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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 - 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"

2008 Stories by Lee Klein

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  • Still No Dinner Plans For Tonight?

    published Dec 31, 2008

    For those procrastinators yet to nail down New Years Eve dinner plans, may we suggest dialing 305-893-4211 and making reservations at chef Dewey LoSasso's wonderful North One 10? There are still seats... More >>

  • Angelo & Maxie's Mis-Steak?

    published Dec 30, 2008

    The three most important considerations when opening a restaurant are "location doesn't matter, location doesn't matter, location doesn't matter". Or at least that seems to be the operating principle ... More >>

  • The 6 Best Chefs To Leave Miami

    published Dec 29, 2008

    Criteria is simple:A great chef who made his or her mark in Miami and then moved on. David Bouley doesn't qualify, as he wasn't actually doing the cooking at Evolution. Carmen Gonzalez of the departed... More >>

  • Miami's Dining Scene Goes Big League

    published December 25, 2008

    This was the year Miami finally joined the big league of American food cities. A flurry of activity burst across our local restaurant world,... More >>

  • Christmas In Qatar

    published Dec 24, 2008

    This poem by Calvin Trillin doesn't have much to do with food -- although there is a reference to reindeer cacciatore. We just like to include rhyme from time to time to make the blog seem classy.Chri... More >>

  • Red, The Steakhouse Debuts On South Beach, The Corral

    published Dec 23, 2008

    Restaurateur Brad Friedlander, owner of Red, The Steakhouse and Moxie, The Restaurant in the fashionable Beachwood, the Suburb, of Cleveland, the City -- along with partners Peter Vauthy and Jonathan ... More >>

  • Ebony, Ivory, and Plantain-Crusted Grouper...

    published Dec 19, 2008

     ...is the answer to: What might you find at a Puerto Rican-owned piano bar/café? Merly Velazquez, niece of the late fashion designer David Fernandez, has partnered with Raymond Klein in opening... More >>

  • Christmas Dinner -- Hold The Death

    published Dec 18, 2008

    This time of year brings all manner of helpful hints, like how to truss a turkey, or how to make your gingerbread men look like Scarlett Johansson (I made that second one up, but you know what I mean)... More >>

  • Thai Churos Thais Up Downtown

    published December 18, 2008

    There are five tables in this tiny downtown venue, room for 16 seats in all. Asian appointments adorn the entrance, and an enlarged... More >>

  • ...And For Those Who May Have Blinked

    published Dec 17, 2008

    Two of our favorites, Sheba Ethiopian restaurant in the Design District, and Le Bon on Lincoln Road, called it quits last week. Prime Italian, from the Prime One Twelve folks, opened its' doors across... More >>

  • And Another...

    published Dec 17, 2008

    Rybak's Café premieres tonight at at 177 SW 7th Street (at the bottom level of the Latitudes building, just off Brickell Avenue). The 204-seater is being billed as "a laid back, uniquely hip bistro, ... More >>

  • Another Day, Another Restaurant Debut...

    published Dec 17, 2008

    Miami DJ Cedric Gervais and partner Juan Carlos Dominguez are opening their Hed Kandi Lounge tonight. Located in the former Afterglo space (1200 Washington Avenue), this "gastro-lounge" will showcase ... More >>

  • Green Markets Continue To Sprout

    published Dec 16, 2008

    The Market Company has started a Fresh Market at their Market Company Warehouse in Wynwood (4127 NW 2nd Ave., just west of the Design District). Local produce, honeys, cut flowers and more will be sol... More >>

  • Epic Opening Tonight

    published Dec 15, 2008

    Area 31 makes its' debut tonight on the 16th floor of Brickell Avenue's Epic Hotel. Executive chef is John Critchley, who trained under Boston's renowned chef Ken Oringer (Clio) and was known to make ... More >>

  • The SoBe Wine & Food Fest Stocking Stuffer

    published Dec 12, 2008

    Starting this morning at 9:00 a.m., the South Beach Wine & Food Festival  is offering a week-long 10% discount on all ticket orders (before tax and service fees). The deal closes Friday, Dece... More >>

  • First Look At Canyon Ranch Grill

    published Dec 11, 2008

    Another day, another restaurant debut. After a soft opening in November, Canyon Ranch Grill  in Canyon Ranch Miami Beach (6900 Collins Ave.) is set to go public. Chef Alex Asteinza oversees the C... More >>

  • The Grill At The Setai Relaunches

    published Dec 10, 2008

    The interior of The Grill at The Setai (as well as The Restaurant portion) is arguably one of the most beautiful in Miami-Dade. When it comes to the Zen-like outdoor pods-on-the-pond dining area there... More >>

  • News Café Celebrates 20 Years

    published December 11, 2008

    President Reagan was finishing his second term, Rain Man was the big box office hit, and we were more than a decade away from having... More >>

  • Cupcakes And Chocolates For Christmas

    published Dec 09, 2008

    Four women, two web-based companies, and innumerable sweet holiday gifts that you needn't leave your house to purchase.,Eileen Sanchez and Evelyn Dieppa are the "cupcake catering duo" of 2 Girls and a... More >>

  • Whatever Happened To Coral Gables?

    published Dec 08, 2008

    It wasn't that long ago that serious diners in these parts pointed to Coral Gables as the go-to spot for eating out. Palme d'Or, Pascals, Ortanique, Christy's, Caffe Abracci, Francesco's, Norman's, Mu... More >>

  • Single Malts At Two Chefs

    published Dec 04, 2008

    Art Basel brings so much cool stuff to Miami each year, but also throngs of people and a whole lot of hype. Tonight, however, far from the madding crowd, Two Chefs in South Miami will be offering a si... More >>

  • Asia de Cuba Set For SoBe

    published Dec 04, 2008

    This coming Monday, December 8th, Asia de Cuba will debut in the Mondrian South Beach (1100 West Avenue). This China Grill Management concept first appeared eleven years ago in New York CIty's Morgans... More >>

  • Joe the Restaurant

    published December 4, 2008

    Joe Allen, the restaurateur, once remarked, "Life is a cruel joke, but less cruel and more of a joke when you're in a good bar." Joe Allen, the... More >>

  • Balans Branches Out

    published Dec 03, 2008

    Balans restaurant, which has been an anchor on the west side of Lincoln Road Mall since 1997, five weeks ago opened its' second South Florida location in Mary Brickell Village (there are five London b... More >>

  • How Esquire Rates Miami Food and Drink (A Partial Retrospective)

    published Dec 02, 2008

    I recently came into possession of a half-dozen back issues of Esquire, a magazine somewhat obsessed with naming the best of this and the best of that. The food section is no exception -- three of the... More >>

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