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  1. We went to dinner here a few weeks ago, and had an okay experience. You should definitely order the burger, which was delicious! We also tried the "tots" with cheese fondu, which was tasty, as an appetizer. Avoid their cocktails -- weak and bland, definitely a disappointment. I had the chocolate mousse square for dessert. The mousse itself was nothing special, and a little too dense for my tastes. The Guiness beer ice cream that came with it was awesome! Very different, and delicious. My boyfriend got the peanut butter bread pudding, which was so dry he couldn't finish it. He was very disappointed, because he is a big bread pudding fan.

    We plan on going back, because there was more good than bad. But we now know what to avoid on their menu!

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    1. re: jhbutash

      If you are really into hamburgers try 26 Beach Restaurant, they just beat the Foundry and 23 other places in DineLA's best burger competition.

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      26 Beach
      3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

      1. re: Burger Boy

        They had better let Joshua Lurie http://discoverlosangeles.com/play/di... know so that he can get in line with their contest results... ;-D>

        1. re: Servorg

          Maybe finishing second-to-last and the many negative comments from some of us on chowhound over the years will get Father's Office thinking again about their originally cute but eventually tired attitude towards freedom of choice.

          1. re: hnsbmg

            FO's finished (tied) for 1st place where it counts http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7010... with someone I have a lot of respect for and agreement with in terms of their likes and dislikes when it comes to stellar food in and around Los Angeles.

            1. re: Servorg

              My post was about the silly FO policy of no changes to the burger, and EK agrees that it's a problem. In the review you cite, she notes: "the inability to customize / change / adjust the Burger will definitely upset some people (rightfully so)."

              Like you, I admire her fabulously detailed (and mouthwatering) reviews, but they're not the only place "where it counts," and I disagree with them from time to time. I hope you also respect some of the other people who have spoken against the FO policy in recent years. One of the best discussions was at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/338345 .

              1. re: hnsbmg

                FO policies don't concern me in the least. When I don't want to deal with them I go elsewhere. But when I want a burger I know the deal going in and don't get my shorts in a knot for no good reason. There are enough choices in this town that having a place like FO that has a great beer selection and excellent food, but that does it one way, and one way only, really is meaningless when it comes to the overall food and service picture in LA.

                1. re: Servorg

                  Just for the record, I strongly agree with EK that some people are rightfully upset over the policy and disagree with you that having personal choice is ever "meaningless," even with hamburgers!

                  Since I happen to like the choices that Sang Yoon makes for us, I'm talking about principle, not taste. Your argument that burger-lovers should regard FO as a menu item, not a restaurant, and go elsewhere if we don't care for the item is probably the most reasonable attitude I've heard, limiting as it is. (If I'm interested in the beer selection or the scene or my best friends want to go there, then I'm stuck if I want a burger -- when I shouldn't have to be.)

                  1. re: hnsbmg

                    The plethora of choices in LA makes any restriction by FO (or any other restaurant, such as Animal which refuses to make any substitutions or changes to anything they serve) meaningless. I don't eat principle. I eat burgers. So having one of the very best burgers in all of Los Angeles available at FO, within easy striking distance of our house, (actually having 2 FO locations within easy striking distance of our house) is a wonderful thing, and for which I am grateful several times a year.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      "I don't eat principle. I eat burgers."

                      At Father's Office you don't eat burgers, you eat A burger! ;-)

                      OK, good talking to you, Servorg.

                      Harry

                      1. re: hnsbmg

                        And if I don't want to eat the burger then I select something (or several somethings) else such as:

                        smoked eel with poached egg, fennel, horseradish creme fraiche or the spicy lamb skewers with roasted japanese eggplant, radicchio, red jalapeno or the white anchovies with piquillo pepper fennel salad, lemon olive oil or the spicy olives with harissa, fennel, shaved almonds or the goat cheese gratinee with pimenton, tomato, herb puree....etc., etc., etc....

                        It's a dirty job being forced to eat so poorly and restrictively, but someone has to do it..so I volunteer ;-D>

                        1. re: hnsbmg

                          Hi there... As I often indulge in the the sin of ketchup (and the even more grave sin of catsup), perhaps FO could put a 25 cent machine in the restrooms that dispenses packets of ketchup (instead of condom or cologne packets), so that we-the-depraved can luxuriate in our decrapitude :-). Or perhaps FO could set aside a small room as a 'detention center' where trouble-makers such as myself could enter, be chained to a splintery stockade, and add/remove condiments at will; there could even be a one-way mirror, so that the cool kids who like the burger as God and Sang intended could look on and mock us. And lastly, perhaps yet another room could be converted into a 'flavor re-education center' where dissidents like me would receive taser-inspired 'attitude adjustments (i.e., waterboarding with Heinz and Hunts). Gotta grasp the bigger picture, people...

                          1. re: silence9

                            I'll have actual pity for you on the day you are handcuffed, blindfolded and extraordinarly renditioned to the holding cell at FO and forced to down ketchupless burgers and fries...the horror, the horror... ;-D>

                            1. re: Servorg

                              LOL! 2 replies on The Foundry and 12 about F.O..

                              Don't let the secret out, he's got better small plates than quite a few of the small plate restaurants in town! Great flavor combinations. I hardly ever get the burger there because everything else is so good, but when I do I am happy to have it Chef Yoon's way..

                2. re: Servorg

                  Servorg, that still was one persons review and I think 26 Beach did very respectable, not sure if exilekiss has been back for the California Roll Hamburger, it is in a different league! It is unique!

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                  26 Beach
                  3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

                  1. re: Burger Boy

                    You, and others here have often been critical of FO for having only one burger. But you seem to be telling us that this "one" burger at 26 Beach is the Holy Grail of burgers. I plan on trying it. And the combination sounds like one I would enjoy. It's just a little amusing that you seem to have come around to believing that one burger is worth all the fuss, just like at FO

                    As far as my take on the "peoples" contest that Dine LA published that you've been putting up posts about at a pretty high rate of speed here on Chowhound....it really leaves me more than a little unconvinced that it means anything about the quality of 26 Beach - or any other hamburger in LA.

                    I mean, I am are here on the LA board following and giving credence to detailed reviews by those hounds whose tastes I have gotten to know over multiple posts, at many of the same places I eat at. That makes for a source that I know and feel that I can put my trust in when it comes to finding great chow. I would never put much (if any) trust in the type of Dine LA popularity contest that you've been citing here. Why I come to Chowhound is to peruse, enjoy and learn from the detail driven content of other hounds - exilekiss being one of the prime examples.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      By no means, they do not do just one burger, this is one of their latest and the one that won them The DineLa Best Burger in LA Contest! They also are doing a wild mushroom burger that I love and their Katsu Chicken Sandwich and as a matter fact they are making a Fudge Burger but I am to much of a sissy to try it! I have their back! They are NOT a one trick pony! Shoot, they been doing a PB&J Burger since the 80's.

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                      Katsu
                      306 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

                      1. re: Burger Boy

                        There is still nothing about the DineLA Best Burger in LA Contest that would attract me to them over a review by exilekiss ranking B-26 in the middle of what LA has to offer in the way of burgers. It's just a very weak - even meaningless thing - to trumpet this so called contest here as if it has any credence at all as far as knowing a good burger from one that is not worth the money or the calories.

              2. re: Servorg

                I think this is a newer one voted on by the people, the other Mr. Lurie's opinion. Maybe he should get over to 26 Beach and try The California Roll Hamburger and see what the fuss is all about. Just my 2 cents.

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                26 Beach
                3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

                1. re: Burger Boy

                  Yet regarding Josh's list, he did not include the burger at the boneyard bistro in sherman oaks, which has several varieties, unlike Sang's ONE version, or for that matter, the ONE version at 26 Beach. And since proximity counts for some of us, well....
                  Nor did he include the version at The Oinkster in Eagle Rock, which is not proximate to either Santa Monica or Culver City, but.....
                  Problem is, distance and taste can be defining issues, and trying to categorize the "best" depends on many things, where most reviewers, myself included, have never tried ALL the options.

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                  26 Beach
                  3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

                  Oinkster
                  2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA

                  1. re: carter

                    We are all passionate about our beef, thank god! It goes to show you that LA is THE BURGER CAPITOL! We have the best in the country, anytime NYC wants to throwdown, lets go!

          2. In response to the OP’s inquiry, I really enjoyed The Foundry’s squab, scallops, chorizo tots and beet salad during a single visit. The fried chicken and duck confit looked amazing and both will likely be sampled upon my next visit.

            BTW, lizziee, as a long time reader, I love your blog. Exceptional work! Thank you for many hours of entertainment, vicarious travels and great recipes.