There’s nothing like a really good burger, but sometimes the idea of more than one is even more appealing. Of course, who wants to look that gluttonous? Thankfully, someone invented the slider: tiny burgers that are perfectly acceptable to eat three at a time. Sliders are popular as bar food and appetizers, and many Philadelphia restaurants serve these favorites with serious flavor. We’ve come up with a list of sliders we think will knock your socks off.
237 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Barclay Prime claims to be the founding father of the slider in Philadelphia. This fine dining restaurant says that it was the first to offer Kobe beef to its customers in the Philadelphia region. And regardless of whether that’s true, the Kobe beef sliders are unlike any others in the city, which is why the Barclay Prime serves some of the best in town. Why don’t you be the judge and stop by for a sampling?
224 S. 15th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Good Dog is a fun dive bar with a cool vibe that serves tasty bar food and some great local brews. It also offers some delicious vegan fare, and its slider option is out of this world. Good Dog’s specialty slider is the Korean BBQ. It involves delicious Korean-style BBQ pulled pork topped with kimchee and served on three mini brioche buns. You can add an extra slider for an additional cost.
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723 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
If you are looking for a more decadent slider experience, visit Morimoto on Chestnut Street and try the yellowtail and pastrami slider. Only this Iron Chef can make something that sounds so strange taste so amazing. The color-changing tables create a unique atmosphere and will make your dining experience at Morimoto all the more enjoyable. And make sure to check out the whole menu, because the sushi here is also to die for.
The Tomato Bistro
100 Rector St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
The Tomato Bistro, located in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia, offers a variety of delicious sliders on its menu. You can pick any two for a set price or add a third for an additional charge. The menu serves up the lobster cake slider with avocado, salsa and lemon aioli; the Southwestern slider with kobe beef, avocado, chipotle sauce and pepper jack; the truffle slider with kobe beef, caramelized onions, fondue and truffle sauce; the fried egg slider with kobe beef, cheddar, bacon and apple jam; the pulled pork cider braised slider with smoked gouda and chipotle bbq sauce; the grilled portobello slider with roasted red pepper, red onion, fresh mozzarella, arugula, balsamic glaze and sun-dried tomato sauce; and the vegetarian turkey burger slider with camembert, cranberry mayo and baby arugula. All are available with gluten-free buns upon request.
941 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Varga Bar’s kobe beef sliders are served with applewood-smoked bacon, caramelized shallots, Boursin, onion rings and smoked paprika aioli. It doesn’t get much more flavorful than that. The Varga Bar gets its name from the famous artist Alberto Vargas, who was known for his muses seated in “pin-up”-style poses. The atmosphere at Varga Bar is casual and cozy with both indoor and outdoor dining near pretty Washington Square Park.
Christina Thompson is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.