A while back, S and I tried out Slater’s 50/50, a super popular Southern California burger chain. We had a really enjoyable experience there but haven’t returned too often, mostly because it’s a bit far from where we live, and there’s usually a pretty long wait for a table (and they don’t take reservations). Recently, one of our friends wanted to try it out, so we decided to go on a weeknight, when there was less of a wait.
Slater’s is famous for its half-beef, half-bacon patty. My first impression of the patty was that it was too salty, but during several other visits, it was actually quite nicely balanced and very juicy. I also like that you can customize your own burger, choosing from a wide variety of toppings and sauces! Sometimes I do get overwhelmed with options, though, and would rather just go with one of the restaurant’s own creations.
Anyway, we first started out with some appetizers since we had five people. When it’s just S and me, we don’t usually get apps unless we’re super hungry…
Slater’s Vampire Dip [$8.95]
The Vampire Dip is a roasted garlic, cheese, and artichoke dip – named so for the ample amount of garlic it contains, I assume? It was served in a bread bowl and with pita chips. A lot of people on Yelp raved about this dip, but I thought it was just okay. The consistency was too thick for my liking, and the flavor was good but not super impressive. Haha. I did like the bread bowl, though.
Slater’s Fries & Fried Bacon Mac n Cheese Balls [$6.45]
We also tried out the fries and fried mac n cheese balls in a combo. The fries were pretty standard, served with not-so-standard but oh-so-good bacon ketchup. I thought the bacon made the ketchup so much tastier. The mac n cheese balls were my pick, and they were served with Tapatio ranch. I thought they were flavorful enough without the ranch, though.
Inside workings of the fried bacon mac n cheese ball. It was actually really delicious – the exterior was super crispy, and the mac n cheese inside was smooth and creamy. Not too much bacon flavor, but that might be because my palate was already saturated with the bacon ketchup from the fries.
Onto our burgers. S and I both chose to customize our burgers. You can see the design sheet and my choices here:
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