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Taps: 40 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3229 Helms Ave
phone: (310) 736-2224
(Place added by: drewbage on 04-25-2008)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
Swung by here on the way home (SD) from beautiful Fresno!
A- Nestled in the furniture district or something. Kind of an odd location. Walking up to it you immediately notice the packed outside patio area which looks cool, except for the being packed part. The inside is also long and slender. All new wood, orangey in color. Very clean lines. Pretty hip looking, but not so much that I felt out of place. I also noticed the taps, and it looks promising. I do however quickly realize that this isn't just a beer spot. It is part wine, part fine spirits, part foodie, and part scene. Whatever, I am in LA so no big surprise. Overall looks cool.
Q- The place is clean, the products they had were good. Local food products and local beers.
S- You seat yourself (lunch at least), you order at the bar. The bartenders have earpieces (hands free now, it's the law), but are very nice. I didn't pull the old (I am going to test your beer knowledge routine, so no comment there). Bus boys are quick to clear off your used items.
S- Here is where I was underwhelmed. They do have a nice selection, but nothing that I was thinking "Oh man! I have got to get that beer!" For a restaurant, a great selection of beers. For a beer spot a middle of the road selection. The reason for the low mark is because of their menu comment. On a page titled "The good sh.." My wife commented to me, "Yeah, if you go to any BevMo you can get these" There was one that I didn't recognize, and of course forget, that was a BA Belgian stout....$72 a bottle (I remember that!). Maybe I am just very, very spoiled living in SD (Hami's, O'Brien's, Toronado).
F- While the selection (Lunch at least) is pretty slim. What they do have is delicious and local. We had a beet salad with a spanish blue cheese, candied walnuts and a pumpkin oil drizzle. I had the burger and fries. Unless you don't like meat or burgers...get that it is delish. They did also have some specials that sounded interesting. I was surprised that only for the specials were there pairings suggested. After reading about this place in Food & Wine and discovering about their emphasis on beer pairings with food, just like wine, I had different expectations here.
V- Pricey. $8 for a local 12 maybe 14 oz pour. Beet salad, burger + fries, Craftsman Orange Grove and a Lost Coast Great White + tip $44.
Overall I am glad I got to check it out, good selection of beers that I can get where I live for cheaper. The food was excellant, and the experience was good.
07-07-2008 03:20:04 |
More by m1ked
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Stopped by here today after picking up some CDs down the street, got my ID checked at the door, first thing I noticed was the long and slender outdoor patio that was completely filled, then I walked in and got in line for about five minutes, people immediately seemed less snobby as the other Santa Monica location, was already having a better time, I ordered a New Belgium Lips of Faith Series Le Fleur Misseur, it was served at the right temperature in some kind of thick flute/snifter glass, unfortunately it was eight dollars, could not have been more than twelve ounces either, pretty sad when it is $4.50 everywhere else I have seen it so far, anyways I grabbed my beer and stood up next to a television until a seat opened, then I sat down and watched the Lakers game, did not take me more than twenty minutes to drink my beer and it is was quite good, I left after that because it started to get pretty crowded after halftime, atmosphere was upper class and full of businessmen, saw about fifteen different people eating the burger which I still have not tried, did not order any food this time either, place was very clean and high quality, service was not the greatest and the bartender that served me thought he was something else but that was expected in a way, selection was pretty good for the LA area, I will try to remember as many taps as I possibly can right here: there was 32 total, Young's Oatmeal Stout, the New Belgium I tasted, Russian River Perdition and Damnation, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Torpedo Extra India Pale Ale, Craftsman Heavenly Hefeweizen, 1903 Lager, and Orange Cream I believe, Maudite, Rogue Hazelnut Brown and Shakespeare Stout, Old Speckled Hen, Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, Chimay Cinq Cents, Saison Dupont, Duvel, Maredsous 8, Anderson Valley Poleeko Pale Ale and Hop Ottin' IPA, and Alesmith Anvil ESB, prices range from six to eight dollars from what I saw, food always looks good but I seem to eat dinner before I go, particularly interested in trying the sweet potato fries in the future, my advice is to not expect too much from the beer selection here if you visit places like Naja's and Daily Pint in this area, still they have some good stuff and is a neat place, I like the new location a lot more than the first one, will probably go back pretty soon once they get Pliny the Elder on tap, my avatar has not been fed for quite some time haha, you check this spot out if you have the chance
06-06-2008 03:46:30 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
I saw the Father`s Office on the travel channel and wanted to immediately go. I went to the Culver City location. The place itself has a nice ambience, all walks of life. There is a slight trendy too cool vibe, but not enough to make it uncomfortable. The food is first rate, truly one of the best hamburgers i have had in my life. The beer selection is amazing as well, plenty to choose from and as plus it is served in the appropriate glassware. It got pretty crowed so my recomendation would be to come earlier in the afternoon.
05-05-2008 22:43:36 |
More by aquaderek
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$$
I've always liked the original Father's Office but it had 3 things that always kept me from loving it: the crowd - Westside yuppie types, the hassle - having to fight for a table / waiting to get in & distance - I live in Los Feliz. This improved greatly for me in all 3 categories.
It's roughly 3 times the size of the SM location with one long room almost entirely open to the outside. There's an outdoor patio that increases the size even more. The bar runs along the length of the room with the taps behind it. There are 72 taps in total BUT each is duplicated, so actually there are only 36 draught beers available. The beer selection, while quite good, is a bit more pedestrian than the other one. Nothing really stands out as something you couldn't find elsewhere. That said, there's plenty there to enjoy.
The food is exceptional. The sweet potato fries with bleu cheese are unbelievable. Of course, they are known for their hamburger and that will not disappoint. Love it. It's worth looking into some of their other dishes as well, as everything I've tried has been extremely tasty. I kinda went with what I know, so I didn't ask for any pairings; but I guess each dish has a corresponding beer to go with it.
Unlike the previous location, this one has a full liquor license. With that they have an impressive selection of spirits much in the way they pick particular beers. I saw someone order a a drink that came with a dropper full of liquid - a bit pretentious, yes. With all the good beers though, I didn't feel any need to go into the liquor section.
Again, you pay for what you get. A tulip of Delirium Tremens is $8. The food isn't cheap either.
The location is dangerously close to my office, so I'm hoping they will remain open only a few days for lunch so I don't become a poor man.
EDIT 1/24/09: the selection has increased tremendously: Deschutes Abyss and NB La Folie. SO good. The service has improved too. You will never get a bad pour here.
04-29-2008 23:53:11 |
More by sloejams
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Don't get excited, especially if you've been to the original. Happy to drink their one Russian River, Damnation. Not so thrilled about it being a smallish glass for $8. Geoff had Inversion IPA, which was bigger and cheaper but less rare. Pretty much the same line up as SM, heavy on the Craftsman. A few Belgians--Maredsous, Chimay--but more in bottles. Crowded, of course, mighty noisy. Asked for water, got it, drank it, waited a long time before I finally got the bartender's attention to ask for more---good service would be that I didn't have to ask, when the bartender saw the glass was empty he would've filled it. That would mean he was paying attention to the customer. It was busy, but not that busy. Lucky Devil's is looking better and better these days. I can't say why I have always loved the SM FO, but this place...it just wasn't that much fun. It was ok, but nothing special. Nothing to go out of the way for.
04-28-2008 01:00:23 |
More by keaton
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$$
After years of seeing "Coming Soon" signs hanging on the Helms' Bakery, Father's Office 2 secretly opened last week. Fittingly, there was a line outside on day one.
This Father's Office features the exact same menu and taps as the original spot. (Well documented elsewhere, so I won't go into details.) I think they may have additional wines and hard liquor, but I was primarily there for the beer. The atmosphere, decor, and clientele are also the same as Santa Monica, for better or worse.
Some big differences: It is twice the size, both the bar and the seating area. At first I thought they had double the taps, but the bar is set up like a mirror. Two sets of the same taps on each side. They were, disappointingly, identical to what Santa Monica had that week. (Not that it's a bad selection: it is outstanding. But I was hoping for some surprises.)
They have outdoor pincic tables. Tons of free parking. There are three cash register lines to make it easier to buy your beer and food. It is much more spacious, and there is plenty of natural light.
It'll be interesting to see if the out of the way location and increased space changes Father's Office into a place you can just drop into without any hassles. Though the hype of Santa Monica was exciting in a way, it'd be cool to just show up, meet friends, and enjoy the beer.
Bottom line: if you like the Santa Monica spot, you'll like this one. Same awesome burger, same great beers. But with shorter lines, more space, and outdoor seats.
If the high prices, techno music, yuppies, and floor manager with a headset turn you off....stick to the Stuffed Sandwich and Naja's.
Personally, I live 5 minutes away, so I'll be there quite a bit!
04-26-2008 20:46:56 |
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