The Place: Lot No. 3, 460 106th Ave. N.E., 425-440-0025, BELLEVUE. If

The Place: Lot No. 3, 460 106th Ave. N.E., 425-440-0025, BELLEVUE.

If you walk into Lot No. 3 and ask for their most popular item, your server will likely have a very difficult time deciding between the trio of sliders on the menu. From what we were told by both our server and the manager on duty, all three of the flavors are equally popular. But we set out to conduct our own poll: Which slider would we want sliding down our gullet again? Beef short rib (l), Duck confit (r), BLT (back).The Rivals: Duck v. BLT v. Short RibLet’s start with the duck confit slider ($3.75). It was a surprising combination of sweet raisins, savory duck, verjus jam (a sour jam made from unripe fruit, such as grapes or apples) and cracklins. These sliders were pretty intense. The cracklins provided a nice crunchy texture, while the jam added a burst of acid to create a bright flavor contrast to the savory duck. From a textural point of view, the cracklins were really the key player in this slider. Without them, it wouldn’t have tasted half as good. The BLT slider ($3.50) with Nueske’s bacon, iceberg lettuce, tomato and aioli was really good. The amount of aioli used was perfect — it added some zip without diluting the flavor or crispness of the veggies. But it was the quality of the thick-cut bacon that cemented its success.The Short Rib slider ($3.75) with chile barbecue sauce, cheddar and red cabbage sounded great. We were excited for the chile heat, which unfortunately never evolved. The sauce tasted like your standard barbecue sauce and lacked any sort of kick. What we did like was the tartness and the crunch of the cabbage. The slider that really slid our socks off — after the jump … A cracklins close-up.The Champ: The duck confit slider wins by a margin, narrowly edging out the BLT. It was the most unusual and interesting of the three sliders. The BLT was good, but outside of the bacon, it was a pretty boring item. The barbecue sauce on the short rib slider was too much of a let down to even be a contender. All of these sliders were good. Compared to most sliders, which are often nothing more than a shitty version of a mini-hamburger with a bottle of ketchup as a condiment, Lot No. 3’s sliders were sensational. But if we could only order one of them, we’d opt for the duck confit slider — and throw in a request for extra cracklins.

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