Friday, September 4, 2015

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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Take a hungry stroll down the 200 block of Chestnut Street, and you can view the future of Old City unfolding in a few divergent - and potentially concerning - directions.
After 23 years of understated Cantonese elegance on this quiet Second Street stretch of Queen Village, I suspect chef-owner Bon Siu has forged more of these enduring bonds than most.
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