Serving the Miami area for over 96 years, the Tobacco Road Restaurant and Bar, has continued to provide a home for blues lovers. Inspired by the Route-66 culture, it has become a favorite stop for local professionals, bar-hoppers, and visitors to the Florida shore.
The restaurant serves wonderful bar-fare, including chicken wings, nachos, etc. at reasonable prices in a hometown, charming setting. The patrons can order a great burger–particularly the Dutch Burger–a marvelously unhealthy combination of a choice sirloin patty, topped with pepper jack cheese, onions, and jalapeños.
The Road, as the locals refer to it, is always popular, but especially for Tuesday’s Lobster Night when lobsters go for $13 apiece (as long as 100 last.) Friday’s happy hour is a routine stop for locals before heading home for the weekend. Their perpetual menu includes traditional favorites rather than haute cuisine. They smoke their own ribs, turkey, and pulled pork, which they serve along with wonderful salads from locally grown produce. The Road’s vegetarian sandwich made with sprouts, avocados, and tomatoes on black bread, is a popular choice.
This business and structure have survived Prohibition, Al Capone, the Great Depression, the U.S. during two World Wars, and several deadly hurricanes. If the building could talk it would also recount the Mariel Boatlift, cocaine cowboys, race riots, and the rise of South Beach. Several individuals and groups have owned the facility keeping the establishment’s primary purpose as a neighborhood gathering place for a meal and a drink. The bar offers the best collection of ice cold brews, premium liquors, and single-malt scotches found anywhere in America.
Tobacco Road becomes a nightly venue for live music. Patrons have had the privilege of listening to the likes of B.B. King, George Clinton, Joss Stone and Koko Taylor. The location itself is a historic attraction and well worth a visit even if you don’t want a drink. Their kitchen stays open until 4 am offering New York strip steaks and the best burgers in the city; the full liquor bar continues until 5 am.
Tobacco Road Restaurant and Bar
626 South Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33130