{Miami Beach, Florida] 11th Street Diner

It feels like the quintessential American diner – genuine railway carriage, lots of chrome & plastic, very busy and a menu packed with food you want to eat. The fact that it’s featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins & Dives” just made it an even more touristy lunch for we tourists.

Needless to say, there’s nothing fancy about the food. A “Cuban” sandwich for one of us – pork, ham, cheese, dill pickle. It crops up on every sandwich menu round here. My guess would be it has little to do with Cuba – that food combination just sounds so American. Tasty, though. A couple of days later, we did a food tour or Little Havana and our Cuban ancestry guide took the same view of its origin.

The greedy one of us (yep, that’s me) went for the roast turkey dinner that had featured on the TV programme. Generous serving of turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. You get your choice of two sides – that’ll be sweet potato fries and crisp, perhaps over crisp, broccoli.

Good lunch.