Sunday, November 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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Chinatown's flying fish It's a bird! It's a butterfly! No, that winged beauty is actually a striped bass that's been artfully sliced before its flight into the deep-fryer at the Banana Leaf in Chinatown. The "Thai sauce" inspired by this Malaysi
The good Dr. Loosen - the historic Mosel estate credited by wine writer Hugh Johnson with bringing the region's rieslings into the 21st Century - is back in Pennsylvania's storehouses in a big way.

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