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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"

2006 Stories by Lee Klein

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  • Déjà View

    published December 28, 2006

    Many years ago I found myself sitting on the outdoor patio at Joe's Seafood Restaurant — a photogenic vista of the Miami River on the... More >>

  • Last Chance Bistro

    published December 21, 2006

    If you haven't yet made it through your holiday gift list, do the following two things immediately: 1. Finish reading this review.... More >>

  • Sardi Hearty

    published December 14, 2006

    Sometimes it seems as though you can't swing a strand of spaghetti in this town without hitting an Italian restaurant — and not just any... More >>

  • Artful Digs, Artless Food

    published December 7, 2006

    It might seem like we first began hearing about Karu Restaurant & Y sometime during the Clinton administration, but in actuality it has been only... More >>

  • Borscht Belt on the Beach

    published November 30, 2006

    Each year Sunny Isles Beach welcomes more than a million vacationers to its two-and-a-half-mile stretch of fine sand and sparkling waters. When a... More >>

  • Sushiless Elegance

    published November 23, 2006

    "To tattoo something on your body for the rest of your life without knowing it means 'trash can lid' or 'dog taco pants' is stupid." That's a... More >>

  • A Japanese Gem

    published November 16, 2006

    If you were to visit Hiro's Yakko-San once a week and sample five items each time, it would take seven and a half months to taste every offering... More >>

  • Tepid Pepper

    published November 9, 2006

    Just a few days ago, my wife and I were sweating under a relentless sun in the dusty little Yucatecan village of Tikul, sitting at a Formica-top... More >>

  • Luna Rocks

    published November 2, 2006

    Tom Billante can't stop opening restaurants. Ever since founding the Ferrari's chain of Italian cafeterias in the 1970s (which was later sold to... More >>

  • A Grill with Cheap Thrills

    published October 26, 2006

    Most diners, including reviewers, are sensible enough to take cost into consideration when reflecting upon a restaurant meal. If served, say, a... More >>

  • Post-Post Depression Syndrome

    published October 19, 2006

    If I sound a sardonic note or two in this review, it is likely because of my current battle with PPDS, or post-Post depression syndrome. Although... More >>

  • Three and a Half off 441

    published October 12, 2006

    Elsie is standing behind the counter of LC's Roti Shop, explaining that when the neon signage outside was first erected twenty years ago, "they... More >>

  • Instant Khorma!

    published October 5, 2006

    Renaisa Indian Restaurant, located just east of Biscayne Boulevard, boasts indoor and outdoor tables facing the Little River canal off 79th Street... More >>

  • Pure and Demure

    published September 28, 2006

    There exists an inherent elegance through simplicity." That's one of Chef Jeffrey Brana's talking points concerning the cuisine at his and wife... More >>

  • Chino-Latino No Go

    published September 21, 2006

    "Where Cuba meets the Far East" is Oriente at Cardozo's motto, which on paper isn't a bad idea. The crisp, light flavors and exotic spices of Asia... More >>

  • Finnegan's Mistake

    published September 14, 2006

    There's nothing quite so satisfying as sitting peacefully by a river and composing poetry. Finnegan's Way? Can't really say.... More >>

  • The Wonder Boys

    published September 7, 2006

    Brothers Nicola and Fabrizio Carro are probably a little freaked out right now. Orchestrating the daily culinary operations at a bustling newcomer... More >>

  • La Dolce 8 1/2

    published August 31, 2006

    When the Clinton Hotel on South Beach's Washington Avenue first finished refurbishment in 2004, the in-house (or, more accurately, side-of-house)... More >>

  • South Miami Goes to Town

    published August 24, 2006

    Town Kitchen & Bar evokes a decidedly cosmopolitan mood. This is partly attributable to its urban-industrial design, with exposed ceiling pipes... More >>

  • Nifty Fifty

    published August 17, 2006

    Like the rest of the Deco properties that dress Ocean Drive, Ocean Five Hotel possesses a pleasantly primped pastel exterior and an in-house... More >>

  • A Passage to India

    published August 10, 2006

    Anokha isn't the prettiest restaurant in town. The small, faintly lit, 36-seat room boasts bare beige burlap walls, a black ceiling, and ... well... More >>

  • Dog Day Chronicles

    published August 3, 2006

    During the sultry stretch of summer between early July and early September, Siruis, the Dog Star (and brightest in the sky), rises and sets in... More >>

  • More than Cool

    published July 27, 2006

    There are cakes. Carrot. German chocolate. Cinnamon bundt. Coconut buttercream. Cakes, cakes, and more cakes. Plus cupcakes, and cookies the size... More >>

  • Welcome Home

    published July 20, 2006

    Regis Philbin has returned to prime time. The Mets have once more found their way to first place. Joe Lieberman faces forced retirement back to... More >>

  • Bali Low

    published July 13, 2006

    You can't please everyone, but try telling that to restaurateurs. It is just a matter of time before "sushi tapas" begin showing up on Spanish... More >>

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