Break Out Your Bubble Gum: Maid-Rite Corporation Is Coming to Dallas

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Des Moines, Iowa-based Maid-Rite corporation promises to descend en masse upon the DFW metroplex, blanketing the area in its popular "loose meat" sandwich, tucked inside a mass produced white-bread bun.

The 85-year-old corporation has targeted a Arlington's Green Oaks Shopping Center at the corner of West Green Oaks Boulevard and Pleasant Ridge Road. This first location is to be one of 50, presuming the find people at Maid-Rite can find enough locations that fit their criteria: Large, 3,000-3,500 square-feet spaces, in major retail centers with high visibility. Perhaps they're hoping everyone will be able to see the bubble gum walls that have plagued at other locations. I can't think of a finer way to welcome the Maid-Rite corporation to Dallas.

Fred Angell opened the first Maid-Rite in 1926, popularizing his loose meat sandwich. The mixture of ground meat cooked with spices resembles a sauce-less sloppy Joe and comes in a number of variations, including taco, chili, Philly cheese steak and soon-to-be-local-favorite BBQ Texas. Burritos, corn dogs and other sandwiches dot the menu, which is one fat heart attack waiting to happen. You can wash your gluttony down with fountain drinks, floats, and a variety of milkshakes.

"If you haven't tasted a Maid-Rite loose meat sandwich you haven't lived," touts one testimonial on the Maid-Rite website. I haven't tasted loose meat, but I'm hesitant to believe the $3.19 sandwich is all that stands between me and a bigger, more enriching life. Watch out Texas BBQ chopped beef -- loose meat promises to be just as underwhelming.


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Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Kick-ass, Maid Rite is excellent sober-up food..Quit being a bunch of d-bag food snobs and at least embrace something cool is coming to town ;)

twinwillow
twinwillow

Isn't that the crap that Roseanne served in the restaurant she had on her TV show? No thanks!

Finnegan
Finnegan

where exactly have you eaten underwhelming Texas BBW chopped beef?

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I'm with Scruff and Syb, if'n Pyles announced tomorrow that he was opening a new concept restaurant on Uptown by the name of LUCE (See what I did there?? Call me dumbass Dallass chefs needing a supercool name for their new restaurant)..and they were going to specialize in a fare widely reknowned in the midwest but with a Southwest twist..the average Dallass-ite would begin making reservations.

I'm out on:

One name Restaurants..except for Reatta, love that place

and

Food trucks..cept for the mescun ones that have been around since the dawn of laborers

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Ill be looking at some loose meat tonight!  Meet me at Cab East on Inustrial at 7:30.  Ill have a review in the morning. Oh Ill buy ya a beer too

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

Go to Taco Bueno and ask for a Bueno Burger. Loose meat in a bun. 

Do they even make those anymore? I may have to hit up a Bueno on the way home.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

"I haven't tasted loose meat"....You're a food blogger in the great state of Texxxxxxas, and you've never had a sloppy joe of any sort or a taco with loose meat in it? what the what? Clarification please.

David Cornell
David Cornell

Just what we need, another Texas-get-fatter-fast-food-joint to clog up our collective arteries. "Hey, we heard you guys don't have enough Type II diabetes in the south - wanna franchise??"

Vjones
Vjones

Worst stuff ever tried to eat!!! My boss and I stopped at the location in Arlington that has closed and boy was it bad. Never again!!!

extra sauce please
extra sauce please

This is exactly why they say, "what happens in Des Moines stays in Des Moines." Loose meat, bubble-gum walls and sauce-less Sloppy Joe's? If I want a taco meat sandwich, I'll eat a taco. Good luck with that.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

What was with the condescending, elitist tone of the post?

50 locations hires alot of people at the very least, and the sandwiches would be a welcomed lunch option. Don't be the Whitt of food. FoodWhitt. Makes me laugh.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I'm interested, if'n you don't likey the Sloppy Joe you ain't Amurican!

And I take offense at chopped bbq sandwiches being underwhelming..I've had some of the best sandwiches of my life in the parking lot of beer stores across the greater Ark/La/Tex region.

Methinks you haven't had a proper one..Since you're scared of the Town of the Cow, make your way over to Hard 8 in Coppell and order one from them.  They take a couple of slices of Brisket, then chop it..add a little sauce..put it on a badass jalapeno roll..it ain't filet mignon, but it's a damn fine samwhich.

Their smoked Sirloin is top notch too.

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

Loose Meat sandwich, sounds like what came out my ass this morning

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

I'm sure there's plenty of good chopped beef sandwiches in the area, but the brisket I've had down here is a million times more appealing.

Ergo Shipspace 1
Ergo Shipspace 1

BBW chopped beef would be all fat and very little meat, no?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

mr groin, while i generally agree with you, and most food trucks are overrated, there a a couple over here on Flora st by my office that offer a decent dish for a reasonable price.  Not bad, I guess my biggest problem is getting over the food snobs who overrate most of them and the dallas douche that eats it

Jim
Jim

Taco Casa still has them. Reminds me of the Tacoburger at the old Taco Inn places from back in the day.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

I've had LOTS of Tacos. And a sloppy Joe at H&D. I've never had a loose meat sandwich from Maid-rite. And unless I'm missing something... I really don't want to.

cp
cp

Or, you could simply choose to stay away. Does because someone hangs out their shingle doesn't mean you have to buy what they're selling. 

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

so you've eaten at and reviewed a restaurant location that doesnt open until 2012?

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

well it elitist bc

1. its not in Dallas2. its not a food truck3. its not ran by a celebrity chef

for those 3 reasons, we must write a snarky shit talking post that tells us the fatties in the suburbs will love this place, dallasites wouldnt be caught dead there

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

I am also a big favorite of the chopped bbq sandwich, ever since my first one at the Bun and Barrel in San Antonio.  Some places use the "leftover" brisket, which has the more seasoned end pieces, which gives the chopped version a decidedly different texture and flavor..  Even regular plain chopped brisket is an excellent sandwich meat, much easier to deal with sandwich-style than unchopped brisket, especially if you are in a car.

Used to be a little place just north of the spillway where Garland Rd. turns into Grand Ave.  It sold convenience items, bait and chopped BBQ sandwiches.  I think it burned down, but it is gone.

I've only been to the Stephenville Hard 8.  Absolutely amazing BBQ.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

That's precisely why they make my hate list Merk..those two things. Best taco I've ever had was off a taco truck in Austin around 1990..and it wasn't parked downtown, it was out in some new construction..feeding the working class.  Imagine that.

Screw it, I'm gonna buy me a food truck..name my mobile restaurant.."So TIREd of it all"..become a famous chef on this corner of the intranet...then I'll tear down their pretentious asses from the inside.

Then I'm gonna hire a wino to decorate this house.

POW!

Mike3647
Mike3647

Funny, I thought a food critic would want to try all foods, not just elitist snobby foods.

Ergo Shipspace 1
Ergo Shipspace 1

Definitely #2 more than 1 or 3- maybe we can persuade them to get into the good graces of the food blogs by purchasing a food truck? 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Betcha if it was a Neighborhood Services concept on Lemmon it'd be huge!

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Scott isn't too sure about it either Syb..and you're not confused..chopped bbq means chopped brisket.

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

Im confused, when I think of chopped beef sammiches, being a KC'er Ive always assumed it was chopped brisket, thats how I was raised.  WTF else would it be made with?

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

yeah but it's a totally different technique.  I'm to blog it, I think.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

spending the last year of my teens and 1st year of my 20's in a non airconditioned warehouse in carrollton, I loved me the traditional "roach coach"  The cokes were of the real sugar mescan kind, the burritos were hot hot hot and the breakfast, well only the breakfast pizza was edible, but hey it fed me

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

why bother trying a $3.00 meal when he gets to expense all those expensive fancy meals from smoke and bolsa 5 times a week

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I've got a food truck concept kicking around in my head, can we get the Sporatorium back if I launch it and I can cross-promote? Tis the Sporatorium way!

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