Jen Ladd writes about food and drink for the Inquirer Features Desk.

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Can Philly’s beloved diners survive the pandemic?

“You’re not going to get your eggs over light in a foam container to-go.”

Philly has a new pound cake contender, and it has Filipino flair

Stock's Bakery has had a lock on pound cake in Philly since the 1940s. But there's a new cake in town.

We’ll still share dessert, and all the other ways we won’t change our restaurant behavior after COVID-19

Some of our pre-pandemic dining patterns may seem cringeworthy now, but in the distant future, will the memory of COVID-19 change our ways?

How Philly's new food-delivery law changes the rules for Grubhub, DoorDash, and other services

The rule temporarily capping the fees that services like DoorDash and Grubhub can charge and requires companies to make charges transparent to customers.

What it’s like to be a server during the pandemic: ‘The things that I loved about my job — they were gone’

“What became abundantly clear is that people were not excited, or really even willing, to put on a mask to interact with the team.”

Poi Dog Philly to close due to financial impact of the coronavirus

Business evaporated in Center City as of mid-March, which made the cost of operating too high to justify.

The Cheesecake Lady has customers lining up in Elkins Park

Vanessa Jackson — the Cheesecake Lady — didn't try cheesecake until she was 34. Since coronavirus arrived, the bakery has been selling out in a few hours each day.

Body of missing New York man recovered in Atlantic City surf

The body of an 18-year-old was pulled from the water in Atlantic City Saturday night.

Northern Liberties and East Passyunk postpone street closures for outdoor dining

Northern Liberties strived to clarify that its event is not a street festival, while East Passyunk residents and employees raised concerns about their own street closure.