Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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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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4 Bells: According to Craig, the best restaurants in the Philadelphia area.

The small cocktail list at High Street on Market is brimming with fascinating touches, from the bread-and-butter-infused applejack in the tangy "Of the Farm" to the double-dare broccoli rabe bitterness of "Trip to the Chinese Doctor,"
Knowing some key words and phrases in Cantonese or Mandarin can help unlock another level in your Chinatown experience. Here's a short list compiled with the help of some natives - Warren Leung, Michael Su, and Jasyon Choi – to help you speak like a "Guy Fong" - C-town slang for "neighbor."
The best duck in town
Your guide to restaurants, markets, and tea houses in Chinatown
Chinatown's flying fish

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