Nightingale - Madison in MPLS

Nightingale $$

Straightforward restaurant in Uptown with a good bottomless deal.

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Nightingale has the potential to be a 5/5 neighborhood restaurant, and there are times I go that I truly want it to be just that. However, it often falls short. Nightingale's ingredients are sourced locally, and the menu has elevated items such as unique bruschettas, lamb, and chicken liver pate. For brunch, they serve non-standard brunch plates like chilaquiles and smoked pork shoulder. However - in my opinion, Nightingale works too hard to be something more than what it is. Neighborhood restaurants can afford to serve the classics, like a good burger, solid pizzas, pastas, and fresh salads. Their food, although it sounds elevated/fancy, falls flat for me in terms of presentation/taste. I think they could learn from and imitate Lake & Irving, another spot in Uptown serving incredible food in a humble, bar-like environment.