Ok, I slammed the original Talayna's in Chesterfield, MO for reasons other than their receipes. The service was terrible, and the restaurant worn out. The fact that it was filthy with sloppy service did not help.
So why would I visit another Talayna's? Well the name and the receipes are the same, but everything else in Quincy is clearly up to date.
So let's go to Quincy, IL a small sleepy river town whose downtown is pretty similar to what it was in 1858 when Lincoln trounced Douglas at one of the famous debates held two blocks away from the restaurant in Washington Square. At the time the Occidental Hotel on Hampshire St. was just being built. Skip forward tp 1932, the Occidental became the Busy Bee Merchantile Company founded by my Uncle and Aunt, which employed another Uncle, Aunt, my Mother for a short while, and two of my cousins. After 65+ years in business using the same fixtures, the store was closed when my cousin retired.
A couple of entrapreneurs spent a small fortune remodeling and rehabing the facility and tried to turn it into a plush upscale restaurant, which was not supported in Quincy. Sadly the Busy Bistro went the way of many new restaurants.
I love the tin ceilings and the wonderful decor.
Luckily a couple of years ago, a local couple while dining in Chesterfield, loved the receipes at Talayna's and bought the rights to the name. They opened in Quincy in the space which previously had the failed restaurant and brought the key receipes along at the same time.
I have dined at the new location at dinner and lunch.
While the deep dish Chicago pizzza was very disapointing, the salad bar was wonderful. The veggies were fresh, although the lack of a selection of lettuce varieties was wierd. The salad dressings were wonderful. The salad bar as Seth indicated highlighted the caesar type dressings and croutons. They lunch buffet was above average. The buffet was carefully watched and replenished with hot items and kept full.
Dinner is a bit more upscale, with a wide variety of dishes. The prices for both lunch and dinner are really a bargain. I am a pasta nut, and Talayna's really hit a couple of home runs. I judge everything against my St. Louis Hill favorite restaurants, and Taylayna's compares most favorably.
The servers are attentive and prompt.
The owner is so friendly she is worth the price of admission.
Overall other than the Chicago pizza, I give this hidden jewel a grade a.
Oh by the way, Yelp shows the restaurant on Broadway, but it is two blocks west of Washington Square on Hampshire Street. Look for the Osh Kosh B'Gosh ad that is on the side of the building. The painted ad is only 40 years or so old.
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