Tucked away in a dark, crowded American gastropub in Santa Monica is the one burger I go out of my way for when I'm in L.A. The gospel served on a soft roll. It’s simply a patty of fine dry-aged beef topped with caramelized onions, Gruyère and Maytag cheeses, applewood-smoked bacon compote, and arugula. A local and self-proclaimed foodie introduced me to the joint back in 2007. Every time this burger hits my lips, I crown it "Best Burger…Ever.” Every time.
Welcome to Father’s Office.
The nationally acclaimed gastropub is helmed by Chef Sang Yoon. The Korean/Russian restauranteur took over the tiny, unpretentious local bar in 2000, opened the kitchen, and gifted the much touted “Office Burger” ($12.50) to Angelenos. Known for its world-class selection of beers on tap (a seasonally rotating selection of 36 craft beers) and burgers, the Office is just as notorious for what it doesn’t have—ketchup and empathy for your menu substitutions. Hey, Yoon’s genius is not without its madness. But he does us one better with two aioli sauces of garlic and blue cheese for your sweet potato fries. In a single epiphanic moment, the very idea of ketchup becomes foreign. Baptize it all in one of the local microbrews and consider it a religious experience.
1018 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403