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One ingredient that piques the interest of most Americans is bacon. That's the position of Scott Slater, whose concept has found a niche within the casual-dining segment — the bacon niche. Slater’s 50/50 was launched in 2009. Slater teamed with executive chef Brad Lyons to create the original 50/50 patty (50 percent ground bacon, 50 percent ground beef) on a menu that includes amplified burgers and indulgent dishes to pair with over 100 local and regional craft beers. Bacon appears on Slater’s menu in many forms, including Fried Bacon Mac N' Cheese Balls, Fried Chicken & Pancakes, in a milk shake, and topping a brownie dessert. The Southern California-based concept has seven locations today, up from two last year.