One day in Philadelphia
- Barb H. Aug 13, 1999 10:37 AM
We'll be Amtracking in and out of Philadelphia in one
day (a Saturday) to see the Max Parrish exhibit. I've
read the posts here about Phil. but am having trouble
deciding - lunch at Le Bec Fin? a hole in the wall
cheesesteak place? something altogether different?
What would you do?
I see that no one has responded to your Phila query...I
spent four culinarily flat and dead years in that
city...never had a meal worth writing home
about...about the best I can recommend is a cheesesteak
at Pats or Jims, get provolone instead of cheesewhiz,
unless you really want the local flavor (the
Philadelphians will put cheeze-whiz on ANYTHING)
re: keith koenigsberg
Not too much to report - we didn't want to stay too
late and Le Bec Fin doesn't serve lunch on Sat., so we
decided to save that for another visit. The Parrish
exhibit was wonderful if you like that sort of thing
(which I do). We had a really fun visit to Reading
Terminal Market. Brought home some Amish sticky buns
that were *just* what I wanted - incredibly gooey,
cinnamony, sweet and moist. Saw some shrimp that could
hardly be called shrimpy - I've never seen anything
like it - they were easily 6 inches long and 4-6 inches
around, still in the shell, but headless - you could
have sliced "shrimp steaks" from them (they were
$18/lb.) - has anyone ever seen these?
Lots of other fun things to see, not a whole lot I
wanted to eat there. I might bring a freezit or two
next time so I can bring home some Amish sausages or
three-mile-island shrimp if they still have them.
We ate at the Home Diner, in a corner of the Market and
didn't expect anything spectacular but were pleasantly
surprised, as all the ingredients are fresh from the
market and the chef knew enough not to mess with good
ingredients. I had fried chicken that was perfect - an
ungreasy, crispy coating, not intrusively flavored or
thicker than the chicken itself (a la kfc) surrounding
moist, honest chicken. Good mashed red potatoes, a
small piece of very sweet corn. Unsweetened iced tea,
perfect, not bitter but freshly made. My partner
enjoyed his meal too - fresh cole slaw and a side of
fava beans that neither of us intended to eat, but
which were flavored with sage and really tasty. We
both agreed we'd like to try other things on the menu
(e.g. Brunswick stew) another time.
BTW, highly recommend Amtrak to Phil. from NYC - only a
comfortable hour and a half trip (just enough time to
dawdle over your coffee and crispy creme). It goes
thru the NJ marshland, where, on the way back, we saw
egrets nesting - 5 or 6 of them in one spot - all in
all quite an enjoyable day.
re: Barb H.
Since I'm a Californian and not and easterner can you please tell me something. We are going on a one day trip to Philadelphia from New York City and all I know is that there is a train (amtrak) that goes there. Is that the same as the "Metro"? that also goes there. Did a little searching and looks like amtrak is more expensive?? or are they the same? And can you tell me how far it leaves you from Reading Terminal Market.Many Thanks.
If I had one day in Philadelphia, I'd definitely want
to have lunch at Le Bec Fin. Be prepared to spend a
great deal of money and, by the way, good luck getting
a reservation. But if you can get in and can afford
it, by all means do it!