Mickey-Lu Bar-B-Q

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

A few years back I promised Julie I would take her on a date to one of my favorite restaurants:  Mickey-Lu’s Bar-B-Q.  Today we made our second trip there together with my parents.

Mickey-Lu makes the best hamburgers on either side of the Mississippi and they’ve done so since 1942.  How do they do it?  It begins with the thin quality beef patties cooked right in front of your eyes on an intense charcoal grill by the owner himself.   Using mostly his bare hands, the owner positions burgers, bratwurst, and Zemal hard rolls over the coals until they meet his meticulous standards.  A burger with the works includes cheese, pickles, onions, ketchup, and a slab of butter.  Yes, that’s right, this is the land of the butter burger.

Double burgers (and double bratwursts!) also available.



It gets better.  As you would expect from any authentic hamburger diner, Mickey-Lu’s serves world class chocolate malts.  A 1959 jukebox plays classic singles on vinyl while you eat on old school Formica countertops that, my mother claims, have never been replaced.

\"They did the monster mash...\"
“They did the monster mash…”

We took our lunch to go this time, choosing to eat in the company of painted turtles at Peshtigo Harbor.


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3 Responses to “Mickey-Lu Bar-B-Q”

  1. Mom in AK Says:

    I can almost taste those burgers! The diner looks like the real deal with malts, juke box, and bar stools at the counter – fun! We’re back in Valdez now – time to unpack. Keep up the enjoyable blog!

  2. Mike Says:

    I grew up in Marinette and graduated from Marinette HS in ’74. My first GF worked the late nights at Mickey-Lu’s and I’d close the place with her. It looks like it hasn’t changed a bit – even the prices seem the same! I might have to go back just for one of their brats.

    Thanks for the happy memories refresh.

  3. Alex Says:

    This place sounds amazing. Sounds like a place I once knew growing up as a child called the “Halibut House”. The framica counter tops have never been replaced and instead of a juke box there is the sweet sounds of the KVAK playing over the speakers. All this while you stare at the fish tank that has never been cleaned while you wait for your order of fresh crispies. Sounds like a hot date spot!

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