Cafeteria | Sandwich Shop
One of the best

Rick Nelson, food editor of the Star Tribune, knows a thing or two about where and what to eat in the Twin Cities. So when he suggested we have lunch in a storefront restaurant in a nondescript strip mall, we were on our way. What to have? One thing, and one thing only: a roast beef sandwich. Maverick’s makes a specialty of them: soft, pink, velvety slices are cut to order and piled into a soft white bun. Rick told us that the restaurant concept was inspired by the proprietor’s desire to improve on Arby’s. If that was his only goal, he has more than succeeded, for this is a super roast beef sandwich – simple, pure, and satisfying.

It is served cafeteria-style, along with a short menu of other beefy things, including brisket and barbecued beef, plus pulled pork, ham, chicken, and fish filets. When we stopped by, open-face roast beef sandwiches were the day’s special: the same good beef piled on a plate with the roll on the side and a couple of mounds of mashed potatoes. While the beef in this one was the same good beef as in the simple sandwich, we much preferred Maverick’s crisp French fries to the ersatz mashed potatoes.

Ambiance is that of a workman’s cafe. Once you get your food, you stop by a condiment bar where the choices range from horseradish and horseradish cream to hot peppers, ketchup, mustard, and pickles. Then you find a place at one of the four-tops along the side of the room or at the long banquet table that runs down the middle. We walked out happy and satisfied.

Maverick’s closed in June of 2018 and reopened in March of the same year under new ownership. We have not reviewed it since reopening.

What to Eat
Maverick’s, Large Roast Beef Sandwich
Large Roast Beef Sandwich
The roast beef is sliced to order and piled in the sandwich so that it's still moist and hot when you get it. This picture was taken prior to the application of condiments
Maverick’s, Large Brisket Sandwich
Large Brisket Sandwich
Brisket is traditionally served on a dark pumpernickel bun, the same bun used over at the Convention Grill for their Plaza Burger. That's hot horseradish on top of the meat.
Maverick’s, Open Face Hot Beef
Open Face Hot Beef
Special of the day: hot roast beef under a mantle of gravy
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 8pm
Monday11am - 8pm
Tuesday11am - 8pm
Wednesday11am - 8pm
Thursday11am - 8pm
Friday11am - 8pm
Saturday11am - 8pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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