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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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06/14/2013
The Paloma too often gets overshadowed by big sister Margarita - at least, north of the Rio Grande. But in Mexico, it seems, Paloma reigns as the tequila drink queen.
 
Beers worth a trip out of the neighborhood
 
Good Taste: Luke's Lobster
06/14/2013
Agricola in Princeton is hardly the first restaurant to take the "farm-to-table" movement to the next level by attempting to supply its kitchen largely with an affiliated farm. The Rockefeller's Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester County, N.
 
Drink: The Paloma
 
Philly's top 5 veggie burgers
 
Words on the beer scene from two who know
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