Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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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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Rice & Mix makes tasty Korean food fast.
Craig: We've got a lot to talk about today, given last Sunday's review of the new Le Bec Fin. I'm ready to do the post-review breakdown if you want to go there - the reinvention of this landmark is a fascinating subject, and I only scratched the surface Sunday. Even better, you can ask questions directly from the man behind Le Bec's rebirth, owner Nicolas Fanucci.
Gallery: Le Bec Fin
Le Bec Fin

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