Moving to a new city for me meant starting from scratch on the restaurant scene. One of the first things I did when I moved to LA a few months back was start a list of all the fun restaurants that the locals had recommended. On that list was good ol' Father's Office. Everyone I've met out here raves about this place and their amazing burger.
Fast forward to a lazy (read: hungover) Saturday afternoon and I finally made the trek out to Culver City to try this infamous dish. Little did I know this so called burger joint turned out to be a chic gastro pub. Channeling their inner Anchor Man, the restaurant was covered in rich mohogoney and had over 80 beers and wines (!) on tap. I quickly learned I wasn't getting my greasy burger and milk shake fix here, but with menu items like pig ear and bone marrow I was willing to look past that minor set back. Remaining optomistic I quickly ordered the burger, fries and pig ear special...
Lots of craft beers...
...and wine on tap!
Daily Specials include items like Ham Hock Terrine and Pig Ears
First up: Pig Ears "Chips and Salsa"
I was really excited about this dish and if you know me, you know I love pig ear, but unfortunately these ears had nothing on Animal's, which just happen to be my ultimate favorite...sorry F.O.! While innovative, the dish was not nearly as good as it looked. The ears were unevenly cooked leaving a chewy texture instead of the crunch you'd expect from a "chip." It was really too bad, I wanted this dish to rock my world!
Next Up: Basket of Frites
These were oh-so necessary. We killed these fries in no time, they were crispy and dee-licious! Rumor has it ketchup is not an option at F.O., but I didn't mind. That aioli dip made up for it - just wish they served more of it!
And now for the main attraction...
When the burger arrived to our table I could tell it was gourmet. I picked up a half and was delighted to see it was cooked to perfection - juicy medium rare - just the way I like it! Topped with gruyere and blue cheese, caramelized onion, applewood bacon compote and arugula I couldn't wait to take a bite (but not before a quick picture, of course). The burger was delicious with soft bread and a juicy texture. Only problem was all I could taste were those sweet onions. I was really hoping to cash in on dry-aged beef and all that cheese! Even the bacon compote blended right in with the onions and went unnoticed. All in all, it was a good burger, but I don't think I can call it my favorite.
I haven't given up on F.O. yet, I'm sure I'll be back to give it another try. Here's hoping this was just an off day for the infamous Father Office!