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.

Latest Stories

Guess where Craig LaBan ate this week

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

Here’s where to get the most beautiful salad in Philadelphia

The spring salad at Res Ispa is as delicious as it is intricate and beautiful.

7 essential Jersey Shore restaurants

The Jersey Shore classics that keep us coming back, summer after summer.

High tide for new restaurants at the Jersey Shore

The best new restaurants opening in time for summer along the Jersey Shore.

Top picks from the Pasta Coast

Our restaurant critic picks six of his favorite Italian restaurants down the Shore.


Musi review: Underground pop-up chef surfaces to create South Philly BYOB

The small BYOB’s free-spirited quirks can be both charming and frustrating.


It’s artichoke season. Here are their best starring roles in Philly restaurants.

This season, I have been especially cheering the ’chokes — artichokes, which peak from March through May.


Fiore review: All-day Italian delights blossom in Queen Village

The breakfast and brunch debut has been helpful to lure a crowd of newly devoted locals. But dinner is Fiore’s natural meal.

Special Report

The team behind Zahav ate at 36 spots in 3 days in Israel to prep new Philly restaurants. And Craig LaBan tagged along.

The cooks, the critic, and 36 stops in three days: How a tasting marathon inspired new Philadelphia restaurants and forged deeper understanding.

10th annual Inquirer Brewvitational to focus on barrel-aged beers

We'll also be crowning the region's best new beer.