Sliders of all kinds are essentially on every restaurant menu, but brothers Ryan and Jason Rezaie decided to roll with a new concept where their eatery, Slider Stop, is solely dedicated to that popular appetizer, now turned main course.
Ryan and Jason worked at Cool Scene, a yogurt and smoothie shop, in their teens, which is currently the same location as Slider Stop at 2315 Artesia Blvd. in Redondo Beach.
“When I was a kid I used to eat those little KFC chicken sliders. Ever since then I've had a passion for sliders,” said Ryan. “I thought how cool would it be to start a concept like that. There's nothing like that here. I thought of what places are doing that and the only place we thought of is White Castle on the East Coast.”
Ryan and Jason developed the concept of gourmet sliders with the help of another brother, Brandon. Slider Stop offers everything from the “Classic” slider featuring a beef patty, American cheese and caramelized onion, to a chicken and waffle slider, served with maple syrup. The sliders can be paired with tots or fries, including their poutine fries covered with bacon maple gravy, cheese curd, a sunny side egg and parsley.
“We spent over a year scouting the finest ingredients, so all of our produce is scouted locally from organic farms in Palos Verdes,” Ryan said. “We went to different meat purveyors trying to find the least amount of hormones, hormone free meats, the cleanest, best quality meats with the best flavor profiles.”
“Ryan was adamant about having hormone free, antibiotic fee ingredients so people know what they are feeding their kids,” added Jason. “(We're) just trying to make it easier for parents ... we offer salads as a healthy option, we're not just a burger joint.”
The salads, including the kale apricot or spinach, are a gluten free option to the euro or marshmallow crunch slider on the menu.
“We put a lot of time and love and effort and money into the food so people can taste that,” Jason said. “When you leave here you feel good. You don't feel like you've woofed down a bunch of fast food.”
The brothers were raised on the Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach border. Ryan graduated from Redondo Union High School in 2001, while Jason graduated from Mira Costa High School in 2003. From their teen years at Cool Scene to the opening of Slider Stop, the brothers have always been involved in the restaurant business in some capacity. They gained additional experience at Mendocino Farms and True Food Kitchen, and they have also done real estate property management.
With Slider Stop, Ryan said, “We wanted to hit every demographic.”
“If you want to come in here on a diet and eat something healthy, we have something to offer. If you have a dad (or kids) who wants to eat a bunch of sliders (or) moms who are health conscious, we can feed the whole party.”
Slider Stop is open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, visit sliderstop.com or call (310) 214-5200.