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Restaurant Tallent

208 N. Walnut St.
Bloomington  Indiana  47404
United States
(812) 330-9801
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Ashley Petry
Husband-and-wife chefs David and Kristen Tallent impress hard-core foodies with fine-dining twists on seasonal ingredients.

In a community known for excellent restaurants, Restaurant Tallent is a standout, offering farm-to-table fine dining in a tranquil, modern setting. Chef-owners David and Kristen Tallent change the menu seasonally -- sometimes weekly -- based on what's available from local farms, so you might find Fiedler Family Farms pork chops, Gunthorp Farms chicken or Capriole farmstead goat cheese. To start the meal, tempt your palate with a $5 "snack," such as deviled eggs or house-made chips and dip. First courses include light seasonal options such as soup, salad and risotto. The entree menu ranges from light fish dishes to heavier, meat-and-potatoes preparations of steak and pork -- always making use of local meats and seasonal produce. Ask your server about the special soul food plate, which changes on a whim. The dessert menu also changes constantly, but common options include fresh fruit tarts and toffee-topped banana pudding. A dinner for two here costs about $100, more if you include wine or cocktails. It's on the pricey side, but it's worth every penny. This is one meal you'll be talking about for a long time afterward.

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