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Dining Critic Craig LaBan

The Inquirer's Dining Critic

Published: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:37:58 GMT2017-04-21T21:37:58Z

Copyright: Philadelphia Media Network

C is for carrot booze, the latest veggie eau de vie from Lansdale's Boardroom Spirits

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:37:58 GMT2017-04-21T21:37:58Z

Like the raw ingredient itself, carrot liquor is better as a building block than a star in its own right.

Craig LaBan: Ambitious Main Line bistro stumbles with high prices, inconsistency

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:58:41 GMT2017-04-21T15:58:41Z

Most of the plates at Wayne's new contemporary bistro, At the Table BYOB, are vividly colorful and intricate compositions that seem ready-made for their photo close-up.

Fine pizzas around the city, Beddia included

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:10:37 GMT2017-04-20T16:10:37Z

Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: I'm back after a spring-break week away among the cacti and chimichangas of Arizona, and it is good to sniff that humid Philly spring breeze once again.

Want a great meatball? Belgian-style fricadelles in Wayne

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:26:28 GMT2017-04-19T05:26:28Z

Philly's salumi masters step it up

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:36:28 GMT2017-04-18T19:36:28Z

Joe Cicala and Nick Macri are both offering impressive charcuterie

Ambra, Southwark's sexy cousin, is full of surprises

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 16:01:30 GMT2017-04-16T16:01:30Z

There are only four courses printed on the $72 tasting menu at Ambra. But in actuality, the staff begins feeding guests surprises the moment they enter this curious little atelier of hand-hewn wood, iron, and culinary ambition in Queen Village.

A $10 white wine actually worth drinking from Bordeaux

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:29:03 GMT2017-04-13T22:29:03Z

Craig LaBan recommends a lovely white sauvignon blanc, bright with lemony citrus notes, for a bargain price.

Massaman lamb chops mean Manayunk's Chabaa Thai is back

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:44:25 GMT2017-04-09T20:44:25Z

Beyond Pat's and Geno's: Straight-up advice on where to eat in Philly

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 00:13:33 GMT2017-04-09T00:13:33Z

You just ate a faux-colonial pot pie at City Tavern. You're trying to decide between Pat's and Geno's for your first cheesesteak. And where is that Bookbinder's place?

Craig LaBan: Modern but timid Indian cuisine at upscale Veda

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 16:11:48 GMT2017-04-02T16:11:48Z

From the moment the glass doors glide open, it's clear Veda promises to be a different kind of Indian restaurant. The long and spacious room near Rittenhouse Square is colorful and dramatic. The walls are painted boldly with tandoori-red panels of graffiti street art traced with gentle phrases written in what looks like golden Hindi script: "Always speak sweet words."

Nothing 'standard' about Standard Amaro, a bittersweet local collaboration

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:57:34 GMT2017-03-30T19:57:34Z

Terrific tortas fuel El Compadre's next chapter

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:26:22 GMT2017-03-30T19:26:22Z

Solomonov movie explores the elusive character of Israeli cuisine

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:51:37 GMT2017-03-28T21:51:37Z

Two unexpected coffee finds near Rittenhouse Square

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:31:58 GMT2017-03-28T21:31:58Z

Craig LaBan recommends going Grüner for spring

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:04:09 GMT2017-03-28T13:04:09Z

Craig LaBan: Wister retains lofty ambitions of predecessor

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:23:12 GMT2017-03-24T15:23:12Z

After 20 years in the shoe business, Joseph Scorsone knows a good fit when he feels it. So it's not surprising that he describes his short-lived first attempt at owning a restaurant with 26 North BYOB, and his strained relationship there with its first chef, in terms a cobbler could relate to.

Further tales of the Northeast

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:21:30 GMT2017-03-23T02:21:30Z

Here is an excerpt of Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: Brazilian churrasco. South Indian fish curries. Authentic Cantonese dim sum. Uzbek kebabs. Perfect banh mi. Classic diners, hoagies, craft beer bars, Italian destinations, and dulce de leche Colombian doughnuts for dessert. The Great Northeas

How did LaBan miss THESE Northeast Philly restaurants?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:35:06 GMT2017-03-21T19:35:06Z