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POSTED: Monday, August 4, 2014, 11:12 AM
Robert Cassell, founder and owner of Millstone Spirits, in his new distillery building, New Liberty Distillery. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer)

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POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014, 3:01 PM
"Kentucky Fried" squab is served on a whimsical plate at Volver. (ED HILLE / Staff Photographer)

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POSTED: Friday, July 11, 2014, 2:32 PM
Kate Jacoby and Rich Landau are taking the vegetable cuisine juggernaut launched with Vedge to the next level. With the publication of the Vedge cookbook they will be going on a 5-city book tour. They are pictured here in their restaurant in Philadelphia on May 13, 2013. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

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POSTED: Monday, July 7, 2014, 10:08 AM
A small portion of the blueberry harvest from picking fruit at Conte’s in Tabernacle. (Craig LaBan/Staff)

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POSTED: Sunday, June 29, 2014, 2:16 PM
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POSTED: Friday, May 30, 2014, 2:17 PM
The winners of 2014 Brew-vitational. From left, the top three new beers are Nihilist Russian Imperial Stout, Sly Fox Brewing Co.; LaGrave Triple Golden Ale, Tröegs Brewing Co., and Fear of a Brett Planet Pale Ale, Round Guys Brewing Co. Next are the top saisons (from left) Handfarm Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Saison, Tired Hands Brewing Co.; Saison Wood, Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant (Maple Shade); and Solaire Grisette/Saison, Forest & Main Brewing Co. (DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer)

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POSTED: Sunday, May 25, 2014, 9:15 AM
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POSTED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 9:40 AM
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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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