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Craig LaBan’s Four Bell Chat

Replay Craig LaBan’s online chat from Tuesday afternoon.

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LaBan Lambasts Le Bec

This weekend Craig LaBan reset his Bell system with three new Four Bell restaurants and by demoting two. Lacroix went from four to three bells […]

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Bells Ring for Five

Every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel’s just got his wings. Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved […]

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Our Four Bell Predictions

This week we’ve been completely consumed with figuring out what Philadelphia Inquirer critic Craig LaBan means when he says that this Sunday he  “resets the landscape […]

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Four Bell Odds

We spent much of the weekend obsessing over what restaurants would be getting Four Bells from Craig LaBan when he resets his top rankings. We know […]

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LaBan Promises Fifth Four Beller

CraigLaBan On Sun, Feb 5, I’ll reset the landscape of Philly’s restaurant elite, 4 bells at a time. Only a fraction of the 13 considered […]

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Three Bells for Il Pittore

Chris Painter finally has a stage to call his own and Craig LaBan likes what he sees at Il Pittore. The octopus was both tender […]

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Craig LaBan Sings the Praises of Loco Pez

Secret menus, gastro treats and killer margaritas, Craig LaBan discovers it all at Loco Pez. I never thought I’d savor the hard-shelled Old El Paso […]

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Two Bells for Sbraga

Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga receives two bells from Craig LaBan. LaBan sees promise for the Avenue of the Arts restaurant but had issues with […]

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Fare Is Uneven for LaBan

Underseasoning and overcooking dooms Craig LaBan’s time at Fairmount’s healthy restaurant, Fare. Some potentially good dishes fell flat simply because the kitchen failed to build […]

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Craig LaBan’s Year In Bells

Craig LaBan recapped his Year in Bells this weekend and adjusted three ratings upward and smacked Serafina one more time. Talula’s Garden (now Three Bells), […]

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Southern Twists at Mt. Airy’s Geechee Girl Rice Cafe

Craig LaBan calls Geechee Girl Rice Cafe one of Philadelphia’s most “personal and unique BYOBs.” Afterall, where else are you going to find creative takes […]

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It’s Magic at Tashan

Craig LaBan delivers an enthusiastic three-bell review to Munish Narula’s Tashan. [J]ust as Susanna Foo did with Chinese cuisine, Narula’s project has the potential to […]

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Two Bells for Narberth’s Aperto

Craig LaBan visits Aperto in Narberth. The BYO by John Wolferth, a veteran of Main Line fine dining includes enough hits that Lit achieves a […]

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Fiorino Is Worth Keeping

Craig LaBan declares that long suffering East Falls has a restaurant worth keeping in Franco Faggi’s Fiorino. The 34-seat BYOB has been packing them in […]