Picture a sloppy joe that is not quite so sloppy - meaning
not drowning in sauce, yet still delectably good - constructed
with mounds of loose ground beef, and you have the signature
Original Maid-Rite sandwich. This Iowa tradition just came to
Lincoln Park and families are sure to flock to the diner-style
eatery that is as kid-friendly as it is delicious.
The Original Maid-Rite sandwich has been around for almost 90
years and today there are various options to please all taste buds.
You could go for the original-tasty and simple-but why not get
adventurous? Try the Blue-Rite, which incorporates small chunks of
blue cheese into the classic recipe. Or the Rare Bit, the same
fresh ground beef but served open-faced with white cheddar cheese
sauce on marble rye bread.
Not a beef lover? Not a problem. Maid-Rite is also known for its
pulled pork sandwich. Wraps are also available, as is a nice
selection of salads. For a side, choose the mouth-watering smoked
baked beans or homemade buttermilk onion rings, perfectly battered
and ready for dipping.
Save room for a generous slice of freshly baked pie, displayed
like the old-school diners do in tempting, circular glass pie
holders. Flavors change daily, but among the favorites are
chocolate, peanut butter, apple, strawberry and rhubarb.
And the little ones? They'll feel right at home among the scads
of other kids, perhaps chatting up tykes at the next table as my
girls did. Feel free to dangle a reward for good behavior at the
end of the meal in the form of an ice cream cup, float or malt-like
everything else here, the desserts are made right.
Linda made it a goal to try out every kid-friendly venue in Chicago, which she chronicles in her Chicago Parent Good-to-Go column.
See more of Linda's stories here.
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