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Maid-Rite

215 1st Ave. West, Newton, IA - (641) 792-4166
An Iowa institution since 1926, the Maid-Rite sandwich shops throughout the state specialize in a very unglamorous but addictive version of what Midlands folk know as a “tavern” or “loosemeats” sandwich: seasoned ground beef that is stirred and worried as it cooks so it never clumps. The result might best be described as a sloppy joe without the slop
76% Approval Rating (17 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (4)
Roadfood.com Editor
" Most Roadfood is found in unique restaurants – individual, one-of-a-kind places that sing of their town or region. However, there are a handful of small chains that somehow fulfill the Roadfood criteria – great local food and color – that we cannot resist. ..."   [Read More]
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Steve Godwin
May 08, 2008
"I'm a native of Newton, IA and have lived in Tucson, AZ for 30 years now. But every time I go "back home," the Maid-Rite is one of my first stops. And I'm not alone. When you meet people from Iowa, two food topics generally come up: breaded pork tenderloin ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

215 1st Ave. West, Newton, IA
(641) 792-4166

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Unique to Iowa, the Maid-Rite is also known as
"Unique to Iowa, the Maid-Rite is also known as "loosemeats" or a "tavern." Several years ago, when comedienne Roseanne opened a diner in Iowa, this sloppy sandwich was the specialty of the house."
Michael Stern





Maid-Rite is one of the few chain restaurants with real character.  To the far right of this picture is the drive-up window, but beware:  trying to eat one of these sandwiches in your car can be a very messy business.
"Maid-Rite is one of the few chain restaurants with real character. To the far right of this picture is the drive-up window, but beware: trying to eat one of these sandwiches in your car can be a very messy business."
Michael Stern


Maid-Rite's stylish logo dates back three-quarters of a century.
"Maid-Rite's stylish logo dates back three-quarters of a century."
Michael Stern


We took this clean bag as a souvenir; the one that held our sandwiches virtually disintegrated by the time we had finished lunch.
"We took this clean bag as a souvenir; the one that held our sandwiches virtually disintegrated by the time we had finished lunch."
Michael Stern



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