1428 NE. 4th St.
While fixies now fly around Nordeast like a hipster beehive, the neighborhood has a strong blue-collar heritage. Among its innumerable unassuming establishments, Mayslacks is a standout. All one needs to fit in at this come-as-you-are bar is a pint of Grain Belt and good-natured decorum. A decent-sized stage sees a string of local bar bands on weekend nights. MICHAEL RIETMULDER
"Nobody beats Mayslack's meat" is the motto at Mayslack's Polka Lounge, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Mayslack's legendary 1-pound garlic-drenched roast beef sandwiches are as good as ever. Other menu options include hoagies, sandwiches, broasted chicken, pork chops and even a veggie burger. (Jeremy Iggers, 4/21/2005)