I'm a big fan of food trucks, and particularly fond of Slidin' Dirty. So I was over the moon when I heard they were opening a permanent brick-and-mortar location in Troy.
This week I stopped by to check out the new space on First Street, which maintains the no-nonsense Slidin' Dirty vibe.
Slidin' Dirty's First Street spot -- in the street level storefront of a building that includes apartments upstairs -- has the rustic/industrial look that is so popular right now, with exposed brick, unfinished wood, metal, and subway tile. There's a variety of high and low seating, and a spacious bar runs along one wall of the restaurant. Everything works well together. Above the bar area are two TVs, which had sports on. The entire restaurant is designed as one big open space, but I didn't notice a noise problem during lunch service.
It seems like the bar would be particularly nice to sit at for a solo lunch or round of drinks with friends.
Even though the interior is decorated in the current trendy style, I still feel like Slidin' is not trying to be spiffy or fancy; it's an extension of the casual style they established with the truck.
The restaurant's menu closely resembles that of the food truck offerings with familiar favorites represented, like avocado fries and mac-and-cheese balls. Unlike the truck, the menu offers the opportunity to order from Slidin's entire selection at one time.
The flavors of familiar items were true to form, but the presentation was elevated for the new restaurant setup. Example: Instead of getting mac-and-cheese balls in a disposable paper tray they're now presented on a long rectangular dish over a bed of arugula.
Slidin' Dirty's menu is divided between appetizers, salads, tacos, and sliders. Sliders run the gamut from familiar to the more adventurous. Some of the more tame options include the "Old Faithful," which is prepared as a traditional cheeseburger with condiments, and the BLT. The more unusual options include the "Dirty Ninja," which is topped with sautéed bok choy and shitake mushrooms; or the "Po' Boy," which starts with buttermilk fried shrimp topped with coleslaw.
In addition to the food, Slidin' Dirty also now has a full bar for spirits, wine, bottled beer, and beer on tap.
While the menu may slightly adjust over time, Slidin' Dirty co-owner Brooke Taney says they'll continue to follow their model of sliders and small bites of down-to-earth food. Open hours are currently Monday and Tuesday 11 am-11 pm, Wednesday and Thursday 11 am-midnight, Friday and Saturday 11 am-2 am, and Sunday 11 am-10 pm.
The bar is in the process of being expanded to have 6 taps, which will serve beer from places like Shmaltz, Ommegang, and Druthers. In warmer weather, outside seating will be available.
And Slidin' Dirty will still be running their food truck seasonally.
Lauren writes about shopping, crafting, and living well on a small budget at The Thrifty Ginger.
9 First Street
Troy, NY 12180
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