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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 - 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!"

  • 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"

  • 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"

2007 Stories by Lee Klein

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  • The Year in Dining

    published December 27, 2007

    So many things seemed to go wrong with the Miami dining scene this year. First there were the big-name closures, most notably Norman's, Pacific... More >>

  • Two Americas

    published December 20, 2007

    It is, in short, a great time to be an eater." So writes David Kamp in The United States of Arugula, and as his book's subtitle... More >>

  • Alta Comes Up Short

    published December 13, 2007

    Juan Mario Maza and Vani Maharaj, owners of the new Alta Cocina in South Miami, have an interesting backstory to tell. Vani, from Trinidad and... More >>

  • Ouzo's Goes South

    published December 6, 2007

    As the sun serenely sets into the cerulean Mediterranean sea, a familiar refrain can be heard around dinner tables throughout Greece: "Moussaka... More >>

  • French Seafood Satisfies

    published November 29, 2007

    Whelks and periwinkles are just two reasons to love Maison d'Azur, the sizzling new seafood brasserie at the Anglers Resort. The former are... More >>

  • Abbondanza!

    published November 22, 2007

    Our arses had hardly alighted upon the seat cushions when a tuxedoed gentleman came by the table with an enormous quarter-wheel of Parmesan... More >>

  • Eat Shit and Die

    published November 22, 2007

    It takes a lot of salt to make shit edible. Chicken shit, that is. Turns out that while chickens and cows aren't the fussiest of diners,... More >>

  • Kosher Fusion

    published November 15, 2007

    To paraphrase an old tag line for Levy's Kosher Rye Bread: You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy Fusion 41. But it helps. I say this not... More >>

  • Good Golly, Molly O'Neill

    published November 8, 2007

    American Food Writing is not a book to be put down lightly. At 784 pages, it simply can't be done. It is a book to be put down with a... More >>

  • Eats Worth Finding

    published November 1, 2007

    What do a Russian kebabery, a student-run restaurant, and a Oaxacan taqueria on wheels have in common? Nothing except delicious food, which... More >>

  • Indian on Ocean

    published October 25, 2007

    There are three sections to the 145-seat Ishq (pronounced ish): a row of tables lined up on the sidewalk of Ocean Drive, a thinly... More >>

  • Rosa Mexicano Rocks the Guac

    published October 18, 2007

    I was sitting alone in the spanking-new Rosa Mexicano dining room, finishing up my chicken enchiladita appetizer. Actually I was already done... More >>

  • Upscale Downplayed

    published October 11, 2007

    It used to be easy to differentiate between a fine-dining establishment and a neighborhood restaurant. The former's tables would be draped in... More >>

  • The Ethical Burrito

    published October 4, 2007

    While traipsing around New York last month, my wife and I seemingly passed one Chipotle Mexican Grill after another — some spaced just... More >>

  • Sushi Takes a Leap Forward

    published September 27, 2007

    Sit at the sushi bar. That's the advice I generally give in regard to eating raw fish at restaurants, but it is especially true at David Bouley... More >>

  • The French Perfection

    published September 20, 2007

    Pascal Oudin, born in Bourbon-Lancy, France, was working in professional kitchens at age 13. Within a few years he was being recognized as a... More >>

  • Brazilian and Haitian Grub up North

    published September 13, 2007

    I just recently noticed that Fifty Restaurant on Miami Beach's Ocean Drive, home of chef Roly Cruz-Taura's progressive American cuisine, is now... More >>

  • Dutch Treat

    published September 6, 2007

    I was a young man, alone, in Amsterdam. The third item on my to-do list, after visiting the Heineken brewery and Anne Frank's house, was to... More >>

  • Smoke Powerhouses

    published August 30, 2007

    Ten Misconceptions About Barbecue: 1. Grilled and barbecued foods are ideal for summertime. I don't think so. I mean it... More >>

  • Wishful Shrinking

    published August 23, 2007

    If there could be such a thing as an upside to war, it would be the exchange of culinary ideas that takes place between clashing nations. Had... More >>

  • Here's the Beef

    published August 16, 2007

    A gaping hole has appeared in the Miami dining scene, and it is being stuffed with meat. Norman's, Pacific Time, Johnny V, and a host of other... More >>

  • Get Haughty

    published August 9, 2007

    Everybody loves Danny DeVito. As Louie De Palma on Taxi, he was hairier, scarier, but just as cute as Knut the polar bear. In most of... More >>

  • The Tides Has Turned

    published August 2, 2007

    Since its extensive renovation in 1997, the Tides South Beach hotel has anchored the north end of Ocean Drive with a graceful and stately... More >>

  • Greek to Me

    published July 26, 2007

    You won't find people smashing plates and dancing on tabletops at Maria's. It's not that kind of place. Rather this snug, 52-seat family-run... More >>

  • Gumbo Limbo

    published July 19, 2007

    My wife and I were graced with a special dinner guest when we dined at the grandiose new Christabelle's Quarter in Coconut Grove: Bozhan... More >>

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