We love burgers. Why? Because they’re served between two plump, doughy buns! And we love buns of all shapes and sizes, so sliders are just little burgers with mini buns! They go hand-in-hand with our whole mission. Little buns matter, too! At JR’s in the Jewelry District in downtown Providence, little buns are poppin. Slingin’ sliders day and night, on buttered buns, just the way we like em.
Since buns are kind of our area of expertise, it is only right that when we walked into JR’s, we were greeted by a mountain of lil slider buns. Literally, a heaping mass of sliders of all kinds! It is a good thing we had friends come along, because this amount of sandwiches in front of one person would appear to be a burger eating contest! Hey, I am up for a good challenge!
Let's start right out of the gate with my favorite of the beef slider selections; The Maui JR. Two grilled sirloin patties topped with fresh, juicy pineapple, mozzarella cheese, crispy bacon, and a smattering of BBQ sauce. Honestly, I am a huge advocate for pineapple on pizza, and an even bigger proponent for pineapple on a burger. Pineapple for president! Too far? Ok, well..pineapple on everything! In all seriousness, these sliders were so juicy, and between the pineapple and BBQ sauce, they were succulent lil babies.
Next in the pile of beef buns was the Three Pepper Bacon JR; two beef patties topped with melted pepper jack (mmmm), jalapeno (ooooh), chipotle mayo (ahhhh), sliced onions and bacon. If you’re into heat, this one has your name on it. With a spicy bite in every bite, the tree pepper packs flames.
I know it’s not right to have more than one favorite, but with this many burgers in front of me, it is hard not to! The Alpine JR, two grilled sirloin burgers, grilled portobello mushrooms, sauteed onions, crisp bacon, melted swiss and mayo. Mushroom and Swiss might be one of the best-of-all-time burger combos. Some people don’t like mushrooms, and those people are wrong! Or, they just think they don’t like mushrooms, until they try the Alpine JR and their world changes! Try it, you’ll love it.
Another classic, the Southwestern JR had us glad that these lil things come in pairs! The two sirloin burgers are topped with melty pepperjack, crisp bacon, tomato, fried onion petals, and southwestern saucy for a little kick! Cheesy, tangy, and crunchy, these little burgers have big flavor. With crispy little onion petals for extra pops of yum.
If you think that sliders are just burgers, think again. The pulled pork slider is a homerun, and one of my favorites. Honestly, pulled pork reminds me of a high class sloppy joe. It’s usually a little messy, and you will definitely want a napkin or two to wipe the BBQ off of your face, but worth every sticky bite you take. The chipotle BBQ pulled pork JRs are piled with slow cooked pulled pork, tossed in a sweet and tangy BBQ, and then piled onto buttery brioche buns.
Moving on to sliders of the chicken variety, we hit up the crispy chicken for an all American favorite. Tender fried chicken, melted American cheese, and mayo. What a classic combo! No need for fancy sauces or spreads. The simple chicken/cheese/mayo trio can’t go wrong.
Finally, the grilled chicken avocado slider. Yes, I am absolutely one of those people who thinks that avocado enhances anything that it touches. So in this case, the grilled chicken breast, melted swiss, crunchy bacon, tomato and lemon pepper sauce gets a gold medal. This one is the most different from the others, and certainly flavorful and juicy. And lemon pepper sauce ties it all together like a bow on a Christmas present.
Did you know that it’s a sin to eat a burger without a side of fries? Ya, it says so in the book of buns in the bible. So we went all out with the fancy fries; thin crinkle cut fries, Kraft cheese wiz, crunchy bacon and chopped sirloin steak. Meaty! Cheesy! Savory! Cheesy fries are in the running to be the eighth wonders of the world, right up there with the great pyramids.
Speaking of cheese fries, we also loaded up with curly fries doused in that velvety yellow cheese sauce. And if you want to take your cheese fries up another level (but only follow this next step if you’re really committed), squeeze a little (or a lot) of JR’s sauce. A tangy, creamy kick to your fries, burgers, or really anything on the menu. And if you like it like I think you’re going to, keep in mind that they keep it out on the tables within arms reach at all times.
Ok so you’ve filled your belly up with all different kinds of sliders. Beef, chicken, pulled pork, and all the fries. But if you think we are done, you are sadly mistaken. Because not only is JRs known for their sliders, they’re sought after for their famous fried Oreos. The creme filled chocolate sandwich cookies are something that we love as children, and really never get over. I guess you could consider them our first love. We have all dipped Oreos in milk, and cursed ourselves when we leave them dunked for too long and have to fish half of the bottom of the glass. That was child’s play. As adults, we go to JRs where they wrap them in dough and deep fry them. Steaming, doughy, crispy goodness wrapped around an Oreo.
If you learned anything from the amount of sliders we consumed, you should not be surprised to hear that we didn’t stop at one single dessert. We stuck a fork into a slice of the fried cheesecake. YES you read that right! A classic slice of creamy cheesecake, breaded, deep fried, and then served with sweet sides of chocolate, caramel, or houses made strawberry sauce. Man, if you ever felt like indulging in anything before, this is it.
We would like to thank our friends over at JR Providence for testing our limits on the amount of sliders we could consume in one sitting. And to make this tasty spot even better, they're open till 4am! So whether you're studying or partying, you have a definite late night spot to kill your hunger pains. Delivery until 3:30am, if you are in your PJs and dont want to leave the house! Extra points! Woo-hoo!
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