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Father’s Office

August 30, 2009

I had a serious craving for burgers and beer yesterday after a hot afternoon 11 mile run. I don’t think I have ever tried running in the afternoon before. It was seriously brutal and completely slowed me down. Even though I was downing G2, I was still dehydrated and the only thing I was craving was a nice cold beer. I heard about Father’s Office from an episode of Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate..Bacon”. B made mental notes throughout the show of places that were featured. Surprisingly, there were a couple in L.A. This place prides themselves as having the “Best burgers in L.A”.

Upon walking in, we were taken back by how small the restaurant was. Actually, it wasn’t really a restaurant. It was more of a bar than anything else. You have to be 21 to get in and you order the food from the bar. It was hard trying to find a table, but we scored a couple seats at the side bar stools. We were originally going to take it to go, but decided to just eat it there. Everyone was ordering the burgers and they had a variety of beer selection on tap. We order a Great White to start while waiting for our food.

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It’s amazing how well known these small places can be. The owner of this restaurant was also a critic featured on Top Chef Masters when they had to judge a burger quickfire. I ordered an appetizer of:

Spicy Lamb Skewers- japanese eggplant, roasted radicchio, red jalapeno. You can’t really tell they are skewers because underneath the skewers were roasted eggplants, onions and other vegetables. The skewers had a Moroccan flavor to them and the lamb was tender and juicy. It was a lot bigger than I imagined since this was considered an ‘appetizer’. Overall, bold flavors and great taste, a little messy, but well worth it.

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The Office Burger (Dry Aged Beef) caramelized onion, applewood bacon compote, gruyere, matag blue cheese and arugula. This is what Father’s Office is known for. I was really surprised when they brought this out because it didn’t look like a normal burger with a hamburger bun. It looked rather small, but was surprisingly filling. The combination of cheese and the caramelized onion melded perfectly together with the beef. I was expecting more from the bacon compote, but didn’t really taste it that much. I guess it’s a good thing as bacon can be overly powerful and sometimes that is all you can taste. The roll was nice and warm, but not overly crunchy and hard. It held the burger together perfectly. Brennan said this burger ranks up there as one of the best burgers he’s ever had. This is pretty big since he lives on burgers. I can’t really give a good judgement and ranking since I don’t eat them that much. Next time you are in L.A, be sure to check out Father’s Office, if you are looking for a cool bar atmosphere with amazing burgers and beer.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. August 31, 2009 12:22 am

    Great eats. those lamb skewers look so good.

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