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Visting Reading Terminal Market- what to have for breakfast and lunch

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We'll be spending a long weekend in Philly next week and are staying within walking disting to the Reading Terminal. What do you recommend for breakfast and then lunch, not on the same day, here? We like everything so lets hear your favorites.

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  1. For lunch, I'd recommend Nanee's Kitchen (Indian/Pakistani). The food is amazing and reasonably priced.

    Here's a link to Nanee's Kitchen:

    Also, here's a link that lists all of the restaurants in Reading Terminal:

    Have fun and enjoy your stay.

    1. You'll get plenty of justified recs for Fisher's pretzels, my personal favortie selection is the hot dog wrapped in a pretzel brushed with some butter. Be sure to wash it down with some fresh squeezed juice from the Amish folk also.

      1. Do a search and you will find lots of reviews.

        I don't usually go for breakfast but I have had wonderful muffins from LeBus. Also the breakfast pizza from Mezze is good. I haven't eaten at the creperie but it looks good.

        For lunch DiNics roast beef sandwich, Little Thai Market (great pad thai) and Salumeria for hogies are my favs. Don't miss the soft pretzels and fruit shakes for snacks either.

        Best to avoid the cheesteak places.

        Have a great time.

        1. I eat weekly at Reading Terminal Market. The best place for breakfast is the Dutch Eating Place. They have fabulous pancakes, scapple, bacon, home fries and the like. If you're not that hungry, Bleiler's Bakery adjacent to the Dutch Eating Place has very good apple fritters, homemade cinnamon buns, and donuts. Another good option is an airy, light soft pretzel from Fisher's. Note all of these aforementioned places are open only from Wednesdays through Saturdays. Other breakfast options include a breakfast pizza or french toast at Mezze, but the breakfast food here is not so hot. I would pass on the Down Home Diner, as it is way past it's heyday unless you like thick, crusted over pancakes that taste like drywall.

          Lunch options are plentiful. My favorite is a roast pork with provolone and greens sandwich at DiNics. The pulled pork and the briscuit there are above average but not as good as the roast pork. They also have pretty good grilled cheeses, apple dumplings, and homemade french fries at the Dutch Eating Place too. I found the 12th St. Cantina to be hit-or-miss (usually the latter). Delilah's has pretty good ribs and mac and cheese, and the cheesesteaks at Rick's are better than Jim's, Pat's, and Geno's but probably not the best in town. We found Nanee's to be extremely mediocre, and I would avoid Pearl's Oyster Bar and the crepe place as both are below average. I would also characterize the amish rib stand as being less than stellar as is the chicken stand next to the Dutch Eating Place. Mezze has good bruschetta but the other lunch options there such as the salmon and london broil are to be avoided as they are overcooked. Their older relative, george! has average pizza. They do have an extremely good salmon dish at the thai place but only average Pad Thai. The food at Andros is variable but the crab cakes there are pretty lousy, and the sushi place in the market is no better than most grocery stores. You can get good cocktail shrimp at some of the fish vendors, but the rest of the prepared seafood items in the market are average. I have heard good things about Salumeria's hoagies but have never tried one. There are a number of chinese places in the market but have only tried the Golden Bowl, which is pretty good.

          1. you must pick up a chocolate chip cookie from the Famous 4th Street stand in the market- they are soooo good!

            1. A disclaimer: while I can't imagine life w/o Reading Terminal,
              most of the breakfast/lunch offerings are on the greasy/oily side. That said, here are my recs:

              Ditto on the votes for Fisher's soft pretzels, Mezze's breakfast pizza, DiNic's Roast Pork with Greens/Provolone, Nanee's Pakistani, and Salumeria's hoagies. I've actually had good pad Thai at the Thai place, but make sure they don't skimp on shrimp! Although it's perfectly fine to sit down to breakfast at Dutch Eating Place or Down Home Diner, breakfast at both places is typically on the heavy side, so I'd suggest instead that you walk the market, picking up a mix of edibles and grousing on them at either of the two seating areas (the one near Dutch Eating Place is less crowded). I'd get La Colombe Coffee at Flying Monkey Patisserie (Old City Coffee tends to burn their beans) and ferret away one of their irresistible cupcakes for later. (If you prefer tea, the nice lady at Tea Leaf will brew you a smoky cup of Lapsang Souchong from loose leaves.) Just west from there, Spataro's does a humble job with breakfast bagel sandwiches, no-frills, old-school-- and they drain their bacon. Only decent place for Chinese is Sang Kee, further down-- not too heavy on the sauces, and good duck, wonton soup, and homemade jumbo spring rolls. Delilah's, just one aisle over, has good soul food, if that's your thing. Wander around to the northern end (along Arch St.), stopping for a pretzel at Fisher's, fresh juice at the little Amish nook behind Dutch Eating Place, then swing around to the Local Producers Corner where you should browse the produce, meat, and dairy at the Fair Food Farmstand, the only stall committed to local and organic food in the market. Sample their raw milk cheese, pick up some Pequea Valley Yogurt (awesome) or scarf down some ripe blackberries or peaches while you're there. Grab a sweet treat at Metropolitan Bakery next door, and you're good to go.

              You should skip: the Creperie (uninspired crepes, no buckwheat), Golden Bowl, the Sushi Place, and definitely the long lines at Rick's Steaks. The Roast Pork at DiNic's puts their cheesteaks to shame. Haven't tried the Oyster Bar, but Bassett's Ice Cream next door to it is a welcome respite.

              Happy eatin'!

              1. Have to weigh in with a big yes to breakfast at the Dutch Eating place.

                The wife and I typically do a walk around and pick up a selection...

                Dinics for roast pork.
                Salumeria for hoagie (HIGHLY recommend)
                Maybe a touch of Thai or some sushi
                A peking duck roll or two from Sang Kee

                Skip the cheesesteaks, you can do that anywhere.

                then we take it all to the Beer Garden...sit down with a tall cold one and have at it.

                if there is room for desert,the dutch eating place has a hot apple fritter...

                1. Thanks for all of the advice so far! One questiong on the hoagies, here in Pittsburgh our hoagies are baked, how are they served in Philadelphia?

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                  1. re: Rick

                    Baked hoagies? That's a new one. If you can't get to the Italian Market, the hoagies at Salumeria (close to the Filbert St. side) will certainly fit the bill. I ask for mine with prosciutto, aged provolone, and artichoke hearts. But be sure to get there early enough, because they always run out by 1 or 2 in the afternoon.

                  2. Not baked. If you have a long weekend and you have some time, head over to the Italian Market, it stretches from about Federal to Fitzwater on S. 9th St. You will not find a better hoagie than the ones at Sarcone's on 9th and Fitzwater. There is plenty more than hoagies over there too. A definite Philadelphia stop for anyone who loves food (weekend hours are about 8am-3pm depending on the place).

                    1. You have to try a baked hoagie, warm melted cheese, nice hot crisp bread, delicious. Come to pittsburgh sometime and get an Italian hoagie from Danny's!