Food Coverage Changes

For more than a decade, New Times has offered South Florida's most extensive food coverage. From our food blogs, Short Order and Clean Plate Charlie, to Voice Places directory of restaurants to our weekly reviews, the coverage equals or betters any in the American Southeast. Journalism awards have certified this.

But times are changing and digital coverage is becoming increasingly important. So we have a new team to deal with this. Gone is Miami food critic Lee Klein, who has long been the dean of South Florida cafe reviewers. Lee, who started his New Times staff career in Fort Lauderdale, is a genius, and I will miss him.

A corps of folks -- past and present contributors -- will evaluate restaurants for our print edition. Laine Doss, long a freelancer, will take on a full-time staff roll as food and spirits reporter -- and leader of our online efforts. Alex Rodriguez, a contributor to Short Order and Clean Plate Charlie, moves into the assistant web editor role.

Restaurant criticism will be offered by several writers with years of food experience, Among them: Emily Codik, a Duke graduate with more than a decade of restaurant experience; Lesley Elliott, who has written many reviews for us in the past; Zach Fagenson, a local journalism and food stalwart, and Bill Citara, who edits our food newsletter and was once a San Francisco Examiner reviewer.

Reporter Tricia Woolfenden will continue in a leading roll on the blog. Also, in a nod to the fact that much of our print readership is located in Broward's southern tier, one print review a month will be from Miami. Our commitment to covering the food scene in Broward and Palm Beach, both digitally and in print, remains strong.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >