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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 - 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!"

  • 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"

  • 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"

2005 Stories by Lee Klein

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  • Fit for a Queen

    published July 7, 2005

    Ogbe and Felitia Guobadia, he from Nigeria, she from Virginia, met at Rutgers University and married in Nigeria's former capital Lagos, where they... More >>

  • Moo Times Two

    published June 30, 2005

    I have long maintained that if the axiom "you are what you eat" were true, the language among Argentines would be reduced to only one word:... More >>

  • Nothing Wild About This Cat

    published June 23, 2005

    Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & Latam Grill is a mouthful of a moniker to pronounce, yet if the aim was for a definitive nomenclature, it should be... More >>

  • An Oasis of Ordinary

    published June 16, 2005

    Sugo is a new Italian restaurant situated inside Sanctuary, a recently opened spa/salon/boutique hotel on James Avenue in South Beach. With Casa... More >>

  • Tasty Tequila and Bad Burritos

    published June 9, 2005

    I don't deny having visited two recently opened Mexican joints with shot-glass-half-empty expectations. I mean the local track record concerning... More >>

  • Il Migliore Truly Is Tops

    published June 2, 2005

    Il Migliore's chef/owner Neal Cooper is really a chef: Trained at a prestigious culinary institute, he's knowledgeable in gastronomy,... More >>

  • Lost in Translation

    published May 26, 2005

    Not too long ago an unflattering review of Baleen's brunch adorned these pages. The oak-paneled, forest green, chandelier-sophisticated dining... More >>

  • Rodriguez Steaks His Turf

    published May 19, 2005

    If you're in the vicinity of the Village of Merrick Park and aching for a big, thick, juicy steak, you most likely head to the Palm. Should you be... More >>

  • Not Turning the Tables

    published May 19, 2005

    This past February we took a stroll down Lincoln Road and noted numerous violations of sidewalk café permit rules governed by the Public... More >>

  • Flapjack Flip-Off Five

    published May 5, 2005

    Flapjack Flip-Off Five fittingly flits our way in the fifth month of the new millennium's fifth year and, as always, promises to be as ebullient... More >>

  • Hidden Bistro

    published April 28, 2005

    Most folks will have to head north on Biscayne Boulevard to arrive at Plein Sud, whose translation "far south" apparently references France. This... More >>

  • Dry Limes and Misdemeanors

    published April 21, 2005

    Nestled within the cozy nautical confines of Haulover Marina, Solo on the Bay couldn't have a lovelier setting. Almost all the 400 seats... More >>

  • Tradition with Flair

    published April 14, 2005

    The Forge is something of a time machine. The faded colonial-style gray-and-white facade is fronted by tall, black, nineteenth-century-inspired... More >>

  • Rumbles and Grumbles

    published April 7, 2005

    Resplendent in polished wood, Italian marble floors, Biedermeier furnishings, and silk damask drapery, the 126-seat Bizcaya restaurant exudes the... More >>

  • On a Fishy Mission

    published March 31, 2005

    The nice thing about reviewing chains, even small three-shop operations like Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, is that they come packaged with a... More >>

  • The Azul Experiment

    published March 24, 2005

    Since its inception on Brickell Key in 2001, Azul has been a gastronomic gem glimmering alongside the exquisite Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Miami... More >>

  • Populist Parillada

    published March 17, 2005

    The Henry Hotel is a seedy little South Beach venue on Washington Avenue just north of Fifth Street. Still, Sport Café did a brisk business... More >>

  • Dublin and Palm Trees

    published March 10, 2005

    Guinness introduced porter and stout beers to the world at the turn of the Nineteenth Century (the former named after porters from London's fish... More >>

  • Grazie for Grazie

    published March 3, 2005

    If an Israeli and a Honduran were to open a restaurant together, what kind of cuisine would they serve? If you answered hummus in coconut shells... More >>

  • Bad Boy Bourdain

    published February 24, 2005

    In an old New Yorker cartoon, two men stand in front of a luncheonette with these words emblazoned upon the window: "COOKED FOOD." One man... More >>

  • Brunch Two Ways: Right and Wrong

    published February 24, 2005

    So I suppose I'll see you at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival's "Tribute Brunch" this Sunday at the Loews Hotel. It'll be great -- Francis... More >>

  • Porterhouse Profits

    published February 10, 2005

    When Andre's Steakhouse on Marco Island changed its name to Tara Steak & Lobster House last year, it was a strategic gesture in advance of a... More >>

  • Low Prices, Low Prospects

    published February 3, 2005

    The word tinello, according to Tinello Cucina Italiana's menu, translates as a "cozy dining room where friends and family get together."... More >>

  • How to Love the French

    published January 27, 2005

    Cocopelli Café is a curious name for a French bistro, not much better than calling your brasserie Vinnie's Diner. An outdoor deck leading... More >>

  • Sidewalk Scofflaws

    published January 27, 2005

    Most of the outdoor seating permits for Lincoln Road restaurants were first issued in 1997, a time when the City of Miami Beach was attempting to... More >>

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