A Kangaroo hip-hop-hippity-hop-hopped into my mouth and I LIKED IT.
You might expect a kangaroo burger to be tough, lean, dry and very gamey. I suppose it may have been, had Slater’s 50/50 not mixed it’s patty with ground bacon and been the expert cooks that they are. The best way to describe the taste of the meat, other than absolutely incredible, is venison; it taste like wild venison but with the perfect amount of pork. It was wild with an interesting aftertaste, not overpowering but you certainly know right away that it’s not beef. The huckleberry ketchup tranquilizes joey a bit, yielding a sweet bouncy-like joy in my mouth. It was a sweet and astonishing, almost like taking your Great Aunt’s thanksgiving cranberry sauce and spreading it on a burger.
This trip to Slater’s was on the fly. I sat at home goofing around on facebook and noticed a status update in my newsfeed stating that tomorrow would be the last chance to try the burger. I anxiously desired it. Sadly, between school, running my eCommerce business and sleep, I had not found [or made] time to make it to Pasadena. I faced a decision, wait until tomorrow and try to make it after class or get up and go tonight. I chose the latter.
Knowing that I did not want to dine-in, I called ahead and placed my order. From the moment I received the ‘Roo Burger, my olfactory senses went into overdrive. The aroma intensified once in the car. It hit me with a sweet yet tart note and a hint of the glorious bacon. From taking the pictures in the restaurant to boxing it and heading home to eat, my mouth watered with excitement. My nose was dancing in the delight of the sweet smell of the huckleberry ketchup.
I arrive home, turn on the telly and begin munching on the beer cheese fries that accompanied my ‘roo. I finally take my first bite of the 2/3lb burger and I’m overloaded with flavors that work extremely well together. The sweetness of the huckleberry blends and tames the bouncy kangaroo, the salt and savor of the bacon compliment the sweetness of the ketchup. Though contrasting flavors, the melted brie and macadamia ricotta band in unison to bring everything together. You are able to taste the burger’s flavor profiles individually yet interpret and greatly appreciate their collective work in providing a finely crafted gastronomic sensation.
Slater’s 50/50 Pasadena
61 North Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Hours: Sun 9:30a.m. – 11:00p.m., Mon-Thurs 11:00a.m. – 11:00p.m.,
Fri & Sat 11:00a.m. – 12:00a.m.
Breakfast is back every Sunday, starting at 9:30a.m. during regular football season!