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    First Chicago Maid-Rite opens in Lincoln Park

    The area’s very first Maid-Rite just opened Saturday in Lincoln Park. Franchisee Rob Svendsen, a former trader and financial advisor, says he was looking for something to do in the next phase of his life, and decided Chicago needed a branch of the iconic Iowa chain known for loose-meat sandwiches. “I didn’t do any significant, quantifiable research,” Svendsen says. “I was born in Galesburg, [Ill.], and they had a Maid-Rite in Galesburg that I would visit when I visited my grandmother. I couldn’t believe that there wasn’t already one in Chicago, that there had never been one.”
    He chose the DePaul-area location because it’s a 10-minute walk from his home and his kids’ schools.
    Maid-Rite’s signature sandwich features braised, seasoned ground beef on a proprietary sweet bun, topped with ketchup, mustard, onion and pickle, with variations including cheese-topped versions. “Purists won’t put ketchup or cheese on it,” Svendsen says.
    The menu also offers Iowa-style breaded pork tenderloin and pulled pork sandwiches, seasoned fries, salads, soft-serve ice cream, milkshakes and breakfast items, among other fare. This location, at 2429 N. Lincoln, will be the first to serve smoked in-house baby back ribs, another Iowa favorite.
    First Chicago Maid-Rite opens in Lincoln Park - Chicago Sun-Times



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    Re: First Chicago Maid-Rite opens in Lincoln Park

    I don't get why so many people like Maid-Rite. Personally, they are way overpriced for what you get.



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    Re: First Chicago Maid-Rite opens in Lincoln Park

    More Loose Meat sandwiches for the park? Personally I prefer Chic Fil-A.


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    Re: First Chicago Maid-Rite opens in Lincoln Park

    taylor's maid rite in marshalltown

    yuuuuuuuuuuup




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    Re: First Chicago Maid-Rite opens in Lincoln Park

    I don't see it doing well in Lincoln park.


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    Re: First Chicago Maid-Rite opens in Lincoln Park

    Not a fan really but if it catches on with the DePaul students, then they gotta real shot at success.



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    Re: First Chicago Maid-Rite opens in Lincoln Park

    But will they serve ketchup? If they do, Marshalltowners will murder the staff in their sleep.



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    Re: First Chicago Maid-Rite opens in Lincoln Park

    Cyclone pictures included in the decor. Owner is a Bama alum so recognizes and appreciates the significance of last years win vs the Cowboys. Great food and hoping this is a big success.



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    Re: First Chicago Maid-Rite opens in Lincoln Park

    The one in marshalltown should be the model. We have one in Johnston and it's totally different (not in a good way). The circular counter, the customer service, the small town feel, etc.



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    Re: First Chicago Maid-Rite opens in Lincoln Park

    Quote Originally Posted by helechopper View Post
    Not a fan really but if it catches on with the DePaul students, then they gotta real shot at success.
    Agreed. That's the market.



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    Re: First Chicago Maid-Rite opens in Lincoln Park

    Quote Originally Posted by agrabes View Post
    But will they serve ketchup? If they do, Marshalltowners will murder the staff in their sleep.
    What is it with people not allowing you to eat a sandwich how you might like it? Probably won't allow kethcup here in Chicago with the Maid Rite either, if that's tradition. There are a couple hot dog places that don't serve ketchup because you aren't supposed to eat ketchup on a hot dog. It's a hot dog, or a meat sandwitch, we aren't talking dry aged prime beef here, which, imho, if you pay $40 for a steak, you should be able to eat it however the **** you want as well.

    I understand the whole "True flavor" thing, but seriously, if you like ketchup, you should be able to eat it.



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    Re: First Chicago Maid-Rite opens in Lincoln Park

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan94 View Post
    What is it with people not allowing you to eat a sandwich how you might like it? Probably won't allow kethcup here in Chicago with the Maid Rite either, if that's tradition. There are a couple hot dog places that don't serve ketchup because you aren't supposed to eat ketchup on a hot dog. It's a hot dog, or a meat sandwitch, we aren't talking dry aged prime beef here, which, imho, if you pay $40 for a steak, you should be able to eat it however the **** you want as well.

    I understand the whole "True flavor" thing, but seriously, if you like ketchup, you should be able to eat it.
    Chicago dogs don't have ketchup on them you heathen.


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    Re: First Chicago Maid-Rite opens in Lincoln Park

    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbuk View Post
    Chicago dogs don't have ketchup on them you heathen.
    They screwed those up just like they did pizza.




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    Re: First Chicago Maid-Rite opens in Lincoln Park

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    They screwed those up just like they did pizza.
    I'm not going to defend the pizza, deep dish is bad.


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    Re: First Chicago Maid-Rite opens in Lincoln Park

    All I know is that article excerpt with the menu in it literally made my mouth water.


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