Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Craig LaBan

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I joined the Inquirer as its restaurant critic in 1998, after a stint covering the food beat for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. Having eaten about 500 restaurant meals a year here ever since, I never cease to be amazed by the diversity and sophistication of Philadelphia's kitchens. To travel from its many authentic ethnic neighborhoods to the gastronomic temples of Walnut Street to its beery gastropubs, cozy BYOBs and multitude of greasy-but-great steak joints, is to know this town delivers satisfaction at every level of the food chain. Including online dish.

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4 Bells: According to Craig, the best restaurants in the Philadelphia area.

 
Part 1, from Northfield north to Long Beach Island
06/26/2015
With a deep breath of ocean air for optimism and some midday waves to stoke an appetite, I've enjoyed largely charmed experiences each year in Jersey Shore restaurants.
Video: Two dining delights of the Jersey Shore
 
What's new in restaurants this summer
12/03/2014
Philadelphia's coffee culture has brewed an identity all its own, framed by reclaimed materials that reflect its historic region, and an increasingly sophisticated sensibility for what makes a good cup.
Gallery: Philly's coffee scene
 
Craig LaBan's favorite Philly coffee spots
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