Sunday, February 1, 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.

Live chat: Join Craig at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays in the chatroom.

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4 Bells: According to Craig, the best restaurants in the Philadelphia area.

Few wines can match the dynamic moves of a good riesling - the world's most underappreciated grape. And when you find one like this 2011 Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett from Dr. Fischer in the Saar, on sale in Pennsylvania for an amazing $13, you'll realize t
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: First, a big congrats goes out to all the local chefs and restaurateurs who were nominated as national semifinalists for James Beard Foundation Awards: Vernick Food and Drink (best new restaurant); Marc Vetri (outstanding chef); Vetri (oustan
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Crystal-powered IPA
Review: One bell for Red Owl Tavern

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