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Not Quite Ready For Prime Time

From inexperienced servers to heavy handed sauces there was lots that was off for Craig LaBan at Chadds Ford’s Brandywine Prime. There was a handful […]

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Tre Scalini

Craig LaBan visits the new Tre Scalini at 1915 E Passyunk Avenue. and finds the popular homespun flavors of the original of migrated well and […]

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Zot Stands Out

Craig LaBan tries out the latest Belgian spot in town, the three-month old Zot on the 100 block of Lombard. Despite missteps from the waitstaff […]

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The Making Of Cheeseburger, I Hold

In Sunday’s Inquirer Craig LaBan tells how “Cheeseburger, I Hold” was made, everything from the writing, the recording and the video. Burgers in his belly, […]

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Map Of Craig LaBan’s Favorite Burgers

Craig LaBan’s favorite burger spurred him to write a song. And his song spurred us to create a map of LaBan’s favorite burger places. So […]

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Quest For Cheeseburger Perfection

Craig LaBan has been busy searching for Philadelphia’s best burger, and the journey has spurred him to pen a song. I remember: Krazy Jim’s Blimpy […]

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The Pizza That Saved Broad Street

Craig LaBan weighs in on Osteria, Marc Vetri’s North Broad outpost. LaBan finds “one of the most compelling menus in town.” But it’s the pizza, […]

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Shore Dining Run Down

Craig LaBan gives a run down of dining at the shore for the summer. It already sounds like the Buddakan at the Pier Shops at […]

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Craig LaBan Reviews Cresheim Cottage

Craig LaBan heads up the hill to visit Cresheim Cottage in Mt. Airy and despite a promising start at lunch LaBan finds Cresheim Cottage to […]

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James Gets Three Bells

Craig LaBan is excited to dine at James, the thoroughly contemporary 5-month old restaurant in the heart of a pasta and red gravy neighborhood. James […]

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LaBan Reviews The Oceanaire

Craig LaBan boards the Oceanaire Seafood Room for a meal basking in the retro vibe of grand old cruise ship. And despite a “de-bell-able” offense […]

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Does Craig LaBan Need Another Bell?

Does Craig LaBan need another bell? Often times a two bell review reads very differently, for instance check out how critical LaBan is in his […]

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Xochitl Reviewed By LaBan

Craig LaBan tries out the creations of chef Dionicio Jimenez at Head House Square’s Xochitl and finds the best of them are “vivid and stunningly […]

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Fogo de Chão

Craig LaBan takes it all in at Fogo de Chão and despite maddeningly inconsistent meat dishes, the show is what makes it worth the visit. […]

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Map Of Craig LaBan’s Favorite 76 Restaurants

Here’s a map of Craig LaBan’s 76 favorite restaurants as listed in his book, The Philadelphia Inquirer Restaurant Guide. Yellow markers denote Four Bell (Superior) […]