It was with open arms that I greeted the news that the Seattle Times’s Tan Vinh had chosen the slider as his most recent subject.
I am a huge fan of mini sandwiches of all sorts. Because here’s the thing: sometimes you don’t want to commit to a full burger or filet mignon sandwich. Sometimes you just want a little taste of one. But I have been dismayed, in recent times, after hearing assertions from an array of sources that sliders were over. Done. Out like molten chocolate cake and cosmopolitans. And I have noticed that many of my favorite local slider destinations have discontinued them in recent times.
Vinh’s article, however, in which he lists top 10 Seattle spots for baby burgs, shows that while the slider population in Seattle may be in decline, mini sandwiches are nowhere near extinct.
I would add to this list of tasty local sliders the little white-cheddar biscuit sandwiches at Frank’s Oyster House and Champagne Bar in Ravenna. Oh and I’d also point out that steamed buns—another form of mini-meatwich—seems to still be on the rise around these parts. Pork belly steam buns are a crux of the food menu at Canon, for instance. And traditional gua bao will be featured prominently at new street-eats spot Chino’s, which opens this October.
Long live the small sandwich.