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Le Select St. Barthelemy

Le Select - review by Nicole Allmann

Style: Evergreen Casual Burger & Beer

Address: Rue du Général de Gaulle Gustavia 97133 , Saint Barthelemy
Area: Gustavia

Phone: +590 590 27 86 87

Le Select – a name that belies a fancy French eatery churning out upscale gourmet is in fact little more than a burger bar at the heart of Gustavia. But then again, this is no ordinary burger bar. Opened in 1949 by Marius Stakelborough, Le Select gained notoriety for its distinctly laid back atmosphere, along with great beer and eminent clientèle 'Gulf and Western' singer Jimmy Buffett immortalised the modest red-brick building in his hit single “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, cementing the tiny bar's reputation among a legion of “Parrotheads” and hippie fans who identified with the freedom and simplicity offered by this paradise idyll.

Sixty years on, Le Select still strikes that very same chord with the celebrities, surfers and free spirits who descend on St. Barts in their thousands. The menu is predominantly Gustavian, featuring simple snacks like Caribs and planteur, along with a prime choice of burgers, fries and beer. Thirsty trippers will find the rum-based ti'punch an especially refreshing treat; served on ice with just a hint of lime, its arguably tastier than any Cuban daiquiri! Open daily for lunch and onward from 6.30 pm until late, Le Select is the ideal pit-stop for comfort food and live music before hitting the bars uptown.

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