It probably would have been a good idea to bring my old paperback copy of “Roadfood” on our trip. Instead I used my new Kindle to purchase a electronic copy of the sequel, “500 Things to Eat Before It’s Too Late.” The e-book made me want to try a loosemeats sandwich in Iowa. I was disappointed that they didn’t have any entries for the Dakotas, where we spent the most time on our trip.
We were in Fort Madison, Iowa, before 10th Street Station opened for the day. On our way to the Field of Dreams, we took a slight detour to the Marion Maid-Rite, only to find that they are closed on Sundays. I gathered that the locals seem to use “maid-rite” to refer to any brand of loosemeat sandwich.
As we drove across Minnesota and North Dakota, I saw no signs for Maid-Rite but plenty of signs for a Wisconsin chain called Culver’s. We chose other places because the home of the ButterBurger sounded too fattening. We were saving some calories for a Maid-Rite. By the time we got to Rapid City, South Dakota, it was late and we were ready to eat anywhere. Culver’s was open and got our business. I ate one of the best salads I had on the whole trip. In hindsight, we should have gone to a Culver’s sooner.
When we were on our way back to Iowa, I started looking for a Maid-Rite near the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum in Clarinda. The closest was in Maryville, Missouri, which happened to be along our route to St. Louis. Faith, the personable franchise owner, made us feel very welcome as she told us about her family. We satisfied our curiosity for a Maid-Rite and split a s’mores milkshake for dessert.