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.