I remember the first time I went to the Nitty Gritty. It was at their Middelton location after shopping on a Friday afternoon at the West Towne Mall, my sophomore year in High School. A tradition with my grandma when we were off from school or summertime. Back then I was a "picky" eater when we ever went out. I always ordered a bacon cheeseburger if it was on the menu. Put surprisingly this time I ordered the Monte Cristo. Must have been the play on sweet, savory, breakfast and lunch. I don't remember way I changed it up, but I'm glad I did. Would ordered it every time I returned or at any other restaurant I saw it on the menu. Sadly it is no longer on the menu.
Since it's been taken off the menu. I've only eaten here twice and both times at their downtown location. Once for a burger at dinner when I first moved to Madison last fall. From what I can remember it was good, but nothing out of the box. I Remembered the vide being "collegey" fun. This last time it was for brunch. Been wanting to try the Brunchzilla. A fully loaded Bloody Mary, which has been the craze lately. With all the toppings, being one liter plus a pint of beer of beer(I got New Glarus Moon Man) on the side it was obviously filling but was just heavy on the black pepper nothing much more in flavor. For food I ordered the Biscuits and Gravy. The gravy was your average sausage flavor and the biscuits were more like buttermilk buns. Having no outside crust. They were too soft for my liking. The whole dish had not much texture contrast, just mush. The side of potatoes were the highlight, having sweet potatoes included in the mix. I sadly also couldn't get a side of sunnyside egg. Didn't know if I will return to the "Official Birthday Bar' even for my birthday. Only, maybe, if I see the Monte Cristo make an appearance.