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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.

              Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

              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.

                  1. There was a Maid Right in Clarksville MO. on Hwy 79 that was before last years flood.

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                    1. re: jim1nmo

                      This is an OLD thread...with the exception of the above post. In case anyone is interested, one of the oldest Maid Rites in almost in MO...in Quincy, IL, just across the river from MO. It's near Hannibal. It is an institution. Up until just a couple years ago, Quincy had 2 Maid Rites! The Qcy. one is featured on Alton Brown's Food Network show.

                      1. re: ddfry3

                        There is a Maid Rite in Gladstone, Mo. 7121 North Prospect. It's one of their newer locations.

                        1. re: zataar

                          Yes, I just discovered this Maid Rite in Gladstone. It's inside the Hy-Vee gas station convenience store. I've been going to the one in St. Joe. This new one in Gladstone is so much closer for me.

                    2. There is a Maid Rite in Springfield, Illinois on Jefferson Street near the state capitol. Don't worry you won't run into our Governor there...EWW

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                      1. re: EWW

                        A new Maid-Rite in the food court of the Columbia, MO mall.

                        1. re: steveb

                          Actually, I've heard from a few people that Maid-Rite left the Columbia mall.

                          1. re: rweater

                            They're still listed on the site, but that only goes so far. I was back in early November and saw it then. However, we were there around noon, and it was about the least frequented front - which really surprised me.

                            1. re: Dennis S

                              Just an FYI, but I was in the mall last week and can report first hand that the Maid Rite was gone. Nothing in that space yet.

                      2. We've got a brand new one in Lebanon, IL...just abt 16 miles east of the Loo. (St. Louis)

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                        1. re: DetectDave

                          Are any of the St. Louis area Maid-Rites good? Are the KC area locations good? Quality the same from location to location? I've never been but am very interested for when I will be visiting.


                          1. re: magic

                            The one in Leavenworth isn't very good.

                            But if you ever make it to Wichita, the original Nu-Way Cafe (open since 1930) is still open. It has both the loose meat sandwiches and a lot of good drive-in style food. They make their own wonderful rootbeer.

                            1. re: KansasTravel

                              I just might make it there, thanks for the info. Awesome.

                              Are the Maid-Rites in Ferguson or Kansas City (Gladstone Maid-Rite) any good?

                            2. re: magic

                              I haven't been yet but will try and get by to give it a shot.

                              1. re: DetectDave

                                I'm eyeing the original maid rite in Quincy, Ill too.

                          2. There's a Maid Rite at the Lake of the Ozarks on Hwy 54; it's in the gas station that I think is in front of the Hy-vee.

                            There's also a new one just opened in Ferguson, which is in the north county suburbs of St. Louis. Haven't been there but you can google it for more specific location.

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                            1. re: amlwood

                              Maid-Rites are sold at the Mark Twain Dinette in downtown Hannibal, MO.

                            2. I am The manager of the Maid-Rite in Gladstone Missouri witch is just about 5 min west of Liberty... We are the same Maid -Rite that was establish in 1926 in Iowa.. And if u like the ones in Lexington or St Joe stop by and enjoy a Maid-Rite... if u have any questions just call (816) 453-2335.. we also have one in Osage Beach.. we are located in the Hy-Vee gas station... we do call ins/carry out and dine in... Hope to see you all soon!!

                              1. I grew up with the one in Lexington and I'm 23. As of January it is still open and I doubt that it goes away any time soon. It has been open forever. I know that my grandparents went there when they were in high school and they have been out since the early 1940s! It is a drive in like Sonic with a few barstools inside.

                                I believe that Osage Beach is still open. It is on the side of the Hy-Vee gas station in from of the Hy-Vee supermarekt. I have been there once. It is sit down or take-out.

                                I also went to the one in Lebanon, MO that was sit-down and take-out. It was the nicest Maid-Rite that I had ever been to! The man running it was always so nice and looking out the door waiting for cars to come in. Unfortunately, it closed sometime during Fall 2009.

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                                1. re: nroden

                                  Sadly....the Maid-Rite at Osage Beach is closed this summer. However, if you get to Hannibal, MO...go to the Mark Twain Dinette . They are well known for their Maid-Rites.

                                2. old thread, but the Rolla one is indeed still open and frying those fries in tallow.