Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, May 13, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, May 13, 2017 


Just had a burger with Scott Slater he owns/runs my favorite burger joint in 
Pasadena Slater’s 50/50, not only do they make arguably the best burger in 
town, the whole experience is one I look forward to. I have been there many 
times and Slater’s has delivered each and every time. What is a 50/50? It’s a 
burger made of half ground beef and half bacon. On my most recent visit 
I opted to go all beef. I ordered from the Design It Yourself menu where 
you pick the size of the burger (from 1/3 lb to 1 a full pound), bread, cheese, 
toppings, and sauce. I got the 1/3-lb burger on the thick sliced rye bread with 
pickle chips and roasted red peppers, accompanied by a Munich Pilsner beer 
-- this kid was in heaven. This burger is truly one that I would go out for and 
save the time of firing up the BBQ. On this visit I also enjoyed the fried dill 
pickle chips. The only item that isn’t five stars is the chicken wings, kind of 

 The beer selection is vast, with your choice of pilsners, lagers, ales, many 
names you know, and others that you should get to know. Too many 
gastropubs offer beer I have never heard of -- I get the idea, but I just might be 
in the mood for a Pabst!!! 

 The service at the bar, where I usually do my best eating, was top notch. 
Bartender George greeted us with a handshake and a hello and asked if it was 
our first time at Slater’s. He explained the process and even asked what type 
of beer we liked. Nice touch George! You get high marks for service! Prices 
for beer are in the $7 range, burgers from $10 and up. I will return for a 50/50 
soon and another Pilsner, please. The Bar has ample room to dine or just have 
a beer, and features more than 10 big screens for your sporting pleasure. 

 Slater’s 50/50 61 N. Raymond Ave. Pasadena (626) 765-9700

Close Second: The Hook on Foothill Blvd. Pasadena. for $7 you can beat it 
and the beer prices are very reasonable. The service is wonderful. 

 Check out all my weeks food photos at

TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills

Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, And Catering
Julie’s Favorite Family Recipes



1 cup coconut oil, softened 

1 1/2 cup sugar (half brown, half white)

3 eggs 

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups shredded peeled Granny Smith apples (about 2 medium apples)

3 to 4 mashed bananas 

3/4 cup chopped walnuts or mixed nuts


1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch cake pan with baking spray oil.

2. In large bowl, beat oil and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. 
Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla, flour with dry ingredients. Stir in apples, bananas and 
nuts. Spoon into pan.

3. Bake 35 to 38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. If you 
prefer a topping, put 1 cup chocolate chips on top of cake the last 8 minutes of baking. Cool 20 
minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool 10 minutes longer. Serve warm with ice cream.

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