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Maid-Rite Shop

American, Diner, Cafe
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116 E 4th St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613-2826
+1 319-277-9748
06:00 - 16:00
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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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226 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

this place was across the street from the "escape adventure" - I had not been to one in years - the basic premise here is a loose meat hamburger on a bun - similar to a sloppy joe but without the sloppy - nice change of pace from regular burger

Thank Grover74
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The fun starts when you walk in the door to the old retro interior. Grab a stool up to the counter and order a made-rite, maybe two. Order nothing else they offer, the loose meat sandwich is King here.

Thank J D
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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57 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

I remember growing up in Waterloo and loving the Maid-Rite sandwich but seriously after years of being away from here I don't get it. Perhaps is the nostalgia because it can't be sandwiches. I guess I just stopped drinking the cool aid.

Thank Sissyandbrodda
Cedar Falls, Iowa
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

If you want to eat here, get in early... with limited seating, there are usually a few folks waiting.

Thank Celia S
Seneca, South Carolina
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318 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

My husband and I ate lunch at the Maid-Rite after taking the John Deere factory tour in Waterloo. We had plans for a larger supper later in the day, so we opted to share the original Maid-Rite basket. The "loose meat" sandwich was delicious as were the fries that accompanied it. The diner was clean, the servers were friendly and... More 

Thank BeachGrandmax4
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is a local historical treasure. An actual diner that has been there for 70+ (?) years. It is the same as it was in the 1950's when I went there with my Grandpa. Loose meat sandwiches AKA Maid Rites that come wrapped in waxed paper with their logo. Real Maid Rites are best served with dill pickles and mustard.... More 

Thank Linda F
Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Don't go here if you don't like talking to the stranger sitting next to you. Don't go here if you don't like sitting on old fashioned soda shop stools. Don't go here if you prefer aioli over mayo. This is the real deal. Come for a cup of joe and eggs with a side of toast done right but not... More 

Thank J0anieBal0ney
Phoenix, Arizona
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804 reviews
469 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,022 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Charming little building where they make use of every inch of space. The stools give this a neat feel. The service was friendly and quick. The breakfast tasted like eating at home. Very well cooked eggs, hash browns and toast. I would most certainly return.

1 Thank arizonaac
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016

Had breakfast at this original Maid Rite property. Absolutely spotless kitchen (and you can see it from every seat in the house) Friendly and efficient staff (of two, and whose combined age might have been near 140 years--but who cares). Fantastic American Fries ("Can I get those with onions? Of course! Cooked through or crunchy?") If you every want to... More 

Thank L1364UPpatrickc
Greeley, Colorado
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128 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

If you haven't had a Maid-Rite yet here is the place to check it off your list. Get the bigger size with pickles and onions and mustard. Dont forget a slice of pie.

Thank JSH80634

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Diner, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
06:00 - 16:00
06:00 - 16:00
06:00 - 16:00
06:00 - 16:00
06:00 - 16:00
06:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 116 E 4th St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613-2826
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Cedar Falls
  • Phone Number: +1 319-277-9748

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?