Wednesday, July 1, 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.

The Fitler Square location, which inherits a full kitchen from Dmitri's, is the first time Tria has full-service restaurant potential.
Video: Tria
Gallery: Tria Fitler Square
There is so much to take in while strolling the aisles of Dana Mandi, the colorfully painted Indian market on Chestnut Street in West Philadelphia, it would be easy not to look behind the gold curtain.
Video: Dana Mandi

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