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Slider Revolution

Posted by Joshua Chong / Listed on January 28, 2013 / review policy

Slider RevolutionSlider Revolution, frontrunners of the micro-sandwich frontier, opened a few months ago and have been busy queuing up a veritable carousel of sliders for the Pape-Danforth neighbourhood to rotate through. While the portions here may be scaled-down, a glimpse of the menu reveals an upsize elsewhere: a whopping 17 original, regular and premium sliders fill the menu. That's well over a hundred unique two-slider combinations for those of you out there crunching sliders, er, numbers.

If you go the two-slider combo route ($10.75-$12.25), and I highly suggest you do, you'll probably need to go at least a few times to single out your dream team duo. Most people will skip over the forthright burger slider, a usual sight on the pub circuit, and switch it up for atypical slider meat choices such as goat cheese-stuffed lamb meatball ($4.00), tangy BBQ pulled chicken ($4.00), or even lemon caper crab cake ($4.50).

Slider RevolutionGoing with whole wheat buns, our favourites were the smoked-cheddar stuff prime rib meatball slider ($4.00) laden with caramelised onions and tomato relish, and the AAA prime rib philly steak topped with provolone and horseradish slaw. The shuddering gush of cheese, sauce, and juices fused just fine.

Other sliders we tried, however, weren't as successful. The spicy-jerk pulled chicken ($4.00) and the mu-shu pulled pork with hoisin sauce ($3.75), showed lively flavour profiles, but were less saucy which meant less bun absorption, each bite as dry as the last. Neither mango nor Asian slaw respectively could resuscitate the right amount of moisture.

Slider RevolutionWhile hit and miss, sliders are obviously Slider Revolution's mainstay but we were pleasantly thrilled with the vast choice of sides ($2.95-$3.95). Slider Revolution's slaw selection of honey mustard, kimchee, and cilantro versions, to name a few, show real flair in this category, and their jumbo-cut fries, and herbed Yukon Gold potato chips were equally impressive.

Slider RevolutionPlus at weekend brunch the game is rewritten entirely, expanded to include sausage, lox, wild mushroom western, or shrimp and lobster breakfast sliders. Expect at least a ten minute wait, but whether you only get a single slider or go the one-two punch, you'll be wondering why only a handful of places, such as Two Bite Saloon, are going the way of the mini.

Discussion

19 Comments

Jono / January 28, 2013 at 08:37 am
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This place moved in just as I was moving out of the neighbourhood, so I had a chance to give it a try. The staff is very nice, and great with suggestions, but I feel that a meal here (even if you find the perfect duet) is overpriced. I had suggested to them to offer 'premium beverages' (San Pel, that sort of thing, instead of the standard can of _____ pop), which I feel would make the deal seem a little more reasonable...

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Meh / January 28, 2013 at 09:14 am
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I've visited one time and, right off the bat, was disappointed by having to order food at the counter just because we were getting sliders & not brunch.

While they screwed up our order, they did make up for it by tossing an extra slider our way. Good move!

As for the food, it was pretty tasty. Had the jerk chicken & mushu pork. Preferred the first and had no problems with sauce as both were doused.

Value? Pretty pricey for what you get.
Ben / January 28, 2013 at 09:42 am
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Live just around the corner was was really excited for this. Overall, I enjoyed the sliders I had (the Al Pastor was amazing). Haven't been back since, though, due to the price. For two of us (5 sliders total) it felt a bit like price-gouging. Especially with Square Boy down the way still slinging burgers old-school.
Not Bad / January 28, 2013 at 11:04 am
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The service when I went was really slow, despite having only one table of 3 people inside when I arrived. It took 20-25 minutes to get my takeout order. The owner tossed in some free chips for my time but I wouldn't go back based on the price/wait time.
bobby / January 28, 2013 at 11:41 am
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I can tell by the pictures that these burgers don't taste good, they look like dry meat balls on dry buns. It bothers me when places refer to mini burgers as sliders. Sliders have to be griddle smashed burgers with onions.
JP / January 28, 2013 at 11:41 am
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wow, never been but the photos look wack...fail buns and dry looking mini burgs
Terry / January 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm
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Overpriced and underwhelming, par for the course in Toronto these days.
Tanya / January 28, 2013 at 12:34 pm
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Slow service and dry meat and buns. No thanks!
Morga / January 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm
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Just by looking at a picture. I can tell owners have no idea the difference between a slider and a mini burger. You are serving mini burgers folks! Not Sliders! Making a slider requires a specific technique. From wiki "The difference between a slider (hamburger) and a mini hamburger is a slider is "a thin, thin slip of beef, cooked on a griddle with onions and pickles piled atop patty. The steam from the onions does as much cooking as the griddle" whereas a mini hamburger is just a smaller version of a hamburger." This drives me pretty much insane.
Ando / January 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm
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Paid them a visit last week. Very friendly staff, the food was very good and prepared with care. Although I feel it was not good value for the amount I paid for 2 tiny burgers, fries and a soda. You can get the same amount of food for half the price down the street at Square Boy or The Works.
bobby replying to a comment from Morga / January 28, 2013 at 02:21 pm
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EXACTLY!!!!!!
jer replying to a comment from Morga / January 28, 2013 at 02:50 pm
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Ha, wonder if you are the same guy on Chowhound or if there is someone else with as much passion for sliders :)
dont be lame / January 28, 2013 at 06:44 pm
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You know what I love about sliders? They are just like hamburgers except smaller! Perfect!
Who's ever heard of a mini-burger shesh
Brad / January 28, 2013 at 07:06 pm
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Only been once, but it was really good, much better than anything nearby (Square Boys is good, but not that close for walkers)
Friendly service too, I liked it.
Gabe / January 28, 2013 at 11:22 pm
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Square boys on the danforth is great for burgers, or chicken dinners...

Slider REvolution - The food looks awesome in these pictures, great stuff. Makes me hungry. Haven't tried yet.

http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/squareboys
https://plus.google.com/103162718785946125703/about?gl=ca&;hl=en#103162718785946125703/about?gl=ca&hl=en
what replying to a comment from Brad / January 29, 2013 at 01:11 pm
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much better than anything nearby? you clearly don't know the area...
WHOCARES / January 31, 2013 at 04:48 pm
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Who cares what they call their sandwiches~!! judge a place by the quality of the food, not what they call it...
Rob replying to a comment from WHOCARES / February 1, 2013 at 03:06 pm
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People walking into a place called Slider Revolution expecting to eat a specific type of food called a slider do care. It's like going to French Fry Heaven expecting french fries and they serve hashbrowns.
Gordon / June 19, 2013 at 07:43 pm
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Their website lists it closed.

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