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Le Tub - Does it live up to the hype?

herbage Jul 10, 2008 07:58 AM

I am finding mixed reviews of Le Tub in Hollywood. Recently, Le Tub made the Style.com Hamburger Hotlist. http://men.style.com/theupgrader/livi...

What do you think fellow Chows? Is their $10 burger worth it?

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    CFishman RE: herbage Jul 10, 2008 08:24 AM

    It's an enourmous decent burger in a very nice setting. If that is what you are after, then I think you will enjoy it. The wait was long the time I was there but the pleasant environment made me forgiving.

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      tpigeon RE: herbage Jul 10, 2008 03:03 PM

      Yes, but you have to be in the mood to have a few beers and wait before you get the burger...

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        The Chowfather AKA sobe RE: tpigeon Jul 10, 2008 03:26 PM

        It's a great spot for a burger and a beer on the water. Their burger remains in my South Florida top 4 with Char-Hut, The Kingdom and Jack's.

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        jadea3 RE: herbage Jul 10, 2008 04:18 PM

        Oh yes, the hype and the wait are worth it.

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          dlgc RE: jadea3 Jul 10, 2008 05:15 PM

          Yes, Yes, Yes.....best burger we have had in South Florida.

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          amyvc RE: herbage Jul 10, 2008 05:21 PM

          Be prepared for the experience. If you are the type of person who gets upset by food or service taking awhile - and it's perfectly understandable to do so - then Le Tub is not for you. For me, I usually go when I'm in the mood to hang out and have a few drinks and when my food appears, great. Sort of like a Keys kind of mood. It's a very small kitchen with a limited wait staff. And they are unapologetic when things take a while nor do they hurry.

          I personally love it for the sketchy factor (all outdoors, toilets as planters) as well as the burger being excellent. I also love that when I'm there, I have a few hours to unwind.

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            martyl9 RE: herbage Jul 10, 2008 07:15 PM

            over the past two years, we have visted four times. each time, i am amused by the place. it is basicly a shack on the intercoastal in Hollywood with half of the seats outside. at times, the service can be slow but the burgers are big and not pre cooked so you have to expect it takes time to cook. I would estimate between the bar and the tables, there are approximately fifty covers. the kitchen is in the middle of place next to the bar and the intercoasta; an one man show. some of the kitchen prep is completed on the dock. each time I have found the burgers to be juicy and cooked to order. the best in Florida? I can't say. Other items on the menu seem to be good; chile is quit spicy. It is certainly worth a visit if you are in the area. don't expect to eat your next meal till late in the day. my recollection is no credit card policy.

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              The Chowfather AKA sobe RE: martyl9 Jul 10, 2008 07:40 PM

              Yes, cash only

            2. Chinon00 RE: herbage Jul 10, 2008 07:53 PM

              I visited Le Tub about two weeks ago and thought that the burger was decent but not up to par in this age of the gourmet burger. We have a burger in Philly stuffed with blue cheese that explodes when bitten into (literally) with flavor. Beer list at Le Tub was Stella, Bud, Corona, etc. They also had clams and things. Nice atmosphere (after all the kids left). I'd go again though but from my again from my prespective the burger was just decent.

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                retloctt RE: Chinon00 Jul 11, 2008 02:10 AM

                NO WAY! I went twice to be sure the first wasn t a fluke. First the burger was way too big to eat. It lacked any flavor, tasted like tough cheap ground chuck, not sirloin. I don t mind the wait if its worth it and this wasn t. The price was also steep $11.00!!!!!!!!! for a crap burger?????? The setting is nice, but if you must go don t get the burger.

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                  amyvc RE: retloctt Jul 26, 2008 02:35 PM

                  I have to respectfully disagree. It's an excellent burger. I've had others that are as good or better but it's a great, unfancy, delicious burger. I agree with the others that the draw as much atmosphere as it is food - but the burger is definitely NOT crap.

                  With that said, "to each his own...."

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                    gush RE: amyvc Jul 26, 2008 03:01 PM

                    I have been going to Le Tub for 20-plus years, though only about one a year at the most. The setting is a laid back key west style on the water. It's fun, but service can be unusually slow. The shrimp is great and the burger is giant and good, but nothing special, but neither is Jacks (in Fort Lauderdale). It's worth going to once if you are going to have some beers, eat and peel shrimp (throwing shrimp peels to the tarpon). Great for kids, but again pricey.

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                QTWO RE: herbage Aug 11, 2008 12:37 PM

                My vote is no. The burger itself is large and it tastes okay. I couldn't reconcile the okay burger with the swarming flies (that I personally observed to be assaulting the cook as I ate), the stagnant, stifling air, the smell of gutted fish and the Fast Food Fun House architecture and seating. Being raised in the Keys, I am accustomed "Keys-style" restaurants/bars and food, and I can see what they were shooting for, but it was a no-go in my opinion. And whatever you do, don't go with someone who is disabled- the place would be a nightmare to navigate.

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                  johnmlinn RE: QTWO Aug 12, 2008 08:07 AM

                  That's actually a good point about disabled access...

                  to retloctt: A burger made from sirloin? Give me chuck, brisket, even round any day.

                  New ground-daily burger for you fans to try: Big City Dogs in Fort Lauderdale recently started making fresh ground burgers. They are colossal, exceedingly juicy, and come with very high quality toppings (very nice dill pickles cut into long, thin slices, good cheese, l-o-t). IMO this burger is on par with Le Tub, and it costs $8 and includes some excellent, crisp fries and a cold beverage (might I suggest Root Beer?). BCD is changing their hours in September - they will be open until 2 a.m. on weekends, and I predict it will be one of the best spots to grab post-bar/club grub in FTL after that.

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                    cavandre RE: johnmlinn Aug 12, 2008 08:50 AM


                    Where in Lauderdale is Big City Dogs?

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                      johnmlinn RE: cavandre Aug 12, 2008 10:02 AM

                      Meant to do this before, but I was having a problem with the linking. >.<

                      Big City Dogs
                      1199 E Commercial Blvd, Oakland Park, FL 33334

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                  Steve RE: herbage Aug 28, 2008 08:55 PM

                  Oh yeah, I was very impressed. Best burger of my life. I ordered it medium rare. it came out with a thick black crust (not charred tasting, just super crispy) and every molecule of the interior was a perfect medium rare. Not sure how they accomplished that. Despite the fact that it is larger than I usually like my burgers, it went down smooth.

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                    crewsweeper RE: herbage Aug 29, 2008 12:14 PM

                    IMO, Le Tub's burgers taste best after a long day in the sun and surf along with a cold brew. But to go right from home or hotel, there are better spots around. What makes LeTub stand out is the atomsphere of a "dive" on the beach in a pretenious strip of the coast. Take that away and it would have shut down long ago.

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                      mrsbbrenpro RE: herbage Aug 30, 2008 05:36 AM

                      My husband and I went there and found the burgers to be good, but not anything exceptional. Also, we got there when they first opened and were told that the chef wasn't in yet and we would have to just wait as he comes in whenever he wants to. About 20 minutes later, he walked in. Not very professional.

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                        Frodnesor RE: mrsbbrenpro Aug 30, 2008 09:44 AM

                        I don't think professionalism has ever been the selling point at Le Tub.

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                        smartie RE: herbage Aug 30, 2008 06:27 AM

                        I went once with a girlfriend after an afternoon shopping and mooching. We enjoyed it for what it was, sitting at the waterside. Burgers were fine but why does it take over an hour to get a burger. Not sure the slow service warrants another visit.

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                          The Chowfather AKA sobe RE: smartie Aug 30, 2008 07:15 AM

                          I don't think that grill can handle more than 3-4 of those burgers at a time. Check it out next time.

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                            smartie RE: The Chowfather AKA sobe Aug 30, 2008 11:00 AM

                            seems odd for a restaurant. My own small BBQ could do more!! I saw the guy turning burgers there and he was doing one or two at a time.

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                              Mauslein RE: smartie Sep 5, 2008 10:18 PM

                              I'm not sure if Le Tub really qualifies as a "restaurant", it's more like a bar that serves food.

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                          amazer RE: herbage Sep 4, 2008 02:41 PM

                          Le Tub Ha..save your money and go to Jack's Old Fashon on Rte 1 south of Commercial. No frills just a great burger!

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                            steve1011 RE: herbage Sep 7, 2008 05:03 AM

                            It's a unique place....$10 for a burger isnt as outrageous as it once was...environment is cool but lends itself to too many flies (they'll fight you nor the quality meat.

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                              truffled RE: herbage Sep 7, 2008 11:45 AM

                              I have been eating at Le Tub for over 25 years. Yes, the burger is really really good. It is fresh, cooked on a grill, and served up at the requested level of doneness. It ain't fancy, quick, the beer selection is way too short, and as someone noted, the waitstaff kind of carries that Keys/Caribbean "soon come mon" attitude. That being said, it is a great place to kick back on the water, watch the sun set over the lake, have a drink, and not worry about when the burger arrives. When it does, the time seems immaterial. BTW, to the best of my knowledge, it was actually a converted gas station. Also, somehow or the other, they were number one in an article entitled "The 20 Burgers You Must Eat Before You Die." http://men.style.com/gq/features/full...

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                                gryphonskeeper RE: herbage Sep 11, 2008 07:19 PM

                                this snowbirds opinion..."ain't worth the hype" I do not care what Oprah and GQ says...my stomach tells me to take my business elsewhere

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                                  humptea RE: herbage Sep 23, 2008 11:10 AM

                                  The best "Big" Burger there is - bar none! It is worth the hype IMHO. He is preping them so the wait time is negligable now. The poopy seed bun is a nice touch and the garagantuan size burger is delectable. Those double fried steak fries are awesome too and I am not a big fan of steak frie to begin with. This is definately worth the trek and Hollywood is basically 20 minutes from where ever you are in South Florida, excluding Palm Beach (is that still considered South Florida anyway?) You may need to stroll the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk afterwards, or take a siesta, or both!

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                                    Icantread RE: humptea Sep 25, 2008 01:07 PM

                                    Personally, I stopped eating them when they started putting it on the poopy seed buns. I had heard rumors of poor hygiene, but that was just too much! Also, only 20 minutes is more than a stretch. What's Miami? More-South Florida?

                                    Joking aside, once you get passed the toilets (not a lot of tubs, just toilets everywhere), it is a nice spot with a good burger. And no, do not expect service in a place with toilets for decoration. Get your own water or order alcohol if you want them to bring it to you

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                                    zenana RE: herbage Sep 25, 2008 12:00 PM

                                    went a couple of weeks ago for the first time, mid afternoon, and had no trouble with a wait or service; our burgers came out in 20 minutes, perfectly cooked, delicious. staff was nice. I love the feel of the place, very old florida. when i was a teen in south fla most places felt like this one, laid back on the water, rough tables, burgers and fries, and that's about it. so sad there are so few places left on the water where you can just go and hang, in shorts and flip flops. and come on people, $10 for an excellent burger of this size is not outrageous; I could only eat half of it -- most people would probably opt to split one. anyway, from my perspective the place gets a definite thumbs up.

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