Best Sliders in Chicago

Mini burgers and sandwiches at their finest
April 6, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

From classic to contemporary, here are the best takes on sliders in the city.

The Purple Pig
Mediterranean · River North · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“A perennial favorite,” Jimmy Bannos Jr.'s “always lively” Mag Mile gastropub “delights the palate” with “outstanding,” “innovative” Mediterranean small plates featuring “an abundance of pork” ( “fried pig ears, anyone?” ) paired with a “robust wine list;” though its “popularity” and no-rezzies policy can lead to “interminable waits,” most agree the “magic” is worth “braving the crowds” – and the “squeeze” of communal seating.
Mana Food Bar
Vegetarian · Wicker Park · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

“Creatively prepared” Eclectic-vegetarian small plates are so “delicious” “you don't even realize you aren't eating meat” swear fans of this Wicker Park veggie “heaven,” which also serves “delightful” cocktails; service is “friendly” and prices are “reasonable” too, plus, its formerly “small” dimensions have grown thanks to a coach house expansion.
GT Fish & Oyster
Seafood · River North · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Chef Giuseppe Tentori helms this "upscale" "hit" in River North, crafting "sublime" , "innovative" small plates starring "quality" seafood, matched by "creative" cocktails and an "outstanding" wine list; though the "elegant, beachy" space can be "boisterous" , a "top-notch" staff helps make it "so very lovely" – whether for a "romantic date" , a "business lunch" or a weekend brunch you can "get lost in.
Sable Kitchen & Bar
American · River North · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

Inventive ", " fun-to-share " American plates " just click " at this River North hang in the Hotel Palomar where " killer " cocktails fuel a " high-energy " bar scene in " luxe " surrounds; it's a " bit pricey " for some who find it " just OK " given the " hype ", but most conclude " there's little room for disappointment here.
Old Town Social
Brunch · Old Town · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.7

Great for happy hours ", " birthdays " or " big groups ", this midpriced Old Town haunt turns out " tasty " and " original " New American fare, including " very good " charcuterie and a " delicious " brunch, bolstered by a " wide variety " of brews that make it a " beer lover's paradise "; the wood-accented " modern " digs have a " sick TV setup ", and toward the end of the evening they " turn the lights down " and it " turns into more of a bar/lounge ", especially on weekends when it can get " crazy packed.
Tavern On Rush
Seafood · Gold Coast · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

See and be seen " at this " major " Gold Coast " hot spot " where the " solid " steakhouse fare comes with a side of " prime people-watching "; an " attractive " staff stays " cheerful even amid the chaos " and there's a " gorgeous " horseshoe bar, so despite somewhat " pricey " tabs, it's " always crowded "; P.S. " in summer, the outdoor seating is the heartbeat of Chicago.