• Father’s Office

    Food & Drink  

    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.

    Father's Office
    1018 Montana Avenue
    Santa Monica, CA 90403

    Oct 25, 2013 | Permalink (4) Total Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/26/2013 at 1:42 PM:

    @Al—It’s a different burger than Mr. Bartley’s. The Office Burger borders gourmet more or less. Different class of burger, making them hard to compare.

    Al left a comment on 12/26/2013 at 1:13 PM:

    Sounds good, but is it better than Mr. Bartley’s in Cambridge? That’s an epic burger.

    Paul left a comment on 12/26/2013 at 11:38 AM:

    Your writing is off the hook.

    George left a comment on 12/25/2013 at 3:09 AM:

    I’m glad to know that you make it out this way from time to time. Enjoy the sun, avoid the nuts and flakes, and maybe get up north a little to San Francisco. Best Wishes.