If there's one thing Dallas needs, it's a new burger concept, and now we shall get it via Slater's 50/50, a California chain that will open its first branch in May at 2817 Greenville Ave. in the former Greenville Bar & Grill space.
Slater’s 50/50 was founded in 2009 in Anaheim Hills, California by Scott Slater, described as "a SoCal native with a passion for burgers, bacon, and craft beer, and a disdain for the boring" who was inspired by the belief that bacon is meat candy, and created a patty that is half ground beef and half ground bacon. Their trademark is to have the burger come with a knife stuck in it, to imply that it is so big you need to cut it with a knife.
The menu includes an Angus beef burger, grass-fed bison burger, turkey burger, pizza burger made from 50 percent ground beef and 50 percent ground Italian sausage, and a burger topped with peanut butter and jelly.
Slater makes the bold claim that Slater's will be as good as any burger in Dallas. "Every time I visit Dallas, I try and find the biggest, baddest burger in town, and Slater's 50/50 is about to be put on that list in Dallas," he says, citing Dallas twice.
The twist at Slater's is that it is big very big on bacon. There are bacon brownies, bacon salt, bacon cheese fries, bacon mac n’ cheese, and bacon cocktails.
Customers can also create their own burger; according to the release, there are over 1,000,000 combinations, from seven proteins, 12 cheeses, four breads, 20 sauces, and 30 toppings, including five types of bacon.
There are also big numbers on the beer front, with 1,000 beers via rotating draft lists, including 50 draft lines of local craft beer to Dallas.
The Dallas location will feature three levels, with a bar on each floor, and a rooftop patio that will be designed as an homage to the shuttered Greenville Bar & Grill.
Slater's was acquired in 2016 by a restaurant group with plans to franchise. There are six branches in Southern California. Texas is the first franchised location outside of California.