Date: Sun, 5 Mar 1995 06:33:06 -0600
From: wachal robert s rwachal[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BLUE.WEEG.UIOWA.EDU
Subject: Iowa dialects and loose meat
North of a Dubuque-Waterloo-Sioux City line (roughly Highway 20) is
northern and sooth of it is north midland except for the triangle of
Dubuque-Cedar rapids/Iowa City-Davenport, which is historically northern.
Many folk along the southern border counties do have the pin/pen
Loosemeat sandwiches are called either 'sloppy joes' or 'maidrites', the
latter a trade name of a chain of diners. I have casually observed this
sandwich since I was a lad in the '30's in Omaha nebraska. Only
Woolworths sold them and only at the root beer counter. They later
graduated to Sunday night church suppers for teenagers, then in peoples
home for large groups of teenagers, and finally as a home staple.
Sometimes to meat is seasoned with a catsup like mixture. I don't know
where the sanwich originated.