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Feb 9, 2010 05:30 PM

Something like a loose meat sandwich in (Southern) New England?

The other day we were in the Detroit airport and ate loose hamburger sandwiches (loose ground meat on a hot dog rol topped with chili, onions, and mustard) that were the closest thing I've had to the famous Maid-Rite loose meat sandwich that I've yet come across. To clarify, I haven't yet had a Maid-Rite, but I've wanted to and this was exciting because it was in a similar vein.

Anyway, we came back and I've been dreaming of this delicious thing ever since Sunday. Is there any loose meat sandwich like this (not a Sloppy Joe -- something without the tomatoey sauce) in [Southern] New England?

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  1. I think you may be referring to the "Dynamite" sandwiches served around Woonsocket, RI and spreading out from there in a small radius. Here's info on it.


    1. Pardon my ignorance, but isn't this basically a sloppy joe? Are there really places who sell these and find a profitable market?
      Thanks !
      (adam sandler and chris farley are doing the lunch lady in my head!)

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      1. re: cowgirlinthesand

        There are dozens more recipes all different. This shows up at all pot lucks and family gatherings and every time it was different. Some are not as tomato rich as those in that article. Some are more like the mixture they put on top of NY System Wieners.


        1. re: BostonZest

          Right. Pot lucks and family gatherings. And cafeterias. So my question still is where on Earth would this be a viable menu for any cash for food joint?

          1. re: cowgirlinthesand


            and Manwich sells millions of can every year

            I guess you can make money on sloppy joes

        2. re: cowgirlinthesand

          As I said, no, not a sloppy joe. Sloppy joes are ground beef mixed with a tomato sauce. I'm talking about something that's got seasoning and not much else (toppings aside).

          There's a whole chain of Maid-Rites in the Iowa area that specialize in this on a hamburger roll, and from what I can tell, people in Detroit eat it in hot dog buns:

        3. Here is a link to help you prepare your Detroit loose burger at home:

          1. Definitely not a sloppy Joe. And in Wichita Nu Way Cafe serves a loose meat sandwich: