The Nitty Gritty is Madison’s Official Birthday Place. It is a family friendly restaurant and bar that has been a campus tradition since 1968. Patrons receive a FREE memento mug on their birthday with free refills of tap beer or soda. The Nitty Gritty is home to the Famous Award Winning Gritty Burger. The menu also features other specialty burgers, American fare and vegetarian options. A gluten free menu is also available. Located at 223 North Frances Street, just one block from the Kohl Center.