Many people consider Father’s Office to be the original Los Angeles gastropub. It’s a bit of an unusual place though. Owner Sang Yoon doesn’t allow ketchup into his establishment. He also doesn’t allow children, and they have a bouncer checking ID’s at the door to make sure. You have to order your food from the bar before you can find a seat, and when I say ‘find a seat,’ that’s if you’re lucky. Odds are you won’t be sitting. If you do manage to find a table, you’re probably sharing it with another group of strangers or you had to fist fight somebody for it. This place is popular. And packed. There’s a reason The Office Burger is one of the most imitated dishes in Los Angeles and I’ll give you a hint: it’s not because it’s disgusting. It’s because it’s free! Just kidding. It’s not.
Sweet Potato Frites in a “Basket” (roasted garlic, cabrales blue cheese aioli) – Have you had sweet potato fries before? Yeah? Then you know they’re good. And these are no different.
The Office Burger (caramelized onions, bacon, Gruyere, Maytag blue cheese, arugula) – An often imitated burger, but make no mistake, this is the original. No ketchup. No mustard. Just juicy gooey deliciousness. Order yours medium rare like a steak. Or don’t. What am I, your mother?
Liberty Duck Confit Salad (mustard greens, frisee, figs, hazelnuts, tangelo vinaigrette) – The only time I’ll order a salad is if there’s promise of meat as well. Luckily duck confit meets my minimum requirement. If you order salads on a regular basis this will not disappoint. My only complaint is that I had to deal with the duck bone, but that’s more the fault of nature than of Father’s Office.
Graham Cracker and Marshmallow Ice Creams Float (Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, graham cracker ice cream, marshmallow ice cream) – A beer float with graham cracker ice cream and marshmallow ice cream. It tastes exactly how you would imagine something like that to taste. If you like beer and floats you’ll probably like it. If you don’t, you probably won’t.
Rice Krispie Treat Bon Bons (marshmallow ice cream, Rice Krispie streusel) – The little pieces of Rice Krispie treat in the ice cream were delicious, but I wasn’t a huge fan of everything else. The shell is too sugary, the ice cream too sweet, and I imagine one of these would be enough for anybody except the die-hard fatty. So basically you. Zing!
3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034