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Jan 20, 2010 02:43 PM


Where in Toronto other than Mcdonald's can you get sliders? I'm sick of all thse gourmet burger spots that keep opening up claiming grass fed sirloin organic blah blah, I've yet to find a burger in Toronto other than a Big Mac that blows my mind, but yet cross the border to Michigan and they have all these old school burger spots doing sliders and fries, fast food but done with pride and no franchises, we need more of these in Toronto, The closest thing we have is Johnny's which in my opinion sucks, Frozen blach! Someone needs to copy shake shack in NYC and open up something here. Any suggestions where I can get a good slider?

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  1. I'd love an answer to this question too. I don't believe there is anything true to the form here in Toronto, and would love to be proven wrong.

    And hey Mister Wham, in fairness, gotta say Shake Shack is not really a slider. A burger smashed against the grill, sure, but not small enough or onion-y enough to be a slider. For more on sliders and why you might want to hit New Jersey rather than Michigan for slider goodness, check this out:

    1. first i need to say that nobody does sliders here-especially mcdonalds. the mac snap wrap is not a slider. having said that the sliders at gabby, earls, joeys, milestones, or any of the chain bar or hotels don't really get what sliders YOU find them, let us know, so we can share the joy

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      1. re: ingloriouseater

        There's a place on the Queensway called Sliders that looks to be opening sometime in the future. Anyone know anything about it?

      2. Is there some law in Ontario (or maybe just in Toronto) that prohibits restos from grinding their own beef due to food safety issues? I mean making a slider isn't rocket science. Just make sure your ingredients are fresh and you season your beef well. I make my own as it's actually a cheap quick meal using a mixture of medium ground beef and lean, Wonderbread buns, Spanish onions and sliced mild cheddar cheese from the Highland farm deli. It's freakin' goooood! As for sides, I get someone to buy fries from a local resto (family pack) on their way home from work.

        As for local restos, unfortunately most burger places here tend to go with the big size burgers (done fresh in some instances) or regular sized burgers cooked from frozen =(. How about Real McCoy's? Do they make sliders? I've heard their burgers were excellent.

        1. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong but I have driven by a place in etobicoke just west of Royal York RD on the queensway called Sliders "not your ordinary burger". It has paper on the windows so I'm not sure if it has yet to open or closed long ago. I just hope that they understand that sliders aren't just small burgers, there is a technique involved"not rocket science". Child is correct that the onion flavor is key. The best sliders I have ever tried are Telway hamburger system in Detroit. They are basically the best burgers I have ever had, dirt cheap, and open 24/7. It would be nice to have something like that here someday.

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          1. re: mlukan

            If your at the Rogers centre, Hogtown Grill has sliders.

            The Sliders @Queensway/Royal York isn't open yet.

          2. Ok so first of all, what you are looking for isn't a slider, sliders are a specific style of fast food burger introduced by White Castle and occasionally imitated and are frankly garbage as far as I'm concerned. What makes a slider is the cooking process where a very thin patty is cooked on a griddle over a layer of chopped onions. Originally the patty was made by smashing a ball of fresh ground beef into fresh onions but White Castle hasn't done that since WWII, it's all frozen crap and re-hydrated onions.

            When I lived in Chicago it was popularly believed that slider nickname originated because of the effect they have on your digestive system.

            Putting something on a tiny bun and calling it a slider was the worst food trend of 2008, just because it's on a tiny bun don't make it a real slider.

            Now what you are talking about is a simply an old style fast food burger, personally I think the pinnacle of this art is made at Burger Joint not Shake Shack but that's a matter of taste I guess.

            There are places like this in the city if you know where to look. It's one of the persistent falsehoods that permeates this place that Toronto doesn't have good burgers.

            Try Golden Star or Apache for a start.