My friend Justin was in town the other week - he was visiting from Minneapolis and needed to get some real, good food into him FAST. One of our stops on that weekend was to Father's Office in Santa Monica. After hearing all the hype and rave reviews, we had to try it for ourselves.
To the bar we went because there aren't any servers to take your order. After a short line, we were helped by one of the friendly bartenders. For a beverage, Justin was ok with water as the night before we visited Tokyo Delves and anyone who is familiar with Tokyo Delves knows that you can't leave that place sober unless you're the DD.
For a snack we ordered the amazing sweet potato fries which are served in a mini shopping cart with a small side of strong blue cheese dipping sauce. My beer went really well with this. As we waited for our burger, we took in the atmosphere and had a few laughs.
We arrived at Father's Office at around 5 PM on a Saturday so in my opinion there weren't too many people there, and it wasn't a problem to order and get your food. It's pretty simple - you order at the bar and get a plastic number - your food magically appears at your seat in a few minutes.
I didn't get the vibe that they don't want you there or that it's a foodie only type of place. Its much more of a neighborhood bar type of place. Simple and easy. If we had bigger appetites, we would have ordered much more food. Although the prices or above market average, it seems like you really get quality stuff.
Our burger arrived and it looked so good. It was not what I was expecting. The oval shaped burger was already cut in half which made it much easier to share. The meat was cooked medium just the way we ordered it and after the first bite, it was very very good.
I can see how people say that this is the most amazing burger and bla bla bla but in my opinion, the burger was very very good - executed to the dot and I'm sure its exactly what the chef is trying to put out. The bun was fresh and tasty - it was more bread then a bun - the meat was juicy and well seasoned. The arugula was tatsty and added the right flavors that worked overall. The blue cheese was on the money - not too much or overbearing and not too little - all of it was just right.
I can't wait to get back to Father's Office. I want to go more hungry, and with more friends as it seems like a really fun place to let loose and have a good time with great beers and very tasty food.