When all else fails, there are always new burger joints, and there's one coming soon — very soon. Slaters 50/50, a California chain whose eponymous burger contains 50 percent bacon, is opening its second restaurant in the Dallas area at the hot-hot corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane.
The restaurant will go in the former Rockfish Seafood Grill at 11661 Preston Rd., and will open September 29. It'll keep long hours: 11 am-midnight.
Slater's 50/50 was founded in 2009 in Anaheim Hills by Scott Slater, a bacon advocate who created a patty that is half ground beef and half ground bacon.
The chain made its Dallas debut in 2017 with a location at 2817 Greenville Ave.
Their menu includes an Angus beef burger, grass-fed bison burger, turkey burger, and a burger topped with peanut butter and jelly.
Customers build their own patty from choices such as size (quarter pound, third pound, or double meat); choice of meats including bison, 50/50 beef & bacon, turkey, chicken breast, or vegetable patty.
Roll options include white brioche, honey wheat, or gluten free (or lettuce but that is not bread, and besides, they're saying now that keto is bad so you really do need that bread).
Cheese choices include American, bacon American, blue cheese, cheddar, Pepper Jack, beer cheese, smoked Gouda, or Swiss.
There are toppings like bacon, lettuce, slaw, pickles, jalapeños, onions, avocado, green chiles, grilled pineapple, Fritos, and the now-obligatory fried egg.
There are even meat toppings including three varieties of bacon, Spam — which is a very hipster thing — and pork; and various sauces and dressings. Many sauces and dressings.
Non-burger options include 'furters, sandwiches, wings, salads, sides, and milkshakes.
In time for this opening, they have a number of new items including a hot Cheetos chili burger, an enchilada burger, brisket tacos, and pulled pork nachos.
Perhaps they recognize that bacon as a hot trend has kind of peaked. It is no longer cool, as it used to be back in 2016, to say "I LOVE BACON" as a non sequitur comment on every Facebook post.
New drinks include an alcoholic root beer float, a "Greenville Ave margarita," and a neon mai tai. They're also super into beer, tapping thousands of different craft beers.