Sightseeing makes hungry and what the exhausted traveler needs to calm those grumbles in his stomach is a nice place to eat and rest, with great and abundant food at a price that won’t burn too big a hole in the budget. Tobacco Road Restaurant in downtown Miami fits the bill perfectly.

For starters, the place is full of history. It’s Miami’s oldest pub and holds the earliest liquor licence ever issued in Dade County. Located bang on the Miami River, in the times when tobacco ships from Cuba used to dock there, sailors and stevedores needed to be fed and that’s where they came. Cargo ships are still passing by on the busy river and the wooden structure of the restaurant which sports a bar, tables inside and in a cosy courtyard, is full of memorabilia and photographs from times gone by.

Apart from serving food and drink, it’s also the venue of live concerts many nights a week. Turning to the food: the burgers overlap the plate and on Tuesday they have a lobster special. 1 1/4 Maine lobster for $ 12.49. Wednesday is ‘Ribs Day”, eat as much as you want for $ 10.99 and Thursday is T-bone steak day, also for $ 10.99. I can tell you from experience: one meal there and you don’t need much food for the rest of the day!

Tobacco Road is located at 626 Miami Avenue on the corner with SW7th Street.