Sunday, April 26, 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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I doubt even Clairvoyant Monica could have foretold the fitful fortunes Manayunk has experienced in recent years. One moment, its strip appeared poised for a bounce back to its gourmet glory days. The next, a handful of promising recent operators were history. And then the much-anticipated opening of Main Street's Great Margarita Hope - Taqueria Feliz - dangled agonizingly close to opening for what seemed like an eternity.
Video: Taqueria Feliz
Gallery: Taqueria Feliz
Tasty Turkish pizza near South Street
A rousing round of Turkish pizza There's more to Turkish cuisine than skewered meats, which is at least part of the reason, Selcuk Kucuk says, that he changed the name of his East Passyunk Avenue grill shop, S&H Kebab House, to Leziz a couple of years ago. The kebabs are just as good as

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