Tuesday, October 13, 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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As the Al Jarreau song goes, "Anyone who's ever had sweet potato pie don't want pumpkin again." Is it possible the same adage holds true for beer? It is if, like me, you're suffering from post-pumpkin-brew-stress syndrome. The clever beer minds behind Yardley's Vault Brewing have taken Jarreau's advice to heart and created a very worthy tuber-centri
In a year in which new restaurants have been steeping in retro Americana, Whetstone Tavern is doing something many of the others have not: turning more squarely to local flavors for inspiration.

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