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Town Talk Diner

Nothing is more Minnesota than super-colliding the high-brow with the low-brow—fine French Champagne at bowling alleys (Hi, Bryant-Lake Bowl!), collaborative conceptual art in ice-fishing houses (Hi, Art Shanty Projects!), Prouenza Schouler high-fashion sweaters for $20 at Target (rhymes with Faberge), apolitical quasi-nihilist wrestlers as governor (we miss you, Jesse!), big-brain pop-art sculpture as de facto city mascot (Hi, Spoonbridge and Cherry!). Heck, we could do this all day. Anyhoo, nothing is as high-brow/low-brow as the Town Talk Diner, with their winning blend of food for the masses (burgers, deep-fried breaded pickles, boozed-up milkshakes) prepared by the classes. The owners are all alumni from fine-dining super-spots like Aquavit and French Laundry, and so scatter the menu with high-brow indulgences like locally raised sweet and meaty pork chops or line-caught halibut. The only downside to this brilliant high-brow/low-brow super-collision is that with both the masses and the classes clamoring to get in, scoring a table on a Friday night can be murder.

Best Cocktails (2009) Town Talk Diner

Best Diner (2009) Town Talk Diner

BEST DINER (2007) Town Talk Diner

BEST BARTENDER (2008) Nick Kosevich, Town Talk Diner

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