Mickey-Lu Bar-B-Q History
My dad grew up in Marinette, Wisconsin. He ended up settling in Michigan but his family still lived in Marinette. When I was growing up, we used to take road trips to Wisconsin and Minnesota to see the relatives. We would stop in Marinette and visit with my dad’s family.
The one place that we always went to when we were there, was Mickey-Lu Bar-B-Q to eat the best hamburgers in the world. We began going there in the 1960’s and I’m still going there today in 2023. It has not changed at all. The juke box is still there with the original tables and chairs.
There is one thing that changed and that is the owner. Chuck ended up selling the place around 2020 or so to one of the cooks who worked for him. She continues the tradition of fresh ingredients, buns and mustard. They still cook them over fresh burning charcoal and you can watch them cook while sitting at the counter.
What’s so special about their burgers?
Everything! To name a few, fresh ground beef, fresh crispy buns that are heated up over charcoal, fresh ingredients including spicy mustard, Wisconsin cheese, a fresh paddy of pure butter that is put on top of the cooked burger and melts just before you bite into it and the burger is cut in half for you to easily eat. And most importantly, the burgers are cooked over fresh charcoal!
Notice the Formica top on the table. It hasn’t changed in 60 years!