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Lee Klein

Miami New Times' restaurant reviewer for the past decade, and the world's indisputable master of disguise.

Awards

  • 2011 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published April 22, 2010

    "Style Over Steak"

  • 2011 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published July 1, 2010

    "Flapjack Flip-Off X"

  • 2011 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published October 7, 2010

    "Gigi Ingenuity"

  • 2010 - Association of Food Journalists Awards, published July 2, 2009

    "Hakkasan's Haute Hong Kong Cuisine"

  • 2010 - Association of Food Journalists Awards, published June 25, 2009

    "Flapjack Flip-Off IX"

  • 2009 - Bert Greene Award/International Association of Culinary Professionals, published August 14, 2008

    "Kick the Bottle"

  • 2009 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published August 28, 2008

    "Tap Tap"

  • 2009 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published December 4, 2008

    "Joe the Restaurant"

  • 2009 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published April 10, 2008

    "Doug Rodriguez is Back"

  • 2008 - Bert Greene Award/International Association of Culinary Professionals, published November 22, 2007

    "Eat Shit and Die"

  • 2008 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published November 22, 2007

    "Eat Shit and Die"

  • 2008 - AAN AltWeekly Awards, published November 22, 2007

    "Eat Shit and Die"

  • 2008 - Better Weekly Newspaper Awards/Florida Press Association, published November 22, 2007

    "Eat Shit and Die"

  • 2008 - AAN AltWeekly Awards, published May 10, 2007

    "Chew the Right Thing"

  • 2008 - Association of Food Journalists Awards, published May 10, 2007

    "Chew the Right Thing"

  • 2008 - AAN AltWeekly Awards, published May 17, 2007

    "Flapjack Flip-Off VII"

  • 2008 - Association of Food Journalists Awards, published May 17, 2007

    "Flapjack Flip-Off VII: Bananarama!"

  • 2007 - AAN AltWeekly Awards, published July 13, 2006

    "Foie Wars"

  • 2007 - Better Weekly Newspaper Awards/Florida Press Association, published December 21, 2006

    "Last Chance Bistro"

  • 2007 - Better Weekly Newspaper Awards/Florida Press Association, published September 28, 2006

    "Pure and Demure"

  • 2007 - Better Weekly Newspaper Awards/Florida Press Association, published September 7, 2006

    "The Wonder Boys"

2000 Stories by Lee Klein

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  • Stripped-down Italian

    published June 22, 2000

    The Palm Plaza Shopping Center is just another nondescript strip mall, one of hundreds, maybe thousands, marring Miami's landscape. My feeling has... More >>

  • A View to a Gill

    published June 15, 2000

    Key Biscayne and Virginia Key boast breathtaking views of sunsets over the bay and of Miami's skyline as it transforms first into dusky... More >>

  • Here's Cooking at You

    published June 8, 2000

    I've lately found myself insisting, to whomever will listen, that when it comes to dining in ethnic restaurants I'm no nitpicking stickler for... More >>

  • Heart of Palm

    published June 1, 2000

    The Palm premiered in Bay Harbor Islands in 1986, but it has the Joe's Stone Crab, old-timey feel of an institution that's been around... More >>

  • Mariachi and Chips

    published May 25, 2000

    It was on the drive to Tequila Sunrise that one of my dinner guests inquired as to what sort of place we were headed. "Mexican," I replied,... More >>

  • Diner Declaration

    published May 18, 2000

    Deborah Calderon is the "D" and Clare Kelley the "Clare" of I Do D'Clare, a cozy 65-seat breakfast and lunch spot on Ponce de Leon, just... More >>

  • Sopa Cabana

    published May 11, 2000

    A civilized Latin supper club seems out of place amid the raucous scene of South Beach's Washington Avenue, but that's exactly the point behind... More >>

  • Basic Basque

    published April 27, 2000

    Countless adjectives can be used to describe the multitudinous restaurants of Miami-Dade. "Adventurous" is not one of them. Our ethnic-dining... More >>

  • Diners' Club

    published April 20, 2000

    Fast food joints failed to deliver a knockout punch to diners, but they did have those American institutions on the ropes and looking hopeless for... More >>

  • Praising the Bar

    published April 13, 2000

    Maybe it was because I was alone, carrying a book, that the bartender at this joint in the Gables inquired if I was on my way to a lecture at... More >>

  • Unstable Marketplace

    published April 13, 2000

    When dining out we like to think of the fish on our plate as having arrived fresh from the market that very day, a harmless bit of self-delusion... More >>

  • On the Mark

    published March 30, 2000

    The first impression was the worst. I'm not talking about the creamy white interior of the refurbished Nash Hotel. That was the second impression.... More >>

  • The Pelican Briefly

    published March 23, 2000

    The Pelican Hotel on Ocean Drive has 25 uniquely themed rooms, from the safari-designed "Me Tarzan, You Vain," to the sparser "Jesus Christ... More >>

  • The Frill Is Gone

    published March 16, 2000

    "Never give a sucker an even break" is, I believe, the philosophical impetus propelling the recent rash of "consulting chefs" that has been... More >>

  • Paris on the Beach

    published March 9, 2000

    The small, cluttered, always crowded L'Entrecote de Paris debuted on Washington Avenue, just south of Fifth Street, in 1993. The restaurant... More >>

  • In Cod We Trust

    published March 2, 2000

    I have never dipped my feet into the cool blue waters of Portugal, but I did once put them in my mouth by suggesting to a Portuguese fellow that... More >>

  • From Rags to Ragus

    published February 24, 2000

    Tonino Doino grew up in Italy, quite poor, yet as the story goes, he would become the first person to resign from the waitstaff of Bice in New... More >>

  • The News Is Good

    published February 17, 2000

    The "mall experience," for me, is pretty much defined by the quality of my trudge from parking lot to movie theater and back out again. Even from... More >>

  • Juiced at the Palace

    published February 10, 2000

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  • Depressionist Culinary Art

    published February 3, 2000

    About a year and a half ago, Andrea Meza decided to turn her Meza Fine Art Gallery in Coral Gables into a gallery café that would feature... More >>

  • Viva Fiedele!

    published January 27, 2000

    While we were dining at Fiedele's Seafood Restaurant, a Haitian-Caribbean seafood restaurant on Biscayne Boulevard and 72nd Street,... More >>

  • Unlucky Strikes

    published January 20, 2000

    Those who believe in unlucky restaurant locations would probably consider the National Hotel one such site. They could trace the origins of the... More >>

  • Hold the Chihuahua

    published January 13, 2000

    Fast food is, in essence, a less expensive mockery of real food. In the case of the Texas Taco Factory, the fare is twice removed... More >>

  • Dining After Sunset

    published January 6, 2000

    The SouthSide Café is located across the street from the Shops at Sunset Place, which really is the restaurant's raison... More >>

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