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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 - 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"

  • 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"

2001 Stories by Lee Klein

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  • Yucatecan Yearnings

    published December 20, 2001

    Some people equate the Yucatán with Cancún or Cozumel, with lying on quiet white-sand beaches by day, guzzling margaritas in... More >>

  • Two to Tambo

    published December 6, 2001

    The Incan word tambo refers to small inns that once populated the mountainous terrain of pre-Columbian Peru. Tambo, the new... More >>

  • Fear of Frying at MIA

    published November 29, 2001

    There's been a lot of talk lately about airline security, but precious little about being able to secure a good airport meal while waiting through... More >>

  • Fancy a Fish Joint

    published November 22, 2001

    A fresh piece of fish doesn't require a lot of dressing up to be alluring. Salt, pepper, drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of lemon juice, and... More >>

  • Slice of a Neighborhood

    published November 15, 2001

    On the first day, Mark Soyka declared: "I am opening News Café on Ocean Drive, and a thriving beachside boulevard shall spring up around... More >>

  • No Woes for Joe's

    published November 8, 2001

    South Florida tourist agencies are gauging where the local economy stands by reading lines on comparative graphs. I got to thinking that a more... More >>

  • Foodaholics Anonymous

    published November 1, 2001

    The sign on the door of the little storefront window reads, "A Couple of Basketcases." That's the name of Caron Coles's gift-basket company on... More >>

  • Lunch During Wartime

    published October 25, 2001

    When we heard the first explosion through an open bedroom window, my wife and I thought it might be thunder. This occurred the day of our arrival.... More >>

  • Pan Can Do

    published October 18, 2001

    Home Depot and the Latin-flavored bakery chain Don Pan are inextricably linked in my mind, and not just because I am an unabashed fan of both... More >>

  • To Dine or to Dance

    published October 11, 2001

    On May 29, 1913, as a string orchestra performed in the restaurant of the Savoy hotel in London, two diners rose from their chairs and began... More >>

  • Margaritamill

    published October 4, 2001

    Miami's Mexican restaurants are, for the most part, utterly predictable: margarita, chips, salsa, burrito-enchilada-fajitas, and the bill, por... More >>

  • Tragical Mystery Zür

    published September 20, 2001

    I returned home hounded by two nagging questions: What is Zür New World Cuisine restaurant really all about? And what, exactly, is a... More >>

  • A Day in the Life

    published September 13, 2001

    South Beach, Sunday, 10:30 a.m. I walk into Tropical on the Beach, on Washington Avenue between Fourteenth and Fifteenth streets. It's a... More >>

  • The Blue Jake's

    published September 6, 2001

    The ability of a restaurant to surprise with hitherto unseen and unheard of concepts is becoming increasingly difficult these days, yet Jake's Bar... More >>

  • Le Bouchon Bien

    published August 23, 2001

    A café, bistro, and brasserie are different from one another. In France that is. Here in the States we tend to blur... More >>

  • Crouching Tilapia

    published August 16, 2001

    Chien Chung Peng from Hong Kong opened the Chung Hing Oriental Mart on NE 163rd Street and Eighteenth Avenue ten years ago. I can't imagine... More >>

  • The Oriental's Mandarin

    published August 9, 2001

    Tony Chi's interior design of Café Sambal is chic and sleek, with white walls, dark wood tables, and a black staircase in the center of the... More >>

  • Down by the River

    published August 2, 2001

    Historical Miami, you might say, is a thing of the past. Sure, there are still rickety pockets of the original city to be found, but it's not... More >>

  • Cooool Breez

    published July 26, 2001

    Breez currently is blowing a breath of cool fresh sushi and seafood into the northern reaches of Ocean Drive, but as the base of the... More >>

  • Justices Served

    published July 19, 2001

    Just as any Turkish travel guide will remind tourists that when Turks shake their head from side to side as if saying "no" it means "yes," I... More >>

  • Grecian Normula

    published July 12, 2001

    A few years ago, while my wife and I were seated at an outdoor seafood restaurant on the island of Santorini, a seemingly frail and elderly lady... More >>

  • Rolo-ing with the Punches

    published July 5, 2001

    Casa Rolo's Café has the distinction of being one of Thomas Kramer's first victims. This was back in 1997, when the über-developer... More >>

  • Grilled Marlins

    published June 28, 2001

    When I read that the Florida Marlins' brain trust (okay, wrong word, but you know what I mean) had changed concessionaires during the off-season,... More >>

  • Diner, Inc.

    published June 21, 2001

    Clarke's is a new "diner" on South Beach, but there's something not quite dinerish about the place. Part of the problem might be that it's located... More >>

  • The Flapjack Flip-Off

    published June 14, 2001

    Hold on to your hats, especially the flat ones -- it's time for the First Annual Flapjack Flip-Off. Our four contestants: the Original Pancake... More >>

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