The scores for Sliders Atmosphere: 16/20 Menu: 18/20 Food: 18/20 Service: 18/20 Value: 18/20 TOTAL: 88/100
There’s a new restaurant on the New Boston riverside in a spot where more than a couple of bistros have come and gone, just west of Goffstown on the way to Mont Vernon.
Sliders replaced La Cabana last summer. We only found out when our trek to La Cabana for some hot, spicy soup on a cold winter night ended in Sliders’ parking lot. Adaptability being a key trait for traveling reviewers, we walked right in like we had it planned all along.
A friendly crowd was comfortable at the bar, and the dining rooms were only half full, so we had our choice of seating.
Patrick, our server, is enthusiastic about Sliders’ menu and approach. He explained a little about the signature dish, and mentioned that the second Sunday of each month is build-your-own-slider night, where one can mix and match the different versions of these popular, small-sandwich meals. (Normally, like on this night, there is no mixing.)
There is a wide range of menu choices, including entrees of Pot Roast ($13.99), pasta, BBQ Ribs ($19.99), Sirloin Tips ($17.99) and Baked Haddock ($12.99) and Seafood Pesto ($19.99).
Sliders’ sandwiches, on brioche buns with homemade chips, also include pot roast, chorizo, four styles of burgers, Buffalo chicken, pork belly and chicken Parmesan. Most are priced at $10.99.
Our appetizer was an order of tasty Steak and Cheese Egg Rolls ($7.99), cooked crispy in the egg-roll wrapper and filled with tender chunks of steak, cheddar and jack cheese, diced onions and peppers with a very tasty cilantro ranch sauce for dipping. This came right out of the fryer; the cheese was still melting and the grilled steak was juicy, making a very enjoyable beginning.
A House Side Salad (Caesar or garden) can accompany any slider or entree meal, and for $2.99 it’s a fresh, large plate of lettuce, tomato, onions, peppers and carrots. Fresh and served cold, it’s an added value.
For our main courses, we went with seafood, choosing a Salmon and Scallops entree from the specials menu ($18.99) and the Island Fish Slider ($12.99).
The large salmon steak was lightly grilled and juicy-fresh, and we chose fresh veggies instead of rice. The seafood turned out to be a fine, filling meal, cooked with a slight Asian flavoring, with a few sauteed sea scallops on top and more of that tasty cilantro-ranch sauce. The vegetables of the day were a fresh medley of summer squash, zucchini, peppers and red onion, sauteed but still very crunchy, and very good. We’d recommend this dish any time.
The slider, starring mahi-mahi, was a winner right from the start. Three small sandwiches with a strip of grilled fish in each, accompanied by a huge pile of crispy, warm homemade potato chips (many substitutions available).
The brioche buns were warm but not crispy, and the seafood was piled on top of Slider Slaw, a grilled slice of pineapple and some red-onion slices. Add to that just a bit of the cilantro sauce, and you get a tasty, juicy, sweet and slightly exotic experience. Two of the sliders filled us up, too, so we had another for a snack later.
Sliders is a fun place to go, and it’s quite reasonable on the pocketbook. The service is terrific. Patrick and other servers kept constant tabs on our progress, and brought us anything we needed. Patrick also told us about summertime plans at Sliders for live music, outdoor seating by the river and special promotions. We immediately thought that families taking the kids or grandkids to the build-your-own bonanza would be a blast.
Between the two of us, we enjoyed an appetizer and a salad, one glass of wine, a very well-prepared seafood dinner, a tasty and creative plate of slider sandwiches, and an outstanding dessert, for a total of $59.90, before gratuity. That’s a value price for a solid dinner for two.
Desserts include cheesecake, chocolate layer cake, ice cream with various toppings (including grilled pineapple), carrot cake, and our choice, a wicked Mudslide Torte ($5.99), featuring a two layers of chocolate cake sandwiching a layer of Bailey’s Irish Cream cheesecake. We are not the type to insist on dessert after our meals, but this one could persuade anyone to rethink that position with its soft, moist, creamy texture and beyond-rich taste.
One slight drawback: the sound level. It’s a large space, with high ceilings and no carpets or sound breaks between the lounge and the main restaurant. Sound travels quickly, so Sliders is not a real quiet place to eat. We were, however, sitting near the front of the larger dining room, as close as you can get to the lounge. We think toward the rear of that room, or in the other dining room which is separated by a wall, would be quieter. We’ll be back to see if we’re right about that, but even if we’re not, it wouldn’t deter us from visiting again and bringing our friends.
After all, there are 13 more slider varieties to be tried — including the Turkey Dinner Slider ($10.99) which puts roasted, sliced turkey meat, stuffing, homemade gravy and cranberry sauce between two slices of brioche bread. That’s a bold move, worthy of a try at any time of year.