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Lee Klein served as the restaurant reviewer for Miami New Times for 14 years. He currently writes for Ocean Drive Magazine and has written for Bon Appetit,The Miami Herald, Boca Raton Magazine, Variety, and the New York Daily News.


Shelley's Spread, photo courtesy Shelley's

Shelley's is sneaky good, easily surpassing expectations.


Glass and Vine Indoors

Glass And Vine is chef Rapicavoli at his best.

Duck and Pistachio Paté at The Bocuse Restaurant, photo by lee klein

This wasn’t just any lunch, but the 30-year reunion of the Culinary Institute of America graduating class of March 1, 1985.

Buon Pane Italiano's Baguette, photo by Dario Cestaro

Buon Pane Italiano bakery boasts having “probably the best bread in the world.” I’m not certain this is true, but I know that Buon Pane Italiano has the best bread on Miami Beach (and maybe Miami) as well as the best baguette in South Florida -- which may not be the world, but it ain’t bad.

La Latina, photo by lee klein

The small, homespun, vibrantly colored arepera looks like a hallucinogenic interpretation of abuelita’s dining room – but the food resembles more the type of snacks you might grab from a roadside stand in Caracas.

inside The Seven Dials

Come nightfall, The Seven Dials feels like a pub: the lengthy wood bar that runs up the right side of the room is crammed with a chatty local crowd downing craft brews while other folks are dining at tables.