Monday, December 22, 2014

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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05/19/2013
Every so often, Pennsylvania gets a steep Chairman's Selection discount on a California red that might not be compelling enough to merit a list price approaching $48 - but is totally worth jumping on for $19.99. The 2010 Sonnette from Bell Wine Cellars in
05/17/2013
Ed Hackett's phone rattled on the steel kitchen shelf as a text came in. And normally, he wouldn't have answered. It was 8:45 on a Sunday night early last August, and his Diving Horse in Avalon was roaring into its second turn, getting crushed with 200-plus diners.
Video: Fitler Dining Room
Gallery: Fitler Dining Room
 
Review: Two bells for Sophia's
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