10th Street Station vying for first place in sandwich contest

April 13, 2017 GMT

What’s better than eating a loose meat sandwich for lunch, all in a well-established location. How about one of the best establishments in the state and just getting better?

Dave Taylor’s 10th Street Station, 616 10th St., Fort Madison, was ranked No. 2 by USA Today among loose meat sandwich shops in Iowa.

Being ranked as high as the 10th Street Station cannot be done by some Johnny-come-lately.

“We’ve been here since 1929,” Taylor said. “I was born in Fort Madison in 1963 and graduated here in 1982.”

Taylor said he left the area only to return in 2017.

“When I got here I bought the diner,” Taylor said. “The reason I bought the diner was because it is an institution. It’s a place where families and friends have been coming for years. It has a solid reputation. It uses only fresh ingredients.”

As for the ranking, Taylor is familiar with the competition.

“The Cantina in Ottumwa is ranked No. 1,” Taylor said. “The Maid-Rite chain is ranked No. 5 as a group. Overall, I think we have a pretty good chance at No. 1.”

Taylor said he believes the people of Fort Madison can do what it takes to push his diner to the top.

“It’s going to take everyone to go online and share with their friends and families,” Taylor said. “Get online and vote every day.”

Taylor said there is a spot on his company’s Facebook page where people can go to vote. He said they should also send reminders.

“Go to Facebook and ‘poke’ your friends and tell them to vote,” Taylor said.

Taylor said that it is nice to be voted No. 1, but he believes in his heart that his food is the best.

“Here’s why,” Taylor said. “When you compare us to other sandwich providers, there’s a little thing that we do that they don’t do. We have established a successful product and you don’t mess with that.”

Taylor said 10th Street Station does not mess with its beef.

“When you look at other places you see that the taste and consistency changes,” Taylor said. “We don’t do that. We don’t mess with things.”

Taylor said everything is baked and prepared at the store location.

“Drop by at 5:30 a.m. and watch the people bake pies,” Taylor said.

10th Street Station is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“I am thinking about opening on Sundays,” Taylor said. “I have four churches one block away.”

Taylor said many years ago the diner was open at night.

“I’m thinking about doing this again, now that the theater is open,” Taylor said.

Voting is currently underway and continues through May 8.

“People need to get on this right away,” Taylor said.