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Week in Reviews

Philly's Best Pho Isn't on Washington Avenue — Or in Fishtown

Adam Erace finds a surprising favorite at La Peg, LaBan goes on a rating spree, and Brian Freedman considers a Top Chef alum's burgers.

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LaBan Docks Osteria Jersey a Bell, Expresses Concern Over Vetri's Expansion

The Inquirer critic deals a blow to Marc Vetri's outpost at the Moorestown Mall and wonders what it all means for the Vetri family's future.

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Meritage Slips to Two Bells Following Chef Anne Coll's Departure

Craig LaBan demoted the Lombard Street mainstay from its previous three-bell rating in his live food chat this week.

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Bees in the City

Apparently, Philadelphia has been referred to as "the cradle of American beekeeping" — who knew? Bee people probably knew. Here, Craig LaBan talks to professional bee person Don Shump, who owns...

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LaBan Demotes 'No Longer Relevant' Buddakan

When was the last time you visited (or even thought about) Buddakan? After a disappointing revisit to the fusion-flavored Starr stalwart, Inquirer critic Craig LaBan announced the restaurant's...

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Week in Reviews

Craig LaBan can muster up only one bell for The Lucky Well, the barbecue-plus spot in Ambler from former Rosey's BBQ owner and Food Network Star hopeful Chad Rosenthal. "Food Network notoriety is...

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Solomonov Wire

Inquirer critic Craig LaBan follows up with chef Mike Solomonov after this weekend's candid NYT report on the chef's history of addiction to crack cocaine, heroin, and other drugs. LaBan delves a...

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Week in Reviews

Three bells is the not-very-surprising word on Townsend, Tod Wentz's new French endeavor on East Passyunk that already had plenty of fans and the full-throated support of its industry peers. LaBan...

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Craig LaBan Elaborates on His Volver Review

During Inquirer critic Craig LaBan's live food and restaurant chat this week, much of the discussion centered, of course, around his two-bell assessment of Volver. You can read the full transcript...

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The Critics

Craig Laban's weekly food and restaurant chat should be a good one, coming on the heels of having awarded Jose Garces' Volver a resonant shrug of the shoulders. Join in the live chat here at 2 p.m....

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