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Sep 11, 2007 09:20 PM

Thoughts on Father's Office burger

I finally made my way to Father's Office on a weekday, just when they opened and had a nice leisurely dinner. I really wanted to try the burger, as everyone seems to have an opinion, and I was starting to feel a little left out.

The burger is quite good. The meat is juicy, and the condiments are of high quality. I loved the first half of the burger. But then, by the second half of the burger, I got tired of it. With the juicy meat, caramelized onion, and blue cheese, there's nothing to cut into the richness of the burger. I was craving more than the arugula that came on the burger. What it really needs is something to balance the richness, like a tomato slice or a pickle or maybe even some mustard. The fries with the aioli, albeit very good, only compounded the richness. Next time I'll know to split a burger and get some of the other menu items that looked very attractive. Getting there at 5pm is also key to having a stress-free time.

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  1. Sounds like what you needed was a beer or some more beer. :-) The burger is super rich, but pairs well with beer.

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    1. re: mpken

      Exactly! Not wine... but BEER!!

      However, your plan of splitting is a great idea... They got some other incredible gems coming out that kitchen...


      1. re: Dommy

        Agreed. I always split the burger with a friend and get another dish. The last time we were there, they had these ribs in some amazing spicy sauce (I want to say tinged with Guinness?) that were amazingly tender. Too bad it was a special.. but hopefully it pops up every now and then.

    2. What you need to do is take a room service sized bottle of ketchup and utilize it...the POS that owns the joint will not allow his food to touch the condiment...try it..I do it all the time...

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      1. re: nyfoodjoe

        my friend did this, and got kicked out, not because he got caught, but because the jealous guy sitting next to him tattled! just because he wasn't cunning enough, he thought he'd ruin the party for my buddy!

        1. re: Emme

          I would pay to hear the phone call from the FO employee and subsequent reply by the 911 Operator when asking "why" they needed to be connected to the LAPD. I doubt felonious ketchup use would get them to roll Code 3.

          1. re: Servorg

            My friend is very non-confrontational... After his ketchup was confiscated and told he could never return, it all just went downhill...

            1. re: Emme

              Are you kidding? Did that really happen?? That's just ridiculous. Ketchup is a fine condiment with an ancient pedigree, and it could only be treated in such a shoddy way by someone who has some odd issues. I love FO, but this makes me think it's a little silly. I mean, I guess everyone has the right to run their own restaurants however they want, but that doesn't make it right.

              But I totally second good beer as a great way to cut the burger. Yum.

              1. re: heinous

                I'm dead serious. Unfortunately.

      2. I think that it's really good but it reminded me more of a steak sandwich than a burger. Their non-burger items are excellent as well.

        1. i love the burger! and i love the sweet potato fries with the aioli. both are ubber rich. like the people have said - either soda or beer will cut the richness. but if you share the burger and share a salad (we always get the beet salad) - that's just the best! the acidity in the salad helps compliment and enhance the richness of the burger and the fries. i don't like eating a whole burger and even if i don't share - i take half to go b/c it is so rich. but so good!

          1. Half burger (split with friend), garlic fries and a pint of the Craftsman ale is the right combination for me.