Wednesday, October 1, 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.

The Stephen Starr-Aimee Olexy pairing is delicious but fussily precious. With refinement of focus, Talula's Garden has the potential to become restaurant of the year.
Gallery: Talula's Garden
The robust Argentine flavors deserve more diners, but the din is already intense.
Rustic tastes of Argentina and Italy in an Italian Market BYOB.
Vina Cobos Felino Malbec
Bistro adds to buzz near Rittenhouse
Peanut butter spreads

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