Photography by Kathy Tran
Jason Berry, area director of Slater’s 50/50, dedicates his life to boosting bacon. The restaurant is known for the pork product.
“It’s bacon friendly,” he says. “We do bacon patties, bacon desserts, bacon sauces, bacon ketchup, anything.”
The restaurant features five different types of bacon — a rosemary Parmesan bacon, a honey Sriracha bacon, a Billionaire Bacon, a 24-Karat Gold bacon and a thick-cut bacon.
The menu focuses on burgers, including bison, beef and the famous half-beef, half-bacon blend. Toppings range from LTO (lettuce, tomato, onion) to Fritos, grilled pineapple and roasted green chiles.
DID YOU KNOW? Slater’s 50/50 has been featured on the Food Network, the Travel Channel, Spike TV and Fox News.
Berry was born in San Antonio and moved to Southern California, where he began work for the Slater’s 50/50 founder in 2010. His favorite burger is the Original 50/50, which is a half ground beef, half ground bacon patty topped with house-made avocado mash, pepper jack cheese, a sunny-side-up egg and chipotle mayo on a fresh white brioche bun. This burger has been on the menu since the day Slater’s 50/50 opened.
Another popular dish is the Best Damn Bacon Cheeseburger — Black Canyon angus beef, thick-cut bacon, grilled onions, American cheese, lettuce, tomato and Thousand Island dressing on a brioche bun.
“Those two burgers are definitely neck-and-neck, one and two,” he says.
Other burgers range from the Lone Star Smoke — topped with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, crispy onion rings, pickles, barbecue sauce and garlic aioli — to the P.B. & Jellousy, featuring bacon, peanut butter and strawberry jelly.
The Hi-Brow Burger stars melted Swiss and blue cheeses, arugula, caramelized onions, horseradish, bacon-jalapeño jam and roasted garlic aioli.
Try the bacon mac and cheese balls, Caeser salad with thick-cut bacon and bacon dressing or the bacon brownie.
The Slater’s Porkapalooza features bacon salt and vinegar chicharron, salted caramel bacon kettle corn, sweet and sour agave pork wings, crispy pork belly with jalapeño-bacon jam and more. You can also get fries loaded with bacon ketchup.
Can you believe there’s a smoked bacon Bloody Mary?
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight
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