In September 2008, I fielded questions about Le Tub Saloon (1100 N Ocean Drive, Hollywood) and their legendary hamburger right from this food blog’s debut. It was the most asked question I received; when are you going to eat at Le Tub?
In 2006, GQ named Le Tub Saloon’s sirloin burger one of the 20 Hamburgers You Must Eat Before You Die. Oprah’s bestie Gayle King followed suit the following year, praising Le Tub’s sirloin mastodon.
With the weather being a little on the colder side, today was as good a time as any. I told Marcela that we should go right when they open to avoid the rumored long wait.
They can only fit six burgers on the grill at a time. If you make the drive, make sure you slow down because you might pass the place as we did. There was no line to speak of when we arrived or left.
Le Tub’s decor is rather eclectic, with toilets, tubs, and signs all over the place. It’s right by the water (for you romantic types). Marcela sat in this secluded little picnic area that seemed to be falling apart (in keeping with all the ambiance). We know what we’re eating, so no menus necessary.
Get the Chili?
Marcela asked for a cup of chili.
Le Tub Chili: Ground Sirloin, fried, drained, then added to our caldron of tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and seasonings.
There are beans in there as well. The chili was good and had a tiny bit of heat. I had a small taste since I had ordered a chili cheese dog.
Now that charred thing was excellent. The dog had a slice of American cheese on it, which I thought was a great idea instead of the nacho cheese most places love to use. We also ordered a large order of their steak fries. I love thicker cut fries, so I was not disappointed.
Is Le Tub the Best Burger in the U.S.?
Of course, I ate the 13 oz Sirloin Burger with Swiss cheese. So how was it? Marcela was not impressed. Me? Well, I thought it tasted similar to Keg South‘s Keg burger. I happen to love the Keg burger, so it’s not a slight to them.
And for all I have heard about the staff, I thought our waiter was pretty cool. If you’ve never been here, you should come for the experience alone. It’ll be worth the trip, plus the burger was great.
4 thoughts on “Le Tub Saloon’s Sirloin Burger in Hollywood, Florida”
radically overrated. lovely place but i have never had a burger there that's been done to your request; it's always well done in that classic American way: cook it to within an inch of its life. truly, you can get a burger like this anywhere. the only reason i've gone back is because of GQ's raves; i thought it was just me, so gave it a couple more tries. you have to try hard to find a place that, after you send something back, returns with the exact same thing. it would be one thing if they were serving some wide-ranging menu, but all they do all day is think about and make burgers! inexusable. go for ambience, that's all.
I happen to live just around the corner from Le Tub and while the burger and fries are really good, the long wait (45-60 minutes even when slow) for food tends to make this place hard to visit since I usually go into a restaurant to eat as soon as possible.
The Peter Pan like theme was interesting and the location on the water was also nice. Lastly, do yourself a favor and don't look behind the bar into the grill, the guy sweating over the tiny grill in the tiny kitchen might just make you wonder exactly what is actually in the burgers…. but I'll still eat there!
I heard the hype and made the trip. There was no wait for a table and only 4 other people in the place but it took 60 minutes for the food to arrive. The burgers were just ok. They reminded me of burgers you get at a friends backyard cook out. The staff were inattentive and really, it's just too much time to wait.
I also thought this place was overrated. So much for the hype.