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There's fun on deck at Son of a Butcher for National Slider Day on May 15

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That right there is a lot of sliders. Think you can eat 'em all?Courtesy of Son of a Butcher

While looking into the details of this event for this story, I came across the Instagram post about entry into the Butcher’s Special featured slider contest, and on a whim, entered my best slider idea. To my surprise, my submission was selected as one of the finalists. In the interest of fairness, I will not reveal which of the finalists was my entry, but have accepted the offer to be present when the slider finalists,inluding mine, are judged by a celebrity panel. I have no knowledge of who those judges will be. I have not and will not receive any monetary compensation from any source for writing this article.

Whether you call them fun, faux or fake, the number of food holidays being celebrated these days has become exhausing. Yet an over-the-top fun time is never a bad idea, and Son of a Butcher's celebration of National Slider Day on Sunday, May 15 at its Greenville Avenue location in Dallas sounds like exactly that.

Parties on the patio at Son of a Butcher are always a good time, but this one's going to be something special. “We’re so excited to celebrate one of our favorite holidays of the year with our loyal fans,” General Manager Jens Pedersen said in a press release. “We have some crazy fun contests lined up for the day. Plus, we are unveiling our newest Beer Buckets that may help our brave slider eaters wash down the Slider Sleeve! We‘re excited for National Slider Day and can’t wait to see everyone on the patio.”

The day's activities include live DJ music on the patio from noon to 4 p.m.to set the stage for the challenges and fun to come. Then, for the first challenge, hungry slider fans (which Son of a Butcher affectionately calls SoBs) are invited to Defeat the Sleeve.

If you're not familiar with what a "slider sleeve" is, it's a box of 13 classic sliders. When you order a sleeve of sliders, you can choose up to four of the classic slider varieties to be included in the box, and it's intended to feed four to six people. To win the contest, though, you'll have to eat them all yourself.

The challenge begins at 2 p.m., and contestants who eat all of the sliders in 30 minutes or less will not have to pay for the sleeve of sliders they just ate. They'll also receive a “This SoB Defeated the Slider Sleeve!” t-shirt to display their pride in having completed the feat. To enter the contest, you must contact Son of a Butcher via comment on this Instagram post or Instagram DM, and then have your spot confirmed.

If you prefer to watch, or need a few friends to help you eat all those sliders, you'll be able to purchase a sleeve of sliders for $40 (regularly $49) on Sunday, National Slider Day. New beer buckets will be launched at the event, and the one-of-a-kind retro slider bar's margaritas and handmade shakes (with or without a boozy addition) will be available as always.

More fun will start at 3 p.m., when a panel of celebrity judges will choose Son of a Butcher's June "Butcher's Special" slider from entries submitted by SoB fans on social media. Eligible entries were submitted by post and story replies or DM, and submissions closed at midnight on Monday, May 9.

The contest winner will receive free Son of a Butcher sliders for a year, valued at $1,000. Additionally, the winning slider will be featured on SoB's menu as the Butcher's Special for June. A celebrity judging panel (not yet announced) will choose the winner from these four entries.

  • The Whistlestop: Wagyu, fried green tomato, bacon, Monterey jack, garlic aioli.
  • The Champion: Wagyu, goat cheese, bacon, pear slices, honey
  • Hot Honey Chicken: Chicken, hot honey, chevre or goat cheese, arugula
  • The Cowboy Killer: Wagyu, pimento cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, jalapeno/spicy aioli

Limited time offerings aren't new to Son of a Butcher and aren't limited to sliders. Themed specialty shakes like the Shamrock Shake for Saint Patrick's Day show up on the regular. Past Butcher's Special sliders have included a Kimchi slider with, sambal aioli, American cheese, house made kimchi, jalapeño and Fresno chilis on a Wagyu patty. A Sweet and Heat special topped fried chicken with sweet and sour sauce, Asian slaw, radish and soy mayo.

Classic sliders are pretty special too, with options like PB&J, Burnt Ends and the Texas Philly, as well as veggie sliders. Beef patty sliders are always made with organic and locally-raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free Wagyu beef from A Bar N Ranch.

Visit the Son of a Butcher website for more information, to order online or to learn more about the company's other location at Legacy Hall in Plano. Then make plans to slide on over to Lower Greenville (2026 Greenville Avenue) for a very entertaining National Slider Day celebration.

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Lifelong North Texas resident Kristina Rowe writes helpful guides to the best food and fun in Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, Arlington and more cities in the DFW metroplex. New or nostalgic, frugal or frivolous, count on Kristina for insider tips on things to do in Dallas Fort Worth.

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