Route 9 Review: Errors Corrected

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The Route 9 review that appears in this week's issue has created a mini-storm of local concern among foodies. Frodnesor, Eater, and Bill Cooke have all commented on it.

Here's the deal. Our food critic Lee Klein's review of the small Coral Gables eatery included several factual errors. I learned this when Route 9 owner Jeremy Goldberg phoned to complain about the article. He pointed out that he and his wife were but nine years old the year our story claimed they had graduated from the Culinary Institute of America.

Goldberg also noted we had misstated several other facts: where he and his wife had worked before opening the restaurant, the ingredients used in a fish taco, the number of plates served, and the kind of tortilla served.

We removed the piece from the Internet, reviewed the claims, corrected the mistakes, and reposted it. We regret the errors and extend a heartfelt apology to Goldberg.

Two other claims need to be addressed here. Klime Kovaceski, a chef at Trio on the Bay, dined with Klein at the restaurant. He paid for his own meal and his opinions were not expressed in any way in the review. Klein and Kovaceski are old friends and once had a planned to write a cookbook together, That project never happened.

Goldberg was concerned a competitor had been involved in the review. This claim doesn't hold water. After all, Trio is located more than 20 minutes away on the John F. Kennedy Causeway. It hadn't even opened when they dined at the restaurant.

Finally, Goldberg claims Klein didn't dine at the restaurant. Credit card receipts from two different visits affirm the reviewer's presence.

New Times has written before about Route 9 and may well do so in the future. We wish Mr.and Mrs. Goldberg well.

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Route 9

1915 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Whatajoke
Whatajoke

If this is the letter from the editor, it is clear why I barely ever read New Times any more.

Hello
Hello

Wow, Strouse...you are a joke..no wonder why the paper keeps going downhill.

KitchenIsAsKitchenDoes
KitchenIsAsKitchenDoes

Foodies are lame. Lee Klein is very good at what he does. Here's a conspiracy theory for you: I have a feeling that if anything, the Route 9 team payed Klein off to set this whole thing up as a way to make more press. Now that's what you call marketing. Bra-to-the-vo. Well played

Amdrewweil
Amdrewweil

Wow. It is time for Lee Klein to find a new job. I would say poor young entrepreneurs, but Miami Herald seems to think this is one of the best new places in town.

David_zweiber
David_zweiber

Unfortunately, Chuck, you got this one completely wrong. And your actions as the boss are almost as bad as your staff. It is not a surprise that this stuff is going on when no one is there to stop it. You, and the rest of the New Times team, should be ashamed to call yourselves journalists.

Chuck Strouse
Chuck Strouse

David,

How would you suggest my actions were lacking?

CES

cljahn
cljahn

How were they lacking? Klein outright fabricated at least one part of his published story; it's not an error when you completely manufacture their past job history, or make a comment about how an item is presented on the menu when it is not even in the menu. THAT ALONE is more than enough reason to dump the story and the hack who made stuff up.

But adding injury to injury, he brought along a chef who's opening his own restaurant, who apparently was the source of some of the original review, and Klein failed to mention that in his review. And let's not forget the items in the original review that were not offered at the time he allegedly dined there.

You'd like us to believe that this is the first time Klein has ever screwed up like this; but in fact, all you can reasonably claim is that this is the first time he was been caught making stuff up or using other people's views. Klein's integrity is non-existent at this point.

A competent editor would at the very least have suspended Klein and pulled the article entirely. A worthy editor would sack him. You let him make some cosmetic remedies and made excuses for his lapse of responsible journalism. And they were exceptionally LAME excuses, at that. You did stop short of "honestly, Monica..." but not by much.

That's where your actions are lacking.

Chuck Strouse
Chuck Strouse

We make no excuses. When facts are wrong, we correct em. Period.

Alvarado1
Alvarado1

Do you really need vindication from a guy whose last name rhymes with Dweeber? He/She's probably some freelancer you cut off because they couldn't write themselves out of a paper bag. And who doesn't have the balls/tits to use their real name to point out what exactly is wrong with your fair and proper handling of Goldberg's complaints.

Zavid_Dweiber
Zavid_Dweiber

Do you really need to kiss your boss ass so unabashedly in public?

Dweiber's Boyfriend
Dweiber's Boyfriend

Honestly, you can't say the entire staff. There are a couple over there that do a very good job. Dweiber

fishtaco
fishtaco

It is absolutely inexcusable to write a restaurant review and botch the ingredients of the food you ate...END OF STORY. And, if you as the reviewer cannot tell the difference between cobia and sea bass or flour and corn torillas you should not be reviewing food (at least not in any credible publication)....

Cljahn
Cljahn

And how many "inconsistencies" have slipped your shoddy editorial staff missed over the years? Is this a fluke, or just the first case of a restaurateur defending themselves?

Me, I believe that this kind of shoddy journalism has been the norm over there - because I've seen evidence of poor editorial practice before. So I won't be reading the Miami New Times again until I see staff changes.

Alvarado1
Alvarado1

I just died a little inside to know you won't be reading New Times again. I'm sure you're busy anyway with all the fabulous prose you produce for your variety show of blogs about hellish roadside tales and wonderful theater productions in Cutler Ridge.

cljahn
cljahn

Cutler Ridge? What are you smoking?

OhTheHorror
OhTheHorror

So you weren't overheard screaming at Lee over the phone? Oh that wacky Lesley Abravanel...

Julie
Julie

So I guess its safe to say that Lee Klein nor the New Times will be reviewing Trio On the Bay for obvious reasons. Also, over the last few years not only has the New Times gotten smaller but the overtones of the issues tend to resemble something of 'The Onion' or other types of media that think they're writing skills are amusing. The New Times needs to write more stories and less retractions or apologies.

Josh
Josh

Why does Klein still have a job? After his factual errors I have much less faith in anything that the New Times writes in relation to food, and food is the only reason I read the New Times. You guys have very little time to pull your shit together before I remove you from my RSS feed reader. I don't care if he was really there or not, I do however care if he can't tell me, as a food critic, what was in a freaking taco. This debocle have painted the New Times as much more of a fly-by-night organization that I previously thought and if food reviews are not fair and done by knowledgable critics I might as well just read Yelp.

miamirankings.com
miamirankings.com

Really Josh? Cobia vs. Sea Bass? Flour Tortilla vs. Corn Tortilla? This is a fireable offense? You're making me feel bad for Lee Klein, something I told myself I'd never do.

Alex
Alex

Honestly, I think what is a fireable offense is bringing another chef -and one that just opened a restaurant, which BTW isn't that far in a city where people have become used to drive to dine beyond their neighborhood- to a restaurant you are planning to review. No matter how good friends they are, it just isn't done. Dine together at a restaurant you are not planning to review.

cljahn
cljahn

If you're judging the food, you should know what you're eating. No credible gourmet or gourmand is going to confuse a flour tortilla with a corn tortilla. And I find cobia quite distinct from sea bass, having eaten both.

Lee absolutely should be canned for this flagrantly fabricated review. C'mon, how do you "mistakenly" write that someone in their twenties graduated from the CIA when they were ten? He meant to type "2003" but accidentally typed numbers that have no numerical to "2003?"

And Strouse should be canned for not knowing the difference between an error and a fabrication.

Jmdhsmiami
Jmdhsmiami

like any smart, mature human being, I will decide for myself how good, bad, or indifferent to Route 9 I am... I trust Victoria a hell of a lot more than Lee..

Hmm
Hmm

SO THEN IT'S TRUE! ROUTE 9'S FOOD STILL SUCKS!

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