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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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'I'm having a Korean scientist clone me soon," says Aimee Olexy. She's pondering her strategy for maintaining quality control in her ever-expanding Talula's empire. And it's become an even greater task now that her airy new market-cafe - Talula's Daily - hums from early morning through night in a rambling bilevel space on the opposite side of the Washington Square building where she also runs the restaurant Talula's Garden.
Video: Talula's Daily on Washington Square
Gallery: A new Talula's on Washington Square
Review: Two bells for The Avenue Delicatessen
Market-fresh fish taco There are lots of tacos these days in South Philly, but the sashimi tuna tacos at Ippolito's are unique. Tacos where? Ippolito's is the retail arm of Samuels & Son and long a favorite spot to buy seafood. But there have been new dev
Nonna's good-night kiss
Good Taste: Duck that says fall
Good Taste: Sheep-tacular cheese

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