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Dumb question: What are sliders?

fauchon Oct 23, 2006 02:53 PM

I keep coming across this expression but don't know what it means. Can anyone clue me in? Thanks.

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    RMA RE: fauchon Oct 23, 2006 02:55 PM

    It's a slang term for White Castle hamburgers. I think it originated in the Chicago area, although I'm not sure.

    1. yayadave RE: fauchon Oct 23, 2006 02:59 PM

      Small burgers started by White Castle. Theirs are really small and square and on a specially made square bun. They're called sliders because they are presumed to be greasy and slide right down. Lunch is about six of these little sliders. Mine at home are about 2 oz and I cook them on the George Forman to eliminate some grease and put them on a dinner roll. A couple or three of these is usually enough for lunch.

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        phofiend RE: yayadave Oct 24, 2006 04:19 AM

        While I agree that they are slimy, I believe the term sliders refers to how they are removed from the grill. Since they are so small, several can be slid off the edge onto waiting buns in a single swipe.

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          yayadave RE: phofiend Oct 24, 2006 04:27 AM

          Ah, well - I only said "they are presumed to be greasy." And I never mentioned gray in color!

      2. MaggieB RE: fauchon Oct 23, 2006 05:33 PM

        They slide right in and they slide right out! How's that for being blunt? :)

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          mclaugh RE: MaggieB Oct 23, 2006 06:51 PM

          And the morning after, it tastes like a dead baby owl crapped in your mouth.

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            Atahualpa RE: mclaugh Oct 24, 2006 05:05 AM

            OK . . . even blunter!

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          KTFoley RE: fauchon Oct 23, 2006 07:18 PM

          When we're not talking about the unfortunate late-night jones for a paper sackful of grey meat & steamed onions, we might be talking about the other form of slider: an oyster shucked into a shot glass, sometimes dotted with a jolt of Tabasco.

          The idea is to toss it back and let it slide right down your throat.

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            yayadave RE: KTFoley Oct 23, 2006 08:13 PM

            That might be another part of town.

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            Denial RE: fauchon Oct 23, 2006 07:19 PM

            We used to call these belly bombers.

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              KTFoley RE: fauchon Oct 23, 2006 07:30 PM

              Thinking about it, oyster sliders might be a Florida term ... most everyplace else that comes to mind calls them "shooters."

              1. steinpilz RE: fauchon Oct 24, 2006 04:15 PM

                Aren't these the ones that look like they've been stamped out of a piece of leather (a grey square with a hole in the middle, I seem to remember this from going to a White Castle in Elizabeth NJ around 35 years ago)?

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