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A Dozen Sliders to Try, From Meatball to Crabcake

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The slider/miniburger discussion gets even murkier when restaurants start adding non-beef fillings to the mix. In D.C., there is an abundance of lamb, meatball, crabcake and fish sliders to go with the classic miniburgers. Here are a dozen that stand out from the rest (not including the city's dominant purveyor of beef sliders, Matchbox).


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1. The Gryphon

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1337 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20036
(703) 509-4444
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The new Gryphon has several varieties of sliders on its menu. Give the barbacoa a try, with pico de gallo and served with onion strings.

2. Poste Moderne Brasserie

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555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-6060
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Poste's sliders go beyond beef: they're the Papa Weaver Pork Sausage Burger Sliders.

3. Carmine's

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425 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 737-7770
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Carmine's meatballs are known for their epic size. Get more of a taste with the meatball sliders, discounted at the bar during happy hour.
444 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-7007
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Sei has several varieties of sliders, including Kobe beef and pork belly. A standout are the seabass sliders, topped with apricot chili glaze, yuzu tartar and havarti cheese.

5. Columbia Firehouse

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109 S St. Asaph St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-1776
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Columbia Firehouse has been known to put a piece of bacon on a bun and call it a slider: right now the variety of choice is the Crispy Pork slider, made up of braised pork, whole-grain mustard, coleslaw and mayo.

6. Cava Mezze

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527 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-9090
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Cava's addictive lamb sliders are topped with tzatziki sauce and harissa. They're cheap at happy hour.

7. Radius Pizza

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3155 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 234-0202
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Radius may be known for its pizzas, but it also has meatball sliders that are discounted during happy hour.

8. Pizzeria Orso

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400 South Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 226-3460
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An underrated gem at Pizzeria Orso, the lamb sliders are grilled and topped with greek slaw and tomato jam.

9. The Source by Wolfgang Puck

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575 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 637-6100
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The Source is more known for its Asian dishes, but they also offer a stellar slider, using prime beef, smoked onion marmalade and Maryland cheddar, at the bar.

10. Bourbon

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2348 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 625-7770
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Bourbon (two locations) serves up salmon sliders (along with veggie, beef and other varieties).

11. The Greene Turtle

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601 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 637-8889
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The Greene Turtle offers classic sliders, but for something a little different, there are the crab cake sliders, served on potato rolls.

12. Silver Diner

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11806 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD
(301) 770-2828
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When Silver Diner switched gears from classic diner food to farm-fresh menu items, bison sliders came with the change. They are topped with barbecue sauce, pepper jack, avocado, ranch and vegan slaw.

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1. The Gryphon

1337 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC 20036
The new Gryphon has several varieties of sliders on its menu. Give the barbacoa a try, with pico de gallo and served with onion strings.
1337 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20036

2. Poste Moderne Brasserie

555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Poste's sliders go beyond beef: they're the Papa Weaver Pork Sausage Burger Sliders.
555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

3. Carmine's

425 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004
Carmine's meatballs are known for their epic size. Get more of a taste with the meatball sliders, discounted at the bar during happy hour.
425 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004

4. Sei

444 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Sei has several varieties of sliders, including Kobe beef and pork belly. A standout are the seabass sliders, topped with apricot chili glaze, yuzu tartar and havarti cheese.
444 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

5. Columbia Firehouse

109 S St. Asaph St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Columbia Firehouse has been known to put a piece of bacon on a bun and call it a slider: right now the variety of choice is the Crispy Pork slider, made up of braised pork, whole-grain mustard, coleslaw and mayo.
109 S St. Asaph St
Alexandria, VA 22314

6. Cava Mezze

527 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Cava's addictive lamb sliders are topped with tzatziki sauce and harissa. They're cheap at happy hour.
527 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

7. Radius Pizza

3155 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Radius may be known for its pizzas, but it also has meatball sliders that are discounted during happy hour.
3155 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010

8. Pizzeria Orso

400 South Maple Ave., Falls Church, VA 22046
An underrated gem at Pizzeria Orso, the lamb sliders are grilled and topped with greek slaw and tomato jam.
400 South Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046

9. The Source by Wolfgang Puck

575 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
The Source is more known for its Asian dishes, but they also offer a stellar slider, using prime beef, smoked onion marmalade and Maryland cheddar, at the bar.
575 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. Bourbon

2348 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007
Bourbon (two locations) serves up salmon sliders (along with veggie, beef and other varieties).
2348 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007

11. The Greene Turtle

601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
The Greene Turtle offers classic sliders, but for something a little different, there are the crab cake sliders, served on potato rolls.
601 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

12. Silver Diner

11806 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD
When Silver Diner switched gears from classic diner food to farm-fresh menu items, bison sliders came with the change. They are topped with barbecue sauce, pepper jack, avocado, ranch and vegan slaw.
11806 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD

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