Tuesday, October 21, 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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Drink: Catena Malbec La Consulta Mendoza
Texas tacos, tasty beans A new term at Drexel is underway, and the food-truck hot corner at 33d and Arch has intriguing new lunch players, too. Among my favorites are the Central Texas-style tacos with flour tortillas from the Ranch Road Taco Shop cart. M

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