The way I understand it, in the 1920’s the original Maid-Rite founder sold franchisees the right to make and sell the sandwich, using the Maid-Rite name and a recipe he provided. He didn’t exercise the total "concept" control as is typical for the common fast food franchises today. There are a lot of original Maid-Rite restuarants scattered around the midwest, each of with their own menus and unique look, the only commonality being they all sell Maid-Rite sandwiches. Several years ago some Texas corporation bought the Maid-Rite brand and is trying to turn it into a modern chain of clones, selling a standardized frozen (and most think inferior) product and a common menu/look/feel. There is a lot of hard feelings and lawsuits between the Corporation and some of the original franchisees. You can see the corporate clone restuarants popping up along the interstates. I much prefer the originals. The restuarants selling loose meat or Tavern sandwiches aren’t associated with either group of franchisees.
I went on a road trip from Cincinnati to Greenville two weeks ago [Wed. 6-28-06] just to try a Maid-Rite sandwich. And just because I read about them on the forums here [Thanks to T.J. Jackson!!]
I loved them, and it was worth the trip to try them. I also walked around the downtown area, and shopped a little. Cute Town!! And I stopped to have a drink in a bar called either Denny’s or Danny’s Pub. They had table tents advertising a sandwich made with "made wrong meat", of which has to be a copy of the Maid-Rite. I didn’t eat there, though.
I took pictures of my sandwich, and the wall of gum. Maybe I will try to post them sometime.
I don’t think Maidrites are a chain. The restaurant in Greenville has been around I think since the 1930s. I have a niece who lives in Iowa and she mentioned something about a Taylor’s Maidrite in Marshalltown, IA. I don’t think it is related to the Maidrite in Greenville, Ohio. I don’t think the Maidrite Sandwich Shop in Greenville is part of a chain. Greetings to johns72604, hope you had a great time on your visit to Versailles.
Since I am from the Sioux City area, I grew up with them being called Taverns.
If you turn them upside down when you eat them the thicker, dryer top does a better job of staying together.
Thanks Vic, in a quick review of the forums you cited I get the idea that although Maid – Rite is a chain it has little or no control over use of its name and sandwich.
Is it accurate to say that anybody can use it ?
Also, the recipes cited seem to confirm my suspicion that it is related , perhaps distantly, to our well known Sloppy Joe sandwich, and that there are enough variations on the ground beef sandwich to create fodder for a PHD thesis.
I have family in Versailles Ohio, and everytime I get out that way, I must make at least one stop for a bag full of Maidrites. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.
Seafarer… There’s been a couple forums discussing the recipes:
In reading about Maid Rite and loosemeat a question has come to mind. I noted the Maid Rite logo and signs and placemats in the photos, but the text told us about a considerable difference in how they are prepared from place to place.
Is Maid Rite a trademarked franchise, or can anybody use the name without payment to some corporation?
And, what is the basic recipe for Maid Rites – what spices, etc. are used and what cooking technique?
Welcome to Roadfood.com! (From another resident of Kentuciana) Thats the good news! Unfortunately the bad news is that the duplicate thread you started in the news forum has been deleted. We discourage duplicate posting by the members. Your topic for this thread is fine and belongs here in the Sandwich forum. I hope you enjoy all those "carry-homes" you described earlier! BTW I’m west of Louisville in Lanesville, Indiana[8D]
Hi TJ, Yes I forgot to mention the gum, that is a ritual for many of the visitors to the Maid Rite Sandwich Shop. I grew up in Union City, Ohio, on the Indiana/Ohio state line about 11 miles from Greenville and it’s amazing to see how the gum markings have expanded over the years. Great pics of the outside and inside of the restaurant. I was in Greenville Memorial Day weekend and got 3 dozen to bring back to Louisville.
Please see the following thread recounting my own first (and only) visit to this unique place
I’m suprised you didn’t mention the gum 🙂
I hope Jane and Michael Stern can stop in at the Maidrite Sandwich Shop at 125 North Broadway in Greenville, Ohio (phone 937-548-9340) if they are traveling through Ohio. I grew up in Darke County Ohio (Greenville is the county seat) and was initiated to this little sandwich shop at an early age. These unique loose meat sandwiches are excellent and tasty. I would recommend everyone to try to stop there if they are ever in Greenville. I still have relatives in the Greenville area and whenever I am up there I usually get 3 dozen to bring back and freeze. (If you would like to bring back some to freeze, ask for them on cold buns, they freeze well when prepared on cold buns, and microwave well, about a minute and 30 seconds for two). There have been several write ups in newspapers in Western Ohio and Eastern Indiana on this unique restaurant.
I wasn’t crazy about Kewpee. The burger was good but nothing else was.
Very cool place and well worth a visit though
I’ve only been to the Maid-Rite in Greenville, OH twice, but it was a lot of fun both times. Each time there was quite a significant crowd inside and usually cars lined up at the drive-through out into the street. (Luckily, the service is fast.) While I can’t say it’s my favorite roadfood in the world, it’s a good sandwich– very messy. ;D
Kewpee burger up in Lima was very good, too.
Don’t worry! The Maid Rite 50’s Diner & Just Too Cute Gift Shop in the Metro Center on N. University Street and the Maid-Rite on Willow Knolls Drive (at War Memorial Drive) are still going strong. And frankly, I think that the Maid Rite 50’s Diner (in Metro Center) isone of our better options! There is a Culver’s about a block away now, and I think the Maid Rite gets more business than the Culver’s does.
I have eaten in the Metro Center Maid-Rite a few times but the only time we tried the one off War Memorial we found that they do not open for breakfast. BTW, lunch at the Culver’s on University a few weeks ago, the place was packed the whole time we were there from 11 am until noon.
Er, actually I thought it was a chain, just a small one? Lima has three locations that I recall, but there’s a few more in Michigan and Wisconsin that may not be exactly alike, but are related.
Ummm… Sorry to bother ya all… BUT WHERE IN MICHIGAN???
PS. Went to EMAIL you first before posting here, but no luck on your user page.
And ya think they could make the font any smaller?????????????????
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