You Gotta Eat: Made Rite

By WEEK Producer

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

If you want to conjure up memories of the good old days... make yourself a memo to check out Maid–Rite.
Eric Shangraw takes you to the Maid–Rite on Willow Knolls... in this week's You Gotta Eat.

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... 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.

There used to be other hangouts we went to back in the 1960's. This was fun then and it is still fun now.

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.

There is no soup here. But the sandwich is so messy you need this (spoon) to eat. They will give you a fork if you ask for one.

I We have specials daily. Sunday we have the price of $5.99 for any dinner. And then on Monday it is 99–cents for Maid–Rites. That is our famous sandwich.
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.
My bill: $7.76 plus tip.
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.
Eric Shangraw News 25.

Maid–Rite on Willow Knolls is in the Willow Knolls Shopping Center.
It is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

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