Saturday, February 6, 2016

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

 
Just when you think the craft-beer pub or wood-fired pizzeria has become the new neighborhood restaurant concept of choice, along come Kevin D'Egidio and Mike Griffiths.
There's been a reassuring burst of energy in Philly's wine scene. offering lists that shine a passionate focus on the progressive, the artisan, the obscure. The Tria Cafes have pioneered that approach with an eye toward keeping prices relatively accessible.
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