Slater’s 50/50 founder Scott Slater is moving into the fast-casual realm by launching two brand new eateries under the umbrella of Slater’s Enterprises. Now open side-by-side in the Regents Marketplace in the UTC area are Spitfire Tacos and Head Lettuce, both operating daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Spitfire Tacos’ menu is based on seven vertical spits, each hand-stacked with meats that range from al pastor to Korean-marinated pork belly, jerk chicken, and black pepper pastrami. Each meat combo, from the “Boeuf Dip” with spit-roasted Angus steak, Montreal marinade, horseradish slaw, crispy shoestring potatoes, and hot French onion au jus dip to the “Castro’s Last Stand” with carnitas, shaved ham, creamy mustard sauce, and a pickle spear wrapped in a Swiss cheese quesadilla, are available as tacos and burritos. A taco sampler platter, dubbed “The Wheel”, offers one of each of the 13 varieties for $50. Other snacks include freshly-fried chicharrones, a tater tot and nacho hybrid called “totchos”, and house churros stuffed with horchata crema or Nutella and banana.
In contrast to its decadent neighbor, Head Lettuce serves up healthy but hearty salad blends. Diners can design their own salads or go with one of the specialty mixes that range from the Muffuletta Chop with salami, mozzarella, pepperoncini, olive tapenade, tomato, red onions, crispy creole chickpeas, and red wine oregano vinaigrette to the Ramen Crunch with sugar snap peas, scallions, cilantro, carrot, bean sprouts, edamame, crunchy ramen noodles, and miso ginger dressing. All salads can also be ordered as a wrap. A rep says that Slater is currently scouting for additional locations for both concepts.