A sign on the road into Oskaloosa alerted me to a special one dollar off deal for a homemade tenderloin from the local Maid Rite franchise. I've visited plenty of Maid-Rites, and most serve frozen fritters instead of homemade pork tenderloins. I have found homemade tenderloins at Maid Rites in Cedar Rapids and Monroe, and at some family owned locations that ended their franchise agreements and don't call themselves Maid Rite anymore.
Location: 902 A Ave. West in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa.
Directions: Ave A is Highway 92, the main drag from Highway 163 heading from Des Moines.
Online at: Facebook page is HERE.
The tenderloin: This had an obvious handmade pork loin shape, complete with a finger of meat sticking out on the side. The breading formed a tasteless and dusty layer with just minor crunch. The meat inside was a bright white that had been trimmed, it wasn't especially tender. Good moisture, but not juicy. This was a really okay tenderloin for a franchise restaurant. Overall 7.0 out of ten.
Price: These are usually $4.99 and available in a basket for $7.99
I was pleasantly surprised by the homemade fries, they had just the right amount of crispiness and were warm and lightly salted.
|Hand cut fries|
Final Thoughts: I had stopped at Maid-Rite when my first destination, Julie's Homestyle Cafe on Market St. was closed. It turns out Julie's has some short hours, and I will have to make it back to try to eat there.