Slater's 50/50: Burgers By Design, Huntington Beach Preview

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Anne Marie Panoringan
A cross section of awesomeness.

The wait is finally over. Our favorite Slater (not A.C. or Kelly) has launched their bacontastic menu for public consumption in Huntington Beach. If last night's preview was any indicator, then Adams Avenue will never be the same.

Those crazy Yelp kids know how to throw a party. It was a packed house for a dry run of dinner service Wednesday evening. 
Guests were allowed to order burgers, appetizers, and beer. A single dessert, the monstrous bacon brownie, was the option that night. However, that didn't stop folks from going batty over the gooey sauce known as Vampire Dip. After splitting both a signature 50/50 and an award-winning Peanut Butter & Jealousy burger, this blogger has been converted to the strange but yummy world of over-the-top eats.

A welcome feature is the presence of dual bar areas. The primary is centrally located in the heart of the restaurant, with seating all around. A secondary is tucked in the back with round tables to accommodate groups. It's decorated with lots of old-school neon beer signage. The serious sports fanatics will find solace (or lots of buddies to cheer with) in their very own section. Patrons in the main dining room can still view sporting action on the dozen or more flat screens mounted throughout.

Their soft opening is today, with a big grand opening tomorrow. Either you're open or you're closed, as far as we're concerned. See you there!

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Anne Marie Panoringan
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Slater's 50/50 is located at 8082 Adams Ave, Huntington Beach. (714) 594-5730. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Here is a link to their website.

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Jason
Jason

Went on Friday, day 2?? Sat at the bar and was greeted by what seemed like 100 employees. Ordered a beer and onion strings, both came out cold. I tried to tell someone but everyone was pretty busy. The burger was dry. The bun was not very soft and seemed 2/3 bun 1/3 meat. The meat was pink inside due to it being 1/2 pork bacon but it sure was dry! Waitresses said it was "well done" that's just how they do it there. Islands if you gotta have a beer with your burger. Capital grill if you have to have a bacon burger. In-n-out if you just need a burger...

MeToo
MeToo

My wife and I went on day 2 as well. It was very packed so we just sat at the bar. (At the suggestion of the hostess.) After being ignored by the staff for more than 10 minutes we left. Good thing the valet parking was free. I do realize that the place just opened and there will be teething pains with a new restaurant. But after the bartender got done serving the person next to us he didn't even turn his head or say a word inquiring to our drink order let alone a food order. So far not good. 

david g
david g

Went on day 2. It was alright. Might of been my mistake by just ordering the Slater 50/50 burger thinking it was a regular burger/bacon with lettuce, tomato & the usual. It had guacamole and a fried egg on top. Not my burger style. But like I said it was my fault in not reading the menu before ordering. So I cannot fault them for that. I thought the burger was tasty but small. Looking at the picture above there is alot of bun and a little bit of burger. Where's the Beef?? The beer selection was.....well only 7 taps the day I went. They will have 80 taps(next week) of craft brew and the usual H20 beers. You know which beers I'm talking about. Big 3. Big deal. I did have the Bruery Humulus they had on tap. They also Pliny! A Big Plus. So the beer selection should be good once they get everything up and running. And it will cost you for the good stuff. NO "Happy Hour" prices on the craft brews. Only on the domestic stuff. The other thing I did not care for is that you had to be in the bar area only to get the "happy hour" prices. WTF! At least at the Yardhouse you can sit anywhere to get the happy hour deals. And the Yardhouse has happy hour prices on all the beer selection. Not just the domestic stuff. And put some of your burgers at happy hour prices too!! Not just the appetizers. The service was good. This place is a typical burger n brew joint. I would come back on occasions. But if I'm going to pay $7-12 for a 16oz or 22oz beer then I would rather go to Beachwood BBQ. Maybe Slaters 50/50 should take a look at the Yardhouse, Beachwood BBQ, Congregational Ale House, etc. to see how its done if they want to survive in this economy. The economy's situation is here for awhile. If Slaters 50/50 wants to be around for awhile then they need to make some changes. They are not Stone, Beachwood BBQ or some of these other well established places. . . .yet!

Whiskey Rebel
Whiskey Rebel

went to the soft opening for lunch yesterday and it definitely lived up the hype. had the 50/50 and customized it with blue cheese, the jalapeno relish and fried egg and fell into bacon burger bliss the rest of the afternoon at the desk. excited to go back and try the bacon old fashioned (although it should be a crime to use basil hayden in anything other than neat or a cube or two or ice, but ill let it pass).

MeToo
MeToo

I think Friday was the first day they were open. I was there Saturday night.

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