So, after playing a little bocce ball on the beach, finally made it to Father's Office. I had a KCRW gift certificate which I was very excited about getting after I heard the description of the hamburger here on Good Food. I felt all the praise was well deserved. For those of you that don't know the background, this local bar on Montanna near 10th in Santa Monica was bought by a chef. Forgive me, I don't know his name or where he worked before. Anyway, it's a charming little place that is modern and simple in decor. It is a beer and wine only establishment, but the beer and wine selections are vast and tasteful. Many good beers on tap with a knowledgeable staff that will describe them and let you sample as many as you like before you choose.
The food was really good. Kind of an evolved bar food. There were four of us. We started with two different kinds of the olive tapas. The Spicy one that had olives, parsley, and almond slivers and the Spanish one that had chunks of a mild garlic that was fantastic. Both were really flavorful and accompanied the offered beverages perfectly. Then came the burger. Oh my gosh! We shared two between the four of us. If you don't like cheese, don't bother. I love cheese. First of all the chef has sought out various aged quality beef that he grinds himself, garnished with bleu cheese, another cheese (forgot what), carmelized onions, arugula and the perfect bun. Very important to remember this is how the burger always comes. The menu states No Alterations/No Substitutions. We also had the sweet potato fries that were served with a bleu cheese aioli. Best darn fries I've ever had.
What a great Sunday!