Located on Dixie Highway in the building that once housed Courtine’s, The Talk:house offers new American cuisine in a modern, casual setting. The old space was extensively renovated—additions include a large paved patio area with ample seating for alfresco dining, a stylish interior with sliding barn doors and a large bar area with high-top tables, where singer-pianist Bobby Gangloff entertains on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Though the menu still has a few items remaining from the Courtine’s days (such as the popular burgers), chef-owner David Van Stolk has updated most of the food selections. Included is an array of appetizers, from a classic shrimp cocktail, to fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese and bacon, to beef or salmon carpaccio.
On a friend’s recommendation, my husband and I tried the over-sized meatball, a flavorful blend of beef, pork and veal served with marinara sauce and house-made ricotta cheese. We also sampled the crunchy coconut shrimp, which were coated with panko crumbs, deep-fried and served on plantain slices—it’s a winning combination of flavor and texture. Also notable is the complimentary bread basket; The Talk:house’s version includes an assortment of exceptionally warm and crusty rolls.
Entrée offerings include six different burgers, a variety of seafood, several pasta dishes and a large selection of meats. We ordered the grilled veal chop served with a pinot noir sauce, farro and asparagus, and the New Zealand rack of lamb, which comes with a cabernet sauce and smashed potatoes.
For dessert, we indulged in the Apple Galette, served warm with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. It was worth every calorie.
Service here is top-notch; our waitress was friendly and professional. I’m already looking forward to my next trip back to The Talk:house, which will undoubtedly be soon.
The Talk:house, 514 NW Dixie Highway; 772.692.3662; stuartstalkhouse.com