Monday, March 2, 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.

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.

Welcome to once-demure downtown Wayne, where pizza - and the hungry mobs that devour it - has become serious business. Ardé, an 80-seat BYOB, serves a full menu of antipasti, pastas and entrees.
Video: Arde Osteria and Pizzeria
Craig LaBan hunts for Philly’s best pho
LaBan's top bites of year, plus a look at '15
By Craig LaBan Philadelphia's kitchens stepped up big this year, fueled by live fires, a return to French cuisine, and an influx of exciting new talent.
Gallery: Craig LaBan's Year in Bells, 2014
LaBan: The 15 best things I ate in 2014

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