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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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02/15/2013
The horse-drawn carriages line the cobbled street beside Independence Hall, waiting for their fares in the evening mist. It is, no doubt, one of Philadelphia's most timeless scenes.
Video: Red Owl Tavern
Gallery: Red Owl Tavern
 
Drink a City Hall at Pub & Kitchen
02/17/2013
We're living in the age of barrel-aged improvement, as everything from beer to Manischewitz is getting a moment inside charred oak to pick up extra tannins and woody caramels. Even City Hall is doing barrel time these days - the cocktail, that is. "C
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