Food Porn Friday | Slater's 50/50 | Lake Forest

Friday, February 22, 2013


I never thought I’d say this…but I am officially OVER bacon. Yup, that crunchy fried sliver of hog heaven that used to satisfy me so, no longer appeals to the palate that was once so dependent on it to wake me up weekend mornings. 

I spent Chinese New Year’s attending my very first Yelp Elite tasting at the brand new Slater's 50/50 in Lake Forest. I’ve heard all the hype about the BEST bacon burgers in town and really wanted to see/taste/smell for myself how 50% ground beef + 50% ground bacon burgers could render grown men helpless and drooling by the dozen. Apparently, it starts a little something like this:


Combination appetizer dish with Slater’s fries, beer battered jalapenos, and fried bacon mac n’ cheese balls. 

Hot fried food+ ice cold beer =TOTAL HIT y’all. 
Cold fried food + room temperature “iced” tea = TOTAL BUST dude. 

What gives? I was ready to don my trucker hat at the thought of fried cheese balls oozing down my belly washed down with an Amstel lite when it hit me: Everything’s cold!!! Like they mass-produced all 6 options and waited for customers to just call it out. I get that you’re serving for the masses in a very abbreviated amount of time; but at least keep ‘em under the heat lamp yo. Restaurant wars 101 y’all. I didn’t grow up working Chinese restaurants without learning a thing or two. But those balls sure do look scrumptious y’all. Imagine if the cheese really did ooze. Oman, I woulda been in big trouble fosho!


B’ B’ B’ Bacon Burger with 50/50 patty with bacon American cheese, sunny side up egg, thick cut bacon, and bacon island dressing on a bacon pretzel bun. It’s pronounced ‘buh’ ‘buh’ ‘buh’ Bacon, get it??? Bacon on the inside, outside, and everywhere in between. Hence the namesake, hence my nausea. The ONLY time I can exclaim “Everything in moderation” man! Coming from a complete maximalist like myself, that’s saying too much. Simply put, the bacon (yes all of them) was just overkill. Nothing stood out. No sophisticated flavor profiles, no fantasies of bacon aftertaste (spare me!), seriously nothing but a big ol' bacon-y mess. :((((((((((


Big Daddy Melt with 1/3 lb Sterling Silver ground beef patty, melted cheddar and Swiss cheese, grilled onions and a horseradish aioli sandwiched between grilled rye bread. You see me trying to saw that thing in half? Too much knife work for my itty bitty hands and after just one bite, I felt the carpel coming on. The horseradish packs a punch that tempers the smokiness of the patty; however since the grilled onions were sliced instead of chopped, this made the entire ordeal that much messier. Sauce is dripping everywhere, onions sliding to and fro’, cheese was barely melted, and patty was all in crumbles. Not my idea of the “perfect” bite so I ended up nixing the grip altogether and opted for silverware instead. Lost my appetite after all that hoopla.


Until dessert, that is: Slater’s one saving grace that couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. I was ready to dismiss the joint when the waitress revealed the skinny on their famous Cococarma with toasted coconut, caramel, and chocolate cookie baked in a cast iron skillet, served à la mode. A cross between a pizookie (BJ’s Brewery) and Girl Scout Cookies: Samoas a.k.a. Caramel Delights I lovelovelove the ingenious combination of the 3 C’s (coconut/caramel/choco) in my cookies. Top it off with aromatic vanilla bean ice cream drizzled with hot fudge and you’ve got yourself a bonus star rating Slater's. *Which brings you to a total 3 stars wah wah*


24356 Swartz Ave.
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949)460-9314

*Insider’s tip: ALWAYS make sure to specify “chopped” onions in your burgers. I don’t know if the kitchen staff was green or not, but they managed to even eff up a simple (albeit significant) aspect of their burgers. The onions were stringy and pungent, like the outer skin had been left on when sliced causing that burger layer to slip, and drip, and slide between the patty and bun. This was exactly when I put knife to fork and started carving away. Not the MOST perfect bite but no other choice honey. Suffice it to say, I only ate a quarter of my melt and another quarter of his. Too much effort is such a turn off!*

That’s it! Pork Belly is my new bestie y’all! Tune in next Friday when I take a bite outta the BEST pork belly in ALL of OC! Yup, I said it! You may agree or totally think I’m off my rocker, but only one way to find out! See ya on the flip side dolls- Until then…

Bon appétit mes amis!

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9 comments

  1. OMFG looks so damn good, just what im craving right now!!

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  2. Bacon has totes grossed me out lately. I'm surprised by your review because I have heard so many good things about 50/50. (The one in Huntington) As a restaurant owner, I don't try places until at least a month or so in, the start up is always rough and things are going to be a little funky. Thanks for the honesty though hun! I'll give it a try as well.

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  3. Oh what a let down! Everything LOOKS great, but it's a shame it didn't live up to that.
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  4. Wow! Everything looks sooo good!! Have a nice weekend.

    xo Marie
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  5. I am without a doubt drooling over the plate with the fries lol mmmm


    xo
    Maggie A
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  6. I hate to admit it, but I think I'm getting over bacon as I'm getting older :/ So sad, me and bacon have had some good times! I'm so glad you still post fails in Food Porn Fridays. You gotta roll with the good and the bad! That cookie a la mode looks fantastic though!

    xoxo, Julie @ OBSESSED

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  7. omg I am just drooling at that dessert om nom nom

    Mili from call me, Maeby

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Give it to me...gimme that funk, that sweet, that gushy stuff

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