America's Best Burgers
Office Burger, Father’s Office, Santa Monica, CA
Chef San Yoon has said that when he created his legendary gourmet burger in 2000, he was inspired less by classic hamburgers and more by the flavors of French onion soup. The result—with aged beef, caramelized onions, applewood bacon, Gruyère, Maytag blue, and arugula—remains one of the definitive high-end burgers. First-timers take note: requesting ketchup is verboten, as it distracts from the beef’s flavor (and they don’t keep it around anyway). Wash it down with one of the gastropub’s craft beers, or, for dessert, a chocolate-almond OMG cookie from Helms Bakery.