A tight storefront eatery decorated with paintings of jazz greats, Bistro Tallulah is home to some inventive, yet familiar cuisine. There’s no better start to a meal here than with crispy duck confit salad with baby arugula and Bibb lettuce, pecans, honey-flavored goat cheese, dried pears and a cane mustard vinaigrette. Unless you want one of chef-owner Shawn Whalen’s signature soups, such as the sweet corn soup with blackened salmon relish and tarragon crème fraîche. Locally grown ingredients are emphasized in dishes such as coq au vin and cochon de lait (roasted suckling pig) served atop sweet potato purée and red cabbage slaw. Meat and potato-lovers will be more than satisfied with Whalen’s hanger steak with house-made fries, grilled asparagus and sun-dried tomato and Gorgonzola chimichurri. The small plates aren’t very small, so order gingerly or be prepared to take home an encore container or two.