BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – A national reader’s choice contest currently shows a Fort Madison restaurant as one of the best loose meat sandwiches in the state of Iowa.
But that’s not good enough for owner Dave Taylor. He wants to be No. 1 and he’s asking for your help.
The USA Today is currently running a Reader’s Choice 2017 vote contest to find the best loose meat sandwich in Iowa and voters have until May 8 to choose their favorite.
“We’re asking for your help. We’re currently number 2 in the poll and a place in Ottumwa is No. 1, but we think we’ve got a better sandwich,” Taylor said Wednesday morning.
“We’re just thrilled to be considered, as the new owners. We’re going up against other generational businesses that have been around 50 to 60 years. We’d like to be rated No. 1 and help bring daytrippers to Fort Madison to see our beautiful riverfront.”
Taylor said anyone can vote once a day every day by clicking on the link below.
The article in the national newspaper indicated the state history of the local favorite was originally called a Tavern Sandwich in 1924 and then a “Maid-Rite” appeared in 1926, which is now a franchised regional brand.
“10th Street Station has been serving customers since 1929, and this Fort Madison favorite features several variations of the loose meat sandwich, including one with cheese and another with bacon and cheese,” the voting website reads.
Voting goes through May 8, with the winners being announced in the publication on May 12.
Taylor said he received an email on Thursday that the diner was in the running and was asked to send in some images for the publication and the picture showing in the voting page was taken locally and sent in.
“We were No. 3 but we have moved into No. 2. We’re asking everyone to vote one time a day every day until May 8.”
As of this morning, 16 Iowa restaurants were still in the running with the 10th Street Station in the 2nd spot.
You can click the link below to cast your vote.