Burger Tour: Mayslack’s

5 Apr


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-


1. Blue Door Pub

2a. Ike’s

2b. Five Guys

4. Mayslack’s

5. The Bulldog

6. Buster’s on 28th

7. Mac’s Industrial

8. Burger Jones

9. Longfellow Grill

10. Monte Carlo

11. Café Twenty Eight

12. Murray’s


2 Responses to “Burger Tour: Mayslack’s”

  1. Linnemann April 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    Does Burger Time in Waite Park count or is it a metro thing?

  2. RandBall's Stu April 11, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    RE: hot outstate meat. Burger Time and Val’s Rapid Serv are central MN’s finest contribution to burger-dom, and I know the southern exurban rubes swear by House of Coates, King’s in Miesville, etc.

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