Whether it's their inexpensive production value or popularity with a young crowd, there's a lot to like when it comes to sliders, unless of course you're Rembrandt "Crying Man" Brown and had to stick around for all... five... seasons. Hooking up bomb mini burgers Jerry O'Connell would've been contractually prevented from eating, Phil's Sliders, opening today.
From a longtime caterer with a gift for burgers Carrie Bradshaw only wishes she had, Phil's Sliders (named after the dude's pops) takes the In-N-Out concept and shrinks it, serving up $2 medium-rare mini beef discs outta an old Chinese storefront on Shattuck with newly exposed vintage brick walls, corian-topped tables, and an orb lighting-equipped 16ft tall ceiling. The slider-only menu'll feature just one bun-ified beef offering: a grass-fed cow patty plopped on a Taste of Denmark roll (with melted cheddar, a house special sauce, and iceberg lettuce), plus for the meat-challenged they'll also do a portobello slider with the exact same spread, despite Ron Jaworski's insistence it'd be much better using the pro set. There's also housemade sides (fried-to-order tots, poppyseed coleslaw) and sodas (root beer, orange, cream), plus brain chemistry-altering desserts like their custom Oreo cookie, S'mores Bars (cookie dough squares layered with graham cracker, Callebaut chocolate & marshmallow), plus vanilla, chocolate, and "special" rotating-flavor signature shakes, though Antoine Walker's lawyers contend that his signature shake is -- just kidding. Antoine Walker can't afford lawyers.
Still to come: they'll be adding touch-screen terminals that'll let you punch in and pay for your order without the help of a cashier, just like Rembrandt Brown in that episode where he goes to the future and discovers there's no one else left on the show.