Best Sliders in Chicago

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

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

The Purple Pig
American · River North · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

"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 4.6 · Decor 4.1 · 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 4.6 · 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
New American · River North · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.2 · 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."
Tavern On Rush
Steakhouse · Gold Coast · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

"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."
Old Town Social
Sports Bar · Old Town · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.8

"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."