Tallent - Bloomington IN
Mr CF and I finally made it to Tallent with the one little cookiefiend who hadn't been yet - and there is now one more person sharing the Tallent love with us.
We had an excellent dinner!
Summer Vegetable Salad - Capriole Goat Cheese and Roasted Garlic Crouton, Lime Basil Vinaigrette: perfect on a hot summer evening. Radishes, tomatoes, and squash sliced and layered over a garlicy toast.
Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad - Feta Cheese, Tarragon, Mint, Champagne Vinaigrette: uhh... some more please! Perfect tomatoes!
Fois Gras Poutine - House-made Frites, Goat Cheese, Chanterelle and Sweet Corn Gravy: very, very rich and very, very good. Everything was delicious together.
McCullough's Sweet Corn Soup - Crispy Chanterelle Mushrooms, White Truffle Popcorn - I don't think words can do justice to this... it was amazing. The truffled popcorn kicked it right over the edge into ridiculously good.
Mussels - BBC Ale MariniÃ¨re Sauce, Lemon Pepper Fries: a big hit with everyone and restored Mr CF's faith in mussels - the last ones he had weren't so good.
Gunthorpe Farms Pork Chop - Summer Beans, Onion Rings, Tomato Gravy: three at the table had this, three at the table were very happy. Wonderful pork chops.
Indiana Ribeye - Roasted New Potatoes, Chopped Summer Vegetable Salad, Blue Cheese: our youngest had this but he said it just wasn't as marvelous as the pork (or my dish - more on that in a min) but still great... then he discovered the corned beef chunks/bits in the bottom of the dish! Loved it!
I had the 'soul food special'. I won that night - hands down. Jambalaya with duck and chicken confit. Loaded with duck and chicken, it was delicious. A bit of heat and highly, yet perfectly, spiced, tender rice... amazing. Amazing!
Poppyseed Angel Food Cake French Toast - Local Honey Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Vanilla Peaches - dessert for one of the younger cookiefiends and the Blueberry tart for Mr CF and I.
So good - all of it.
I want to go back today... and tomorrow... and the next day.
We made our first visit to Tallent this past weekend and are pleased to say it remains a very strong choice in Bloomington. Had the grilled octopus salad, the walleye and the halibut, all excellent. Great choice of fairly-priced wines by the glass (and bottle, but we started with some regional beers, which were a great match for the grilled octopus). Service outstanding. Chef made the rounds later in the evening and was warm and friendly. We do not live in Bloomington...hope those of you who do know how good you've got it.
Our recent visit to Tallent was another terrific dinner.
First- corn soup - I share the love of that dish-it seemed the essence of corn.
BLT risotto-with bacon, green tomatoes and basil - perfectly cooked, lovely.
Second - we shared an order of the capriole ravioli, with tomato - I love his way with pasta
Third - roast pork - with beans, etc., perfectly cooked, with bones - I actually took the bones with me so I could simmer them with rice.
Soul plate-same as Cookiefiend - I'm not sure if it was exactly the same, as ours had cornmeal-coated oysters as well. Really, really nice.
We ended with the chocolate/cherry cake-nice, and chocolate malt ice cream
and the "tomato napolean" - which manages to make a lovely sweet from slices of tomato-I remembered a similar dessert from a few summers back, and this once again amazed.
I'd also like to give a strong nod to our waiter (the tab says Dustin) who I challenged to find a wine for all of that (along with an added glass or two of white) - he paired everything to perfection, and introduced me to a new (for me) wine from South Africa called Chocolate Block-a really great blend that seemed to stand up to everything that came it's way..
I'll admit I was a little drunk by the end of the meal (I had a glass of rose with the tomato dessert) but I almost hugged chef Tallent when he stopped by to check on us. Seriously, he is a local treasure, and you are very lucky to have him. If I was within a few hours of Bloomington, I'd be eating there once a week. We waddled out into the hot Bloomington night as happy as we'd been with a meal in some time.
Loving the Late Summer menu! I'm especially addicted to the Pork Ragu pasta - it's 5-star comfort food.
The Tomato and Watermelon Salad and the Sweet Corn Soup were also dazzling. Truffle popcorn... I had no idea!
But your post makes me want to return in the hopes of another Jambalaya special. Yum.
I love Dave Tallent!