When you're hungry but also watching your waistline, there's nothing like minisized versions of your favorite foods to help curb the craving while keeping it all in check. At least, that's the idea behind the bite-sized sandwiches restaurateur Buzzy Sklar is serving with his new fast-casual concept, Sliderz.
Later this year, Sklar will debut his Miami-based restaurant group in Broward County with the opening of two locations — the first of many the former Burger & Beer Joint creator says he has planned for South Florida.
"We're so excited to bring the Sliderz into Broward and Palm Beach County," says Sklar. "So many people are loving this format. We're hoping the concept really takes off here as well."
Of the several locations already planned, Sklar will launch a 2,500-square-foot Plantation restaurant. Located at 1025 S. University Drive (just north of 595), the restaurant is set to open in April. A second Broward County location is also in the works, part of the Sawgrass Mills expansion plans.
Up next: a smaller location at 3000 Glades Road in the Town Center in Boca Raton, set to open in June. It will be the first Sliderz food court location, says Sklar.
If you're still curious about the concept, the Sliderz slogan — "Size Doesn't Always Matter" — pretty much says it all. Think of it as a play on words, says Sklar, implying that "while they may be small, they pack a flavorful punch."
The Miami-based fast-casual concept offers customers a large variety of made-to-order, American-style tapas sandwiches featuring meat, seafood, and vegetarian options. That includes beef, fish, pork, and chicken, each topped with homemade sauces and customizable slider toppings — or "add-ons" — like applewood-smoked bacon, chili, grilled onions, coleslaw, pickles, and sauerkraut.
Traditional Sliderz options include mini-sized sandwiches like bacon cheeseburgers, turkey burgers, Buffalo chicken and blackened mahi sandwiches, meatball Parmesan subs — even a few types of supersmall hot dogs.
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"Each slider is also available with a choice of lettuce wrap instead of a bun, a way to appeal to our gluten-free friends," adds Sklar.
Specialty sliders like a Philly cheesesteak, Italian-style sausage and peppers, and pizza burgers will change weekly. One thing they all have in common, says Sklar, is that each restaurant will use only high-quality ingredients including grass-fed meats, line-caught fish, and free-range chicken, all free of antibiotics and hormones.
Wash it all down with one of four new Sliderz Blendz milkshakes in flavors of brownie chunk, chocolate, vanilla, and fruity rainbow. Unlike a number of fast-casual concepts, Sliderz will also serve beer, wine, and Champagne. That means they'll even have their own version of happy hour with half-priced drinks available Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Sliderz Plantation will also offer a digital menu and dedicated iPhone and Android app that will allow guests to place their order from their mobile phone while in the restaurant. Visit sliderz.com.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.