(I don't know if it still qualifies as off the beaten path these days, but it was for years!)
I went out for a drive this past Saturday. I am trying to go to all of the places around here in southern Florida that I've always wanted to visit but never quite made it to, since I may not have another chance. I am moving to Spokane, WA in April, and don't have any family down here.
Saturday's visit was to Le Tub.
Le Tub has always been known to the locals, but recently skyrocketed in popularity due to two factors. The first was when GQ magazine named it as having "The Best Burger in America." Second, when Oprah did her cross-country road trip last summer, her BFF Gail visited Le Tub, based on GQ's recommendation. The dive bar was shown on the Oprah Winfrey show, and you know whatever Oprah touches turns to gold.
I visited the Saturday before Superbowl Sunday. I went in expecting a larger than normal crowd due to that, plus it's high tourist season in SFL. What I wasn't expecting however, was the massive Bears event going on at the beach across the street. They were having powerboat races, some Dolphins were having a clinic, just total chaos on the roads everywhere. So yeah, we were told upon walking in that it would be at least an hour before we would be served. It was a beautiful day, the place is *right* on the water (Intercoastal side), so I didn't mind the wait at all.
The decor inside is very eclectic, including several toilets used as planters.
Seating is unusual too - you seat yourself. What that means on a busy day is that you walk around the restaurant eyeballing everyone until you find someone who looks like they could be leaving shortly, then you hover near their table until they get up. You then have to swoop down on it immediately, even before it's been cleaned, or you will lose it to someone else doing the same thing. I was lucky enough to see some people getting up and made a mad dash straight for them, luckily saving myself the embarrassment of hovering. Our table was right at the edge of the deck, so we got the beautiful breeze and a great view of the sailboat regatta going on. Boaters kept cruising by, showing off their rides and waving at us. There were some HUGE boats, whew! The bar right next door to Le Tub was hosting a Bears event, but Le Tub was strongly Colts. So boaters would go by the Bears bar and cheer and then get booed by everyone at our place. (I really couldn't have cared less, I am not a football fan.) At one point the jukebox in the bar played a song that sounded like Jimmy Buffett that had a line "The Bears Still Suck" and everyone in the bar sang along. That was pretty funny. All in all, a great time.
And while it was a very good, and very big plate-sized burger, I don't know if I personally can call it the "Best Burger in America."