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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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08/09/2013
Few drinks quench my summer thirst quite like a citrusy New Zealand sauvignon blanc. But some can be so over the top they taste like grapefruit lightning in a glass. Here are two fine examples, though, of Kiwi sauvignon that show balance and restraint. Th
08/09/2013
The soulful flavors of Joncarl Lachman's hand-spun ode to the North Sea were so apparent in my meals, not to mention the pure joy this native Philadelphian radiates at being back after a decade in Chicago, that I couldn't help but appreciate the rare virtues Noord brings to our dining scene.
Video: Noord
Gallery: Noord
 
Vegan bar food meets deep-fried Southern comfort
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