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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Gryphon

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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.

Poste Moderne Brasserie

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Poste's sliders go beyond beef: they're the Papa Weaver Pork Sausage Burger Sliders.

Carmine's

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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.

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.

Columbia Firehouse

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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.

Cava Mezze

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Cava's addictive lamb sliders are topped with tzatziki sauce and harissa. They're cheap at happy hour.

Radius Pizza

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Radius may be known for its pizzas, but it also has meatball sliders that are discounted during happy hour.

Pizzeria Orso

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An underrated gem at Pizzeria Orso, the lamb sliders are grilled and topped with greek slaw and tomato jam.

The Source by Wolfgang Puck

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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.

Bourbon

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Bourbon (two locations) serves up salmon sliders (along with veggie, beef and other varieties).

The Greene Turtle

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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.

Silver Diner

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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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The Gryphon

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.

Poste Moderne Brasserie

Poste's sliders go beyond beef: they're the Papa Weaver Pork Sausage Burger Sliders.

Carmine's

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.

Sei

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.

Columbia Firehouse

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.

Cava Mezze

Cava's addictive lamb sliders are topped with tzatziki sauce and harissa. They're cheap at happy hour.

Radius Pizza

Radius may be known for its pizzas, but it also has meatball sliders that are discounted during happy hour.

Pizzeria Orso

An underrated gem at Pizzeria Orso, the lamb sliders are grilled and topped with greek slaw and tomato jam.

The Source by Wolfgang Puck

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.

Bourbon

Bourbon (two locations) serves up salmon sliders (along with veggie, beef and other varieties).

The Greene Turtle

The Greene Turtle offers classic sliders, but for something a little different, there are the crab cake sliders, served on potato rolls.

Silver Diner

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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