Best of the ‘Burbs 2015: Restaurant and burger
Nitty Gritty, Middleton
It’s almost a Wisconsin rite of passage: You have to get a Gritty Burger at least once on your birthday at “the official birthday place.” Though the Nitty Gritty started out at its downtown location, and also boasts a spot in Sun Prairie, this Stonefield neighborhood site in Middleton has been a go-to for locals and visitors alike for twelve years. It’s a comfortable place to be–just ask Brandi Hintze, who started working there as a server when she was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Now, nine years later, she’s part owner and marketing director. “It’s always felt like home,” Hintze says. Not much has changed about the Middleton Nitty Gritty since it opened, from its menu to its staff. Well, the staff has changed, but often the restaurant’s serving spots see generations of sons, daughters and siblings through its doors, part owner Jason Riewe says. They’re still serving up the original version of their award-winning and beloved Gritty Burger, a six-ounce ground chuck patty, with secret “Gritty” sauce on a honey wheat sesame seed bun.
Best Restaurant finalists: The Wall Gallery and Street Bistro, Mazomanie;
Bay 5 Diner, Mazomanie
Best Burger finalists: The Shack Bar & Grill, Black Earth; Schubert’s Downtown Restaurant, Mount Horeb
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