I moved to South Florida when I was a young teen and Hollywood Beach was where I hung out. Le Tub was well known to all and offered a great, inexpensive meal in a casual setting right on the intracoastal waterway. Not much has changed since I last visited Le Tub about 20 years ago and I loved that about the place.
The place is tucked away on A1A with no sign to make it easy for tourists to find it. There’s lush foliage making the front entryway even more difficult to locate. Once patrons arrive, they’re met with a maze of nooks and crannies with outdoor tables and seating areas. It’s sort of a mess in the best possible way. The décor is comprised of bric-a-brac and various items found on the ocean shore that came in from the sea.
What I always enjoyed at Le Tub was the juicy burger that became famous when GQ named it the best burger in the nation in 2006. When I visited a few weeks ago, it was still incredible…plainly served with American cheese, tomato, onion and lettuce on a poppy seed bun. The 13-ounce Sirloin Burger ($11.50 with cheese) is charcoaled to perfection and is juicy and beefy. Simple, satisfying and memorable.
The menu is somewhat limited but the Seafood Salad (small $10 and large $17) and the Greek Salad ($11) are solid options. The small seafood salad is a sizeable portion of fresh seafood coated in herb dressing and served on a bed of lettuce. The Greek salad is enough for two guests and features the typical Feta, tomatoes and olives but also green peppers and anchovies and served with a squeeze bottle of dressing that we squirted on everything – delicious.
Le Tub is the perfect unclassy joint where slightly questionable waitresses are friendly enough and where everyone feels right at home. I’ll never let this much time go by before visiting again.
1100 N Ocean Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33019