Well folks I finally made it to The Slider Inn today. I’ve been trying to go for months, but for one reason or another my plans always fell through. Big Tim, who is so kind to join me for most of the burger adventures, went this past fall and was in no hurry to go back until he dropped the idea on me today. After reading a recent review on no rococo, I’ve really had a craving to eat there.
The Slider Inn is another restaurant venture of Aldo DeMartino who also owns Bardog Tavern downtown on Monroe. Located on the corner of Peabody and Cooper, The Slider Inn occupies a great space in very residential area of Midtown. There’s plenty of businesses near by and they should be packed both day and night. Recently, they’ve built a huge patio that appears to be in the early stages of becoming covered. It’s not a family restaurant though so hold off on your plans to bring your children to a late night dinner, not that you would. The Slider Inn is a bar that allows smoking inside after 9 pm. One Yelp reviewer wrote this past September that she witnessed four families turned away in the middle of the afternoon because they had children with them. It’s unclear at this time what the Inn’s position is because their website is still under development. I’d call ahead to be check since I’m seeing mixed information.
After all that time and wait, I was pretty disappointed with The Slider Inn sliders. It’s not that anything tasted bad or wasn’t good, it’s that nothing was great. I ordered the Original Memphis, the Swiss & Mushroom and the Bleu Cheese and Fried Onion sliders. Upon ordering, we were told that all sliders are cooked medium unless otherwise requested. Of the three sliders, the only one that was not completely overcooked was the Swiss and Mushroom Slider. I did enjoy that slider. The other two were mediocre at best. The patties were small, cooked very well-done and dry. While they had some good flavor, they weren’t juicy at all. The “fried onions” were not at all fried, but maybe slightly sauteed. Just because you cook something in a skillet, doesn’t mean you can call it fried. A fried onion is like an onion ring or onion straw, which would have probably tasted better with the big dollop of bleu cheese you can see with the slider on the right.
The buns were nice and fresh and seemed to work better than the ones served at Bardog. The trade off were the fries however. I recall them being much better at Bardog. I believe they were the same fries, but they seem to have been prepared differently.
Something else really bothered me. And I hate to sound petty, especially over .39 cents, but our server asked us if we wanted bourbon mayo served with our sliders. This stuff is really good, so of course we said yes. What we got was a stainless steel ramekin, half-filled with the bourbon mayo for dipping. I used it for both the fries and the sliders and ran out pretty quick. I asked her for more which she gladly brought. Later, when looking at my check, I noticed that I was charged .39 for the extra mayo. Really, for a condiment? Seems like bad business to me. Yes you got my .39 cents, but you probably lost my patronage for the foreseeable future.
Overall, I just wasn’t impressed with The Slider Inn. I give the sliders 2.5 out of 5 stars.
The Slider Inn
2117 Peabody Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
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