As restaurant critic and Drink columnist for the Inquirer, I cover the culture of Philly food as I chronicle the rise of our culinary stars, the decline of some, and the dramatic evolution of a dining scene that shapes emerging neighborhoods and helps define our region's identity, one plate at a time.

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Guess where Craig LaBan ate this week

Guess where our food critic dined this week?

Asbury Park restaurants: Craig LaBan tells you where you should eat in Springsteen’s old stomping grounds

This Victorian-era beach city has finally blossomed into a full-throated economic revival, and a rising food culture is beginning to take center stage.

What’s your number? Alpen Rose keeps customized cocktails for regulars on file

Sometimes the standard playlist just won’t do for the VIPs, especially in a boutique steak house that wants to foster bespoke service for its regulars.

Review

‘Big Meat’ comes to 13th Street with Alpen Rose's clubby boutique steak house

Alpen Rose isn't reinventing the steak house, but it's refining it.

Column

The breakfasts and brunches that are worth getting out of bed to eat in Philly

Philadelphia is experiencing an inspiring new wave of daybreak kitchens.

Guess where Craig LaBan ate this week

Can you guess from these photos where he ate this week?

This cheese made with Philly-brewed beer is worth the price

You can only get Martha Street at the Rittenhouse and Ardmore Di Bruno Bros. locations.

Column

Where to get the best charcuterie in Philly

The boards are perfect for warm-weather grazing.

Guess where Craig LaBan ate this week

Can you tell from these photos where our food critic went?

Review

Pizzeria Beddia review: Going beyond cult-status hype to deliver pizza greatness to the masses

Cult figure Joe Beddia delivers on pizza promise to the Fishtown masses.