Taylor's Maid-Rite In Print

Taylor's Maid-Rite received Marshalltown, Iowa's Small Business of the Year award. This award is given annually to the local business who best exemplifies quality in every aspect of its business.

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Burgers Iowa Style

In Marshalltown, Taylor's Maid-Rite has been serving third-of-a-pound loose-meat burgers for more than 70 years. They are made from scratch, literally, by de-boning beef hind- and forequarters and grinding burger from the whole cow. Probably the most peculiar burger can be found at Smokey Row in Oskaloosa, famous for cheeseburger chowder.

Maid Rite in Marshalltown

Loose-meat hamburger on a bun, served with mustard, pickles, or chopped onions. It's a simple 86-year tradition in Marshalltown. Fred Angell started the concept in Muscatine, Iowa, in 1926. He sold the idea to Newton the following year. Cliff Taylor brought it to Marshalltown in 1928.

Cliff's son Don Taylor and wife Polly took over operations in 1944. Polly's grandson Don Short took over in 1985. And today, the choice beef is served up by Don and Polly Taylor's daughter, Sandra Taylor Short, and her husband, Con.

For fans that may have relocated, Taylor's Maid-Rite's Send a Maid Rite program ships the sandwiches directly to your door, anywhere in the United States.

Every Day With Rachel Ray

Since 1928 Taylors has fed thousands of its famous loose meat ground beef sandwiches to travelers. Eat yours the proper way with a spoon.

Tastes Of Iowa

The Des Moines Sunday Register newspaper featured Taylor 's Maid-Rite in its Tastes of Iowa column. This column featured a menu of edible gifts for all occasions that you just can't get anywhere else. Taylor 's unique ability to ship sandwiches anywhere in the United States was highlighted and highly recommended!

Places Worthy Of Preservation

The Des Moines Sunday Register newspaper considers Taylor 's Maid-Rite a location that must be preserved. The 70 year heritage of Taylor 's Maid-Rite is recounted with specific mention of the original menu and authentic location.

Taylor 's Featured In Local T.R.I.B. Monthly Magazine

The T-R Inside Business magazine featured Taylor 's Maid-Rite as its business of the month. The article was entitled "Doing the right thing for 63 years". Shawn Conrad, author, says:

"Often times, businesses with a strong foot-hold and long history in a community boast their longevity is due to change.... But their are some business operations that just keep doing the right thing year after year..."

Midwest Living Features Taylor's Maid-Rite

Midwest Living magazine has twice featured Taylor's Maid-Rite in its publication. The October 1996 issue says:

"When you order a Maid-Rite sandwich, you not only get steamy ground beef and onions in a hamburger bun, you also get a spoon. That's because the crumbly filling inevitably spills out, and you'll want to scoop up every last morsel."

The article also highlights the Send A Maid Rite program.

In October 1997, Midwest Living named Maid-Rite the "king of the loose meat burgers." Taylor's Maid-Rite is also recognized as the oldest of the more than 100 Maid-Rite establishments that is stull owned by the same family.

Travel & Leisure Magazine

Taylor's Maid-Rite was featured in the March 2006 "Travel & Leisure Magazine."

Public TV - "Sandwiches You Will Like"

Public television featured Taylor's Maid-Rite on the program "Sandwiches You Will Like."

Marshalltown, IA Small Business of the Year
Marshalltown, IA Small Business of the Year!

Polly Taylor (seated, center) is surrounded by long time Taylor's employees Jean Ridout, Lela Long, Darlene Kupka, and Glenna Hedum.
Polly Taylor (seated, center) is surrounded by long time Taylor's employees Jean Ridout, Lela Long, Darlene Kupka, and Glenna Hedum.


"Doing the right thing for 63 years."

Send a Maid-Rite anywhere!
Send a Maid-Rite anywhere!