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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.

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.

Philly's gastropub boom was a part of this hungry city's recession reply - beer-soaked, boldly flavored and casual - to the demise of glitzy haute cuisine. But in these postrecession days of heady restaurant growth, a new generation of more refined projects has lately emerged, including one notable newcomer in Townsend, on East Passyunk Avenue, which reaffirms the timeless virtues that carefully measured fine dining can still hold.
Video: Townsend
LaBan on Good Stuff: New burger on the block
LaBan chat: Views on Volver
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: I'm guessing many of you are going to want to talk about Volvér, which I reviewed Sunday. Given Jose Garces' stellar track record to date, this one did not go as expected, as you can read in my disappointed 2-bell take. I'm ready to share more insight and interested to hear about your experiences at Volvér.

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