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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South Philly’s menu grows with Salvadoran flavors

A creamy fan of avocado, red-and-green confetti of pico de gallo, mildly spiced Salvadoran sausage, a thin but juicy cut of simply seasoned rib-eye, plus rice and beans — all for $12.95.

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Why are nice restaurants pouring lukewarm water? | Craig LaBan

The good old ice pitcher has been kicked to the curb.

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Where did our food critic chow down this week?

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Olly review: Another new entry for Queen Village aims to erase a corner’s curse

Can this corner find its staying groove in an all-purpose bistro with a six-day happy hour, three days of brunches, and an à la carte menu that’s almost entirely $20 and under?

Drink: V Street wins the wine cocktail trend with Summer Gold

V Street's creative cocktails match their plates of assertively spiced international street food.

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Where to find good bagels in Philadelphia | Craig LaBan

Knead, Spread, Philly Style and all the bagels you need to know about in Philly.

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Shore Restaurants, Part II: Miles off the coast, inland gems thrive for a different crowd

From an Irish pub rooted in County Limerick to an authentic taqueria channeling the traditions of Oaxaca, these spots often deliver fantastic values.

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What’s better than a free hoagie on Wawa Hoagie Day? A really great hoagie.

Pay a little more, wait a lot less, and eat a better hoagie today.

Give cookouts a boost with BBQ sauce from the Shore

From North Wildwood, a Kansas City-style BBQ sauce so good, customers started stealing it.