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Get a Maid-Rite and Music Fix in Waukesha, WI

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I'm originally from the Quad-Cities (eastern Iowa/western Illinois USA, along the Mississippi River), where a loose-meat sandwich called "Maid-Rite" is a favorite there from long ago. We've had discussions about Maid-Rite here at Chef Talk in the past; here's one of the threads: http://www.cheftalk.com/t/20784/maid-rite-recipe. I've long since relocated to southeastern Wisconsin, and make my home outside Milwaukee.

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I just read in this morning's newspaper that a Maid-Rite will open this summer about 10 minutes from my home. It'll be located in the next town, Waukesha (Wisconsin), and will be the first in this area. 

 

If you're in Milwaukee for Summerfest (Foo Fighters were just added to the schedule- see the whole list here: http://www.summerfest.com/) or any other reason this summer or beyond, hop on I-94 and take a quick ride west to taste what this Midwestern classic sandwich is all about. The shop will be located in a strip mall on the north side of Waukesha, easily-accessible from the Interstate. There's a frozen custard stand nearby if you're in the mood for a Wisconsin dessert specialty.

 

By the way, you music-lovers may know Waukesha is the hometown of Les Paul, inventor of the solid body electric guitar. There's an extensive exhibit about him at Discovery World museum on Milwaukee's Lakefront and another at the Waukesha County Historical Society. The City and County of Waukesha honor him on an ongoing basis. Here's the latest: http://www.jsonline.com/news/waukesha/waukeshas-big-guitars-get-special-coats-215f64q-151975405.html.

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Update:

 

The restaurant is open and running, albeit in opening mode. I stopped in on Wednesday during the noon hour for a sampling of some of the food. The line was out the door, and the indoor tables were all full. Several of the outdoor tables had diners, too. The kitchen is still finding its legs, and my order somehow slipped behind a piece of equipment (after it was started, at least), but the patrons were patient and seemed to take the delays in stride.

 

I ordered an original, and it took me back to my childhood days. While Maid-Rites weren't regular fare in my family, I did have them occasionally, and it tasted like I remembered it. The menu has had a lot of updates added- who'd have expected a smoked turkey sandwich on ciabatta bread at Maid-Rite in the '60s???- but I ordered another classic, a pork tenderloin sandwich. That wasn't quite like I remembered them, but to be honest, I'm not sure the ones I remember were eaten at MR. This one was a thin, ground patty, coated with a cornflake crust. It overhung the bun like it should, but it was under cooked and not very crisp. I think I'll stick with Culver's when I want one of those.

 

But there are other menu items to try, so I'll definitely be back. Plus, its location is a handy one for me. Good luck to the owner, a Waukesha alderman, in this enterprise.

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