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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.

Is there a Philly barman more eccentric yet talented than the singularly-named Lêe, the cufflinked, outspoken owner of Chinatown's Hop Sing Laundromat?
Five insider facts about Philly restaurant culture a civilian can learn from a meal at the Industry: "We'll eat any part of the animal," says co-owner Dave Garry, who puts forth a menu dotted with crispy pig ears, spicy sweetbreads, roasted marrow bones, and chicharrones (a.k.a. crispy pork rinds) as solid evidence.
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