Failing The 50 Nugget Challenge, Or A Commentary On The Hubris of Man

By Ryan Cady

Honestly, even the McDonald's Media Kit photos look gross right now

We've all done things we regret. Maybe you've overdrawn your debit account, or lied to a spouse, or had one too many drinks and suffered a legendary hangover -- me, well, this one time I ate 45 Chicken McNuggets in one sitting.

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Playground's Hatch Burger Back With a Vengeance!


Anyone who dines frequently at the Playground is bound to come across dishes that wow on that particular visit but have vanished upon your return. I can think of many meals instantly: white Zinfandel vinegar-glazed quail with lentils; pork belly nachos; the meatloaf sandwich; Uncle Lou's Fried Chicken Thomas Keller style ... you get the point.

One favorite we encountered last year was the Hatch chili burger, the Playground's already-awesome Waygu beef burger with a mound of piquant Hatch chilies and a slice of melted cheese. Unlike many of Jason Quinn's long-lost plates, the Hatch burger has returned along with Hatch chili season, and it's taken on a new and menacing form.

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Slater's 50/50's Waffle Sandwich Features A Patty Made With 50% Chorizo And 50% Bacon

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The waffle sandwich is the new black, apparently. When both Taco Bell and Jack in the Box have their own versions, you know it's officially a thing. Slater's 50/50 might be a bit late to the game, but--who cares? It's Slater's-freakin'-50/50.

Behold, their new breakfast sandwich.

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Slater's 50/50 Unleashes The Deep Fried Supreme Nacho Burger

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Is a burger really a burger if it has no bun? Eh, no time to ask questions. Must bolt over to Slater's 50/50 for this insanity.

It's the Deep Fried Supreme Nacho Burger, inspired by a rad Make-A-Wish kid named Justyn who really loves nachos. The burger-chimichanga hybrid starts with a taco-seasoned beef patty, topped with melted cheeses, lettuce, onion, tomato, black beans, bacon, tortilla strips, fresh salsa and guacamole. Then it's wrapped in a flour tortilla, deep-fried, and smothered in nacho cheese sauces and served with sour cream and jalapeños. Whew.

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Yep, Someone Made An Umami Cronut Burger

Kids, here's what can happen if you dare to dream. By now, we all know that the Cronut is the "Gangnam Style" of 2013, a viral spectacle that had the world asking, "What is that and why can't I stop staring?" But for one man, it wasn't enough to simply get his hands on the mystical doughnut-croissant hybrid. No, he wanted more.

Matthew Schonfeld of NYC-based food blog First We Feast had one mission: to make an Umami Cronut Burger. Umami Burger just opened its first location in Manhattan, so this would be a hype-on-hype creation. Read about the epic quest and check out photos of the masterpiece here.

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Oh God: The Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe Is Coming To The OC Fair

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You may have seen it making rounds on social media. You may have even tried to avert your eyes. But there's no escaping the fact that it's heading this way.

Yup, the Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe is coming to the OC Fair on July 12.

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Nestle Introduces Girl Scout Cookie-Flavored Coffee Creamers

Very soon, the best part of waking up may be Thin Mints and Samoas in your cup. Nestle brand Coffee-Mate is introducing Girl Scout cookie-flavored coffee creamers because, well, this is America. Oooooh, what if we dunked our Girl Scout cookies into our Girl Scout cookie-flavored coffee? We might just die from a flavor explosion--or diabetes.

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First Look: Slater's 50/50 Fire Burger

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We don't set out to post every burger monstrosity that Slater's 50/50 creates. Really, we don't. But then a new one comes around and it's so damn hard to avoid it. It taunts us with its over-the-top layers of gluttony and as we begin to salivate, there's just no way we can click "close."

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The Slater's 50/50 Buffalo Buffalo Burger Is Buffalo On Top Of Buffalo On Top Of More Buffalo

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It's National Burger Month! In OC, there's no place better to celebrate than Slater's 50/50, which brought us monstrosities such as the Donut Burger, the 100% Bacon Burger and a burger so hot you needed gloves and a waiver.

This month, the Slater's folks went all in once again with the Buffalo Buffalo Burger. The tangy stack features seasoned ground bison (aka the American buffalo) nestled on a bed of shredded celery and carrots. All that's topped buffalo sauce-infused sharp cheddar cheese, grilled onions and jalepeños, and then smothered with housemade buttermilk ranch and Frank's RedHot dressing.

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Mad Meat Men: Come Eat Our (Boar) Meat

Occasionally, and as a direct result of an OSHA investigation, the management of this blog unchains me and gives me a few hours of liberty; I like to spend it with a group of carnivores known as the Mad Meat Men.

A little while back, eight of us went in on an entire boar from Da-Le Ranch in Lake Elsinore, and it's time to make a little room in the freezer; we're having a boar feast this Sunday at 6 p.m. at Picnics Kitchen in Costa Mesa.

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