Le Tub Restaurant in Hollywood, Florida

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2010/01/25 11:05:51 (permalink)

Le Tub Restaurant in Hollywood, Florida

Last Sunday I drove up to Le Tub restaurant in Hollywood.  This bar and restaurant was made famous a couple of years ago when GQ magazine food writer Alan Richman declared that the burger here was the best that he had ever had, if I recall correctly.  I was eager to try one for myself.
It has a typical Florida rustic waterside restaurant look, with lots of driftwood-looking woodwork:

Looking the other way is a view of the Intracoastal Waterway, with a little pleasure boat maneuvering to dock next door:

What makes this place unusual, though is another decor theme - toilets!

They were everywhere.  I don't think that I have ever been in a toilet-themed restaurant:

Looking for a place to sit, I spotted these two fellows lurking in the shadows.
The Travelin Man & Buffetbuster:

(The cameras were a clue.)
We ordered some seafood gumbo, the Sirloin Steak Burger, with American cheese, and a large order of steak fries.
Of course, being a group of Roadfooders, when the food arrived, out came the cameras!

Seafood Gumbo:

The waitress tried to warn us off by saying that it was very spicy, but I found it to be almost mild, with a good flavor.  I managed to distinguish clams and shrimp in it.  I like it, and recommend it.
The fries arrived before the burgers; hot from the fryer.  They were good - well seasoned, crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.  Probably from frozen, but I enjoyed them.
Steak Fries:

Finally, the stars of the show arrived - our cheeseburgers.  These are thirteen ounces, and arrived oozing juices on poppy-seed buns, and smelled just great.  Romaine, onions and a fat slice of tomato accompanied them.
13 Ounce Sirloin Steakburger:

This was a very good cheeseburger, oozing beefiness (is that a word?), with a bit of a crust from some sort of flame grill, and not cooked to death.  We all ordered medium, but I would judge mine to have been medium rare in the middle, which is how I like it.  It comes unseasoned, so I flipped mine and added some table salt.  I am not positive that this is the best large burger that I have ever had, but it was awesome.  The Brickyard burger I had in Daytona Beach a year-and-a-half ago might have been better, but it had bacon and sauteed onions, so that might have been the real difference.
Here is a shot of Buffetbuster's burger cut in half (he did a better job than I did with the puny plastic knife!):

I could not finish mine, but Travelin Man went for the gold.
Look at that face.  That is one FULL Roadfooder!
Satiated Travelin Man:

Of course, someone in the group had room for pie.  Buffetbuster ordered a slice of key lime, and the waitress added extra forks, unbidden.
Key Lime Pie:
The pie is advertised as being made in-house from fresh limes, and it was a good example of key lime pie with whipped cream on top, as opposed to the traditional meringue topping.  It had a nice smooth texture, and was appropriately tart, with a nice graham-cracker crust.  I just had a bite; Buffetbuster might want to comment further.
A good time was had by all, and the people-, boat- and bird-watching were an added attraction.  It might be a little warm in the summer, but the weather was near perfect when we were there.  The Travelin Man & Buffetbuster were great company, I might add.  They were snapping away with their cameras, so I imagine that they will have some photos to post here or elsewhere.
Le Tub Saloon
1100 North Ocean Drive
Hollywood, FL 33019

post edited by MiamiDon - 2010/01/26 13:28:16

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