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Chinatown Duck Sliders at Maven
Chinatown Duck Sliders at Maven
Adele F.

Fight Beef Boredom with These 12 Alternative Sliders

From spicy shrimp to Peking duck, these unusual sliders don't skimp on flavor.

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Chinatown Duck Sliders at Maven
| Adele F.

Sliders are all about variety, perfectly suited to sampling a greater selection of meats, toppings and buns at a high rate of speed. Why eat one burger, when you can try three or four? In celebration of some new, slightly unusual additions to the slider scene, we've updated our list of the 12 most unusual sliders in town, including nearly every type of meat around (elk! snails!). We've inevitably left plenty of great options off this list, so tell us about your favorite outside-the-box sliders in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cassava Bakery + Café

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3519 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 640-8990
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Poached shrimp and avocado sliders are often available on the lunch menu at this Japanese-influenced cafe. They're topped with shredded lettuce and tomato-red onion salsa, and served on tiny challah buns.

2. La Folie Lounge

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2316 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 776-5577
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Wagyu sliders with truffle aioli: expect nothing less from Roland Passot's well-loved industry hangout.

3. Sauce

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131 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 252-1369
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This Hayes Valley spot has a rotating daily slider (4 for $12); past options have included sloppy joe, bacon-wrapped meatloaf, turkey with cranberry sauce, and chicken salad.

4. Me So Hungry

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The KTM slider at this food truck features marinated short ribs, pepper jack cheese, crispy onions, and spicy creme fraiche.

5. Slider Shack

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San Francisco
CA, 94105
(415) 672-2902
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The Kalua pork slider at this food truck features 15-hour roasted pork with Hawaiian salt, plus pickled red onions and a Polynesian green sauce. Catch Slider Shack at 1st and Howard on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays (11 am-2 pm).

6. The Sycamore

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2140 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 252-7704
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In addition to regular ol' beef, there are four good, offbeat slider options here: the BLT, the fried catfish with sriracha aioli, the fried chicken with coleslaw and roasted garlic aioli, or the lamb with manchego, caramelized onion, and romesco aioli.

7. Mission Rock Resort

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817 Terry Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 701-7625
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Since it's located on the water, it makes sense that this spot offers plenty of seafood, including oyster po'boy sliders topped with lettuce, tomato, tasso ham and remoulade and served on sweet rolls.

8. Gilberth's Rotisserie & Grill

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2437 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 913-7163
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Even elk has found its way to the world of sliders: this Latino-influenced spot serves it with roasted-garlic slaw and potato chips.

9. Bisou Bistronomy

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2367 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 556-6200
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There's nothing more French than escargot... except maybe foie gras. French chef Nicholas Ronan has given the cuisine of his homeland a little 'merican flair by transforming snails into a slider. Small, garlicky escargot patties are garnished with parsley aioli coleslaw, tomato, caramelized shallots and smoked sherry sauce, atop a tiny sesame bun. Add a slice of seared foie gras for the ultimate OMG factor.

10. Loló

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974 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 643-5656
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This Mexican-inspired spot offers juicy lamb burgers on a brioche bun, topped with earthy, rich porcini sauce. Wash it down with a mezcal cocktail to cut the umami.

11. Marengo

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1980 Union St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 441-2575
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This place is all about sliders, including a banh mi version with roasted and pulled pork, carrots, cilantro, sliced jalapeños, radishes and roasted jalapeño aioli. Other options include a short rib slider, lamb burger and a blackened shrimp patty po' boy slider.

12. Maven

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598 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 829-7982
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Maven's got craveable Chinatown duck sliders, featuring a whole shiitake mushroom, bok choy and hoisin sauce on a sesame brioche bun.

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1. Cassava Bakery + Café

3519 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Read Review |
Poached shrimp and avocado sliders are often available on the lunch menu at this Japanese-influenced cafe. They're topped with shredded lettuce and tomato-red onion salsa, and served on tiny challah buns.
3519 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121

2. La Folie Lounge

2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109
Wagyu sliders with truffle aioli: expect nothing less from Roland Passot's well-loved industry hangout.
2316 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

3. Sauce

131 Gough St., San Francisco, CA 94102
This Hayes Valley spot has a rotating daily slider (4 for $12); past options have included sloppy joe, bacon-wrapped meatloaf, turkey with cranberry sauce, and chicken salad.
131 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Me So Hungry

San Francisco, CA 94103
The KTM slider at this food truck features marinated short ribs, pepper jack cheese, crispy onions, and spicy creme fraiche.

5. Slider Shack

San Francisco, CA, 94105
The Kalua pork slider at this food truck features 15-hour roasted pork with Hawaiian salt, plus pickled red onions and a Polynesian green sauce. Catch Slider Shack at 1st and Howard on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays (11 am-2 pm).
San Francisco
CA, 94105

6. The Sycamore

2140 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
In addition to regular ol' beef, there are four good, offbeat slider options here: the BLT, the fried catfish with sriracha aioli, the fried chicken with coleslaw and roasted garlic aioli, or the lamb with manchego, caramelized onion, and romesco aioli.
2140 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA

7. Mission Rock Resort

817 Terry Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94107
Since it's located on the water, it makes sense that this spot offers plenty of seafood, including oyster po'boy sliders topped with lettuce, tomato, tasso ham and remoulade and served on sweet rolls.
817 Terry Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94107

8. Gilberth's Rotisserie & Grill

2437 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Even elk has found its way to the world of sliders: this Latino-influenced spot serves it with roasted-garlic slaw and potato chips.
2437 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

9. Bisou Bistronomy

2367 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
There's nothing more French than escargot... except maybe foie gras. French chef Nicholas Ronan has given the cuisine of his homeland a little 'merican flair by transforming snails into a slider. Small, garlicky escargot patties are garnished with parsley aioli coleslaw, tomato, caramelized shallots and smoked sherry sauce, atop a tiny sesame bun. Add a slice of seared foie gras for the ultimate OMG factor.
2367 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114

10. Loló

974 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
This Mexican-inspired spot offers juicy lamb burgers on a brioche bun, topped with earthy, rich porcini sauce. Wash it down with a mezcal cocktail to cut the umami.
974 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

11. Marengo

1980 Union St., San Francisco, CA 94123
This place is all about sliders, including a banh mi version with roasted and pulled pork, carrots, cilantro, sliced jalapeños, radishes and roasted jalapeño aioli. Other options include a short rib slider, lamb burger and a blackened shrimp patty po' boy slider.
1980 Union St.
San Francisco, CA 94123

12. Maven

598 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Maven's got craveable Chinatown duck sliders, featuring a whole shiitake mushroom, bok choy and hoisin sauce on a sesame brioche bun.
598 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

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