After all the mindless clichés of this campaign season, those who work hard and play by the rules may wonder if there is still an honest deal out there. We cast our vote for the Pasty Shack. For the better part of 55 years, the Shack has used the same original recipes to offer an inexpensive meal in a flaky pie crust. According to Bill Mier, owner for the past 12 years, that crust is a critical reason for the Pasty Shack’s longevity. (For the record, the shortening is Butter Flavor Crisco). There are five pasties to choose from, but the most popular is the Cornish, with lean beef, potatoes, onions and seasonings for $5.45. Defenders of traditional values might argue that a pasty is best enjoyed at a pub. They will be happy to know that Socal’s Tavern, Pine Cove Tavern, Streets of London Pub and Bonn Lair all feature pies from the Pasty Shack. 4746 J Street, (916) 454-9630.