Thursday, May 28, 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.

Live chat: Join Craig at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays in the chatroom.

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4 Bells: According to Craig, the best restaurants in the Philadelphia area.

 
Market-fresh fish taco There are lots of tacos these days in South Philly, but the sashimi tuna tacos at Ippolito's are unique. Tacos where? Ippolito's is the retail arm of Samuels & Son and long a favorite spot to buy seafood. But there have been new dev
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Reader: I'm from Viet Nam originally and pretty picky about good VN food here. Mekong River is the only place I would go to now for anything besides pho. Pho Hoa on 11th used to be "the place," but it seems they changed ownership/chef recently.
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