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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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05/05/2013
The last time I encountered Christopher Lee, it was 2006, and he was crafting tiny green beads of sour apple "caviar" to crown an exquisite crab salad at Striped Bass. He was riding the crest of the culinary avant-garde to a four-bell review, and soon to exit for New York where he'd continue his ascent to gastro-renown at Gilt and Aureole.
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05/01/2013
Philly Hot Brown? Have a favorite running in Saturday's Kentucky Derby - maybe Normandy Invasion, owned by Wilmington's Rick Porter? There's no breakfast more lucky than a Kentucky Hot Brown, the classic open-faced hot turkey sandwich smothered in cheese
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