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
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."