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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.

Bottle Shop Meets New Sandwich Master The Foodery once set the bar for Philadelphia's mix-and-match beer bottle shops with a vast wall of fridges brimming with hundreds of high-end brews. Its latest outlet - the Corner Foodery near Rittenhouse Square - ta
An earthy aged goat cheese
Kentucky Hot Brown, Philly-style
At a long lunch at Bridgid's 10 years ago, a bottle of Brasserie Dupont's organic Foret saison was uncorked at my table.

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