Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review: Father's Office

We had been talking about this place for over a year, ever since we heard about it last summer. Craft beers, heavenly sweet potato fries, and the juicy Office Burger. We couldn't wait to try it out. Only problem was that you had to be 21 years old to get into Father's Office.

After a year of talking and planning, we finally turned 21 this summer. Our first order of business - hit up Father's Office. The one in Los Angeles, because my coworker said it has a better ambiance than the one in Santa Monica.

The bar was jammed packed on a Tuesday night. We stood awkwardly between the outdoor patio and the indoor bar, hovering over tables waiting for someone to leave. About seven minutes into our journey to find a table, a group finally decides to dipset. Score!

Father's Office makes no pretenses. There are no servers, no table service, and very few menus to go around. Everyone orders their food at the bar, which boasts a large selection of craft beer.

It was my friend A***'s first time at Father's Office and I had the honor of introducing him to the place. A*** is a friend I've known since my freshman year in college. We lived in the same residential complex as freshman. He was my organic chemistry lab partner during sophomore year. Good times.

I'm not a fan of beer, except at Father's Office. I ordered the peche lambic (peach beer) my first time at Father's Office. It was the most amazing beer I have ever had - it tasted just like peach soda. I would highly suggest it for all the females (and males, if you wish) who haven't yet acquired a taste for beer.

This time, I tried to be creative and opted for a craft beer with citrus flavor. Bad choice. My beer tasted distinctly of citrus rind, extremely bitter.

When it comes to Father's Office, there are a few main items you MUST order (at least once). One of which is the sweet potato fries, which I describe as heavenly.

The second item is the infamous Office Burger. It is a scintillating combination of caramelized onions, bleu cheese, spinach, and a juicy and tender beef patty on a toasted French roll. In my opinion, good but overhyped. The sweetness of the caramelized onions and the pungent taste of the bleu cheese is a little strange to my taste buds. The beef patty is somewhat soft and insubstantial. In all honesty, I prefer the more traditional burgers at The Lazy Ox Canteen.

Nonetheless, Father's Office is still a superb place to hangout and test a wide variety of craft beer. The sweet potato fries are to die for and the Office Burger is worth a try!

Father's Office
3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Rating: 4.5/5

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