The slider trend has stuck around long past its welcome, so you can be forgiven if you roll your eyes when you see the beef tsukune slider on the menu of Gene Kato’s robata spot. But you have to order it anyway. This three-bite dish features a beef sausage shaped like a miniature hot dog, wrapped in soft bao and finished with a stripe of Japanese mustard. It’s far and away the best slider being served in Chicago right now, in no small part because it doesn’t look or taste like a slider at all. 702 N Wells St (312-988-7864).