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Jun 7, 2008 05:45 PM

Father's Office - Los Angeles - Today

Just a short take on lunch today. Perfect weather for logging a little patio time at FOLA. We arrived about 3 minutes before opening and were maybe 10th in a short line. The nice thing is that they have plenty of help lined up behind the POS computer stations behind the bar as you walk in, and we had our drinks in no time. Actually ran into and old friend and her friend and we all sat outside in the shade. The patio filled up fast. Two burgers, one medium rare and one medium cooked perfectly, along with a shopping cart of sweet potato fries, one beer + one glass of wine. $46, plus tip. Steep, but worth the price. Because the friend I ran into had the burger and regular fries I got to do a taste off and the sweet potato fries won the Triple Crown going away.

Helms Ave. just south of Venice Blvd. on the west side of the street a stones throw north of Culver City.

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  1. i showed up at 1pm myself...walked right in and there were plenty of seats inside at the bar and in the booths

    staff was very friendly and changed the TV to the EURO2008 championships for me

    must say it sorta filled up around 2pm...noticed a ton of people not drinking beers

    overall had a nice lunch...but i think the burger is actually better in santa monica

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    1. re: ronnie_gaucho

      You might be right about the burger being slightly better at the SM location. But on a beautiful day like yesterday the setting at FOLA is really so pleasant that I'll probably make the switch, unless I'm up on Montana for some reason.

      1. re: ronnie_gaucho

        whew, I'm glad I'm not the only one; I too thought the SM location had a better burger

        1. re: ronnie_gaucho

          How big is the TV at the LA location?

        2. Stopped in with friends on a recent Sunday evening on the way to a concert. We sat on the patio, enjoyed the wide variety of beers available, and were shocked and amazed at the foody style grub being served. I agree that the sweet potatoe fries are a hit, I also had the asparagus. I know, why would I get asparagus at a hamburger joint? Well it was over the top good.

          The best part about this location compared with the other is the amount of space. Hopefully the word won't get to far, so it doesn't fill up as often as the original.

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          1. re: dhemmingway

            What did you folks feel made the burger in FOSM better? Maybe the aging of the meat was done more properly or...?

            1. re: bulavinaka

              1. Juicier - I ordered medium rare at both places. I noticed in SM it was done a bit rarer, so the juices flowed into the bread
              2. Bread was crunchier @Culver City; thought it was mildly over toasted for the hamburger. This might be due to #1

              1+2 leads to 3. Lack of synergy in the hamburger. It was still leaps and bounds better than most burgers, but it wasn't godly like FOSM

              1. re: ns1

                Yesterday the burger was as described. Juice absolutely soaked the bread and the medium rare was perhaps even better described as rare medium rare. The bun was beautifully soft, (I hate the ones that tear up my mouth - like eating razor blades). So maybe they are getting honed in on the ideal of the original - finally.

          2. I'm dying to try this place, but have never gone because I have heard about the long lines to get in. What day and time is best to go there to avoid/minimize the waiting time?

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            1. re: martiniman

              went today at 3:30 and walked right in. had a good burger, yam fries and beet salad.

              1. re: martiniman

                9p on a Tuesday night had no problem @Culver City location

                  1. re: PlatypusJ

                    Yeah, but why accept it when you can actually avoid it at the CC location? It's nice to actually have the option, given how much bigger it is than the SM one. I personally don't mind eating at a less popular time at FO if it means I can walk right in and find a seat easily. It being a bar and not a restaurant makes it easier to be flexible since you can nurse your drink for awhile ....

                    1. re: Skorgirl

                      Agreed! I'm happy they opened the CC locatoin because it gives us an option and it thins out the crowd at the SM location. I was just responding to martiniman, who has never enjoyed the delicious FO burger because of the wait. I think he's missing out because he's focusing too much on the wait instead of just accepting it as potentially part of the price of a FO burger.

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                  1. Thanks for the info. Will definitely try one of those off times, I want to be able to really enjoy the food without the pressure of long lines, etc.