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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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Bisou Bistronomy

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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.

Cassava Bakery + Café

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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.

Gilberth's Rotisserie & Grill

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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.

La Folie Lounge

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Wagyu sliders with truffle aioli: expect nothing less from Roland Passot's well-loved industry hangout.

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.

Marengo

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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.

Maven's got craveable Chinatown duck sliders, featuring a whole shiitake mushroom, bok choy and hoisin sauce on a sesame brioche bun.

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.

Mission Rock Resort

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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.

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.

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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).

The Sycamore

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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.

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Bisou Bistronomy

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.

Cassava Bakery + Café

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.

Gilberth's Rotisserie & Grill

Even elk has found its way to the world of sliders: this Latino-influenced spot serves it with roasted-garlic slaw and potato chips.

La Folie Lounge

Wagyu sliders with truffle aioli: expect nothing less from Roland Passot's well-loved industry hangout.

Loló

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.

Marengo

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.

Maven

Maven's got craveable Chinatown duck sliders, featuring a whole shiitake mushroom, bok choy and hoisin sauce on a sesame brioche bun.

Me So Hungry

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

Mission Rock Resort

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.

Sauce

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.

Slider Shack

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).

The Sycamore

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.

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