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Will be around the area several times in the next couple of weeks -
Are there any 'trucks" to buy street food?

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  1. Nothing all that good is around there. The reason being is that Reading Terminal Market and Chinatown abut the convention center, so their offerings far outweight what a truck can cook up.

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    1. re: bluehensfan

      will stick to RTM for lunch then - already have some dinner tips for the nights I am staying over - thanks blue

      1. re: tuxedo

        You're welcome...holler if you need RTM recommendations!

        1. re: bluehensfan

          always welcome recommendations for RTM - or any other place close by - will be spending the 18th thru the 20th at the Hampton Inn!

          1. re: tuxedo

            For breakfast I do pancakes, scrapple, and bacon at the Dutch Eating Place, and apple fritters and sticky buns from Beiler's Bakery the next stall over (avoid the Down Home Diner like the plague). Also, the soft pretzels from Fisher's are very good. For lunch, a roast pork with provolone and greens sandwich from DiNic's is tops, while the gyros from Olympic are good, as is the pastrami and corned beef from Hershel's Deli (the sides are so-so though), and the salmon from the Little Thai place is very good too. For dessert, cannoli or other seasonal treats (especially the nirvana, almond soucee, and rafael pastries) from Termini's are great, as are the elephant ears lately. The Flying Monkey has good dense chocolatey brownies if they don't keep them in the oven too long but I am not a fan of their cupcakes. Also the peanut butter chocolate covered prezels from Mueller's Chocolate is great as is the peanut butter or mint chip ice cream from Bassett's. But this list is not all encompassing...I am sure I am forgetting a treat or two! By the way, the Amish vendors are only open on Wednesday through Saturday.

            1. re: bluehensfan

              wow! thanks blue - seems like I can spend my whole time just eating at RTM -
              Any suggestion for dinner? Casual, not too pricy, maybe bar/grill, steak or seafood? Not too far from the Hampshire Inn would be nice!

              1. re: tuxedo

                There's a lot of choices at Chinatown for dinner. All are cheap and most are decent. Many, many options withing three blocks. Also a few blocks south on 13th St. is Lolita, a bit pricey BYOB with good food, El Vez across the street with decent Mexican cuisine in a trendy bar setting, and nearby is the Naked Chocolate Cafe for chocolate treats. Also Good Dog Bar on 15th near Locust, has unusual pub fare and good burgers.

                1. re: tuxedo

                  Search the PA board for 'Chinatown' to see lots of recs for the area you'll be in. I'd recommend Rangoon for one dinner.

                  1. re: Buckethead

                    They also have a lot of cheap buns there too. My favorite are those at the Green Land tea House on 9th and Race but they have decent ones at K.C.'s and at Mayfair too. I also hear good things about Vietnam and Banana Leaf (Malaysian) but have never been there myself. They do have good, cheap hand drawn noodle soup at Nan Zhou and pretty good pho at Pho 75.

                    1. re: bluehensfan

                      A gem of an Asian restaurant with a vegetarian bent is Charles Plaza at 234 N. 10th St near Vine.

                      1. re: bluehensfan

                        Agree on the Greenland rec, but I don't like K.C.'s at all. Their buns are way too sweet and soft. Almost anywhere else is better. I like Mayflower a lot and they have a larger selection of buns than Greenland. Harmony is also good but not quite up to Mayflower - Harmony does have dou hua (flower beancurd) with lots of different toppings (red bean, black bean, etc). I got a taro bun from the newly opened Bread House recently and it turned out to be a mislabelled butter bun, which was way too greasy and sweet to make me want to go back.

                        So, my bakery picks, in order, are:
                        1. Greenland - durian pastry if you're brave enough, green tea mooncake, zongzi (sticky rice wrapped in leaves on top of counter)
                        2. Mayflower - bo luo bao (pineapple bread), taro bun - love this one, hong dou bao (red bean bun)
                        3. Harmony - dou hua (flower beancurd), dan ta (egg "pagoda"...like custard)

                        1. re: Dib

                          I agree the stuff at K.C.'s has been not up to par lately. And after ducking into Bread House a few weeks ago, it seems that they spent all of their money on the sign out front! I do miss the coconut/peanut butter buns at Greenland...

                          1. re: bluehensfan

                            Bluehensfan - I took your comment to mean that Greenland doesn't make the "coconut/peanut butter buns" any more--perhaps you meant something else--but yesterday they did have them. I was a little confused by what you called 'peanut butter', which turned out to be more like peanut candy (a type of Chinese candy) - sugary peanut shavings(?). I prefer the red bean filled coconut balls, because they're not too sweet. I really like the coconut outside part on both, Greenland makes it stretchy and pretty substantial.

                            1. re: Dib

                              The buns are back?!? I'm heading there this weekend...thanks for the tip Dib!

                              1. re: bluehensfan

                                No (good) buns this week. I stopped by and no peanut butter/coconut or Mexico buns. I inquired if they had any somewhere else and was greeting with a look as if I had two heads. Dib, I assume that you're still talking about a bun? The ones I liked were essentially a large kneaded bun with peanut butter and coconut woven through the middle of it before it is baked.

                                1. re: bluehensfan

                                  Oh oops, I misunderstood -- when I saw a coconut ball with peanut filling, I thought that's what you meant even though it is neither a bun nor filled with peanut butter. I was wondering why you used those terms! I've never seen a bun with peanut butter there.

                                  What I'm talking about is mochi, not a bread-type bun. They are the small white coconut-dusted balls in the upper right of the non-self serve case. I think they might be called snowballs, and Greenland always has the red-bean filled, and sometimes has peanut filled.

                                  I've gotten that look too there, don't worry. Sorry to get your hopes up.

                                  1. re: Dib

                                    It's ok! We were in the area on Saturday anyway. It seems like every decent bun (Cocount/PB, Mexico, and Swiss) they stop making at Greenland. I guess there's not enough demand...oh well...at least FayDa in NYC still makes Switzerland buns.

        2. Here's a good blog for chinatown that helped me out.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/39919...