Mayslack’s is a Nordeast institution, a large-ish dive bar that’s two parts blue collar and one part white. It consists of two connected rooms, the first an open space featuring live bands and the other a bare-bones bar-n-grill complete with a half-dozen chunky wood booths and a long bar. The lights are perma-dimmed and the clientele is reliably un-yuppie.
Mayslack’s is famous for its roast beef sandwiches, which are good enough that we decided to add the spot to our Burger Tour despite it not showing up on any best-of list that we could find.
Which is crazy, because the Mayslack’s burger is outstanding. Blew us away, really, though a good deal of that reaction can be chalked up to low expectations. (Life: all about expectations.)
The burger featured a perfect combination of everything that matters: substantial patty (one-finger-plus thickness) cooked just right, firm but moist, with a perfectly sized and tasty egg bun surrounding it. Mayslacks’ offering doesn’t have the buttery richness of Ike’s or the firm saltiness of Five Guys, but it is damn good, a top-5er no doubt, one that deserves your attention.
Not to mention some love from the foodie community. We’re blazing trails, one burger at a time.
Venue: B+ // Burger: A-
2b. Five Guys
5. The Bulldog
8. Burger Jones
10. Monte Carlo