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Bloomington, IN change of plans

pikawicca | Jan 2, 200804:33 PM

Our daughter is preparing to leave the country for a few months and wanted to check out the bar menu at Tallent or Farm before she leaves. Since my husband and I have had the Tallent bar menu (and liked it), we decided to try Farm. We walked in and seated ourselves at a table. There was one other table with five patrons. (It was early.) After sitting there for over ten minutes with no greeting, no menus, four different employees staring right through us, I said, "Hey, I there's a place nearby where we can get some great food, and be treated very nicely to boot." So we bundled up (It's 10 degrees outside) and briskly walked the 2 blocks to Tallent. We were, indeed, warmly greeted and spent a very contented couple of hours feasting. We started with housemade potato chips with truffle dip. Chef Dave also sent out a yummy truffled white bean dip with excellent grilled pita triangles. Then we split a roasted vegetable salad with Capriole Old Kentucky Tomme and a pumpkinseed vinaigrette. For mains, my husband and I had the always outstanding Moules Frites, while the girl had pasta with sausage ragu and housemade mozzarella -- all excellent. Knowing my weakness for chestnuts, the chef sent out a cup of perfect chestnut soup garnished with an amazing persimmon dust -- wow! Not how we intended to spend the evening, but we were all grateful that Farm dropped the ball. Our meal at Tallent was bliss, and worth braving the elements for.

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