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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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11/07/2013
The kitchen is a magnet for career-shifters, and I thought I'd witnessed them all - until I happened into the Avenue Delicatessen in Lansdowne.
Video: The Avenue Delicatessen
Gallery: The Avenue Delicatessen
 
Authentic Indian flavors and fusion at Indeblue
11/06/2013
A taste of autumn Few restaurants channel the seasons with as much heart as Russet, the understated theater-district BYOB owned by husband-and-wife chefs Andrew and Kristin Wood. And with the weather turning cold, what's more evocative than wood smoke and
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