To be a Burger... Father's Office
Have you eaten this yet? This is the Father's Office hamburger, considered one of the best in LA. Although some would scoff at the thought of this deliciousness being a burger in the technical sense, it does deserve hamburger merit because the simplicity of a classic burger is still preserved.
All the essential parts that make up a good burger is still intact. Raw onions replaced by carmelized ones. American or cheddar cheese replaced by gruyere and Maytag blue, both very popular and widely available cheeses. Bacon strips are replaced by "applewood smoked bacon compote," fancy sounding but still bacon, right? The round bun replaced by a french roll, offering a similar soft texture of the latter. The ubiquitous flavorless iceburg replaced by peppery green arugula. And the ground beef patty replaced by dry-aged sirloin patty.
The carmelization of onions may take up a bit more time than thinly slicing a red onion, but the rest of the ingredients are as easy to find and can be stacked together equally fast as a classic burger. This is not one of those ridiculous burger that try to fancy itself up at every opportunity, overburdening itself with too many flavors... sun-dried tomatoes in the patty, blue cheese hidden in the middle, etc., etc.
The FO burger is still simple and the flavor of beef, the most important part, is excellent. But it's simple done well with really good ingredients that meld together beautifully. Add a shopping cart of sweet potato fries, four servings of the roasted garlic cabrales aioli, a cold glass of Russian River's Pliny the Elder IPA. It's hard not to be happy even among the all the weird patrons, annoying yuppies, and fratties. Too bad there isn't more bars like Father's Office in LA with excellent selection of beer and better bar food. But just to warn you, this place is pretty impossible to have a good time during peak hours. Go right when it opens between 3 to 5 to snag a table.
1018 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403