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Dining Critic Craig LaBan

The Inquirer's Dining Critic

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

Copyright: Philadelphia Media Network

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

It's a stylish new day at the revamped Friday Saturday Sunday

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:54:43 GMT2017-03-10T16:54:43Z

If only they'd called it "Monday Tuesday Wednesday" or something, anything, besides "Friday Saturday Sunday," Chad and Hanna Williams might not still be hearing the steady cries for chicken Dijon and cream of mushroom soup. After 42 years steeped in the nostalgia of Philly's restaurant renaissance, those retro comforts came to symbolize dinner at 21st and Rittenhouse Streets.

Craig LaBan: At La Cabra in Berwyn, a brewpub with a Latino flavor

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:35:22 GMT2017-03-10T16:35:22Z

The Beer Train west from Philadelphia has long been an open secret among drinkers. The thirsty journey starts with a frosty pint at Bridgewater's Pub in 30th Street Station and then rolls west on the Paoli-Thorndale Line out to Tired Hands in Ardmore, followed by Wayne's brew stars (Teresa's Next Door, the Beeryard), and several other stops along the way (Exton's World of Beer has 550 choices), finally chugging out to Downingtown for the Station Taproom and original Victory brewpub.

Drink: An ale from a gypsy brewer

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 22:22:31 GMT2017-03-02T22:22:31Z

Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales is a "gypsy brewer" who travels the world making beer with friends from Denmark to Belgium and Baltimore, where he co-owns the restaurant Of Love and Regret. There are a dozen of Stillwater's style-bend

Drink: Rotie Cellars Southern Blend 2011

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:38:07 GMT2017-03-01T17:38:07Z

Most people probably don't hear "Washington state" and think "South of France." But I've come to think of that corner of the Pacific Northwest, and in particular Walla Walla Valley, as producing some of the most compelling Rhône-style

Jose Garces' new Italian restaurant is a simple success on its own terms

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:02:59 GMT2017-02-25T18:02:59Z

When it comes to new restaurants from star chefs, the first course - expectations - will inevitably be reckoned with before we even take a bite.


Fri, 24 Feb 2017 02:39:07 GMT2017-02-24T02:39:07Z

24 WOOD FIRED FARE 2401 Walnut St.; 215-333-3331, Jose Garces' foray into the wood-fired Italian wave serves solid renditions of tasty antipasti, excellent pastas, and fresh salads at fair prices in a casual, industrial chic setting that occupies a special perch overlooking the Schuylkill River Trail. Th

Look to Los Gallos for South Philly's best chicken tinga tostadas

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:04:14 GMT2017-02-23T18:04:14Z

New book explores history of African Americans who fed the nation's presidents

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:51:54 GMT2017-02-23T03:51:54Z

Harp & Crown: Rittenhouse's new hot spot

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:02:57 GMT2017-02-17T21:02:57Z

'Do you have a reservation?" It's been a long time since I ate dinner at a place with a bouncer. So I'll admit to being a little startled when Big Kevin emerged from the topiaries in front of Harp & Crown and asked me in his deep baritone to verify that I belonged.

Dinner and drinks (and maybe some groceries, too) at Whole Foods

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:01:18 GMT2017-02-17T16:01:18Z