Happy Hour with Dessert: Slater’s 50/50

I was heading over to my Dad’s house for a Friday night in the jacuzzi and we decided to meet up for a patio Happy Hour. Orange County did just recently move from the Purple tier which meant no indoor dining to Red for 25% occupancy indoor dining. Although I don’t think I’m ready for indoor dining yet. Luckily with living in sunny Southern California there will still be plenty of time to enjoy outdoor dining.

Entrance

A Slater’s 50/50 opened up near my parent’s house a couple of months ago but I haven’t had the opportunity to stop by. So I decided this was the time to finally give it a try. I know the main reason to come here is to try the famous 50/50 blend burger which combines beef and bacon in the patty. But when there is a Happy Hour then it is my job to be the Adventurer I am and explore it.

The bar

As you can see there are a couple of people dining inside but for me, the main takeaway is the bar. Not necessarily the bar itself but mainly the workspace in the middle. It gives the bartenders quite a lot of room to move around.

Foosball

They do have a foosball table but given COVID the table is closed. I’d say it is a lot easier to just keep it closed to prevent multiple people from touching it all day. It would be tough to make sure it is thoroughly cleaned each time someone uses it.

Menu

One thing that I appreciate is that they utilize paper menus which are one-time use along with virtual menus to cut down on paper use. So I went to their website to pull up their Happy Hour menu. It took around 15 minutes for a server to finally come over. I guess they were understaffed but it worked out since my dad came just a little before the waitress came over. As you can see the prices are all very reasonable and one could load up on many items.

Moscow Mule

When I saw they do a drink of the day on their Happy Hour I was very intrigued. To say they have a brand new drink every day cycling around is quite amazing. On this day it was a pineapple margarita which I wasn’t feeling since I had the Pineapple Express from Mi Casa Cal-Mex Cantina not too long ago. So I ended up ordering the Moscow Mule since I have yet to have a classic mule yet. I loved the copper mug that it was served with because it really showed off how cold the drink was with the condensation forming. I was very disappointed by the old lime as the garnish. Besides that, it had all the flavors of a classic Moscow Mule with the vibrant ginger taste to the bright bursts of lime.

Chips and Dips

There was a mistake in the order because they ended up bringing some chips and dips. I had asked about them but when I found out that it was a queso dip I was not thrilled. But I guess there was some confusion but they said we could keep them. As expected the queso was like any fake cheese queso and was very unappetizing. The salsa I was told was a pico de gallo so when I say this roasted tomatillo salsa come out I thought this might not be too bad. The salsa had a unique sweetness to it but had a nice spicy finisher.

Sloppy Joe Sliders

Now off to the “entree” portion of this Happy Hour Adventure. I went with the Sloppy Joe sliders which to my excitement was the same beef and bacon blend that they use for the burgers. The first thing that caught my eye was that the sliders were served open-faced. This allowed someone to view them in all of their glory with toppings such as jalapeños, crushed criss-cross chips, and scallions. As with all sloppy joes, there is a slight sweetness from the tomato sauce. Since the sliders are served on Hawaiian rolls it adds some additional sweetness which luckily is cut a little from the jalapeños.

Salted Caramel Bacon Popcorn

As with any meal, dessert is always served last and that is exactly how I’m presenting it. I have never seen something sweet on a Happy Hour menu so when I saw the Salted Caramel Bacon Popcorn I just had to have it. So obviously it is a more sweet and savory dessert than a true dessert but I still qualify it as a dessert. There were also some roasted peanuts to add a little bit of saltiness to them. The bursts of bacon flavor are what truly made the popcorn quite tasty.

One thing I would like to point out is that the Happy Hour menu that they have online is not accurate because the Moscow Mule ended up being $10. Given the size of the drink, $10 isn’t bad but it would have been nice if they gave me a heads up. Luckily everything else was cheap so it all balanced out.

Website: Slater’s 50/50

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Have you ever seen dessert on a Happy Hour menu? If so what was it? If you haven’t let me know what your favorite dessert is.

Let me know down below in the comments and be sure to share with friends that would enjoy this Happy Hour.

May the adventures continue! Cheers!

 

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