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Guide: Where to Find Unique Sliders

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Sumi Robata Bar
| Photo: Barry Brecheisen

What is a slider, anyway? Many people consider it to be a mini hamburger, but that has evolved into slew of mini sandwiches on buns named "sliders." There's a variety of places around town that make all sorts of sliders that the original White Castle would have never dreamed of. Here now is a map of restaurants, bars, and mobile eateries that serve sliders that might make you run to your urban dictionary.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sable Kitchen & Bar

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505 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 755-9704
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At Sable, they put a whimsical spin on sliders, and that spin is root beer. The short rib sliders are glazed with root beer and topped with crispy onions, a half-order runs $9.00.

2. Sumi Robata Bar

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702 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 988-7864
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Chef Gene Kato is known for authentic robata-style grilling at Sumi Robata Bar, but he has a "Beef Tsukune Slider" on the menu as well. Luckily the meat blend, seasoned with Japanese seven spice, is wrapped in a housemade bao hot dog-style.

3. Bangers & Lace

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1670 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-6499
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Bangers & Lace has quite an extensive rotating craft beer, and sausage, selection. But for breakfast, they have sliders. The $8 mini meat sandwiches feature Irish bangers, creamed spinach, gruyere, hollandaise, and of course egg between an English muffin.

4. GT Fish and Oyster

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531 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 929-3501
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Leave it to GT Fish & Oyster and chef Giuseppe Tentori to make an oyster slider. On the dinner menu, the sliders cost $4 each and are topped with kimchi and peanuts. There's also a similar slider made with pork belly on the lunch menu.

5. South Water Kitchen

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225 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 236-9300
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Chicken salad might be more often spotted at delis or picnics, but South Water Kitchen serves it up in slider form. They come with dried cranberries, sage and walnuts.

6. The Slide Ride

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Moving Target
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 925-1911
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The Slide Ride, as one might expect, dishes a variety of sliders out of their roaming slider truck. Right now the eight sliders include Guinness burger, gyro, Cubano, caprese, and Sriracha buffalo chicken.

7. LuxBar

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18 E Bellevue Pl
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 642-3400
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A Gold Coast staple, Luxbar appropriately serves Gold Coast sliders. Among the three selections is a filet mignon and lobster slider with "maitre d' butter" for $7.50.

8. Sideline Grill

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4460 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60641

Sideline Grill serves 12 types of sliders, including a 1/3 pound "jumbo slider with fries." Sounds like a burger.

9. Rockit Burger Bar

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3700 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 645-4400
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Rockit Burger Bar's burger lab produces a special burger a week that are sometimes made into sliders. Right now it's a char-grilled black angus slider with beer-battered fried bacon, habanero peanut coleslaw and roasted red pepper aioli.

10. Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar

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626 N State St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 698-5000
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River North Italian staple Quartino has their version of a slider on the wine bar plates section of the menu. It's a veal meatball slider with pomodoro sauce and giardiniera for just $2.50.

1. Sable Kitchen & Bar

505 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

At Sable, they put a whimsical spin on sliders, and that spin is root beer. The short rib sliders are glazed with root beer and topped with crispy onions, a half-order runs $9.00.

505 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

2. Sumi Robata Bar

702 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60654

Chef Gene Kato is known for authentic robata-style grilling at Sumi Robata Bar, but he has a "Beef Tsukune Slider" on the menu as well. Luckily the meat blend, seasoned with Japanese seven spice, is wrapped in a housemade bao hot dog-style.

702 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654

3. Bangers & Lace

1670 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Bangers & Lace has quite an extensive rotating craft beer, and sausage, selection. But for breakfast, they have sliders. The $8 mini meat sandwiches feature Irish bangers, creamed spinach, gruyere, hollandaise, and of course egg between an English muffin.

1670 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

4. GT Fish and Oyster

531 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

Leave it to GT Fish & Oyster and chef Giuseppe Tentori to make an oyster slider. On the dinner menu, the sliders cost $4 each and are topped with kimchi and peanuts. There's also a similar slider made with pork belly on the lunch menu.

531 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

5. South Water Kitchen

225 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

Chicken salad might be more often spotted at delis or picnics, but South Water Kitchen serves it up in slider form. They come with dried cranberries, sage and walnuts.

225 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

6. The Slide Ride

Moving Target, Chicago, IL 60606

The Slide Ride, as one might expect, dishes a variety of sliders out of their roaming slider truck. Right now the eight sliders include Guinness burger, gyro, Cubano, caprese, and Sriracha buffalo chicken.

Moving Target
Chicago, IL 60606

7. LuxBar

18 E Bellevue Pl, Chicago, IL 60610

A Gold Coast staple, Luxbar appropriately serves Gold Coast sliders. Among the three selections is a filet mignon and lobster slider with "maitre d' butter" for $7.50.

18 E Bellevue Pl
Chicago, IL 60610

8. Sideline Grill

4460 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60641

Sideline Grill serves 12 types of sliders, including a 1/3 pound "jumbo slider with fries." Sounds like a burger.

4460 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60641

9. Rockit Burger Bar

3700 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

Rockit Burger Bar's burger lab produces a special burger a week that are sometimes made into sliders. Right now it's a char-grilled black angus slider with beer-battered fried bacon, habanero peanut coleslaw and roasted red pepper aioli.

3700 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613

10. Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar

626 N State St, Chicago, IL 60611

River North Italian staple Quartino has their version of a slider on the wine bar plates section of the menu. It's a veal meatball slider with pomodoro sauce and giardiniera for just $2.50.

626 N State St
Chicago, IL 60611

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