Wednesday, August 27, 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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The seaside cuisine scene is making a fresh and ambitious post-Sandy splash.
There's a Manhattan aging in a barrel on a bar by the beach, flanked by 29 taps of craft beer.
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Food trucks have zoomed in number from 12 to 200, and their cuisine is ever more soulful, creative, diverse. And delicious.
As Cristina Martinez heated a wide maguey leaf on the food cart's griddle, her husband, Benjamin Miller, reached into a warming box holding slow-cooked barbacoa lamb, and the earthy aromas of Capulhuac, Mexico, suddenly wafted over this South Philly corner at Eighth and Watkins Streets.
Great pork from Philly food trucks

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