Food & Drink

The 10 sexiest slider options in Chicago

Published On 06/16/2014 Published On 06/16/2014
GT Fish & Oyster
Sable
The Beer Bistro
GT Fish & Oyster
Rockit Bar & Grill
Old Town Social
Mana
Luxbar
The Slide Ride
The Fifty/50
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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 (Old Town)

Old Town Social is setting out to seamlessly infuse turn-of-the-century elegance into its classic neighborhood bar confines. The upscale, spacious, high-ceiling'ed gastropub is as good a place to watch the game as it is to enjoy a nice dinner out on the town. Nestle up to the marble bar top for front row seats to the flat screens, cozy into the front room's fireplace and sip on signature cocktails, gather a group and dine on a slew of contemporary American share plates (don't skip the mac 'n cheese), and stop by the vintage shoe shine station on your way out, of course.

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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.