Santa Monica, CA 90403
Anne Fishbein The burger at Father's Office
- Mon.-Wed., 5-10 p.m.; Thu., 5-11 p.m.; Fri., 4-11 p.m.; Sat., noon-11 p.m.; Sun., noon-10 p.m. (bar open later nightly)
- Beer and Wine, Private Party, Takeout
- Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
- Beer/Wine, Pitchers
- Street Parking
- Reservations Not Accepted
Despite how much we here in L.A. covet the Father's Office burger, chef Sang Yoon's pair of gastropubs probably don't get the props they deserve. Did you know, for instance, that the FO burger was the first truly chef-driven, gourmet burger in the country? (Yes, it came before Daniel Boulud's DB Burger in New York.) Did you know that before Yoon took over the original Father's Office in 2000, the word "gastropub" wasn't really a part of the American vernacular? In fact, so many food and drink trends were spawned by this chef and this place, it deserves a plaque, a holiday, a parade. Even without its historical import, either location of Father's Office (or the new one opening downtown this summer) offers a great place to eat and drink, with fantastic beer selections and a menu of modern bar food that will knock your socks off even if you avoid the burger completely. All you have to do is obey the rules: no kids, no table service, no substitutions, no ketchup. Got it? Good, now go pay homage to a piece of American food heritage. —Besha Rodell
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