By Sara Newberry
Slater’s 50/50 is a chain out of California that opened their first franchise location on Lower Greenville last spring. They specialize in burgers and are very excited about their signature mix of 50 percent beef and 50 percent bacon for some of the burger patties.
The menu consists of a selection of burgers created with their signature beef-bacon mix, and a few that use a more traditional all-beef patty. We tried both. (If none of the pre-“designed” burgers knock your socks off, there is an option to create your own burger, with options for patties, additional meats, cheeses, toppings and condiments. I’m sure I’ll try that on a future visit.)
The Original 50/50 has the signature mix topped with a sunny side up egg, avocado mash and chipotle mayo. It’s intensely rich and incredibly messy to eat. The chipotle mash needed more heat to cut through all of the different kinds of fat. The salt from the bacon helped some. But, to be honest, I preferred the all-beef patty to the 50/50 one. The texture and saltiness of the mixed version overpowered the rest of the burger’s ingredients.
The “Best Damn Bacon Cheeseburger” might be an overstatement, but it’s a fine cheeseburger. The bacon was crisp and there was a generous amount of it. The 1000 island dressing was bland — I expected more zing. But the grilled onions were perfectly caramelized and added excellent sweetness.
Hand-cut fries were crisp and golden, and served with a smoky bacon ketchup. The ketchup was served cold, which was a little off-putting, but I get the food safety reasons.
I had to try the Fried Bacon Mac & Cheese Balls, if only to confirm my suspicions that they were going to be mostly there for the hype factor. They were much better than I thought they’d be; I might even order them again. The outer coating was crisp, and the inside was creamy and cheesy, studded with bacon bits.
Crispy Brussels Sprouts were one of the best treatments of the vegetable I’ve encountered. Yes, there was bacon, but the bacon and caramelized sprouts were balanced by a white balsamic vinaigrette and a scattering of shaved Parmesan. It’s the most original version of Brussels sprouts I’ve come across since every restaurant in town started adding them to their menu.
We returned for brunch and, while it was fine, we will not be returning for that menu. A Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs was generous, but the steak, gravy and mashed potatoes underneath all needed a salt infusion. Sunny side-up eggs were perfectly prepared.
Biscuits and Gravy with Gramma’s Fried Chicken was also okay, but the chicken serving seemed a little chintzy relative to the biscuits. I asked to substitute pancakes for the eggs, due to an egg sensitivity. The pancakes were studded with chocolate chips (that was a fun surprise!) and were golden and moist. They arrived at the table drizzled with syrup; I would have preferred to add my own.
A wide selection of burgers (and tasty non-burger options) means that we will likely be returning to Slater’s 50/50. The atmosphere is cool and casual, and the service is friendly and knowledgeable. There was definitely a need for a burger-centric spot on this section of Greenville Avenue (especially on the nights when The Grape is not serving their stellar cheeseburger), and this fits in to the neighborhood very well.
2817 Greenville Avenue
Sun to Wed: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Thu to Sat: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.