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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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My Motown special has heart. I've long resisted participating in celebrity special dishes because I knew it could get weird. And sure enough, it was awkward to hear my name recited as a June special at American Sardine Bar, as in, "we're featuring the
Now Enrolling: Hot Dog University Middle America
Beer talk with Craig LaBan
Hot Dog Wire: LaBan Coney at ASB
The Paloma too often gets overshadowed by big sister Margarita - at least, north of the Rio Grande. But in Mexico, it seems, Paloma reigns as the tequila drink queen.
Beers worth a trip out of the neighborhood
Good Taste: Luke's Lobster

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