Star Tribune: Best Burgers In Minneapolis

Thanks to the cooking smarts of chef/co-owner Carrie McCabe-Johnston, the classic California cheeseburger ($12, with fries) lives a very good life at Nightingale. Brimming with a big, bold beefy bite, the quarter-pound patty is a half-and-half mix of chuck and a fat-laced brisket. The patties are fried, caramelizing in their own juices. A gutsy four-year-old Wisconsin Cheddar melts like a dream, and the juicy tomato actually tastes like a tomato. McCabe-Johnston replaces boilerplate iceberg lettuce with romaine, a huge improvement; ditto the herb-packed aioli, which subs for mayonnaise. When asked where I dine on my own dime, Nightingale is one of my stock responses, and this awe-inspiring burger is one of the primary reasons why. -Rick Nelson

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Tomato Dinner!!!

Nightingale is hosting its first Tomato Dinner on Monday, September 9th!  7 courses, with beverage pairings dedicated to local tomatoes, for $75.

Reservations for the 7:00 seating can be made by calling 612.354.7060 or via email,

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tomato dinner


It’s Thursday and that means Half Price Wine at Nightingale!  This week we are serving two organic wines.  Our White offering is a Gewurztraminer from Montinore Estate in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  It is medium bodied and quite aromatic with notes of lychee and rose.  Our Red Selection is Padrillos Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina.  This full bodied wine is bold and spicy with notes of tobacco and dark fruit.

Half Price Wine Thursdays!

Nightingale is now offering select half priced wine bottles every Thursday! This weeks

selections will include:

Riesling, Heinz Eifel “Shine” 2001 Mosel

Gamay, Hautes Noelles 2009 France

The wines will change weekly, so please stayed tuned for future offerings!

Star Tribune: Burger Friday

The burger: The classic California cheeseburger lives a very good life at Nightingale, ramped up by the cooking smarts of chef/co-owner Carrie McCabe-Johnston. Let’s break it down, shall we? The patty – which weights in just over the 1/4-lb. – could not be more tantalizing. It’s a half-and-half mix of chuck roast and fatty brisket, and comes with a primo pedigree: family-owned Peterson Limousin Beef near Osceola, Wis. The meat is ground in-house, and it’s so good that the only seasoning that McCabe-Johnston adds is salt, in two stages: permeating the meat while it’s being ground, and sprinkled on the surface of the patty just before it hits the stove. They’re fried on a flattop, with the patties caramelizing in their own juices. “That was a decision I made early on,” said McCabe-Johnston. “I wanted something greasy and delicious. Diner-style, you know? That’s what I love.” Same here. Talk about a big, bold, beefy bite, and the brisket’s creamy fat makes for an outrageously juicy burger experience.

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Nightingale is now open for Brunch!

Every Sunday from 10-3, we offer our take on Brunch Classics.  Eggs Benedict with dill cured gravlax, asparagus and preserved lemon hollandaise; Smoked Pork Shoulder with masa cakes, guajillo sauce, avocado salsa and fried eggs; Yeasted Waffles with seasonal fruit and maple syrup and more! Of course, we have delicious Brunch Cocktails as well. Nightingale Bloody Mary, complete with house-pickled green beans and a pony of High Life; Grapelli-Cava, St. Germaine & Raspberry puree; Gin & Juice-Gin, Campari, grapefruit juice & soda water; and more…

Nightingale News!

We have a lot of new things going on at Nightingale.

The Minnesota spring weather is finally here and we now have outdoor seating!

Every Sunday night from 10pm-2am, we have a house DJ.  End your weekend with music and our Happy Hour offerings (11-1).

Taco Tuesday!  Every Tuesday, we offer a different taco for $4.  Recent offerings have included Grilled Pink Snapper Escabeche with Pineapple marinated Cabbage, Chorizo Sausage with Goat cheese and Smoked Jalapenos & Pickled Shiitakes with Napa Cabbage-Sesame Slaw and Rice.  Check out our Facebook page every Tuesday to see what the nightly Taco will be.

Spring Beer Dinner with Boom Island Brewing

Please join us Monday April 22nd  for a Spring focused four-course dinner featuring beers from Boom Island Brewing.


Scallop Crudo

burnt orange, green almonds, watercress
Silvius Pale Ale

Chilled English Pea Soup

smoked salmon, beer bread croutons
Brimstone Trippel

Beer Braised Leg of Lamb

asparagus tortellini, morels, ramps
HooDoo Dubbel

Maple-Brown Butter Cake

orange blossom poached rhubarb
Witness Witbier


Reservations are required.

Please call 612.354.7060.

CityPages: Nightingale Lures Twin Cities Night Owls


I had been working in restaurants since I was a teenager, so it was important to us to give people in the industry somewhere to go when their shift is over that serves the whole menu, not just a limited late-night thing.” Limited it’s not, but the spread isn’t overwhelming either.

Divided into snacks, bruschettas, and small plates, McCabe-Johnston’s menu is eclectic with a bit of a French twist. I’d recommend ordering two plates per person and making your own little painter’s palette of food with a spoonful or slice from each dish.

Then get a bit of freshness and crunch with the lively market salad, which is subject to change but for now features figs, fennel, dry jack cheese, and a vinegar-heavy dressing made with walnuts. Finally, get into the real meat of the meal with the braised pork shoulder (Brasa’s influence really comes out in this dish) with roasted red peppers atop little squares of stiffened grits.

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