Sunday, April 19, 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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4 Bells: According to Craig, the best restaurants in the Philadelphia area.

 
04/04/2014
'I'm so sorry to have to rush you!" This was the last thing we expected to hear from our server at a meal that, any minute, would pass the three-hour mark.
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Ambitious, chef-driven dining in Cherry Hill
04/02/2014
Ding dang delicious By now, with Philly well under the numbing hot spell of its Sichuan revolution, most adventure diners have slurped a fiery hot bowl of dandan mien, a nest of fine noodles tossed with chile oil sauce and ground pork. But have you done &
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