I have been going to Father’s Office since 2007 when they was only one tiny location and the fries a la carte looked like they came in a baby shopping cart. Last year they opened up a new location by the Helms bakery in Culver City. The venue is much bigger, but there’s still difficulty finding a place to sit if you arrive there anytime after 6:00pm. On Friday, they are open for lunch.
Every time I set my foot into Father’s Office I never fail to get the same thing. I order an Officer Burger, which many of us do, with a side of shoestring fries AND the sweet potato fries a la carte. I get both fries because I never know which one I want more. Plus the dipping sauces for both are different. The sweet potato fries adds blue cheese to the dipping sauce, shoestring fries does not. In addition to my order I always add a nice hoppy red beer. I’ve become a big fan of Alaskan Red Ale and when I want something hoppier, I get Red Seal. However, yesterday I decided to abandon my comfort zone and move away from my old reliable burger and fries. When I walked in I craved the garlic, blue cheesey delicious aioli. I was salivating for a piece of medium cooked meat and the melted cheese. GOOD LORD THE CHEESE! Gruyere. Bomb. Blue cheese. Bomb. Carmelized onions where the bacon, yes bacon, hides. Bomb.. I had to fight off my instincts to get what I craved for the sake of trying something new. I was able to delay gratification for the burger long enough to order the Berbere Spiced Sonoma Lamb and the “pee wee” potatoes”. After I placed my order to was unsure about what I got. The amount was about the same price as a burger and a la carte fries and I prayed that I’d be satisfied from this meal.
The meal looked good and tasted better than I thought. The lamb was a skewer covered with a light, goat milk yoghurt that had a slight kick of spice to it and topped with pickled Persian cucumbers. I was unsure about the pairing but I was unexpectedly impressed. The meat was tender and very flavorful. I usually prefer a lamb shank but this was good. I also enjoyed the potatoes, they came in a shallow bowl of cute little ‘tatoes with an oil/ herb drizzle. I finished my whole meal, which is rare, and left content.
After I found myself reaching over and eating fries off of my man’s plate and eyeballing his burger. At least I delayed gratification for 20 minutes. Overall I enjoyed my meal. F.O. is considered a gastropub for a reason and it not just because they make a mean friken good burger. Their menu has a variety of deliciously sounding items. The next item for me to try? Maybe the Duck Confit Salad or the Braised Pork Belly with a side of Office Burger and all of the fries please!
Lastly, if they recommend a beer to you, I suggest you take it. The guys at F.O. know what they’re talking about when it comes to beer. One of the gents that works at the counter coordinated the Craft Brewfest that was held in May at the Echoplex. I know, I waited in that line for over 2 hours and I kept asking him how much longer I’d be in line for. At least I won a snack for answering a beer question correctly. Too bad I had to share it with 3 other people. ;) The guy kept calling it hot nuts, I’m just going to refer to them as kettle cooked nuts.