Slater’s 50/50

One of the restaurants I was set on trying out before the end of the year was Slater’s 50/50, a burger chain famous for their heavily bacon-themed menu.  They are especially known for their 50/50 burger patty which is 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon.

We had sampled Slater’s 50/50 burger at various tasting events this year, and it was definitely the most popular vendor at all the tasting events we went to. So with all the talk of Armageddon, it seemed like a good time to speed things up on a visit before the end of the year and Slater’s is even offering an Armageddon burger until the end of December.

The restaurant bar features a huge selection of beers.

I immediately was entranced by the bacon salt on the table of condiments. It did indeed taste like finely ground salty bacon.

The burger menu provides quite a few options. In addition to pre-designed burgers, they also have a build-it-yourself option, a popular trend for burger joints this year.

Appetizer Combination

You can choose different appetizers to make your own combination plate. Since we couldn’t decide on just one, this was perfect. We chose three: sweet potato fries with pumpkin sauce, house fries with bacon infused ketchup and fried mac and cheese balls.

I’ve never seen a pumpkin dipping sauce offered with fries and the sweet spiced sauce went well with the sweet fries. I was pleasantly surprised with the regular fries too. I haven’t liked many, and I don’t usually like thick ones, but these were just crispy enough on the outside and packed a lot of potato in each fry. I was a little disappointed with the ketchup. While there were bits of bacon mixed in, I couldn’t actually taste the bacon in the ketchup itself. The mac and cheese balls were pretty much your standard fare, but still good. Creamy mac and cheese shaped into a ball and deep fried.

Maple Bacon Milkshake

I’ve heard really great things about the bacon milkshake here, so we had to try it. I personally found the shake to be too sweet with too much maple syrup. Having the bacon chunks inside actually wasn’t weird. In fact, I quite enjoyed munching on them coated with milkshake, but I would have actually liked to see a less sweet version of the milkshake so that the bacon flavor could come through a little more. This shake was packed with bacon bits though. I hope no one ever shows me the nutrition fact chart on it.

Okay, I know I said I was finished with the giveaways for this holiday season, but I got this last minute opportunity to host a giveaway for a 12-month subscription to Food & Wine Magazine, and since most of my readers enjoy food, I thought this would be a great giveaway opportunity.

Picture from Food & Wine Magazine website

One lucky winner will receive a year subscription to Food & Wine magazine courtesy of Bravo and Top Chef. Do you follow Top Chef? I started watching the Top Chef series two seasons ago. Last season, I liked the eventual winner, Paul, almost immediately, and was so happy to see him win.

This season, I’ve especially enjoyed watching Top Chef Seattle since I’ve been to Seattle before and it’s cool to see them go to spots I’ve been to and it also has given me a list of ideas of where to go on my next trip to Seattle.

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched tonight’s episode, I will be discussing it for the next few paragraphs.

So before tonight’s episode, I would say that while I didn’t have a clear favorite, I was leaning towards Chef Kristen, but I didn’t think she stood out enough or had enough experience to win the whole thing. Still, I marvel at how skinny she is and I enjoy her work ethic. Of course, tonight was the episode that she really showed her abilities, but I want to state for the record that I liked her even before she started winning!

Seoul Sausage

I was rooting for Seoul Sausage from the start on the last season of The Great Food Truck Race. They ended up winning the whole thing and opened a store in Little Osaka. I’m not sure what they did with the truck they won or if they have plans for a food truck operation in the future, but their storefront seems to be doing quite well.

Since it was right around the corner from Tsujita, we stopped by after lunch for a “snack.” Initially we thought we might just try and share the popular items that had been featured on the show. But we ended up ordering one of everything for us to share.

It was a lot of food and hard for us to finish, but at least I don’t have to make another trip back to try something I missed the first time. And I get to share all the items on the blog too.

The store space is pretty small and a lot of people stand around eating their food. The front of the restaurant has a case of the raw sausages and fried balls they are most famous for. We also saw the owners that were on the show inside working as well.

Spicy Pork Sausage

I was surprised to find that this sausage really was made up of Korean style spicy marinated pork. I enjoyed this one, which was served with a slaw and a bun.