City of Burgers: The Sliders at Pickles

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Janine Kahn
Pickles 42 Columbus (at Jackson), 421-2540.

Sliders (miniature burgers) are in fashion right now. Their origin might be the small, limp, onion-topped burgers you order by the bagful at White Castle, the East Coast chain known as Home of the Slider. These days you can find them on menus as upscale as Michael Mina's. If you call yourself a gastropub, sliders are almost de rigeur (though at the Tipsy Pig, they're made with pulled pork). Oddly, the eponymous Slider's chain doesn't offer a proper version (they do six- or eight-ounce burgers ). But recently we found one slider (or to be more precise, a plate 'o three) that we've fallen in love with. They're at Pickles, the upscale burgers-and-more joint that took over the old Clown Alley space, in the spot where the Financial District and North Beach converge. They're nestled in bakery buns, topped with caramelized onions, and slicked up with garlic aioli ($10 -- add cheddar, Swiss, Monterey Jack, or crumbled blue cheese for a buck more). At three ounces each (nine ounces total) an order is more than we can eat. We think they're perfect for sharing, especially if you add a side of thin, crisp fries ($2.50). 

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