Eatery - Slater's 50/50 (CA)

6362 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd, Anaheim, CA 92807
Pricing - $$/$$$ | Dining - Casual | Cuisine - American 

My friend told me that we needed to check this place out because he had heard that the signature patties were half ground beef, half ground bacon (hence the 50/50 in the name). The idea sounded fantastic so we finally went and boy oh boy, I need to lay out some ground tips for anyone deciding to tread into these grease-infested pleasures.

Tips for eating at Slater's 50/50:
  • Do not eat for several hours before you go to the restaurant.
  • Do not order an appetizer unless you are already planning on taking things home.
  • Do not expect your mouth to fit around the burger, especially one that you build yourself.
  • If building yourself, do not overstack the burger.
  • Do not expect to finish your burger...unless you remove the bread.
  • Do not pass Go and collect $200. It's a restaurant, not Monopoly.

Okay now that the preliminary stuff is over, I must say that I had a good experience here. The atmosphere was good with pretty nice selection of music. I enjoyed the decor and the wait staff was cordial. There was a nice selection of draft beers; I got the Rogue Nut Brown which was quite clean and smooth. 

The appetizer was the heralded "Vampire Dip," which was a garlic cheese artichoke dip. It came in a bread bowl that it pretty much soaked through with its grease (the bread turned transparent!). Other bread pieces and baked pita chips were put around the dip for dipping. The appetizer was great, just intensely greasy. I liked the crusty parts of the cheese because they highlighted the garlic well but the creamy parts were just perfect with the artichoke hearts hidden inside.

After such a filling bready appetizer, it was a shocker to see how big the burger I built was! A 1/3 lb. 50/50 patty (50% beef, 50% bacon) sandwiched between hefty slabs of foccacia bread and spread with sage mayonnaise, my burger was topped with melted Pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, roasted red peppers, and sauteed mushrooms. I couldn't fit my mouth around it and ended up just eat it in bits and pieces via fork and knife. Eventually I gave up on the bread, which was mightily tasty but large, and forced myself to finish off the meat and vegetables. The patty was a tad on the raw-er side but still good. The ground bacon made it superb and salty, a perfect reason to drink down a nice cold beer. The rest was pretty greasy - it was enough to make my lettuce nearly transparent where things touched it. 

Regardless, it was quite awesome and nothing seemed to be low quality. I'd come again but keep in mind how little I could eat this time so as to prepare appropriately for next time. It's one of those places where you need to be prepared and expecting to be an absolute glutton to appreciate. My friend had already decided that he was naming his burger, "The Guilty," and you can see why in the picture above of his monstrosity which was packed away in a to-go box after about two bites.