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Go ahead, ask.  We did.  It’s a burger place, we got that.  50% ground beef?  Ding ding ding!  But where does that leave us with the other 50?  Carnivores: come out, come out wherever you are.  Slater’s 50/50 is cookin’ up a burger that’s 50% ground beef, and, 50%, wait for it, bacon.  The Mommy rally around Umami is about to be disrupted – Slater’s plating up some serious competition.  Ladies and gentlemen, start your appetites.

Bring them your tired and your hungry.

Ah, the joy in not sweating the fancy restaurant.  There comes a time when we think our kids are ready for linen napkins and cups without lids, but by and large that moment is quickly followed some porcelain shattering reality that we were out of our minds.  Looking for a quiet place, just the two of you?  So not here.  This is the place where you can forego the sitter and, should your kid choose to melt down, it’s loud enough that nobody’s going to notice.  And if they do happen to notice?  They’ll be enjoying their burger too much to care.

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So go ahead.  Bring That Baby to The Bar.

The place is huge.  There’s not a barstool unspoken for and there’s a changing table in the bathroom.  Sweet Home Alabama, we have ourselves a winner.

But what if you don’t dig pig?

Yes, there are those who don’t eat meat (even bacon), especially in our health conscious hometown.  So we love that this place will throw their whole philosophy out the window should the customer claim bacon intolerance- that’s some great customer service.  They’ll de-bacon their salads, even wrap ‘em up in a tortilla should you choose.  And the sun-dried tomato and pesto mac and cheese with the parmesan-panko crust?  Vegetarians shall not suffer.Slaters1

So if you’re one with The Counter culture . . . 

Slater’s got your number.  The “Design It” option had us decorating a turkey burger with alfalfa sprouts, arugula, grilled onions, and Tapatio Ranch.  But that’s just how we rolled.  A half page of options is yours for the tasting, which is a delight for parents used to picking pickles off picky eaters pattys.  There’s even an entire column dedicated to the over top-pings.  Why have ketchup when you can have fried dill pickle chips (incredible, btw)?

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The sweet potato fries with pumpkin sauce explain the line around the block upon arrival.  The remainder of the meal made sense of the drones of devotees willing to wait it out.  Grab the kids and show them what real patty cakes are made of.

Slater Gator.

Slaters 50/50
61 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: 626-765-9700
Online: slaters5050.com

Where do you get your burger cravings sated?  Have you checked out our list of other favorite burger joints for kiddos in Los Angeles?

Written and photographed by Jolie Loeb