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New Crop of Four-Bell Restaurants Announced

Craig LaBan’s got some new favorites to tell you about

Clockwise from top left: Vedge, Laurel, Fork, Vernick

A month ago, two weeks went by without a review from Inquirer critic Craig LaBan. His reason? “Been working on a *big* project”, he said in response to a curious reader on Twitter. Today, the said project was released to all newspaper subscribers and is available for online purchase to non-subscribers.

It’s called Craig LaBan’s Ultimate Dining, a 52-page, print-only guide detailing the critic’s top picks from Philly’s BYOB and Chinatown scene, the best classics, and more importantly, an all-new top 25 list.

But the even bigger news here is that LaBan also updated his elusive collection of four-bell restaurants, too. New to the list:

  • Laurel
  • Vernick Food + Drink
  • Fork
  • Vedge

Buy your copy here if you aren’t already a subscriber.


2001 Ed Bluestein Boulevard, , TX 78721 (737) 529-8441 Visit Website

Vernick Food & Drink

2031 Walnut Street, , PA 19103 (267) 639-6644 Visit Website


306 Market Street, , PA 19106 (215) 625-9425 Visit Website


1221 Locust Street, , PA 19107 (215) 320-7500 Visit Website