Tuesday, December 1, 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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Sometimes it's the small moments that leave the most indelible impressions, and Arthur and I were living one of those at a sidewalk table in front of Pub & Kitchen on a recent spring evening.
'Coffee beers just need to be made, know what I mean?" says Tom Baker, the iconoclastic brewmaster and co-owner of Earth Bread + Brewery. And yes, I could absolutely see his point since, coincidentally, I was both a little drowsy and extremely thirst

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