1428 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541345.002935 -93.261787
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Sheridan
Big ol' pile o' beef! – I read a couple of reviews here that were pretty harsh and thought I should add my two cents.
To start - I'm certainly no local and didn't get a chance to try the place when Stan was still around so I don't have anything to compare the current place with. I'm on my first trip to the area - for a friend's funeral - and someone told me to give Mayslacks a try. They warned in advance that the place "wasn't what it used to be" to which I replied, "neither am I."
A bud and I got there about 1130 on a Tuesday (today in fact) and it was nearly empty - but by the time we left it was getting crowded. The waitress was freindly and flirty (just the way a waitress should be in a place where the motto is "nobody beats mayslacks meat") and the food was great. The beef was plenty garlicy and piled high with plenty of horseradish on the side.
Prices were reasonable and the place was suitably dingy for a neighborhood watering hole. Next time I'm in the area I'll certainly stop in again. May not be what it used to be but I thought is was pretty good.
Tee-shirts are the only good item at Mayslacks – Thank God I am not alone. I thought it was me last weekend, but evidently I have company.
Last Saturday my better twothirds and I strolled into Mayslacks after a few "greenies" down the street. The booths were empty, six to eight people were ponied up at the bar. We grabbed a booth and waited and waited... After 10 minutes like the previous reviewers I went up to the bar where Paris Hilton's sister seemed ticked that I actually had to ask her a question, much less, work. "And by the way do you think a waitress can come to our table?" I think she interpreted that as "I'm a third dregee offender, any kids doing the dishes?". She gave me another deer in the headlights look and started talking to another barkeep. I walked back to our table laughing, which made my wife nervous because she knew my New Jersey upbringing was bubbling to the surface. I counted to 100 hundred and repeated "What would Dara do?". The staff came around eventually, her look and attitiude was "I'm pouty spice tonight, tomorrow I'm going to be Denise Richards" the roast beef was subpar, the beer was good, (which isn't made by Mayslacks). I put myself through school working at a small family run joint in Passic County, I've cleaned bathrooms worse than the one I used Saturday night. I know the score. If they keep up the fine work, it will be closed in six months. If you go out to dinner and have a good meal, you tell two people. If you have a terrible time you tell ten or more people. I'm telling nine more people. Keep the tee-shirt, it use to be funny.
avoid the "new" mayslack's – rude waitress/bad food
i have to agree with the previous poster and i felt an obligation to let webfolks know my recent experience -- it's too bad, because i've gone to mayslack's for ten years, but i think the new ownership has let it slide downhill.
we were served lukewarm, stale french fries with our mediocre burgers.
when i told the waitress about it she became immediately hostile (!?) and said that she "just saw them come out of the fryer, so she didn't know how that could be." funny, our cheese curds were hot and fresh as could be.
she avoided us for the next 10 minutes and then finally slapped the check down for me after my wife and babies left.
we couldn't believe her rudeness -- i guess i'd avoid the "new" mayslacks.
Highly Overrated – Mayslacks is going down hill--fast. Service is lousy, waitresses stand around chatting. Food terrible. Bartender--nasty, when it was obvious the waitress wasn't bothering to wait on us we went to the bar, the bartender snapped-did you want something? The place was not crowded--about 4 booths and two tables on the patio were occupied. We had to try and get waitresse's attention to bring menus. My friend was anxious to try the famous roast beed--sandwich was tough, the bread stale and the french fries cold. I had the pasta special--serving was tiny with a lackluster hunk of boneless, spiceless chicken breast thrown on top. My friend asked for a glass of water with her meal, my beer glass was almost empty waitress never bothered to ask if I wanted another. I went to the bar, again, and asked Ms. Congeniality for a glass of red wine--cost $6 and change. Ladie's room had a bathroom stall door just hanging off the hinges. I work in the neighborhood and go to lunch at Mayslacks often--not after this experience. Do yourself a favor and find another place. Too bad, they had nice happy hour specials but it just isn't worth it.
My new local pub – Friendly staff, great bartenders, cheap drinks, great food, down to earth real people regulars, pretty good music, in a working class neighborhood, AND it's on my way home from work, pretty damn near perfect.
NE Minneapolis favorite restaurant and bar serving greasy food and live music. – In Short
This working-class bar boasts backslapping camaraderie and original decor: pressed-tin ceiling, tile floor, high wooden booths. A mix of Northeast locals whose head adornment ranges from feed cap to nose ring converge on weekends for the live music, including a polka band every Sunday evening. The menu leans to burgers and sandwiches (pork tenderloin, BLT, turkey club), including the famous garlic roast beef sandwich made famous by the now-departed restaurant's namesake.
User review by naragonl – I'm so sad to hear about Maslacks. I hope it is somewhat how it used to be.
I remember back in the early 80's to when I worked for Control Data Corp and traveled to the
Twin Cities for training. One stop we'd always make was to Mayslacks for the roast beef
sandwich. He was truly the original 'Soup Nazi' (reference to Seinfeld TV show). We'd always stand in line and wait to become next and be afraid to say the wrong thing to Stan. While I never saw anyone get thrown out, if things went well, your sandwich kept getting bigger and bigger. I remember him with those huge hands and a great sandwich was the size of his full hand extended. You didn't need to eat for a day or 2. Oh well, like i said, I hope that it still taste somehting like it used to.
Not What It Once Was – The "famous" roast beef has been reduced to the cheapest cuts of meat and it not special or good in the slightest. The rest of the menu is basic bar menu and average.
The scene is boring and dead. Sigh.
Memory of Stan Mayslacks – I felt the imposing figure of Stan Mayslacks at his Lounge long after the man has past. The roast beef sandwich, music, friendship hung in the air. Stan thanks for the great legacy of your sandwichs, your clan carrys on in your stead. I am treating my Ukranian mother in law who is 86 to a little bit of of your Polish fare, the Mayslacks, named in your honor for the wrestling champ you were, a lot of beef, I will laugh as I eat my sandwich just like I did when I visited your place when you were slicing the meat.
Roast Beef – Stan Mayslack may be gone, but his roast beef sandwich is not! A full pund of roast beef sandwich and it is awesome. It comes with some of the best french fries on the planet.
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