Ethnic Restaurants in Florida


  • Morton D Winsberg


Over the past three decades Florida has evolved into one of the most ethnically diverse states in the nation. As early as the 1930s there were small ethnic enclaves scattered about the state. In Tampa there was Ybor City, which was as much Italian as it was Spanish and Cuban. In Miami, a few blocks west of downtown had acquired the name "Little Havana," although its total Latino population was extremely small. Key West had a Bahamian and Latino minority; Tarpon Springs had a concentration of Greeks. Jews, particularly retirees, had begun to settle on Miami Beach and to a smaller extent the Shenandoah district of Miami.