Townsend, at 1623 E. Passyunk Ave., dazzles both Laban & Philly mag

A pair of glowing reviews has given a big boost to Townsend, the newest fine-dining addition to the Passyunk restaurant boom. The Inquirer’s Craig Laban gave chef Townsend Wentz’s unapologetically French reboot of the former Sophia’s and Salt and Pepper a stellar three-bell review. And Trey Popp of Philadelphia magazine

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Reviews: The Good King Tavern & Mole Poblano

These two reviews from Inquirer critic Craig Laban are a bit old now (they’ve been on our to-do list for weeks) but they’re still worth checking out. The Good King Tavern, which opened last fall in the former Chick’s space at 614 S. 7th St. got an enthusiastic, two-bell endorsement from Laban, who

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Laurel nabs three bells in glowing Laban review

Fresh off his $125,000 triumph on “Top Chef,” Nicholas Elmi won another tough award this weekend – three bells from the Inky’s Craig Laban for his restaurant Laurel, 1617 E. Passyunk Ave. Laban gushed over Laurel’s torn New Jersey scallop, ricotta gnocchi and albacore starter, which “may be the best raw

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Quick Hits: Laban loves Serpico, Rock Paper Scissors tourney, Carpenter Square lookin’ good

In case you missed it, Craig Laban came this close to awarding Serpico, which opened a few months back at 604 South St., a four bell review. Instead, he bestowed three bells while praising the place as “one of the city’s most compelling restaurants.” Read the full review here. But

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Laban slams Tiffin Bistro in 1-bell takedown. What about you? Any reviews?

Unfortunately, the Inky’s Craig Laban found plenty to despise in Tiffin Bistro, the first Indian foray into South Philly besides the restaurant’s upscale sister, Tashan. Tiffin Bistro, which opened in June at 11th and Federal in the old Kris location, came up short on the food and on the service,

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