Lee Klein

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    August 16, 2012

    Provecho Bistro Latino, An El Rancho Grande Spin-Off

    Provecho Bistro Latino opened its doors on 15th Street off of Alton Road a few months ago (in the space where Cha Cha Cha Cafe performed a rather short dance). It attracted little notice in the local food media, surprising because it comes from the same owners as El Rancho Grande, the long time Mexi ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Pollos & Jarras: Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken Downtown

    In February of this year, chef Juan Chipoco and his sous chef Luis Hoyos of CVI.CHE 105 opened a Peruvian rotisserie chicken restaurant right next door on NE 3rd Avenue in downtown Miami. Pollos & Jarras by Juan Chipoco is the (full) name of the two-level, 6,000 square-foot venue. The moniker tr ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    Las Olas Cafe: Cash-Only Breakfast For the Locals

    The aroma of café cubano wafts through the air at the corner of Sixth Street and Euclid Avenue in South Beach. It is coming from the take-out window of Las Olas Cafe, where for years the locals have lined up each morning for their steamy cups of coffee, empanadas, freshly squeezed juices, and break ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Salsa Fiesta Slings a So-So Mexican Brunch

    Salsa Fiesta started in Venezuela, where it has flourished as a food court staple. The Biscayne Boulevard branch has also fared well; it's Mexican fast food, but of a higher quality than the Taco Bell-level chains. Actually, the folks at Salsa Fiesta prefer having their food referred to as "casual" ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    Iron Side Cafe Is a Fresh New Lunch Spot

    Iron Side is an art complex by the railroad tracks in Miami's Upper Eastside. Partners Fernando Nascimento and chef Nuno Grullon, both formerly of Metro Bistro, opened Iron Side Café within the complex about six months ago. Fernando is from Rio de Janeiro; Nuno is from the Bronx and learn ... More >>

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    July 9, 2012

    momoCHA Tea House: Bubble Tea In SoBe

    My first visit to momoCHA Tea House on Española Way lasted about one minute. I ordered a Bubble Milk Green Tea, but was told that the tapioca pearls wouldn't be ready for another 40 minutes. So I switched my order to a fruit-based, rather than milk-based, tea, and asked for boba pearls instead of t ... More >>

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    July 6, 2012

    Macchialina: The Pubbelly Team Is at It Again

    See also "Scarpetta's Michael Pirolo Talks" and "Chefs Cook Up New Menu Items."Pubbelly, Pubbelly Sushi, and Barceloneta, all on the same stretch of 20th Street in the Sunset Harbour area of South Beach, set the standard for contemporary SoBe neighborhood restaurants that locals can enjoy and afford ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Answer: Mango-Coconut Ice Cream. Question: What to Do With All These Damn Mangoes?

    This is the time of year in Miami when friends hand me mangoes. "I have more than I know what to do with," they are apt to say in these circumstances. In fact, it isn't that unusual for strangers to hand me mangoes. "I can't eat them all," they say, as if needing an excuse for giving fruit to someon ... More >>

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    July 2, 2012

    Giotto Pizza Is A Fresh Find

    Giotto Pizza opened on West Avenue in South Beach about a year ago, but I just made it in for the first time this past weekend. The storefront is bookended between a Starbucks to the left and the kosher West Avenue Cafe to the right. Outdoor tables of the three venues line up side by side, those of ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Le Pine Floats Mediterranean Food on Bay Harbor Islands

    Like most Bay Harbor Islands restaurants, Le Pine opened with little fanfare. That was about four months ago. People in the area know about it likely because it's a sizable space that's located on Kane Concourse, so it's hard to miss while driving by. The interior décor won't win any design awards, ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    The Meatball Joint Rolls Up Short

    The cool thing about focusing on one food is that you get to prepare it just right. Like the Meatball Shop on Stanton Street in New York City. Two guys -- one of whom, Daniel Hotzman, has been cooking since a four-year stint at Le Bernardin starting at age 15 -- came up with a great meatball and bui ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    Seattle Dining In Photos, Part Two

    Bookstores, coffee shops, the gorgeous library, John Irving at Town Hall, Pike Place Market, bicycle rides, ferry rides, and food food food. That was the Seattle itinerary. Yesterday's post provided a few snapshots of some of the street snacks sampled during our trip. Today it's mostly a look at a f ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Seattle Dining In Photos, Part One

    How well can a person get to know a city in one week? Let me answer by saying this: Seattle is one of the sunniest places I've ever been; I doubt folks living there even know what a cloud looks like. And the reuben sandwich I ate at the shop pictured above? Best sandwich in Seattle! Or at least as g ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    DGB: Damn Good Burger Has Closed

    Damn Good Burger, the downtown brew and beef joint with the straight-to-hell name and excellent sweet potato fries, has closed its doors.A call to the restaurant yielded the following recorded announcement:"Thank you for calling DGB. It is with much sadness that we must announce that DGB is no longe ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    Estiatorio Milos Marketa: Imported Seafoods, Homemade Greek Yogurt, Barrel-Aged Feta

    The long anticipated Estiatorio Milos debuted this week on at 730 First Street on South Beach (305-604-6800) and wow, it's a stunner. The 200-seater is clad in white marble and polished woods of various tints, with virtually every inch of the space vying for visual attention. The seafood display fea ... More >>

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    May 4, 2012

    Cinco de Mayo Tomorrow: Tell Your Friends Tacos No Son De Los Gringos

    There is often confusion concerning the boundaries between Mexican food, Tex-Mex, other-American-Mex, and all variations thereof. Do people in Mexico eat tacos in fried, U-shaped corn tortillas? Is chimichanga a silly American word for an Americanized Mex concoction, or a silly Mexican word for an a ... More >>

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    May 2, 2012

    Pier 94 Ceviche Bar Is a Downtown Peruvian Catch

    "The Village" has to be one of the coolest spots to dine in downtown Miami. The minimall of restaurants is located across the street from the Miami Tower, and features courtyard dining at some very worthy eateries. Martini 28 is one. Thai Angel was another, but it is now out of business. The unworth ... More >>

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    April 24, 2012

    Kings County Pizza Sells Da Real Brooklyn Slice

    Brooklyn is located in Kings County, New York, and Kings County Pizza is located in North Miami Beach. The small slice of a restaurant is owned by a couple with roots in Queens and Long Island, but the pizza is touted as "Brooklyn's Finest." I'm not sure I'd go that far, but Kings' certainly serves ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    Mor's Kosher Deli Offers "Mor" For Less

    Mor, from Tel Aviv, opened his kosher sandwich shop at 19200 West Dixie Highway in Aventura about two months ago. There are some ten sandwiches on the menu that look like food you would find anywhere else -- such as the "Italian" sub of dried salami, honey-glazed turkey breast, lettuce, tomato, onio ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Kone Temaki Sake Lounge Serves Fat Sushi Rolls In South Beach

    Technically speaking, Kone Temaki Sake Lounge does not serve fat sushi rolls/ But as the name suggests, it specializes in temaki, or sushi cones. Temaki looks like an ice cream cone, but is a little smaller -- the nori serves as the "cone" and raw fish, rice, and whatever else you decide to add beco ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Greco Boys Grill Brings Great Greek Gyro to South Beach

    Greco Boys Grill is a new and shiny Greek gyro/souvlaki place on Alton Road and 17th Street in South Beach -- something that area was in sore need or. Obligatory blue-hued murals of the Greek islands line the walls above beige wainscot, the floors are set in cobblestoned brick for extra effect, and ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    Spaghetto In SoBe Offers Pasta Dishes Starting at $4.98

    Spaghetto is a new little joint on South Beach that offers diners their choice of 13 cuts of pasta, nine sauces, four additions, a salad, and three desserts. There are maybe a dozen indoor seats and a few more than that clustered on the sidewalk of Washington Avenue. You are not going to come here f ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    Miami Marlins Park: Teena's Pride, Freshly Shucked Oysters Just the Beginning of the Chow

    ​​The new Marlins Park park opens this week and  Levy Restaurants invited me for a food tour. First thought: Centerfield sculpture notwithstanding, the stadium is just beautiful. As far as the concession foods go, I arrived at the park rather skeptical. The stuff served ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Bolivar on SoBe: $9.99 For Bandeja Paisa, Soft Drink Included

    ​Restaurants come and go with the seasons on Washington Avenue in South Beach. One of the latest to arrive is Bolivar Restaurant, "Fusion De Cocinas & Tragos."Jairo Hurtado, who also operates La Ventana, debuted this colorful Colombian - Peruvian - Venezuelan eatery about four months ago. The ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    Lolita Lights Up Nemo's Staid Old Space

    ​Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar wants you to have fun while eating dinner. They call it "burlesque-inspired Mexican dining." That's why the decor, with its red velour walls, chandeliers, and tequila cages, looks a bit like an S & M bordello in Tijuana. But you know, the classy kind.And that's ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Where It At? Special Wine Lunch Edition

    ​It was a wonderful wine lunch, held somewhere at some point in the not too distant past. Here are photos of three dishes served. We'll tell you what the dishes are, and what wines were served, once you tell us where it at.More photos after the jump.

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    December 14, 2011

    Lantao Asian at Refurbished Surfcomber Hotel

    Lee KleinKorean BBQ ribs​There's a new Asian restaurant on South Beach that you don't know about yet. For just over a week now, Lantao Kitchen Cocktails has been up, running, and serving a menu of gansig (snacks), bo ling (noodle bowls), shala (salads) zhuban (entrees), shuanfang (sides) -- ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    Sazón is the Spot For Cuban Food

    ​Considering that Sazón Cuban Cuisine has anchored the corner of Collins Avenue and 73rd Street for so many years, you really don't see much written about it. And when you take into account just how fresh and authentic the cooking here is, the lack of attention is even more surprising.Prices are ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    Harry's Pizzeria Disappoints

    Most of you know by now that Michael Schwartz has opened a pizzeria named for his son Harry in the former Pizza Volante Design District space. The room has been tinkered with a bit -- industrialized, so to speak -- but the wood-burning brick hearth still spits out pizzas with thin, well-charred crus ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    The New LouLou is Where it At

    Photo by Lee KleinLouLou's swordfish ceviche.​​​​​As in: LouLou Le Petit Bistro is the answer to last week's Where It At? The plates shown in that post were veal tongue gribiche and a dodine of salmon in tarragon beurre blanc.In fact, there is a lot of really genuine and well-prepared Fren ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Hogzilla's Inspired Barbeque Is Up and Smoking

    Lee KleinGreat sandwich, and I'm not pulling your pork.​Hogzilla's Inspired Barbeque opened this past Sunday in the former digs of Bar-B-Q Beach on South Beach. Ron Garcia (Burger & Beer Joint) and Raul Rodriguez ("BBQ master") are the owners of this sprawling two-room, two-bar space, which is ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Hibachi Grill Has No Hibachi -- Or Grill

    Lee Klein"Hibachi" chicken​Hibachi Grill & Noodle Bar opened in downtown Miami about one month ago (it is located in the back of 50 Biscayne Blvd. at NE Third Avenue and NE First Street). The bright little mostly white space has a place where you can order, and some other counter space to stan ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Where It At? Veal Tongue Gribiche and Salmon Dodine

    Lee KleinWhat it is? Veal tongue gribiche, and salmon dodine.What gribiche and dodine are: Sauce gribiche combines minced hard-boiled egg and cornichon with capers, fresh herbs -- classically parsley, chervil and tarragon -- and hints of vinegar and Dijon. Think of it as an non-emulsified tartar sau ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Big Pink: An $18 Breakfast? That's a Lot of Green!

    Lee Klein$12.50 omelet plate.​One of the reasons Big Pink has remained a popular neighborhood haunt over the years is its neat, contemporary coffee shop ambiance. Light streams through floor-to-ceiling windows, and lofty ceilings add to the airy feeling. Dining outdoors on this peaceful block sout ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Nemo Space Gives Way To Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar

    Lee Klein​The guessing game -- looking for Nemo's replacement -- is over: Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar has posted it's sign in the window. Lolita has branches in Boston and Greenwich, Connecticut, seems to have a rep for good tacos and an extensive inventory of tequilas.The Greenwich menu start ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    Crumb On Parchment Serves A Crummy Sandwich

    Lee KleinThis is the best bread in the house?​Fame is a treacherous double-edged sword. On the one edge: Had I walked into a regular diner or coffee shop, ordered a chicken salad sandwich and chicken pot pie, and received the equivalent of what I got at Crumb On Parchment, I would have been rather ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Martini 28: Three-Course Lunch For $9.99

    Lee KleinPork chops with mashed potatoes and vegetables.​In the summer of '09, the husband/wife team of chef Martin and pastry chef Charo Villacorta fulfilled a lifelong dream by opening Martini 28. For their location they chose what is called "The Village," a quaint outdoor mini-mall of restauran ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Jerry's Famous Deli Serves $18.50 Tacos and Corned Beef For Almost the Same

    Lee KleinFajita beef burrito plate.​"Why would anyone go to a Jewish-style delicatessen to eat Mexican food?" I asked upon espying tacos, burritos, and fajitas at Jerry's Famous Deli on South Beach. Then the answer popped into my head faster than chopped liver slides through a digestive system: To ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Black Chicken, Watermelon Toothpaste, & Outer Space: 10 Travel Photos

    Here are ten things that I learned on my summer vacation to Thailand: 1. In Mae Salong, I discovered that there is such a thing as black chicken. The color is natural from the breed, and it tastes like the regular chicken does here: fresh and delicious without all the hormones and stuff pumped into ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Sweet Point Bakery & Cafe: Free Coffee In The Morning

    Lee KleinOatmeal cookie​The early bird catches the free coffee at this bright and airy new addition to the midtown Miami scene: Arrive between 8 am and 10 am, and a cuppa basic American joe is complimentary. Of course once the bird lands in front of Sweet Point's pastry display case, chances are t ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.: Egg Creams Yes, Bialys No

    Lee Klein​We first wrote about the planned South Beach branch of

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    May 9, 2011

    Sneak Review: Thali Indian & Thai Cuisine

    Lee KleinThali tandoori ​A spicy starter preceding this week's Cafe review:The thali encompasses a lot of different tastes at an attractive price, and as such provides a solid introductory sampling of menu items for those visiting the restaurant for the first time. That said, if one of the thali d ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    Pizza Fusion: Organic Doesn't Necessarily Mean Good

    Lee KleinFusion's individual pie​Guess it's time to admit I'm just not a New Age pizza guy. I wasn't crazy about the product at Naked Pizza when I sampled it last summer, although the crust of grains, nuts, roots, and "heat-resistant probiotics" was pretty good. In retrospect, I liked Naked's pizz ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Sneak Review: Lulu

    Lee KleinLulu's snapper in cream sauceA little lulu of a chew from next week's restaurant review:"'I am of those who like to stay late at the café,' the older waiter said. 'With all those who do not want to go to bed. With all those who need a light for the night.'" The passage from Ernest Hemingwa ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Sneak Review: Jimmy'z Kitchen in Wynwood

    Lee KleinJimmy'z churrasco​​A quick bite to go from next week's Cafe review:Upon entering Jimmy'z Kitchen in Wynwood, one is struck by how much bigger, brighter, and more colorful it is than the original outlet in South Beach. Granted, it would have been nearly impossible for the new North Miami ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Sneak Review: Blue Door Fish

    Lee KleinBlue Door's Lemon Meringue Pie​A peek at next week's Cafe review of the renamed and refocused restaurant at the Delano:Crabavocat and "big ravioli" are two longstanding Troisgrois classics still offered. The latter is sensational, a single, sizeable, sumptuous ravioli plumped with moussel ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Where It At? Lemon Meringue Pie

    Lee Klein​What it is: An individual lemon meringue tart.Where it at? That's what we want to know. Give it your best guess in the comments section below.Follow Short Order on Facebook and Twitter @Short_Order.

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    March 28, 2011

    Where It At? Unagi Sashimi

    Lee Klein​What it is: Two pieces of freshwater eel with a lot of garnish.Where it at? Place your best guess in the comments section below.Hint: The eel was delicious, but the restaurant in question could be described using the term for one of the four garnishes in photo.Follow Short Order on Faceb ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Miami's Best Food Court Is Out of Sight

    Lee KleinAm I in Mexico?​Granted, I don't often stroll around downtown Miami -- and when I do, it isn't generally in the vicinity of the Miami Towers building. What I'm trying to say is that I only recently stumbled into a downtown alleyway that led to a hitherto unknown-to-me cluster of outdoor r ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Sneak Review: Wine Depot & Bistro 555

    Lee Klein555 charcuterie platter ​A small sip of next week's Cafe review:Slices of country bread with flour-dusted crust are brought to each table; try not to eat too many as you'll want some to go along with just about any food you're likely to order. Like, say, the charcuterie plate of prosciutt ... More >>

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