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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.

Live chat: Join Craig at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays in the chatroom.

Book: The Philadelphia Inquirer Restaurant Guide is available through our online store.

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

Torta Time Most Americans think tortilla when they talk about hand-held Mexican meals. But Mexicans also love bread-wrapped tortas, and they're suddenly on the rise, from the taquerias of South Philly to the newest hot lunch ticket on Penn's campus. Of co
Sausage from the try-it, you'll-like-it school
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: We are all giddy with bubbly at the Inquirer today, celebrating the Pulitzer Prize for criticism by my amazing colleague, Architecture Critic Inga Saffron. I also love having an occasion when

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