Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Beers, Burgers, and the Best of Both

I finally made it to Father's Office. OK I went to the Culver City one (FO II), but hopefully it's a good representation of the SM one also (the CC location has free parking though!). I went on a Wednesday night and it was surprisingly crowded for a Wednesday - all the outdoor seatings were taken. There were a couple of seats at the bar which boasts about two dozen taps (probably more).

As some of you may know, I was craving the Cusquena Negra I had in Peru.

I still haven't been able to find it in LA, but my eyes immediately tried to find something similar at FO and thus I really only studied the "Malty" section of the beer menu.

One description caught my eye. Rich caramel, chocolate ... dry finish. Sounds good. And it was!
Probably the closest thing I'll be able to find to the Cusquena Negra, the Oskar Blues Old Chub Scottish Ale is a little sweet, rich and malty. I think the Negra is still a tad smoother, but this will do, this will do. At least to tide my cravings.

And of course I had to order the Office Burger (with caramelized onion, applewood bacon compote, gruyere, maytag blue cheese and arugula.) $12
Amazing burger. Instead of burger buns they used these sandwich buns that I really like. And arugula! Much better than lettuce. The burger is a dry aged beef which is amazingly juicy and flavorful. I ordered medium and it looked more like medium rare though ... next time I will have to order medium well.

The burger is pricey at $12 without fries, but it is one of the best burgers I've ever tasted. This may actually kick Grace Burger off its throne - maybe, I will have to go to Grace again first. The only thing FO lacks for me is milkshake.

Currently though FO has both my favorite beer (north of Peru) and favorite burger. They also have some amazing classic cocktails - small menu here, but really good stuff. I'm thinking of just keeping a tab open there ...

Father's Office II
3229 Helms Ave.,
Los Angeles 90034

(310) 736-2224

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I haven't had the burger in a few months. It's time to go again. Thanks for reminding me.


I CRAVE the FO burger now too, Father's Office after work next week!

Have you tried the burger at 8oz yet? Very tasty and they have some good beers too.

Also, if you like "Rich caramel, chocolate" malty beer, try the Stone Smoked Porter (w/ American oak) cask beer at Blue Palms Brewhouse.


That night I was debating btw FO and 8 oz but FO won over location-wise. I'll definitely check out 8 oz next! And thanks for the beer tip! *making note to self to go to Blue Palms and try it out*


I still haven't had the FO burger, but I'm glad you mentioned the doneness. I still haven't come around to the very pink burger, so it's good to know that I should ask for it more well than I want.

Kung Food Panda

I'm no longer a FO virgin =P

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