. I've only been there once this year and it was just ok. It was a few months ago and I'm having a hard time recalling my meal other than really slow service.
Also, for breakfast I wouldn't forget the Runcible Spoon. Sure the service really sucks, but the benedict is made fresh (including the hollindaise). If you're an early riser, like me, then the service won't be an issue.
As an aside, I was in Chicago a few weeks ago at the Wine Cellar in Palatine and he had a couple of bottles of 1990 Jacquesson. The price was high, but 90 was a killer year for Champagne (not as good as 96 or 99, but still really solid)
Runcible Spoon now makes their "Eggs Benedict" with fried, not poached, eggs. This is simply not right.
Limestone is currently using much more local produce and meats than in days past. (Try the braised goat, with goat from the Owen Co. FFA -- fantastic!)
Runcible Spoon Cafe & Restaurant
412 E 6th St, Bloomington, IN 47408
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.
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.
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!