On a sunny and cool Tuesday afternoon, I finally made my way into Sly’s Sliders and Fries tucked between Planet 3 and private homes on Abercorn. Every time I pass it
on my daily work commute, I’ve vowed to go in and at least check out the menu. The quaint restaurant has only been open for a little more than a year. It wasn’t very
busy in the early afternoon, but the few guests happily ate away as I took in the layout and menu options. The waitress quickly greeted me as I entered and the smell of fries signaled a growling stomach that let me know I had chosen the right spot. I let the waitress know I was new, and she excitedly told me they appreciated me stopping by and gave me a rundown on the menu.
Sly’s consists of a variety of uniquely named sandwich style and hotdog sliders. They are only $3 each including hand cut fries with toppings like garlic sauce, black beans, and of course the godfather of all toppings, cheese. Not to be confused with just any burger and hotdog joint, Sly’s mixes traditional toppings like bacon and BBQ sauce with nontraditional ingredients like falafel
and fried tortilla chips. The waitress identified a couple of her favorite sliders. “The Shroomwich” which is a Portobello, Shitake, and Oyster mushroom sandwich topped with Swiss cheese and herb mayo, and the “Banh U, Banh Mi” with sambal tempura shrimp, pickled daikon and carrots, cucumber and cilantro mayo.
Hesitant about an all mushroom sandwich and not a huge fan of hotdogs, I opted for the “Banh U, Banh Mi” and “The Jerk Store”, a Caribbean jerk chicken slider topped with pepper jack cheese, pepperoncini mayo, and grilled pineapples with a side of fries topped with cheese and jalapenos. Being a beautiful day, I sat outside and my food was served in less than 15 minutes.
Let’s start with the fries, not realizing my eyes were bigger than my stomach or the portions, I was given enough fries for two people. Well-seasoned and crispy, they could have used a dash more cheese, personally, but overall they were tasty. I couldn’t finish them however; it was a lot for one person. My sliders were served on toasted buns and were absolutely phenomenal! I’m partial to Caribbean food, especially jerk, so I dug in first with the “Jerk Store”. The chicken had just enough heat to not overwhelm a person who isn’t fond of spicy food, and the pepper jack cheese and pepperoncini mayo enhanced the spices for those who
do enjoy the heat. The pineapples gave the slider a sweet after-taste to cool the palate. My “Banh U, Banh Mi” tempura shrimp was cooked to perfection. The
tempura added a delightful crunch to the tender shrimp stuffed inside. The pickled daikon and carrots tasted more like homemade coleslaw, but the cilantro mayo was a refreshing twist on the popular condiment. The texture of the tempura with the softer pickled daikon and carrots had me wishing I had another one despite my full belly.
Overall, lunch at Sly’s was a essentially a steal! My meal was $12.70 including tip, and I was given more than enough food to keep me full until dinner time. I would suggest Sly’s for anyone looking to switch up their traditional sandwich and fries routine. It’s a friendly restaurant with menu options for both children and adults. Most importantly it won’t break your pockets, which is why I’m giving Sly’s 5 out of 5 stars.
Until the next dish is served….