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POSTED: Monday, June 29, 2015, 4:08 PM
Clams on the half-shell. (CRAIG LABAN)

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POSTED: Monday, June 8, 2015, 2:05 PM
Where is this fried crab over romesco sauce from? (CRAIG LABAN)

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POSTED: Sunday, May 31, 2015, 10:46 PM
Andy Hejl, one of the judges, tries a "wheat" beer entry during The Inquirer's Sixth Annual Brew-vitational competition for local beers. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer)

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POSTED: Monday, May 25, 2015, 9:16 PM
A specialty sushi roll topped with spicy-tuna, salmon tempura and Chinese shredded dried pork. (CRAIG LABAN)

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POSTED: Monday, May 18, 2015, 10:32 AM
A Reuben to savor. (CRAIG LABAN)

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POSTED: Monday, May 4, 2015, 12:24 PM
A dim sum feast. (CRAIG LABAN)

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POSTED: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 11:39 PM
The Passyunk logo on "the Avenue," a former Lenni Lenape trail that slices diagonally northeast across the city's grid. Eight three-bell restaurants dot a 10-block stretch.

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POSTED: Monday, April 20, 2015, 11:26 PM
Spaghetti with crab gravy.

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About this blog

Craig LaBan joined the Inquirer as its restaurant critic in 1998, after a stint covering the food beat for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.

"Having eaten about 500 restaurant meals a year here ever since, I never cease to be amazed by the diversity and sophistication of Philadelphia's kitchens," he says.

"To travel from its many authentic ethnic neighborhoods to the gastronomic temples of Walnut Street to its beery gastropubs, cozy BYOBs and multitude of greasy-but-great steak joints, is to know this town delivers satisfaction at every level of the food chain. Including online dish."

This chat is intended to delve into the finer points of the local restaurant scene, from what’s new and exciting, to digressions on everything from dim-sum to date restaurants.

We will also review highlights from my previous week’s menu with the Crumb Tracker Quiz. Please, let’s not get bogged down in concierge-like - “Where should I take my girlfriend for dinner this weekend?” - queries.

Feel free to share your own dining experiences, but no anonymous bashing. If you have something critical to say, you must sign the comment with your own name. I do!

Reach Craig at claban@phillynews.com.

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