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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.

Book: The Philadelphia Inquirer Restaurant Guide is available through our online store.

4 Bells: According to Craig, the best restaurants in the Philadelphia area.

Elfassi worth the fuss Most couscous in the few Moroccan restaurants scattered across the Philadelphia region represents the popular Berber style, a hearty stew featuring root veggies and the meat of your choice. But at Argana Tree, the upscale Moroccan restaurant in downtown J
Ding dang delicious noodles in Chinatown
Cheese of the Month: Tomme de Linden Dale
GoodTaste: Chic P salad from Sweetgreen
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: While in Bucks County, we got a chance to pop into OwowCow Creamery in Wrightstown and loved it. Three varieties of vanilla ice cream, with beans from Tahiti, Madagascar, and Indonesia - but the best was a luscious cup of banana ice cream with caramel. Lots of great ice cream artisans in the region, but wish one of these were closer to Philly!

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