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Often referred to as the "gateway to Latin America," Miami attracts a diverse population of tourists and expatriates, resulting in a rich international population and a mix of cuisine that satisfies even the most discriminating palate.

Downtown Miami and Brickell Avenue form the heart and history of the famed "Magic City," a name given to Miami in the early 20th century as it sprang up as if by magic. Brickell Avenue, once known as "millionaire row," and Downtown Miami skylines eventually merged joining forces to provide a vast array of dining and entertainment alternatives.

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Area 31 Location 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
16th FL, Miami, FL 33131
Area 31
Cuisine Seafood

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Cane Fire Grille Location 1201 NW 42nd Avenue
Miami, FL
Cane Fire Grille
Cuisine New American

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Morton's Location 1200 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL
Morton's
Cuisine Steakhouse

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PM Fish & Steak House Location 1453 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
PM Fish & Steak House
Cuisine Argentine, Seafood, Steakhouse

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Toscana Divino Location 900 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
Toscana Divino
Cuisine Italian, Wine Bar

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More than a century old, the City of Miami, known as the "Magic City," has had its fair share of growing pains. But with the turmoil, there has been triumph, and Miami has come into its own as a vibrant, cosmopolitan metropolis.

The City of Miami is the largest municipality in Miami-Dade County. Recognized worldwide as an international hub and referred to as the "Gateway to Latin America," Miami attracts a diverse population of tourists and foreign born people, resulting in a large population that includes Cubans, Nicaraguans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Puerto Ricans, Argentineans, Ecuadorians, Brazilians, Dominicans, Haitians and Mexicans.

The first South Floridians were the Tequesta Indians, who discovered the area more than 10,000 years ago and had it all to themselves until the Spanish claimed it in the 16th Century. But subsequently, in 1821, the Spanish had to forego the land and lower their flag to raise the Stars and Stripes over Florida.

Brickell and Downtown Miami - the Heart of the City

In 1891, a visionary widow named Julia Tuttle moved to Florida and purchased 640 acres of land on the North bank of the Miami River. Tuttle later talked wealthy railroad builder Henry Flagler into extending his railroad into Miami, building a luxury hotel and laying out a new town. The railroad arrived in 1896, and, on July 28, the City of Miami was incorporated.

During this time, most people resided on the North side of the Miami River (between the river and the railroad station) and were at first slow to move to the South side. The City built a new bridge at Miami Avenue, and William and Mary Brickell opened up Brickell Avenue, which became a popular residential and fashion area and the City's first "millionaire row."

Miami was vastly developing and people from every part of the world flocked to this new city. But in 1926, a devastating hurricane struck Miami, killing 100 people and destroying thousands of homes. Due to this and other factors, Miami fell into the depression three years earlier than the rest of the nation. In retrospect, the City also came out of the 1930's depression ahead of the rest of the nation, partly due to the ingenuity of the aviation industry and its era of modern aviation.

World War II brought more than 100,000 people to Greater Miami and the Beach when Miami Beach was designated as a military training ground. After the war, young men and women returned to South Florida to create growth opportunities. Despite this development, Black Miamians were still being held back by segregation of the races. As a result, Overtown developed a unique and historical identity. The races were not integrated until the 1970's.

Miami continued to grow in population and took an unexpected turn in the 60's and 80's. Fidel Castro took over Cuba in 1959 and more than half a million people fled to South Florida to start a new life. The worst immigration wave was in 1980 during the Mariel boatlift. In a four month time period, 125,000 refugees arrived in Miami. The 80's was also considered a turbulent time for Miami filled with racial tension.

In the 80's, the City began to preserve its architectural roots. In the mid-1970s, four architects began to work on building plans that would change Miami's skyline. Brickell Avenue, which was once known as one of the City's most traditional streets, became playful with its new building designs. The commercial sector of Brickell Avenue became Miami's "Wall Street," a grand avenue of impressive buildings with a bank on each block.

The Brickell Avenue and Downtown Miami skylines eventually merged, and developers and architects joined forces and began a building boom in this area, leaving their mark across the heart of the City. The local favorite: the CenTrust building (today's Bank of America.) CenTrust hired lighting experts to illuminate each floor of the building, and today the building is themed during holidays and celebrations.

The illumination of the CenTrust building cast Miami in a new "light." In November 1987, it inspired the Downtown Development Authority to sponsor "Light Up Miami," which promoted exterior lighting on every downtown building for Thanksgiving weekend. The lights were so amazing the businesses kept them on permanently. In addition, the Downtown Development Authority convinced the town that Bayfront Park needed a major facelift and a major plan, which included Bayside Marketplace and the Bayfront Park amphitheater, was created to revitalize this area.

Further down the line, on August 24, 1992, another destructive storm threatened South Florida when "Hurricane Andrew" lashed its Category 5 winds on the area, leaving death and devastation behind. The City of Miami recovered to fall into a financial crisis a few years later.

Now, in the 21st century, Miami is a stronger, more financially stable community. The City has successfully hosted the 4th annual Latin Grammy Awards show, the visit of the Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, the celebration of the Free Trade of the Americas Conference, and the MTV Music Awards.

Our community continues to grow and provide its citizens with quality of life - a clean and secure city; economic growth and development; small business opportunities; plenty of arts and culture; a place where families can spend time together and enjoy a conversation over dinner.

To view restaurants in Brickell/ Downtown Miami and Miami Dade, please click on the restaurant on the right for a profile of the establishment. To discuss these dining options with one of our representatives, please call 305-856-1422.

"Miami - springing up as if by magic, and appropriately called from the beginning, the 'Magic City.'" Official Directory of the City of Miami, 1904