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$5 - $10
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1.6 miles from Wisconsin State Capitol
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Reviewed October 10, 2021 via mobile

Now we know why this is such a popular famous University of Wisconsin breakfast place! Get there early to avoid the crowd! When we arrived there was a short line. The host immediately offered coffee with cream or sugar and brought it out while we...waited. The service was perfect. We each picked different breakfast entrees. Highly recommend the Griddle Pancakes with oatmeal, apple and cinnamon. Omelette with cheddar and broccoli was delicious as well. Kids had banana pancakes and strawberry pancakes that looked delicious too.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed September 26, 2021 via mobile

Oh my God you guys this is the cutest little diner. What a blast from the past. Everything's original we read reviews before we went so we were not expecting anything fancy. We asked the waiter how long the place had been there he told...us 1946 the food was amazing and seriously so cheap. My husband and I split the breakfast scramble and we couldn't even finish it. The size of Pancakes we saw coming out were Gigantic! I'm a bit of a coffee snob and the coffee was great. Get there early, by the time we left there was a line down the block just to get in......What a great find!!!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 14, 2021

Came here before a Badgers game, clearly as many have mentioned. Packed as always, but for good reason. This place makes sure you're fed. And who doesn't like a giant pile of Corn Beef and Hash. I couldn't even get close to finishing it. I...was stuffed and satisfied.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 6, 2021

Mickie continues to hold it's own, even during these trying times. Line moved quickly, food was delicious AND plentiful.Staff was friendly even though very busy -

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed June 8, 2021

Why is it that dark "used" places always serve the best food? There is nothing fancy here, feel like the flooring and booths have never changed since it opened and I would guess neither has the food quality. The scrambler (fried potatoes covered in scrambled...eggs, meat or veggies and cheese with a side of gravy) is the way to go and the chili and pizza are both excellent. Really appreciated the speed and efficiency of the staff. The wait was worth it. Seek this place out.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed June 6, 2021

I found out about Mickies Dairy Bar after asking a local where I could get a good breakfast. I ordered two eggs, homemade hash, bacon, and a single griddle cake. The griddle cake was made with whole grain batter, apples, cinnamon, raisons, and oatmeal. When...the meal arrived, I was shocked by the size. It was huge. The single griddle cake was the size of a magazine (the picture proves it.) It was also absolutely delicious. The eggs were cooked to perfection, the bacon was excellent, and the hash was very unusual but I enjoyed it all the same. I am looking forward to coming back here next time I'm in the area.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed March 13, 2021

We have lived in Madison for over 35 years and have never visited Mickie's. Lost time. What a great place. We went with another couple. Three of us had never been there and one had not been there for 50 years. I guess we were...intimidated by the number of students always standing in line. They reopened this week after being closed for in house dining for a year. What a treasure this is for our city. Original booths, original ceiling. Overlooking historic Camp Randall stadium. We waited in line a short time, but the door keeper brought us steaming mugs of fairly decent coffee while we waited in the beautiful March weather. Folks, the food is nothing fancy. But the prices and quantity make up for it. We had a signature scrambler, a tuna melt , a patty melt and a "red fish" sandwich. We ate until we could no longer fit anything into our bodies and then had malts to top off the meal. What I want to emphasize here though is the staff. Outstanding, bravo and any other accolade you can find. Thank you for making my birthday meal a special event.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed February 11, 2020

This is a Madison institution and gets very crowded on weekends. Its popularity is well deserved. The waitstaff is friendly and efficient and the service is quick. The prices are most reasonable. Standard egg breakfasts are great with large portions and good potatoes. I recommend...this place.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed January 31, 2020

My favorite cafe in Madison. I only go to Madison once a year but I always make it a point to stop at Mickies Dairy Bar for breakfast. I always know I'll walk away with awesome leftovers. I loooove it!

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed December 7, 2019

Came up for a game one weekend, needed a big meal before our drive home. We were told this place is a staple in Madison, and IT IS TRUE. You must go here for breakfast. Looks like a 50's hamburger and shake joint, but not...a new one made to look like the 50's, like I think the decor is still from the 50's. I liked it..not a fancy pants here...but let me tell you the real reason you need to go here..the breakfast..The Skillet is AMAZING...with all capitol letters. Big portions, with brown gravy...yes gravy..get the gravy on the skillet...only $10.00 trust me you can feed two people with this portion. Hands down my favorite breakfast in MadisonMore

Date of visit: December 2019
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September 4, 2018|
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Response from Bill_Mydo | Reviewed this property |
Insanely busy
November 14, 2017|
Response from txpackerfan10 |
Did u stop? Was wondering that myself. Last game I seen a line lol.
July 14, 2017|
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Response from OntheG0727 | Reviewed this property |
No reservations - I'd arrive earlier than later to get a larger group in.
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Yes, Mickies Dairy Bar offers takeout services.

Mickies Dairy Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4