July 2, 2008

Maid-Rite Willow Knolls

By Eric Shangraw

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM CDT

Maid–Rite is what most diners used to like when our parents where teenagers. Neon lights, a jukebox cranking out music from the 50's and 60's. And lots of stainless steal and actual ice cream used to make milk shakes.
For those who crave yesteryear, Maid–Rite is a meal with an ability to erase time.... If only for a few moments.

"I just like this, it is what restaurants used to be," said customer Terry Flaherty.

The loose meat sandwich is the most famous of Maid–Rite meals.
The ground beef is cooked like its being prepared for a Sloppy Joe. (I was actually scolded by the waitress for using the name Sloppy Joe in the Maid–Rite confines). But a Sloppy Joe (there I said it again) needs sauce... and instead of "Manwich," they use special seasonings to give the meat a flavor all its' own.
It is scooped onto a bun and presented like a traditional hamburger... but you don't get a knife or fork to help in the consumption process.... They give you a spoon!!!
My original Maid Rite sandwich comes with mustard, pickle and onion with cheese. I'm told it is easier to simply say cheese with everything.
I also had a chocolate shake made with the skill of an old school soda jerk.
Ordering the basket gets you Maid Rite French fries.
At Maid Rite... most every kitchen move is done right before your very eyes. If you want to close your eyes and for a moment feel like you've stepped back in time, try a bite at Maid–Rite.

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