There was some internal debate about whether the Half Time Rec truly constitutes a dive bar. Yes, its exterior looks like a 1934 bookie joint. And, yes, its neighborhood just east of Como Park has seen prettier days. But the evidence against its diviness would be the top-notch food currently being turned out by chef Jack Riebel. Still, if a quality dive is measured by its down-home vibe, its friendliness, and its welcoming of neighborhood characters of all ages and stripes, Half Time is the ideal American bar. It features bocce ball, pool, pull-tabs, and the holy sacrament known as the Friday meat raffle. They serve shots as God intended, only slightly smaller than the cargo of ore boats. And your best Gophers sweatshirt is considered formal wear. But the most important feature is this: The staff is so relentlessly cheerful you find yourself wanting to tip more than you can afford.