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Sneak Peek: The Slider House Opens in Rock Hill

First Music City, now River City.

The Slider House, a gourmet slider restaurant based in Nashville, will open the doors to its first St. Louis-area location on March 6. The new restaurant is located at 9528 Manchester Road, in the former home of Altai Mongolian Grill and Baskin Robbin’s.

“We’ve taken everything that worked from Nashville and upgraded the menu and atmosphere in a way we think St. Louis is going to love,” managing partner Craig Ceranna said in a release.

To that end, the St. Louis location features an expanded menu of appetizers, salads and sliders; the owners describe the focus as “elevated bar food.” To start, choose from appetizers including lobster mac ‘n’ cheese; fried green tomatoes; a shrimp cocktail with poached shrimp, watermelon-mint gazpacho and tzatziki sauce; and a Brussels sprouts and artichoke dip served with housemade pretzel and potato chips.

In what might be a surprising move for a restaurant with “slider” in the name, seven salads are on the menu, including the Garden & Grain with kale, quinoa, pistachios, dried cranberries, olive oil and fresh lemon; and a Paleo Bowl with red-leaf lettuce, baked sweet potato, shaved red onion, shaved Brussels sprouts, diced avocado, roasted red pepper and cilantro.

The main focus of the menu, of course, is the sliders. Several new sliders have been added to the lineup – 18 different mini burgers are on offer, while the somewhat smaller Nashville location features 10. Choose from beef, chicken, veggie or pork options, including the Fast Break (grilled beef, Cheddar, fried egg, maple bacon and roasted jalapeño-bacon aioli on a waffle slider bun), Chickety China (ponzu-marinated grilled five-spice chicken, pickled green tomato, crispy wontons, Asian slaw and Sriracha aioli on a sesame bun) and Bay of Pigs (smoked pork tenderloin, Swiss, ham, pickled, Guinness dijoinnaise on a pretzel bun). In homage to the flagship location, a Nashville hot chicken slider with spicy pickles and house slaw was added to the St. Louis menu.

A few slider specials, which focus on partnerships with local restaurants and high-end ingredients, will rotate seasonally. Current options include a grilled lobster tail slider with pickled green tomato, arugula and smoked aioli as well as the B2 Slider. The latter features melted Osceola Limburger cheese, candied bacon, beer-braised cipollini onions, truffle-artichoke aioli and a house blend beef patty from Bolyard’s Meats & Provisions on a gluten-free bun created by local restaurateur Ben Poremba.

The bar program focuses heavily on canned beer, but a handful of house cocktails are also on offer. These include The Painkiller, a Southern specialty featuring frozen Black Magic Spiced Rum, Pritchard’s Light Rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, coconut milk and grated nutmeg. In keeping with the theme, The Slider Mary is garnished with celery, crispy bacon, a stuffed Peppadew pepper and an American slider.

The 160-seat restaurant features a mix of booths, high-tops and low-top tables, as well as seating at the bar, located squarely in the middle of the restaurant. In warmer months, garage doors will open up to an expansive patio. For those in a hurry, a to-go menu is available – the restaurant features a separate entrance for takeaway orders.

The Slider House, 9528 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, Missouri, www.thesliderhouse.com

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