Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Slider House Brings Gourmet Sliders to Rock Hill From Music City

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 7:00 AM

The Fast Break along with the Southern Comfort slider (Fried Chicken Tenderloin, Lettuce, Tomato, Sriracha Honey Glaze.) - EMILY HIGGINBOTHAM
  • Emily Higginbotham
  • The Fast Break along with the Southern Comfort slider (Fried Chicken Tenderloin, Lettuce, Tomato, Sriracha Honey Glaze.)
From Music City to River City, the Slider House (9528 Manchester Road, Rock Hill; 314-942-6445) is bringing its take on gourmet sliders to suburban St. Louis. The Nashville-based restaurant opened its Rock Hill outpost on March 6 in the space formerly occupied by Altai Mongolian Grill and Baskin Robbins.

The original spot in midtown Nashville opened in May 2014 with hopes of becoming a go-to, late-night eatery for those out until last call. The location in Rock Hill, though, won’t be serving sliders until 3 a.m. And that’s not the only difference between St. Louis and it’s Nashville flagship restaurant.

For starters, the appetizer menu has received a facelift, adding choices that you might not imagine finding at a place with the word “slider” in the name. You can choose from lobster mac n’ cheese; roasted vegetable napoleon; a shrimp shooter that features poached shrimp, a chilled watermelon-mint gazpacho and tzatziki sauce; and brussels sprout and artichoke dip with house-made pretzel and potato chips. More typical bar-food offerings like wings and fried pickles are on the menu for those who fear cold soup.

  • Emily Higginbotham
The bulk of the menu is dedicated to the restaurant's namesake, with eighteen miniature burgers and sandwiches. Customers can mix and match two sliders from a choice of beef, pork, chicken or vegetarian options, along with a side (parmesan fries, house chips or coleslaw).

Some slider options include the Fast Break (a grilled beef patty, cheddar cheese, fried egg, maple bacon and roasted jalepeno-bacon aoli), the Bay of Pigs (smoked tenderloin, swiss cheese, country ham, pickle and a Guinness Dijonaisse) and a nod to the restaurant's roots, the Nashville hot chicken slider (hand-breaded fried chicken, coleslaw, house-made hot sauce and pickle). 

The Slider House has also partnered with local chef/restaurateur Ben Poremba and butcher Chris Bolyard to create a specialty sandwich, the B2 slider. The slider features a gluten-free bun from Poremba and a local, grass fed beef patty from Bolyard along with melted Osceola limburger cheese, candied bacon, beer-braised onions, pickled green tomato, fresh arugula and truffle-artichoke aioli.

The Slider House's patio fire pit makes for a cozy ambience. - EMILY HIGGINBOTHAM
  • Emily Higginbotham
  • The Slider House's patio fire pit makes for a cozy ambience.
The bar has an extensive assortment of canned beers and cocktails. The Slider Mary is a signature cocktail, and by its name you can surely tell celery won’t be its only garnish. The cocktail features Nashville’s Walkers Bloody Mary mix, house-infused Pickers Vodka and to top it all off, a skewered American slider.

The restaurant is spacious with brick and exposed ventilation that gives it an industrial look. It features high-top tables, low-tops, booths and bar seating. On warmer days, guests are welcome to dine out on the patio area where they can sit at picnic-style tables or gather around by the fire pit.

An additional to-go entrance is available for customers on the run.

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