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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 October 7, 2010

    "Gigi Ingenuity"

  • 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"

  • 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"

2001 Stories by Lee Klein

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  • Stick to the Ribs

    published June 7, 2001

    An antique jukebox spins old-time country, rock, and blues at SoBe Bar-B-Q, a bare-bones 50-seat restaurant that opened a few months back on... More >>

  • When in Roma

    published May 31, 2001

    Sometimes I imagine other restaurant reviewers sitting plushly in front of giant, high-resolution computer screens, scrolling long lists of dining... More >>

  • Colombian Gold

    published May 24, 2001

    If you live on South Beach, chances are you've walked down Washington Avenue and passed the tiny, triangular-shape La Molienda on many occasions,... More >>

  • Good Moon Rising

    published May 17, 2001

    Thai food originated in the mountainous valleys of southwestern China, then the homeland of tribes who, between the Sixth and Thirteenth... More >>

  • My Dear Watson

    published May 10, 2001

    Fresh is the word when it comes to fish, and it doesn't take a Sherlock Holmes to deduce that the seafood shanties in Watson Island Marina,... More >>

  • Poise in the Hood

    published May 3, 2001

    Since opening on the southern tip of South Beach in 1995, Nemo has consistently been rated as one of Miami's very best restaurants. Like the... More >>

  • The Staple of Naples

    published April 26, 2001

    It was in 1899 that Italy's Queen Margherita and King Umberto I, in a public-relations move calculated to foster an affinity with the common folk,... More >>

  • Abbey Road to Morocco

    published April 19, 2001

    At one time the Abbey Hotel's lobby must have been a graceful space for guests to dawdle in, but not anymore. It's stripped to bare essentials... More >>

  • Lord of the Onion Rings

    published April 12, 2001

    My first inkling that Sandbar Grill didn't take itself too seriously came when I called to find out the hours. A recorded message clicked off a... More >>

  • A Grip On Grappa

    published April 5, 2001

    After we'd finished the dessert course at Grappa, gracious owner Claudio Nunes approached our table with a bottle of the restaurant's namesake... More >>

  • Oh, Canada by the Bay

    published March 29, 2001

    On this ratty but rallying stretch of Biscayne Boulevard, in a neighborhood where the most popular restaurants have long been referred to by... More >>

  • More and Less a Success

    published March 22, 2001

    The Japanese tend to take a less-is-more approach to eating. Americans prefer to think in terms of more is more (which probably is why our... More >>

  • High Noon

    published March 15, 2001

    Just as the lit-up-at-night, I.M. Pei-designed Bank of America tower stands apart from the rest of Miami's skyline, its in-house restaurant,... More >>

  • A Yellowtail of Two Cities

    published March 8, 2001

    Bond St. Lounge is the South Beach outpost of Manhattan's megasuccessful nouvelle Japanese sushi and sake restaurant. There are differences to be... More >>

  • SoSe in SoBe

    published February 22, 2001

    The main wall is what grabs your attention as you enter Suva, adorned as it is by three looming, luminous ten-by-ten-foot panels colorfully... More >>

  • Yambo Ya-Ya

    published February 15, 2001

    When we came upon Yambo, I yahooed with excitement. It's a hopping, bopping, most colorful Nicaraguan joint that, despite the crowd lining... More >>

  • Catch a Rising Star

    published February 8, 2001

    Azul is a two-month-old 120-seat restaurant in the $100-million Mandarin Oriental on Brickell Key, actually housed on the side of the hotel, along... More >>

  • Finger-Licking Spanuban

    published February 1, 2001

    I was befuddled by the only word emblazoned beneath the restaurant's name, right on the menu's front page: tapas. Having always assumed the first... More >>

  • The Krome Palate

    published January 25, 2001

    Green beans, sweet potatoes, strawberries, and all types of pulchritudinous produce can be purchased from roadside purveyors peppering the flat... More >>

  • Two Chefs and a Grocery

    published January 18, 2001

    There are two types of gourmet markets: the modern sort, as in lots of white tiles, bright lights, and shiny stainless steel Metro shelving; and... More >>

  • From Tapas to Bottom

    published January 11, 2001

    If you're going to dine at Diego's Tapas at Bayside Marketplace, first check the local sports pages; you won't want to head there when the Heat is... More >>

  • The Pita Principle

    published January 4, 2001

    The road to hellish restaurants is paved with good intentions, smiling countenances, sunny dispositions, and a sincerity on the part of... More >>

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