Slater's 50/50 is a small chain of restaurants with six locations from Pasadena to San Diego, centered in Orange County. Their claim to fame is the burger, which, as the name implies, is a mix of 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon. Slaters has much more on the menu, however. For Orange County Restaurant Week, they had several items created especially for the event.
The dinner started with a choice of cocktails or beer. The Bacon Old Fashioned is one of their house specialties. It was delicious, with just a hint of bacon infused into the whiskey. Shortly after the drinks arrived, the appetizers came.. The Chicken Fried Bacon was crisp and very flavorful. After all, what’s better than battered bacon, deep fried? The Sriracha Chicken Wings were also very good, with a flavorful sauce and a fair amount of heat. It was a good start to the meal.
For the main course, one of the specials was the Coffee Rub Burger. It was a delicious burger, with a coffee barbecue rub on it that added a nice amount of flavor. The patty was cooked perfectly to taste---the cooks certainly know how to cook a burger to order. The burger was topped with hush puppies and bacon cheddar cheese. It was certainly a delicious hamburger, served on a nice brioche bun with chipotle ketchup on the side.
Another main course special was the Bison and Bacon Meatloaf. This was truly a work of art, consisting of 2/3 of a pound of ground bison and ground bacon, baked with a pistachio Dijon crust. On the menu, it said bone in, a unique way to describe a meatloaf. Bone in it was, however, with a large marrow bone in the center filled with delicious marrow and topped with marrow butter. It was an amazing taste sensation, good to the last drop of marrow out of the bone. On the side, a nice cup of Bacon Mac and Cheese provided a nice complement to the luscious meatloaf. It is one of the best takes on a meatloaf around.
For dessert, one of the choices was the Bananas Foster Milkshake and another was the Cocorama. The milkshake was rich with fresh bananas, banana syrup and caramel. It came in a large glass with the straw standing upright in the middle, plus the stainless cup with almost another glass of shake in it. It was a delicious shake with nice flavors. The Cocorama was delicious too, made in a cast iron skillet. It consisted of a coconut, caramel and chocolate cookie baked in the skillet, then topped with two scoops of ice cream and a Girl Scout cookie. It was a beautiful presentation and a delicious way to end the dinner.
Most of these dishes were specifically made for the Orange County Restaurant Week. At the end of the meal, Slater's provided a survey to fill out, asking if the items should be on the regular menu. For all of them, it was an unqualified “yes!”. Judging from the crowds that were there on a rainy night, there are a lot of people who enjoy Slater's so much that they will brave the storms to go and enjoy drinks and delicious food there.
Locations in Pasadena, Anaheim, West Covina, Lake Forest, San Diego and Huntington Beach