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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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It's time for my wife's birthday, which means I'm hunting for riesling - her favorite, and a wine I love, too. Great rieslings (like great relationships) are much more than merely "sweet," balanced with bright acidity and a pithy edge to keep things interesting, even in riper, fruitier styles.
MacGregor Mann lands in Chadds Ford and delivers one of the suburbs' best new restaurants.
We had arrived at the edge of suburban civilization as we know it. On one side was a Whole Foods Market. On the other side of Wilmington Pike was a herd of deer munching across the rolling Delaware County fields of recently cut alfalfa, their hungry eyes ablaze with the setting sun.
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Treemont mystery: Good food, few eaters

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