Town Talk Diner
Don’t let the name fool you, because this is no ordinary diner: the grilled cheese comes with cheddar, Gruyère, and tomato, and the pork sparerib is paired with grilled vegetables and Carolina-style BBQ sauce. Desserts like the blueberry bread pudding are satisfying, too, but it’s best to forgo dessert in favor of what this upscale diner does best: spiked malts and floats. You’ll be happier than a little kid who sneaks dessert before dinner when you take your first sip of the Irish Float, a mix of Guinness and vanilla ice cream. If you have to wait for a table (likely), look for an open bar seat—the sparkly red vinyl chairs will have you swiveling in delight. The main dining room is more upscale than your average diner, though the tables retain an old-school feel with their metal rim wraparounds.
Tip: The Town Talk is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, and the place fills up quickly. Show up extra early and prepare to stand in line—the Town Talk doesn’t take reservations.