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I Love Bacon ! Slater’s 50/50 opens in Lake Forest

I Love Bacon ! Slater’s 50/50 opens in Lake Forest

Slaters 5050 Custom Burger Tom HoldingLike many foodies I have a not so secret love affair with bacon and my addiction is now being enabled by the opening of Slater’s 50/50 down the street from me in Lake Forest. This new Slater’s 50/50 will only fuel my bacon passions. If you’ve never been to a Slater’s 50/ 50, it is a gourmet burger restaurant that is famous for their burgers made with 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon. The result of this concoction is a is a delicious and juicy burger. Slater’s 50/50 is also a really great place to hang out with friends as they have a massive tap beer selection, fun Slater's 50/50 Lake Forestambiance, friendly staff, and some of the best burgers in the country. I recently had the opportunity to experience the newest restaurant opening in Lake Forest during their grand opening and tried some of their best dishes. Here is what we ordered.


Vampire Dip

The Vampire dip is my favorite appetizer on the menu due to its intense flavor profile and impressive size. A French bread bowl is filled with a dip made with roasted garlic, artichoke and several types of cheese. It is served with fried pita chips. This dip’s flavor is  intense from the garlic. I love the creamy texture of this dip with its chunks of garlic and artichoke. This appetizer is meant for sharing, so be careful that you do not to fill up….your burger is still coming.

Slaters 5050 Vampire Dip stringy

The Vampire dip is in my opinion the best appetizer on the menu. Very creamy and cheesy. Lots of yummy garlic

About the burgers

Slaters 5050 Customer Burger in hand eatenThe burgers at Slater’s 50/50 are pretty substantial because the burgers are weighed after they are cooked. They use 12% aged 21 days choice beef which results in leaner, yet juicy and flavorful burger. You have your option of the standard patty, 50/50 or the Red Hot patty that packs a serious punch. If you don’t feel like beef or bacon, there are other options like chicken, vegetable, Portabello, fried chicken, and turkey.

Peanut Butter Jellousy Burger

No one ever said that Slater’s 50/50 was conservative with their hamburger concoctions. They most famous burger is their Peanut Butter Jellousy burger that is made with your choice of meat patty, thick cut bacon, a generous smear of creamy peanut butter and a dollop of strawberry jelly!

Slater's 50/50 Peanut Butter Jellousy openYes you did read that correctly…peanut butter and jelly on a burger. Just in case you thought this might be completely unhealthy, they do serve it on a whole wheat bun :). I have to admit that I didn’t expect this burger to taste very good due to the funky pairing; although, the flavor pairing is spot on when you take a bite. The savory flavor of the beef, bacon are strangely balanced by the strawberry jelly; although, another flavor is needed to bring balance to the force. That is where the peanut butter acts like the peace negotiator between the opposing flavors and provides a happy medium between the flavors on your palate. The Manager of the restaurant told me that another variation of the dish involves adding a scope of Ice Cream to the burger, “a la mode” style! He recommended the “Red Hot” patty for this customization, as the spicy beef helps offset the sweet ice cream. There was a little boy who sat next to us and ordered this burger and the ice cream his arms! The Manager said, “Now that’s the way that burger should be eaten!” I loved the sentiment and I could tell that that the force was strong in that one…too bad I didn’t take a picture.

The Peanut Butter and Jellousy Burger is made with Peanut Butter and Jelly!

The Peanut Butter and Jellousy Burger is made with Peanut Butter and Jelly!

Build your own burger

When possible I pick the build your own burger option. Why? Not that I am a food control freak, but I prefer to craft the perfect burger for my mood; the day I visited Slater’s 50/50 I was feeling very inspired to go big on all things bacon. I ordered something that contained a reference or contained bacon from each category whenever possible. I also added some toppings that best matched my personality or simply for shock and awe purposes. Here are the items that made it on my burger:

Slaters 5050 Build your own menu

Slaters 5050 Customer BurgerPatty: 2/3 pound 50/50 Patty (50% bacon/50% Beef) – Cook Medium

Bread: White Brioche (if they had bacon bun I would have gotten it)

Toppings: Thick Cut Bacon, Fried Egg, Bacon Cheese, Bacon-aise sauce. I also added some healthy items for ruffage – Arugula, Onion, tomato.

The flavor of this dish was pretty intense with the varieties of protein flavors. Although as gluttonous and overly umami the burger may sound, the beef, bacon, cheese and egg protein flavors actually provided a variety of flavor layers. The fried jalapeno really kept the dish interesting and the produce kept the burger cool and fresh on the palate. Overall this was an awesome burger that was almost as big as my face. Just like the little boy sitting next to me with the a la mode burger, my hands and arms were dripping with juices as I bite down into the burger. I felt a set of eyes on me and noticed that the junior Jedi Foodie next to me was giving me an an approving nod as I bore down on the burger. I felt proud.

Slater's 50/50 Burger

Cococarma Dessert

After all that hamburger madness, yes I did order dessert. We chose a dessert was inspired by the Girl Scout Cookie Caramel Delight, Samoas if you grew up before 2005. The dessert consists of toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate cookie baked in a cast to perfect crisp in an iron skillet. If this dessert is not rich enough for you, it was topped served à la mode style with a heaping scoop a vanilla ice cream. This dish was incredible and I think I slipped in a momentary sugar shock! My recommendation is to ask for bacon on top to break up the sugar and add flavor contrast.

Slater's 50/50 Cococarma

The Cocorama dessert is inspired by the coconut girl scout cookie

My Final Thoughts

Sslaters 5050 tom eating burgerince Slater’s 50/50 has moved to Lake Forest I knew that my bacon and hamburger addiction was about to get worse. I have taken the preventative measure of increasing my exercise routine and introducing oatmeal into my diet. Slater’s 50/50 delivers with their signature 50% Bacon and 50% beef patties. I really enjoyed their massive draft beer selection and positive energy of the staff and customers. If you have not tried Slater’s 50/50, you have to do it at least once. Since it is now in Lake Forest, it just got easier for the South Orange County folks. Let me know how your experience goes!

 See Dani’s Decadent Deals Post on Salter’s 50/50: http://danisdecadentdeals.com/2013/03/18/slaters-5050-sexy-seductive-burger-mania-burgers-by-design/
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About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.


  1. Explode Your Business ONLINE @Norma Doiron

    The vampire dip looks pretty amazing! Wowsers… I’m hungry now! :)

  2. Alexandra McAllister

    WOW! What pictures! I think I gained a few pounds just looking at them! LOL! I’m sure all of that tastes good but a little bit too much for me! How do you stay healthy? LOL!

    • Alexandra, They tasted abosolutely amazing. They make some of my favorite burgers. I admit that I engage in some bing eating. Healthy all week with nutrient dense fruits and vegetables, lots of exercise and hydration. Although when Friday and Saturday night come around, the naughty food comes out. :)

  3. Wow! Those are some BIG burgers!as usual, you have made me hungry. This time for bacon!

  4. Meryl Hershey Beck

    Your description of the vampire dip made my mouth water. The burgers are huge and it is nice to know that they offer vegetarian options.

  5. Those are MASSIVE burgers!! Wow!! They look SO good and that dessert…well…looks absolutely decadent!

  6. Oh my!!! That vampire dip looks amazing!! I want some now. The burgers look very tasty as well! I gotta get myself over to a Slaters 50/50 now after seeing these pics!! LOL

  7. It all looks delicious and great for those treat days! :)

  8. Oh dear. I don’t eat meat yet even I find your descriptions tempting!

  9. Oh bacon…one of my favorite foods (although I suppose I’m not supposed to admit that, eh? Smile). Now I’m drooling (and I used to live near Lake Forest!)

  10. Lisa Frederiksen - BreakingTheCycles.com

    You sure write great restaurant and food selection reviews! My gosh – what a feast- love the sound of the Vampire Dip!

  11. Excellent pics Tom! That vampire dip looks really yummy… and who’da thunk that putting pb & j with a hamburger would work 😀

  12. OMG! I could eat 5 days on that burger 😉

  13. Slater’s 50/50 sounds like an amazing place to eat but a person would really need to live close enough so they could make repeated visits. I’d love to try the Peanut Butter Jellousy burger. I love peanut butter so it is intriguing. That dessert the cococarma dessert would be very tempting even though it would be way too much food for one sitting. Thanks for sharing these food ideas.

  14. I have to say that peanut butter burger looks pretty tempting. Put it on a gluten-free bun and I am so there!

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