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Thoughts on Father's Office burger

E Eto Sep 11, 2007 09:20 PM

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.

  1. Morton the Mousse Sep 12, 2007 03:38 PM

    I think it's overrated. I didn't mind the price, the mad rush for a table, or the draconian condiment policy. I loved the selection of draft beer. I just thought the beef tasted lousy, almost rancid. I eat a lot of great dry-aged beef, a lot of upscale burgers, and the flavor of this meat was just...wrong. Mrs. Mousse got a steak salad, and she could barely eat it for the same reason; without all the crazy condiments, the nasty beef flavor was even more appearant. I also thought they used too much pickle juice in the aioli, which watered down the texture and gave it an off flavor.

    Maybe this was an off night (though it was Saturday, when they should be on their "A" game. Maybe they missed their beef shipment and served us old stuff (which, frankly, would be inexcusable.) Either way, with so many great upscale burgers where I come from (Bay Area), I'm not going to bother with Father's office again.

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      greengelato Sep 12, 2007 03:14 PM

      my husband and i feel the same way, which is why we always split it. :)

      can't wait till the culver city location opens!!!

      1. w
        westwood Sep 11, 2007 11:05 PM

        The burger is very rich and requires one of their excellent beers to provide balance. My problem with Father's Office is the crowd, the stupid service layout, and the attitude from behind the bar. Although I am a lover of the California brewing scene I give Father's Office a wide, wide berth.

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          pezworld Sep 11, 2007 10:15 PM

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

          1. d
            dtud Sep 11, 2007 09:56 PM

            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. Bon Vivant Sep 11, 2007 09:32 PM

              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.

              http://myculinaryadventures.blogspot.com

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                nyfoodjoe Sep 11, 2007 09:26 PM

                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
                  Emme Sep 12, 2007 05:30 PM

                  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
                    Servorg Sep 12, 2007 05:39 PM

                    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
                      Emme Sep 12, 2007 05:48 PM

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

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                        heinous Sep 12, 2007 11:26 PM

                        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
                          Emme Sep 13, 2007 03:04 PM

                          I'm dead serious. Unfortunately.

                2. mpken Sep 11, 2007 09:22 PM

                  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
                    Dommy Sep 12, 2007 07:35 PM

                    Exactly! Not wine... but BEER!!

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

                    --Dommy!

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                      jacinthe Sep 12, 2007 09:20 PM

                      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.

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