Father's Office: 1018 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica
Cost: $13.00 (Office Burger with fries)
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I happened to be in the Los Angeles area this weekend. Prior to my trip, I asked a coworker, (fellow burger enthusiast) of any good burger recommendations in LA. It turns out, good is an understatement in describing the burger at Father's Office in Santa Monica.
I arrived to the spot a couple of hours before my returning flight to the Bay Area. A line of about 20 plus were waiting patiently to enter the joint. With the rate of movement in the line, I probably would never have gotten seated, ordered, and still made my return flight. Luckily, take-out was a viable option. I ordered an "Office Burger" made from Dry Aged Beef; consists of caramelized onion, applewood bacon compote, gruyere, matag blue cheese and arugula. Of course, I tried to order a bacon cheeseburger, but was told there would be no substitutions or deletions. The only thing that I could specify was the grilling preference. I ordered a "medium-rare" based on the staff's recommendation.
Verdict: This burger's got "style", meaning it's pretty unique and individualistic. It's served on a toasted roll instead of a bun; it's loaded with arugula instead of lettuce; the bacon is deconstructed into compote; and the chuck resembles more like a sloppy-joe than other grounded chucks I've ever surveyed. The fries are very unique too; and served with high quality ranch - LA style!
Definitely highly recommended, but as a burger purist, it's a shame that I couldn't request a plain old bacon cheeseburger without the bbq sauce seasoned chuck. According to www.ahamburgertoday.com, the Office Burger isn't exactly a "burger"; and I tend to agree with this conclusion. It's more of a sloppy-joe / hamburger-helper type of sandwich. But I don't mean to diminish the taste in this comparison. It's really a delight for the taste-buds!