Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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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.

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

A young cooking couple set their sights DIY-high for a French bistro in Fishtown.
Craig LaBan finds a very serious new French offering in Fishtown's resurgence.
Video: The Pickled Heron
Gallery: The Pickled Heron
Conquer the funky green bean, and other western Indonesian delights.
"The more I tell you not to get something, the more you want it, right?" Craig LaBan finds a cheery, authentic Indonesian spot in South Philly.
Video: The Sky Cafe

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