Stopped by 8 oz.—Govind Armstrong’s new burger bar—the other night around 10:30 for a late dinner. (Why is it that a party’s passed appetizers always seem to pass me by?). The place was still packed 10 minutes to close, but we squeezed into a table near the back. The transformation is pretty incredible. All traces of Table 8 are gone; in their place are white subway tile, an old-timey pressed tin ceiling, and a big central bar. Volume level: deafening. Service: what you’d expect from a beer, burgers, and fries place. Food: not messing around. Drinks: loved the Pacific Daylight lager from the new Dale Bros. Brewery in Upland.
[I feel the need to apologize for the lack of pictures. Either my camera malfunctioned and all the snaps I took got deleted, or that lager has affected my memory. ]
I’d like to weigh in on the whole burger-to-bun ratio debate: I opted for the signature 8 oz. burger, and the big, bready bun was perfectly sized. In fact, I needed that much bun to soak up the 1/2 cup of fatty juices that ran out. Any thinner and that bun would have dissolved completely (sometimes my complaint about the Father’s Office burger). As for the iceberg lettuce complaints: I like my burgers with a classic crunch.
Other observations: I’m picky about my onion rings. These were juuuuust right with a light tempura batter. The fried pickles had a nice cornmeal crust; we just wish there were more of ’em. The French fries were strikingly similar to those at In-N-Out, which isn’t a bad thing. Various ketchups, mustards and dipping sauces are all $1, which is OK except you get, like, two tablespoons of each, so you should count on one order per person.
Adding cheese to your burger is also $1—a complete steal when you consider one of the options is a huge slab of boucheron, breaded and fried (HIGHLY recommended). Didn’t try the deviled eggs, but I’m glad they’re there.
My only real complaint: I love a rare burger, but the center of this one couldn’t have been more than 70 degrees. But with the F.O. another 25 minute drive, this’ll do.
7661 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046