Lee Klein

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    March 9, 2011

    New Orleans Cooking In North Miami Beach at New Rum Cake Factory

    Lee KleinElena Robinson ​So are you getting set for a wild Miami-style Mardi Gras celebration this week? Neither am I. But I did spend some of Fat Tuesday enjoying delectable, home-style New Orleans cooking in North Miami Beach. Yes, that's right, there's a place on NE 163rd Street cooking up jamb ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Sneak Review: db Bistro Moderne

    Lee KleinDuck rillette at db's lounge​An amuse bouche to precede next week's Cafe review:Vichyssoise de lettue wowed by way of a chilled potato base greened and lightened with pureed romaine lettuce and créme fraîche. The velvety velouté contained bits of tomato confit and green olives, and a f ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    SBWFF 2011: Parting Impressions

    Lee Klein​Another year, another booze-and-food drenched four day bacchanal. Here are a few last thoughts:Let Them Eat Cake: Flawless. A fantastic party. Hard to imagine this not being the high point of the Festival.BubbleQ: The last dance for this particular event was well orchestrated. There was ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Sneak Review: Rickenbacker Fish Company and Market

    Lee KleinRickenbacker's linguini with shrimp​A little bait just to get you hooked on next week's Cafe review:The fish we sampled was undeniably fresh...Composed plates include grilled mahi fillet, blackened and capped with pineapple salsa...and wasabi-coated tuna with balsamic glaze and pickled gi ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Banh Mi, Bubble Tea, Mock Smoked Duck at Shing Wang

    Lee KleinHalf a banh mi​In December, we wrote about Shing Wang having introduced banh mi sandwiches on its vegetarian-friendly Chinese menu. "I'll be heading up to 167th real soon to check out these new items," I vowed. Well, I made it up there yesterday, which to me is "real soon," although folks ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Sustain's Porchetta Sandwich: Where's The Pork?

    Lee KleinRoli Roti's porchetta​I like Sustain Restaurant Bar quite a bit. I also like porchetta sandwiches quite a bit. Yet I do not like Sustain's porchetta sandwich.For the uninitiated, porchetta is made by rolling a pork belly around a pork loin, adding plenty of herbs and some garlic, wrappi ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Food Truck Meet at Tobacco Road -- That Means Beer & Booze!

    Lee KleinHale, Hale, the gang's all here.​In the ever-changing universe of food truck gatherings, a new twist is on the way: This coming Sunday, Feb. 13 (and every Sunday thereafter), from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, the "Brickell Truck Rally" will take place at Tobacco Road (626 South Miami Ave.). I ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Where It At? Duck Rillette

    Lee Klein​What it is: Duck rillette (the well-seasoned meat cooked slowly in fat, then cooled in same fat). This one comes speckled with pink peppercorns and a small dice of Turkish apricot. Three crisp croutons of baguette are served alongside.Where it at? Take your best guess in the comments sec ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    1st Avenue Bistro & Bakery's $5.95 Breakfast Special

    Lee KleinThis plate and a cup of coffee for $5.95.The 1st Avenue Bistro & Bakery has been around since 2008 downtown near the courthouse. It is owned and operated by a French couple who opened their first restaurant, Les Trois Petits Bergers, in Izeaux, France, in 1989. They also had a second es ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Canyon Ranch Debuts New Carillon Room With 5 for $5 Happy Hour

    Lee KleinEdamame and apple-tini: $10​If you drive by Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, you'll see the word Carillon spelled out in baby blue letters against the white backdrop of the Hotel's rooftop. It's a leftover from when The Carillon Hotel was a shining symbol of ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Sneak Review: Food Truck Courts

    Lee KleinLatin House slider​Just a quick snack grabbed from next weeks Cafe review of food truck courts:

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    January 21, 2011

    Where It At? Paella

    Lee Klein​What it is? Paella Valenciana with mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, lobster, and chorizo.Where it at? That's the question I shellfishly ask. Don't clam up -- go for the bait and take a guess in the comments section below. We'll have the answer on Monday if you don't get it first.Bonus q ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Food Truck Round-Up, Part 1: A Photo Review

    Lee KleinCrispy duck sandwich from Dim Ssäm​Another night, another meals-on-wheels spectacle. This one took place last evening behind the Publix at Biscayne Boulevard and 47th Street -- a temporary move from 81st Street due to some hiccup that is apparently being solved. The crowds were thin rela ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    Where It At? And What Is It?

    Lee Klein​What is it? We're not saying. Could those be pumpernickel croutons?Where it at? Take your best guess in the comments section below.Follow Short Order on Facebook and Twitter @Short_Order.

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    December 31, 2010

    Sneak Review: 1500 Degrees at Eden Roc

    Lee KleinAnswer to last week's Where It At?- 1500's olive-oil poached swordfish​A small slice taken from next weeks meaty Cafe review of 1500 Degrees at Eden Roc.Executive chef Paula DaSilva spent a decade as Dean James Max' chef de cuisine at Ft. Lauderdale's 3030 Ocean, and, even a greater testa ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    12 Most Memorable Bites of 2010

    Lee KleinBuena Vista Deli's Quiche​I can't say with certainty that these are the best meals I had over the past year -- I'm probably forgetting a taco grabbed on the road to Homestead or something. But these 12 dishes somehow seared themselves most upon my memory, which is what a great plate of fo ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Where It At? Swordfish

    Lee Klein​What it is: A swordfish entree with vegetables.Where it at? That's the million dollar question, although our reward for guessing correctly is not a million bucks. We'll just say, 'Nice job!' if you get it right in the comments section. Plus we won't make fun of you for getting it wrong.B ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    Where It At? Pork Belly Tacos

    Lee Klein​What it is: Three fat wedges of pork belly stuffed into three teeny tortilla-like shells.Where it at? That's for you to guess. Place your best bet below in the comments section, and we'll let you know how wrong or right you are.Follow Short Order on Facebook and Twitter @Short_Order.

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    December 15, 2010

    The Eats of San Francisco, Part Two

    Lee KleinYesterday we touted the Ferry Terminal Market, Chinatown, chocolates, dungeness crabs, public transportation, and tasty salted pig parts. Today we cover a few more recommendable spots to enjoy.Castro Theater Sing-a-Long"Boo Hitler. Hiss the Countess..." read the promo, and we knew we had to ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Where It At? Croquetas

    Lee KleinLee Klein​One of these sets of croquetas comes from a restaurant in Miami; the other comes from a restaurant on Miami Beach. Those are your hints. Give it your best guess in the comments section, and we'll let you know if you've got it right.

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    November 22, 2010

    Chu's Peking Duck Seen Differently By Photographer and Reviewer

    Bill Wisser​Lee Klein​Bill Wisser snaps the photos for Miami New Times restaurant reviews. He's an accomplished photographer with impressive resume -- if you haven't checked out his slide shows on our site, you should. So this side-by-side look of my photo of the Peking duck with lotus root at C ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Kilwin's Comes To South Beach (And Today Is 2-For-1 Waffle Cone Wednesday!)

    Lee KleinTuesday is 2-for-1 Candy Apple DayWhen I first saw Kilwin's on Lincoln Road, it sounded familiar. Then my wife reminded me that we'd eaten ice cream at a Kilwin's on Las Olas many years ago. So I figured they'd branched out to a second location. In fact, Kilwin's Chocolates-Fudge-Ice Cream, ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010
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    November 2, 2010

    Where It At? Peking Duck

    Lee Klein​Hint: It's a Chinese restaurant. Take your best guess and post in the comments section. Answer correctly and you receive our utmost respect as well as the title Smartypants of The Week.Photos of the duck in appetizer and main course form follow the jump...

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    October 21, 2010

    Toasted Orzo: How To Turn It Into Delicious Salads

    Lee Klein​​I'll spare you the history and other razzmatazz about orzo and cut straight to the chase: It tastes really good when toasted. Just spread the little ovals in an even layer on an ungreased baking tray and pop into a 250F oven for about 25 to 30 minutes -- or until it looks like it does ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    ...While Burke Scouts Miami For A Restaurant

    Lee Klein​​As I was finishing up my conversation with Mr. Burke, he mentioned that today he would be looking around Boca and Miami for a possible restaurant locale. He's already got six venues up north, and is looking to expand. "The west coast and Vegas are too far," he explained, adding that, ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Wine Depot & Bistro 555 Looks Like A Winner

    Lee KleinBistro 555 salad and charcuterie plateYesterday evening my wife and I checked out the brand new Wine Depot & Bistro 555, which opened last week at 555 Jefferson Ave. in South Beach (just up the block from the Meridian Market). The portion is a lofty, industrial space divided into a wine ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Sneak Review: Chow Down Grill

    Lee KleinChow Down pho​A quick bite from next week's Cafe review:Marcus formerly served as pasta maker at Timo Restaurant, and the lush doughs here are delicious -- especially the jade-green ones made from basil that wrap around a vibrant chop of organic chicken. Black squid dumplings are special ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Ten Perspectives On Popchips

    Lee KleinJust chipping in with some thoughts...​The popchips people popped by the New Times office last week and left behind a basket of popchips in all 6 flavors. I'd never had a popchip before -- I'm not much of a bagged-snack sort of guy -- but here are ten quick impressions:1.The sour cream &a ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Dim Ssam a GoGo All Set To Go-Go

    Lee KleinCall it geeran jim, or gyeran jjim, or spicy eggs & tater tots​"Munch and move on!" is the motto, which is just what we did last night at the brand new, ready-to-roll Dim Ssäm á GoGo truck. The groovy foodmobile was parked in front of its anchor, Sakaya Kitchen, but pretty soon it'l ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    What It? Where It At?

    Lee Klein​Haven't done one of these in awhile, probably for good reason. Anyway, the concept is that you guess what the dish in above photo is and what restaurant it comes from; post your brilliant deduction in the comments section below; and if correct you will be granted bragging privileges for ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Sneak Review: Fin & Q

    Lee KleinFin dining room​A little bait to hopefully hook you into reading next week's Cafe review of Eismann's two:Fin:A fisherman would consider our experience here extremely successful: All the big ones were hooked, even if some small fries got away -- meaning main plates of grouper, halibut, an ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Sawaddee Thai-Sushi Is A Hidden Gem

    Lee KleinSteamy fresh red curry with pork​This little 16-seater has been tucked off the corner of Bay Drive and 69th Street in Normandy Isles for the past four years. During this time, the all-female crew (kitchen and dining room) has been cooking up some of the best Thai food on the Beach. The re ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Joumou $5 Lunch Is The Absolute Best Deal Going

    Lee KleinGriot (fried pork chunks)​Joumou Cafe opened two weeks ago in what looks to be a former house on NE 2nd Avenue. This quaint and colorfulHaitian/Caribbean restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. We stopped in around 1 p.m. and took advantage of a ridiculously grea ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    Contraband Quesadillas -- Sort Of A Recipe

    Lee Klein​Beads of sweat formed on Amir's forehead as he inched his way up the line at U.S. Customs. He had just arrived at M.I.A. from his home in the Netherlands, and if the authorities searched his bag, Amir knew he would be in big trouble. They probably already suspected him of terrorist activ ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    The Naked Truth About Naked Pizza...

    Lee KleinRotating video display on Naked's walls.​ that it's not so hot. Since starting up in New Orleans five years ago, the pizza chain has grown bigger; 96 Naked Pizzas are now in development, the number expected to rise to a thousand over the next five years. The latest one recently opene ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    Salmonella Solution: Eat Fresh, Organic Eggs

    Lee KleinI am the eggman, goo goo g'joob​So now it's our eggs. It should be obvious to most people that the massive agri-businesses supplying us with much of our food supply needs oversight -- real oversight, not the corrupted mimicry of such currently performed by the FDA. But with our presently ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Best Crêpe on the Beach?

    Lee Klein​After having shown some love towards Otentic Fresh Food Restaurant's Nutella crêpe in a recent review, I returned the other day and tried a ham-and-cheese version for breakfast. As you can see in the photos, it is generously sized and plump with a thick cut of cooked ham (not the thinly ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Nemo Closed Until October

    Lee Klein​We tried getting word from Myles Chefetz's corporate office about Nemo being closed till October, but apparently they all sleep in on Tuesdays. So we spoke with Robert, a manager at Big Pink, who assured Short Order that the closure is really for renovations. "Myles just wants to revamp ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    Sneak Review: Essensia Restaurant

    Lee Klein​A small but nutritious bite of next week's restaurant review:The cuisine is tagged as "the pure essence of taste," which is the sort of boastful appraisal better left, I think, to restaurant critics. No denying, however, that the menu is chock full of healthful culinary concoctions. It a ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    The Best Sushi Deal on Lincoln Road Is...

    Lee KleinDragon roll and Sazanami roll​... at World Resource Café from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Choice of 11 full-size rolls at $5 each. The Sazanami roll (to the right in photo) is composed of white tuna, kanikama, asparagus, avocado, spicy mayo, scallions, and a wasabi tobiko topping. The other roll ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    New York Bagel Deli Fills Hole in Downtown Miami

    Lee Klein​The New York Bagel Deli quietly opened on East Flagler Street downtown a few months ago. Residents of Miami Beach might know the business -- it's been operating on Collins and 65th for the past 14 years. The deli is spacious and boasts a wide array of bagel flavors, including a dark, whe ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    Sneak Review: Aguacates & Jackson Soul Food

    Lee KleinAguacates​We've got a doubleheader cooked up for this week's Cafe review. Here's a little lick of each:Jackson Soul Food:Like many other patrons in the room, we started with an insulated urn of freshly brewed coffee that's placed on the table. The menu contains à la carte dishes (oatmeal ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    Chimichanga at Aguacates

    Lee Klein​The chimichanga at Aguacates starts with a choice: Shredded beef, chicken pastor, or steak carnitas. Try the last, cubes of well-seasoned steak wrapped in a large flour tortilla with refried beans and Monterey Jack cheese, the whole shebangachanga then deep-fried to crisp splendor. Have ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Sneak Review: The Villa by Barton G

    Lee KleinDessert spread at The Villa's opening party​A quick bite from next weeks Cafe review of The Villa:Seared ahi tuna and beef carpaccio were each strikingly presented upon stunning plateware. Four purplish slices of the former were arranged upon a velvety red pepper puree (the peppers juiced ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Jackson's Soul Food Serves Soulful Breakfasts

    Lee Klein​Jackson's has been serving soul food in Overtown, at one location or another, since 1946. Its current incarnation is as a large, bright, 100-plus seat breakfast joint on a redeveloped stretch of NW Third Ave. (open from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m.).The menu includes pancakes, waffles, and the li ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Tap Tap Wheels Out New Snow Cone Cart

    Lee Klein​When Gary Sanon-Jules was growing up in Port au Prince, he and his classmates would stream out of school at 3 p.m. and run towards the fresco tap-tap -- better known here as a snow cone cart.This past Friday, Gary wheeled out a fresco tap-tap in front of Tap Tap Haitian Restaurant, ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    Sneak Review: Racks Italian Kitchen

    Lee KleinSmoked mozzarella, prosciutto, spinach pie​Pizza isn't the official headliner, but it surely steals the show. There are four choices each of vaguely oval-shaped red-sauced or white-cheesed pies. The most basic version gets topped with tomato sauce, fiore di latte and Reggiano cheeses, oli ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    Chicken Yakitori at Sugarcane Raw Bar Lounge

    Lee Klein​Sugarcane's chicken yakitori works equally well as a palate-prickling appetizer to stimulate the appetite, or as a bar accompaniment come cocktail hour. What's not to like? Plump pieces of juicy breast meat, interspersed with snippets of leek-like Tokyo scallions, get lightly charred in ... More >>

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