By Mike Thayer
I'm traveling around the Wichita Metro, sampling the burger offerings from any joint that has burgers on the menu, local, regional, national chain, it doesn't matter. In order to determine a true champion of burgers in the metro, I'll have to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough). For the burger criteria, click here.
On a beautiful Sunday morning and ready for my first meal of the day (I don't do breakfast), I traveled to Slider Shak for my next stop in this Bachelor on the Cheap Best in the Wichita Metro Burger Challenge. This joint serves much more than just traditional burger sliders, their menu goes above and beyond traditional sliders with items like Pulled Pork, Tyler's Pork Fritter, Grilled Chicken, Spicy Chicken, Charlie's Waffles, Chili Cheeseburger, Taco Burger, Fred's Fish, all kinds of sides and so much more! A drink on the menu I HAVE to try on my next visit - Pickle Tickle Lemonade.
Arriving at just after 11am, I entered the restaurant and was immediately greeted with a warm welcome. Not really needing to see the menu but looked at it anyway because I was tempted to order something in addition to what I needed to sample for the purpose of this Challenge... I regained my focus ordering the Slider Shak Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders, a 3 count, with a side of onion rings and a drink. The sweet lady with a great smile taking my order poured my drink and I took a seat to wait while my meal was prepared.
It didn't take long at all to receive my carryout meal and it was "delivered" to me at my table, it wasn't "Order # blank is ready" or "Order for Mike" yelled out for me to go pick it up at the counter. That's personable service. Nice touch Slider Shak. I received ketchup, scratch made Ranch and their famous Shakcrak Sauce to go with my order. I thanked everybody at the counter and headed out the door.
The drive home was punishing with those great aromas emanating from the bag. I so badly wanted to grab and munch on an onion ring and take a bite of slider, but the need to take pics and not being able to apply Shakcrak while driving prevented me from doing so. Of course the short trip home seemed to take much longer than what should have been normal and I hit every red light. Eventually getting home, I took that first bite.
Regular readers know what my catch phrase for food is... "It's Another Dose of YUM!" It's the best way to describe Slider Shak Bacon Cheeseburger sliders. The slider patties were perfectly cooked with a capital "F" Fantastic flat top crust, they were seasoned well and juicy. There was great coverage with the bacon, also robust with flavor. I got tart from the pickle, the cheese had a nice melt and the bun was perfectly toasted. The slider is a great bite on its own, that patty really makes it! Then I dunked it into the Shakcrak... OMG wow, another layer of fantastic flavor! Tantalizing and addictive, it's a very appropriate name.
Side Note: Slider Shak onion rings are also, "Another Dose of YUM!" Perfectly fried and perfectly seasoned, these rings are stellar and don't need a condiment to thoroughly enjoy. But if you do dip, OH MY! I tried them with both the scratch made Ranch and Shakcrak, both were tasting sensations.
Costing me $13.27 with tax for the sliders, onion rings and a drink, the Slider Shak Bacon Cheeseburger sliders scored 59 points out of a possible 63, earning 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. This is NOT your typical slider, both the patty and the slider overall is slightly larger than your average slider but that's not what makes it so much better. It's a top notch slider because of the outstanding execution in preparation and it's done with quality ingredients. Both the Slider Shak Bacon Cheeseburger sliders and onion rings are definitely repeat buys!
Located at 4628 S Seneca St, Wichita, KS 67217, the service at Slider Shak was friendly and fast, a pleasurable burger experience. Forget the national chain fast food joints, go to Slider Shak! For about the same money and time spent, you'll get WAY better food and service. I, like many other repeat customers, would like to see a few more Slider Shaks open up around town.
$pend Wisely My Friends...
Related: Other burger joints reviewed so far
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