I had a horseshoe at the Maid-Rite today.  A little history is probably in order.  The Maid-Rite claims to be the world’s first drive through restaurant.  It is a tiny little restaurant just west of downtown Springfield.  The place has been around forever.  You can still get frosty mug root beer that they make themselves.  The Maid-Rite sandwich is a loose meat sandwich on a bun wrapped in wax paper.  Abe Lincoln himself may have eaten at the Maid-Rite.

You may have noticed that I didn’t specify the type of horseshoe I had.  That’s because there are no choices.  They have a single horseshoe on the menu.  It is not a typical horseshoe in any way however.  Instead of toast, they use a hamburger bun.  Directly on top of the bun are the steak fries.  The cheese sauce is poured on top of the fries and the Maid-Rite loose meat is spread on top of it all.  Just like the Maid-Rite itself, the horseshoe is one of a kind.

A horseshoe at Maid-Rite is unlike any other with meat on the top.
A horseshoe at Maid-Rite is unlike any other with meat on the top.

The horseshoe itself was good but not great.  Honestly, I think if you are going to the Maid-Rite you’d be better off sticking with their special – 2 maid-rite sandwiches, fries and a frosty home-made rootbeer.