Food & Drink

The 10 sexiest slider options in Chicago

Published On 06/16/2014 Published On 06/16/2014
GT Fish & Oyster

Not just for people with small, Dinklage-y hands who can't commit to a full burger, sliders are also for people with normal-sized hands who can't commit to a full burger. That in mind, here're the 10 sexiest slider options in Chicago.

Sable

Pork Belly BLT

Sable Kitchen and Bar (address and info)
Near North Side
This Baconfest-highlighting slider puts crispy pork with LT & mayo on a brioche bun, for the tiniest slice of heaven (heaven's made of crispy pork, right?) you'll eat this month.

The Beer Bistro

Chicken Cordon Bleu Slider

The Beer Bistro (address and info)
Lincoln Park
Culinary school, Arby's sandwich, and now a slider at The Beer Bistro -- is there anything the Chicken Cordon Bleu can't do? Maybe last more than a minute, but that's about it.

GT Fish & Oyster

Oyster Po' Boy Slider

GT Fish & Oyster (address and info)
Near North Side
If these came in a crave case, we'd buy it. There's no question as to why fried oysters with kimchi and peanuts are a favorite of James Beard editors. Two words: flavor explosion.

Rockit Bar & Grill

Dr. Feelgood Bloody Mary

Rockit Bar & Grill (address and info)
Near North Side
This is actually a $32 Bloody Mary, but it makes the list because of the amazing toppings (and bottomings?). If you're up on your Bloody Mary goings-on (exhibit A and exhibit B), you'll know that this 32oz Bloody is garnished with a slider (and also shrimp, bacon, peperoncini, grape tomatoes, blue cheese-stuffed olives, and a pickle spear).

Old Town Social

Housemade Hot Dog Sliders

Old Town Social (address and info)
Near North Side
Think outside the bun? No thanks, we'll just change the shape. OTS is serving up classic Chicago dogs and Detroit coneys in tiny form (which we're gonna say still qualifies them as a slider). The no-ketchup rule still applies.

Mana

Mana Slider

Mana Food Bar (address and info)
Wicker Park
These mushroom and brown rice mini-burgs are topped with spicy mayo and not what God gave the Israelites during their travels in the desert.

Luxbar

Filet Mignon & Lobster Slider

Luxbar (address and info)
Near North Side
Sliders are never a classy meal... unless, of course, you make them from filet mignon and top them with lobster and fancy butter. Hard to expect anything less from lunch in the Gold Coast, honestly.

The Slide Ride

Sriracha Buffalo Chicken Slider

The Slide Ride (info)
Various Locations
Buffalo-style: horrendous for a football team, great for a slider. This pulled chicken in a Sriracha sauce with carrots, celery, and ranch could very well spell the end for Franks' Buffalo dominance.

The Fifty/50

Double-D Grilled Cheese Slider

The Fifty/50 (address and info)
Ukrainian Village
If sliders existed when we were kids, this is what everyone would've ordered. Fifty/50 has several great choices, but sometimes a simple, itty-bitty grilled cheese is the only way to go.

Flickr/Greg Nelson

Original Sliders

White Castle (address and info)
Irving Park
Okay, so maybe it's cheating, but a slider list without White Castle is like a slow jams mixtape without Boyz II Men. They're the world's best sliders for approximately 13 minutes.

Colin Joliat is a freelance food and booze writer who loves sliders because they make him feel like a big, strong man. Follow him @FlintSkinny.

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1. Sable 505 N State, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

Sable's a 153-seat dark-hued, brightly lit, open-kitchened dining room and lounge whose haute cuisine-meets-comfort menu is designed to marry with a cocktail program crafted by a Violet Hour alum, who can in turn help you graduate beyond your usual schnapps and soda.

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2. Beer Bistro North 1415 W Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

The former Small Bar Fullerton has changed hands, but will remain craft-centric now that it's BB North, a second location for the West Loop bar that flaunts more than 160 taps, and sports a menu aided by the kitchen's smoker, which'll flavor up everything from ribs to wings.

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3. GT Fish & Oyster 531 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654 (Near North Side)

Helmed by Michelin-starred chef Guiseppe Tentori, this fine dining restaurant in River North is the place to go for anything seafood-related. GT serves fish shack-style eats like lobster rolls, fish and chips, and oyster po' boys alongside way more luxurious items like caviar and seafood towers. The beautifully-designed space includes a date-worthy oyster bar and a private dining room with a whale mural. Though Friday and Saturday nights are GT's peak hours, the restaurant has stellar weekday lunch and weekend brunch service.

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4. Rockit Burger Bar 3700 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613 (Wrigleyville)

This is the only time you'll hear "Come see what's between our buns," and not be freaked out. Rockit Burger Bar offers some badass burgers, including gems like the huevos rancheros burger and a chicken breast patty aptly named "The Motherclucker." If you're craycray and burgers aren't your thing, flatbreads and small bites are also served.

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5. Old Town Social 455 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60610 (Chicago)

Setting out to seamlessly infuse some turn-of-the-century elegance into your classic neighborhood bar, OTS mixes luxurious touches like marble bartops, a fireplace, and a vintage shoe shine station with a menu crafted by a Blackbird vet.

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6. The Fifty/50 2047 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

The 50's a tri-level sports temple serving gluttonous fare like in-house smoked meats (ribs, pulled pork, wings), mac 'n' cheese toppable with everything from chicken to chili, and the "Double-Secret Probation"-esque "Triple Secret:" a tri-meat fatburger with a classified recipe.

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7. White Castle 3212 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60618 (Irving Park)

Sometimes you just can't beat a boat-load of sliders and fries from White Castle. The chain that made mini-burgers famous started in Kansas but made its way to Chi-town in the '30s. As the story goes, White Castle's first slider was created by accident when a short-order cook slammed down a meatball in frustration. While the greasy originals might have amassed a cult following, the chicken breast sliders are seriously underrated and thus, worth a try.

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8. Mana Food Bar 1742 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

"Mana" translates to "the life force in nature", and apparently for the creators that force is meatless. Yup, Mana is a vegetarian restaurant in Wicker Park, but it still has a great slider -- it's just made with brown rice and a mushroom burger.

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9. LuxBar 18 E Bellevue Pl, Chicago, IL 60610 (Near North Side)

Near North Side's Luxbar is the lounge to be at during the weekend. With stellar American fare, drink specials, and perfectly-crafted 'tails, there's not much more your Friday night needs.

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