|Kobe beef sliders at Avila|
Avila: Sit at the bar and dig into the mini Kobe beef burgers (the beef is sourced from Mass.-based River Rock Ranch) at this Mediterranean in the Theater District. Each beefy morsel is topped with spicy aïoli and onion jam on soft rolls, and warning - you may not want to share ($11; 617-267-4810).
Max and Dylans: At all locations of this laid-back American restaurant, you’ll find mini Kobe beef sliders with a tangy twist, featuring balsamic onions, Gouda and lemon-dressed greens. ($12; 617-423-3600).
The Metropolitan Club: This Chestnut Hill steakhouse offers an east-meets-west version to the dish - two Tokyo Kobe sandwiches slathered with soy, avocado Muenster and pickled onion ($9; 617-731-0600).
Sel de la Terre: Belly up to the bar for the Back Bay locale’s new Bar Bites menu starting at 5 PM, in which the SDLT slider comes dressed with aïoli, lettuce, tomato and pickle, and, at $4 each, how could you not (266-8800).
Temple Bar: This cool Cambridge hangout between Harvard and Porter Squares has a tempting version featuring Snake River Farm Kobe beef sliders dolled up with caramelized onions and smoked tomato aïoli. Makes for a good snack ($12; 617-547-5055).