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Sep 14, 2002 05:29 PM

Any more Maid Rite Burgers in Missouri?

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Does anyone know if there are any more of these?

There used to be a Maid Rite(sp?) Burgers in Sedalia, MO, that we would stop by when heading south. And I loved them. It was also the Greyhound Bus station, too. Now it is closed and I think it's a used car dealership or title loan place or something.

I had a friend from Rolla who would buy me a dozen when she went home to visit her folks, but I don't see her anymore. Is this one still open?

I also heard there was one in Lexington, but never got to visit it. Is there one there?

I love the Zip burgers at Bill and Ann's Mugs Up on 23rd in Independence. But would love to find a Maid Rite and try those again. Find out if they live up to my memory!

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  1. Rolla, Lexington and West Plains all had one at last check. But that was over a year ago.

    Rockford and Sterling Illinois have them also.

    I here they are all over Iowa.

    1. The Lexington restaurant was there two weeks ago & Lexington is worth the trip.

      1. Missouri Maid-Rite Roll Call!

        St. Joe - 2131 Saint Joseph Ave, 2701 Frederick Ave, and 522 Felix St
        Rolla - 1028 Kingshighway St
        Lexington - 1401 Main St
        White Plains - 117 W Broadway St

        Founded in Muscatine, Iowa in 1926, Maid-Rite currently has 83 franchises in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin, with the vast majority in Iowa and Illinois. They have new owners who are developing an aggressive expansion plan to move beyond the current states and have 1,000 franchisees by 2012. Headquarters are in Des Moines.

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        1. re: Jane

          Thanks for the information. A roadtrip to Lexington is in the works. And I made a mistake in my first post...It wasn't Sedalia, but Clinton, where we used to stop for Maid Rite. But in Sedalia, we do usually hit the Wagon Wheel for a Goober Burger!

          Thanks, again.

          1. re: Melissa

            One other thing, I read that there were some Maid Rite's in Kansas. Do you know where they might be? We are in the KC metro area, so somewhere close to the state line would be a great trip, too!

            Thanks, again!

            1. re: Melissa

              Here is some information on Nu-Way burgers that are in your neck of the woods. I have never tried them but they seem to be made in the same spirit. Leavenworth KS has one.


              1. re: Melissa

                Melissa - I think the only Kansas Maid-Rite is in Abilene. St. Joe isn't far from KC, though, and they have three Maid-Rites.

                Nu-Way (out of Wichita) makes the same kind of loose meat sandwich. There's one around 5th & Shawnee (I think) in Leavenworth.

                Some folks are fiercely loyal to either Maid-Rite or Nu-Way. Me? I like 'em both! LOL

                1. re: Jane

                  I attempted to search for the Maid Rite name in the St. Jo yellow pages at the Yahoo web site with no success. Are they possibly listed under a different name?? Or do you know their locations. Thanks!!

                  1. re: John

                    Please ignore prior message re Maid Rites in St. Jo as I found the listing in the yellow pages.

              2. re: Melissa

                Wow - what memories! When I was a kid in the late '40's and early 50's, my family had a cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks. On the way there, we would stop all the time at the Wagon Wheel in Sedalia to have a hamburger and their wonderful curly fries. Then on to a homemade ice cream place in Versailles to have a banana or peach ice cream cone. Drool! Is the Wagon Wheel still there? Thanks for listening!

                1. re: Donna - MI

                  Wagon Wheel is still there! We just visited Sedalia for the state fair and stopped in for a Goober Burger and Yes! the curly fries. We always stop on our way to the Lake and to float trips on the Niangua River near Bennett Springs. It looks exactly the same, and it is always crowded!

                2. re: Melissa

                  I think it's the Wheel Inn actually... ate a Guber Burger (their weird spelling) yesterday

              3. There's also a Maid-Rite Cafe in Christopher, Illinois about 90 miles southeast of St. Louis.


                1. I don't know about official Maid Rites, but I know that the Mark Twain Diner in Hannibal makes them. If you're anywhere near the area, you have to stop in - they also have the best homemade root beer I have ever tasted.

                  Funny story about that particular menu item: I'm from California and go to school in St. Louis, so when my mom came to visit, we made a trip up to see Mark Twain's birthplace, as we've done before. At the diner, the waitress said, "Oh, we're having a sale on maid rites today." "OK," replied my mother, "but what's a maid rite?" "YOU know - it's like a crumbly burger, but without the sauce!" said the waitress, amazed by our ignorance.

                  My mom immediately ordered one without any more fuss - anything that's like a crumbly burger, by her estimation, would have to be good.