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Aug 24, 2006 03:32 AM

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

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!