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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"

2008 Stories by Lee Klein

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  • Nino Pernetti

    published May 22, 2008

    Lots of cookbooks get written on the fly by chefs who have grown star wings seemingly overnight. Nino Pernetti's opus has been 20 years in the... More >>

  • Andú Lounges

    published May 22, 2008

    The new Andú's retro-futuristic design dares to depart from the restaurant world's recent tilt toward timid, if tasteful, taupe-toned... More >>

  • Jonathan Eismann

    published May 15, 2008

    The landmark Pacific Time shuttered its Lincoln Road digs last August, but chef/owner Jonathan Eismann is just a couple of weeks away, final... More >>

  • Mint Leaf Makes Debut

    published May 15, 2008

    A cacophony of chatter and clatter greets diners as they enter Mint Leaf, which has sprouted in the spot once occupied by Darbar Indian... More >>

  • Sing Kelly

    published May 8, 2008

    Chef/owner of Shing Wang, Sing Kelly, moved to Miami from Taiwain 36 years ago. She operated a Chinese restaurant here for 18 years, was out of... More >>

  • The Unreal Deal

    published May 8, 2008

    Food is fashion: Halter tops and haute French one day, bling and sushi the next. American-Chinese restaurants began to fall from favor about... More >>

  • Macho Tacos

    published May 1, 2008

    "De sus amigos de 'Taco Loco,'" reads the sign over the storefront window at Maya Grill. The Mexican restaurant opened six months ago on... More >>

  • Viva Vita!

    published April 24, 2008

    When a couple dined at a high-end establishment in the chivalrous days of yore, it was not unusual for the gentleman to be handed a menu with... More >>

  • Too Will Do

    published April 17, 2008

    Eleven years ago, a pair of Danish chefs, Jan Jorgensen and Soren Bredahl, opened Two Chefs restaurant in South Miami. Bredahl returned to his... More >>

  • Doug Rodriguez Is Back

    published April 10, 2008

    Michelle Bernstein and Doug Rodriguez were recently announced as nominees for the James Beard Foundation's best chef in the south award. The... More >>

  • Low-Key Glee

    published April 3, 2008

    Something seemed amiss as soon as we entered Jason's at the Harrison. The vaguely Vegas room, with black-and-white tiger-skin motif and... More >>

  • Greek to Miami

    published March 27, 2008

    The intersection of 71st Street and Rue Vendome in Miami Beach is what many would call a "cursed location" for restaurants. The list of victims... More >>

  • Peruvian Chill

    published March 20, 2008

    Does bad service negate good food? Not necessarily. Many restaurant recommendations come riddled with caveats explaining the place isn't much... More >>

  • Chain Reaction

    published March 13, 2008

    Mary Brickell Village still isn't much of a village, with many of the storefronts as empty as the concept of a downtown urban mall. Think of it... More >>

  • Burgers and Pies

    published March 6, 2008

    The most utterly predictable comment from a New Yorker in a Miami pizzeria: "It's not like a New York slice." Culprits often cited are... More >>

  • Bourbon Buzz

    published February 28, 2008

    "Fine dining" once conjured images of elegant salons, white-glove service, and the type of meals you would never, and could never, cook at... More >>

  • Wine and Food Fest Pops the Cork

    published February 21, 2008

    The 70th annual Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival gets under way Thursday. I mean seventh — it just feels longer because the... More >>

  • Jumping the Snapper

    published February 14, 2008

    Remember macadamia-crusted yellowtail snapper in mango sauce? And papaya salsa, yuca mash, and a single plantain chip rising Iwo Jima-style... More >>

  • The Tao of Timó

    published February 7, 2008

    Few things are as dismaying as returning to a favorite restaurant and discovering it has slipped. Worse is when you recommend the place to a... More >>

  • Gift of Gab

    published January 31, 2008

    Brothers Gino and Fernando Masci come to Miami by way of their hometown of Abruzzi, Italy — with a 26-year stopover as owners of... More >>

  • Bargain Bait

    published January 17, 2008

    Upscale-casual dining establishments compose the fastest growing sector of the restaurant industry. The best ones provide comfortable,... More >>

  • Michael's Kitsch-en

    published January 10, 2008

    Big fat Americans like big fat food. That's why God gave us The Cheesecake Factory. Michael's Kitchen, a hit in Hollywood before its relocation... More >>

  • Escopazzo Goes Organic

    published January 3, 2008

    When Alice Waters recently appeared at Books & Books to tout her new book, The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a... More >>

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