Midwesterners Take Heart: Maid-Rite is Now Open in Arlington

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So, the deal with Maid-Rite is it's really old (85ish) and their meat is loose. And apparently the funny naming homophones are simply attributed to the original founder's inability to spell -- not that I'm throwing stones, seeing how my own house is kind of glassy there.

Maid-Rite is a Midwestern staple based in Iowa. The new location that just opened in Arlington at 4101 West Green Oaks, just north of Interstate 20, is their only Texas location, however not their first. Looks like there was another location in Arlington that closed a couple of years ago.

Regardless, Maid-Rite is another example of people going bonkers about something they grew up with following them to their new town. Locals don't really get it. And that's fair. I say this thinking about three Dairy Queens set to open in New York City this year. I can just envision a displaced small-town Texas girl riding the 7th Avenue Express to Brooklyn yapping about, "Oh my gawd, y'all, Dairy Queen is the best."

Yankees are going to give it a big, fat "Meh."

This homer passion is what explains the crying incident with In-and-Out, and most surely explains why people camped out at this new Maid-Rite on Friday night to be the first customers. Surely.

The belle of the ball here is The Original Maid-Rite burger, which consists of seasoned loose meat over pickles, onions, ketchup and mustard, served on a fresh steamed bun (white or wheat). They take this basic and jazz it up for several variations.

They also have salads, wraps, hot dogs, and about a dozen different kinds of sandwiches. For sides they offer fries, fresh-made chips (yummy), coleslaw, sweet potato fries, and the like.

Maid-Rite is set up like a '50s diner, complete with counter seating and sundaes served in traditional tall soda fountain glassware. The ice cream is soft serve.

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See? He really was just a bad speller.

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I feel like I need to explain this. It's a Maid-Rite beef sundae. I wanted to order something unique and different. That I did. It's three scoops of mashed potatoes topped with brown gravy, loose beef, cheese, onions and tomatoes. Well, that's all I can explain really. I haven't got my head around it yet. ...

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Lewski
Lewski

One in Hurst and one in Watauga too.

Guest
Guest

Landford Lunchbox

LaoWai
LaoWai

There are DQs in China, as well.

Chiggers!
Chiggers!

You may be right about the small market thing, and I think that you are. I guess I was getting all territorial & stuff because if you watch a DQ commercial in Texas, it's like they try to peddle the myth that DQ = TX, and growing up faaaar north of the Mason-Dixon line, I can tell you that DQ was an integral part of my early ice-cream consuming experience back in the 70's. I'm not certain how long DQ has had outlets established in NYC, but I know that there's been a hard push over the last decade or so to expand their market-share and nibble at the edges of the Big-Boy's territory.

Jeebus
Jeebus

They have Dairy Queen in the Cayman Islands. So if you consider that "Southern" then I guess it is.

Willie
Willie

Yep.  It's the Pancho's syndrome.

Sallie Ward
Sallie Ward

Don't knock 'em till you've tried 'em. To this day I eat Taco Casa Chili Burgers because it is the closest I cam get to a Maid-Rite! The meat is steamed, not fried, so it isn't greasy at all, which is what some would think if they didn't know any better. Is it fine cuisine? Probably not, but neither are tamales, DQ Dudes or Krispy Creme Donuts - yet they have their fans.

mmarks
mmarks

This crap sounds like something they used to serve in grammar school cafeterias back in the 1950s. What the devil is LOOSE BEEF? This will probably give me nightmares.

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

There's one of those right off the highway in Hurst...never seen anyone there.

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