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Apr 4, 2011 03:27 PM

Sliders in Boston

Hello, I just got a craving for sliders. The real White Castle/White Manna style sliders with just beef, onions, and cheese. No Kobe, no Wagyu, no cheffed up versions whatsoever. And absolutely no fluffy brioche. Where can I get a basic, decent slider in Boston? The kind where the beef is flipped over the steaming onions? The kind where the cheese is fully melted and the bun is soft and warm...

BJK posted about this about two years ago and it was the basic conclusion that Cheesecake Factory had the best ones he knew of, and the descriptions of sliders from elsewhere (21st Amendment, Cambridge Commons, etc.) suggested that these fell way outside of the definition of the pure and basic slider. Does this exist and if so, where? I need to go and have them in the next 24 hours or I will explode.

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  1. Your best bet might be to call around to some local groceries to find frozen White Castle sliders... I've seen them at Stop & Shop and Market Basket in the past.

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    1. re: Boston_Otter

      I truly hope this is not the end of the matter...

      1. re: Mike5966

        I actually love those things, it's a bit of a guilty pleasure, and I know they aren't good per se, but I love them anyways!

    2. Are the ones at Lucky's (the "mini burgers" rather than the Kobe sliders; I think both are still on the menu) too "cheffed up?"

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      1. re: robwat36

        I was at Lucky's a couple months ago and saw an order of them being delivered to the bar. They looked good (but I was starving). They looked slightly larger and maybe a TEENSY bit more fancy than a classic slider...but once again I was starving so they looked like chateaubriand to me.

      2. Really??? That's all we got? Bueller...

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        1. re: Mike5966

          Classic sliders like you describe just ain't the thing around here. Hop a train to NY or enjoy your trip to the Cheesecake Factory...

          1. re: Gabatta

            Sad but true. Seems to me that there is an opportunity here for some enterprising individual. Make it happen Mike. :)

            1. re: Gabatta

              It's a sad state of sliders here. I've been keeping a lookout everywhere I go to see if anybody's got a proper slider. Nothing, nada. Thankfully, I get out to the midwest enough times in the year to keep the cravings at bay.

              Oh, and if you do happen to 'find yourself' at the Cheesecake Factory ... they got these "Southern fried chicken sliders" on the apps menu that are damn tasty. Not quite Chik-fil-a, but pretty darn close.

              1. re: Nab

                Thanks, folks. Nice to know there are a few out there looking for the same thing. I love Boston and I hope I didn't come off sounding like I was complaining/bemoaning... I just really like sliders. I ended up at The Gallows tonight and had their regular cheeseburger (semi-carmelized onions, not jammy, not crunchy, much more cooked than slider onions but not an onion paste) and took off the lettuce and pickles. It was pretty good in its own right even though it was not a real slider. It hit the spot.

                BJK, one can dream...

                1. re: Mike5966

                  We had sliders at Dillon's on Boylston St. and they were not bad.
                  We had the Beef Sliders- quote
                  Three all natural beef patties with American Cheese, house sauce & pickles

                  because I was sharing with Mr. Picky.

          2. I don't think real silders exist here. Cheesecake Factory horrifies me but I did once eat sliders there and I thought they were, like everything else, unimpressive.

            That weird chain place in the Pru which is now 5 napkin had the closest I've had to White Castle. Thin patty, soft bun, etc. But it's gone.

            No one steams onions.

            Damn, now I want a sackof WC sliders!

            1. Make them yourself:


              Or drive to New Jersey. Those are your only options. Sorry!