I'll make this short and to the point. Sat night - first time, to try the "famous roast beef". Don't bother. The portion is enormous and that is the best I can say. Roast beef is dry, overcooked, and tasteless. It sits piled on a dry rye bun with white onion and banana pepper slices. Tasteless au jus on side. LOUD, dirty, and old inside. Brisk, rude waitress. Basic MN bar food menu. This place is lucky to be floating on its out dated, years ago neighborhood reputation. For food, DON'T BOTHER.
Good drinks, terrifyingly bad food..
Good place for a drink, but the food is terrible. Roast Beef is basically inedible, tough and chewy. If it doesn't come out of a Sysco bag, I don't know what they are doing to it.
Add to that a menu filled with four pages of obviously straight out of the Sysco catalog prefab generic fried crap, and you get the idea. Actually WORSE then Applebee's. Non of this would be all that bad, if they didn't charge so much for this absolute disaster of a menu. Hey Mayslacks, most bars are upping the quality of the food, not the size of the menu these days.
Roast beef Primer- Get a chuck, trim the fat off of it, sear it, then put in in a low oven for several hours with some red wine, garlic, onions, carrot and celery. Chill and slice. Reheat with the jus from the pan you cooked it in.
Rip off. Bone found in sandwich, management only took half off,pizza was not all that good, watered down drinks, second band was cut short, best band there that night,April 3rd 2010. Our group of 30 people that went to see band number 2 will not go back again, we spent over $1000.00 and was not treated to well. They do not apparently need our money and the bathrooms were very very disgusting. Sorry this was not a very good experience.
Never had a bad time.
I've been to Mayslack's probably 10 times in the last year and every experience was as you would want it to be. Friendly service, good food, cold beer and good live music with a cool dive bar atmosphere. I am guessing they got rid of the bad help talked about in the reviews below because I have not experienced that at all.
I have never tried the roast beef, but I absolutely love the Big Bleu burger with tater tots and some of their dijon mayo sauce on the side for the tots ... I have to have one every time I go. It is one of my favorite bleu cheese burgers of any that I have had in the twin cities ... it is every bit as good as Granite City's Blue Burger!
The staff has always been friendly - even the bouncer let me sit at the bar without paying cover for the band because I was just there to sit at the bar and have a couple of beers and grab a bite. Other nights when we've gone for the band the music was great and the cover was only $5 ... but get there early if you want a table because it is usually packed on Friday and Saturday nights.
I will definitely be back.
We want don't want to Beat Mayslack's Meat.
Granted, we haven't met the new owners, but we've been by. It's a fun bar. Does the band play in the blue room or the green room?
We haven't been around as long as Mayslack's, but, we'd love to play there. We'll even buy the shirt!
Mayslacks please hire us!
Nobody Beats Mayslack's Meat!. While "Mayslack's Meat" remains a hot number on the menu, the recent make-over of the place leaves something to be desired. The keg-cracked tile floors are still there, the fabulous tin ceiling with the dramatic crown moulding is still there, but someone -- perhaps someone's grandmother -- has painted the place with what appears to be a sponge. Remember sponge painting? Yikes. Still gets bands, still attracts a wide and diverse crowd. The service is friendly and fast and the patio is reasonably accommodating.
Decent later night experience. I don't know about the other reviewers experiences, but for a first timer, (apparently it used to be different) I enjoyed myself. The server was cute and spunky, ordered quickly, food came out hot and the wings were perfect. What made this an average review was the amount of time our sandwiches took. The wing makers had to take time out of their busy wing making to multi task and it must have been too much to handle. Other than having to make small talk with my friends for 20 minutes and actually enjoying each other's company, (which isn't so bad) the long wait kept us drinking, again, not another bad thing. What else is there to do on a June Wednesday evening at 11 pm? A piece of Minnesota Americana. (And loudly sung Led Zeppelin).
New ownership is horrible!.
I used to go to Mayslack's frequently. When I say frequently I mean once a week! Now, even though I live down the street I go rarely. Tonight was an exceptionally bad experience. We paid way to much money for cheap grocery bought, cooked in the microwave, 'Tyson' stirfry and rice and walleye coated in cornmeal flour that tasted as if it had been dipped in cornmeal and put directly on the plate.
It is unfortunate that a place that my friends and I used to love everything about (ie. food, music, atmosphere) has gone so downhill. New ownership is not always pretty. However, even after the infamous Stan Mayslack, the ownership was superb and kept the authenticity. This new owner is trying to turn Mayslack's into some generic bar, which does not blend in with the Nordeast atmosphere that everyone loves. Think twice about going here and go to Mac's Industrial instead.
not what is was. sigh
I think im going to be sick. OMG!!!! the beef sandwich was about the same quaity as sloppy joe at a truck stop. NASTY. This new owner has NO idea at all and if he has a wife she should be scared cause I think he is hiring staff off of cup size only. No talent waitstaff and no talent in the kitchen either. Im guessing if this guy purchased an McDonalds in Ethiopia he would lose it. Here is a case of I know everything and do nothing business owner. I agree with the other guy the bathroom looked like a horror movie i would hate to see the kitchen.ewwww STAY OUT OF THIS PLACE unless you want to buy it cause at the rate its going it will be for sale by the bank in 4 months along with the other bars this guys owns cause thats the only thing i was informed about like he was a rock star lol i checked reviews on the other bars and they were the same. no service dirty previously successful places now ran to the dirt, mayslacks,legends cafe and a great norther bar and grill in western metro i guess that place is about done already and hes only owned it 2 months.
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