Last time I stopped by Little Big's, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the slider joint had a new(ish) addition to the menu: hot dog sliders. When did this happen? Apparently earlier this year.
So on to the sliders.
The half-sized Nathan's dogs are so adorable in their little slider buns. Sure, it's exactly like eating half of a Nathan's hot dog inside half of your basic hot dog bun, but somehow, the miniature version makes it much more fun. You can get one for $2.31, but you're best off making a mix-and-match slider trio for $6.24. And for an additional $.23 (I love these prices), you can add chili and cheese to your dog.
I went for shredded cheese only because I had grand plans to load up at their condiment station. The unlimited access to chef Bryan Caswell's famous sriracha rémoulade -- first made famous at his classic Gulf seafood restaurant, Reef -- is what really sets this hot dog apart from something I'd make at home. I added that and some jalapeños for good measure. And I can say with confidence that that was a good idea, since the end result was a crunchy, creamy and fiery few bites.
I appreciate the hot dog addition to my usual slider trio of pulled pork, spicy chicken and beef. This time, I skipped the slaw-topped, slow-roasted pork and enjoyed my hot dog with two other sriracha-smothered companions -- the crispy chicken and beef sliders.
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The hand-breaded chicken sliders are slightly spicy, with a little crunch from the chicken itself and even more from the pile of crisp, tangy pickles that come with. I added shredded lettuce from the bar and savored each of my three mouthfuls.
As for the mini burger, I don't think I'll ever not include it in my trio, as the sweet, jam-like caramelized onions and freshly ground, boldly seasoned beef are the perfect companion to Little Big's housemade buns (and to the sriracha mayo, did I mention the sriracha mayo?).
Double-fried, fresh-cut fries and an open-air patio with picnic tables only add to the slider experience. As does what is probably my favorite chocolate milkshake in town. Little Big's, you've done it again.