The Miami Design District, located north of Midtown, is one of the most desirable parts of Miami real estate. Most of the Design District is comprised of low-rise warehouses and galleries, many of which have been converted into art galleries, boutiques, dining and cafes. To the south of the Design District, also known as Buena Vista, is Wynwood neighborhood, while Little Haiti borders it to the north. For many years, the area was abandoned and delipidated but it has been transformed into Miami's hot-spot for fashion,aluminum trade show booth design and art. History of the Design DistrictThe Design District is also known as Buena Vista, its historic name. By the late 1980's, the area had succumbed to urban decay, although a revival took place in the late 1990's that brought new design and art stores into the area.
Over the past decade, the district has grown in popularity
and is know one of the most desirable areas of Miami real estate for art and
culture enthusiasts. It was Craig Robins who is typically credited with the
rejuvenation of the area. This art-loving developer began by purchasing a large
number of the run-down and delipitated buildings in the district and then worked
tirelessly to persuade designers like Holly Hunt to relocate to the area.
Entrance to the Design District During an interview with ArtNet Magazine, he explains the turning point that allowed the Design District to become what it is today: "We've had a vision for the Miami Design District for years and we've been working towards realizing that vision. During the process, there have been many turning points. First, there was the importance of establishing the community as an international center for furniture design. Next there was the desire to bring art and culture in general to Miami. As the neighborhood became more established with its central location and urban layout, we attracted some great restaurants.
In one article I was talking about child friendly restaurants, where more the surroundings like waterfront location offers lots of distraction for kids (in a positive way) while waiting for the food to be served and eaten. But there are also some locations in Waikiki, e.g., which have an interior and flair that is exiting and appealing to kids and parents alike. Oceanarium, Jimmy Buffet, Tiki's, Round Table PizzaCertainly unique is the Oceanarium located in the Pacific Beach Hotel. They have a huge 280,000 gallon fish tank, with 70 species of marine life. It offers an a little bit pricey, but delicious buffet, with incredible views of local fishes, rays, and sometimes even mermaids during your dinner.At Jimmy Buffet’s at the Waikiki Beach Comber “you don’t know if you are inside a volcano (hot spot bar), sitting in a huge crashing wave (their booths), or swimming next to a humpback whale or Great White (hanging from the ceiling)”. At least this is how my older one explained it to me. But their design is really like a replica of several Hawaiian scenes.
A large sized video wall covers one
complete side of the dining area. Right next to the restaurant is the Honolulu
Surfing Museum with boards and everything that has to do with the history of
surfing up till now. Tiki’s Grill and Bar in the Aston Waikiki Hotel has a very
nice setting with great views of sunsets over Waikiki Beach. It is a little bit
touristy – but it’s Waikiki. They serve good sea food, and their keiki menu has
additional local choices, served on a Frisbee to take home.Some places one can’t
fully explain why they like it, like Round Table Pizza at Enchanted Lake
Shopping Center in Kailua. It is a great restaurant with the best pizza I know
here on Oahu, always filled with kids, but I cannot really tell the reason why.
Maybe it’s the big jukebox, their motor bike simulator, or – just that
irresistible smell of their fresh pizza. Fred and Friends Stone Cold Ice
TraysFred and Friends the moai of easter island keep their watch over the
pacific with a cold, stony gaze. Now you can endow your drink with their
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OceanariumSovidiasTiki's Lanai seen from Kalakaua AvenueTiki's Bar and Grill
EntranceHot Spot Bar Shark at Hot Spot BarPipeline Approriate Kids MenuAll those
places, including the waterfront restaurants I mentioned in another article,
offer an adequate amount of appropriate kids meals, which leads me to another
criterion that is important to us: the selection of food on the kids menu and
quality thereof. I don’t know why most of the kids menus condense the regular
menu to nutritional chunk items (favorites seem to be chicken nuggets, hot and
corn dogs, pizza, any kind of sandwich, mac and cheese). What makes this even
worse is that most of those meals could be served at an acceptable nutritional
For example, you can offer ‘chicken’ nuggets consisting of compressed cheap chicken parts and things I don’t want to even know from the frozen food aisle, or freshly made chicken fingers. Or Mac and Cheese coming straight from the Easy Cup; is it so hard to make a nice Sauce Alfredo and cook some fresh pasta? Hot dogs and pizza are sometimes on the edge of edible when served hot. By the time kids get about halfway through, they are cold and the salt is the only taste at best that is left. I am not an expert when it comes to franks, but I guess the more salt is needed to override the other ingredients, the less healthy it can be. And last but not least, all of those restaurants have one more important thing that contribute to (most) parents happiness – a great selection of local beer. With some good food, I would like to have at least the option of sipping a glass of good local draft beer, or very occasionally, a glass of wine.