Wednesday, September 17, 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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Nothing says "Wake up, weekend!" quite like the vodka-veggie assist from a serious Bloody Mary. Jerry's Bar serves its rendition - the Bloody Jerry – with signature style.
Just one block away, Northern Liberties was raging in all-out party mode, as young rock bands wailed to the crowds on Second Street and throngs of bargain shoppers swarmed the Piazza at Schmidt's edition of the Brooklyn Flea.
Video: Jerry's Bar
Gallery: Jerry's Bar
Cookbook jumpin' with rich New Orleans recipes

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