Reading Market Terminal for Takeaway Lunch
Hey, NYC hound going to Philly for weekend.
Going to the Popped! music festival on Saturday with my girlfriend - at Drexel University.
I had the thought to go to Reading Terminal Market to pick up some food to bring to the festival. I'm thinking sandwiches, salads, couple of sweets/treats. (I chose RTM b/c it's pretty close to our hotel).
Do you think this is a good idea? What should I order that will travel well (i.e. not get all greasy and soggy) and is delicious?
Any thoughts are appreciated.
The best sandwiches at the market are the roast pork sandwiches with provolone and broccoli rabe from DiNic's. The downside is that the sandwiches tend to get mushy in transit...but...DiNc's does have to-go containers that allow you to keep the roll and sandwich itself separate. The sandwiches are not at all greasy...and they will taste great (albeit not as wonderful when cold).
There are a lot of other places in the market to pick up sandwiches and treats (like the cinnamon buns from Beiler's Bakery) and other salads, like at Salumeria.
There are not all that many food options near Drexel that are chow-worthy but they may have some vendors or food trucks set up for the concert.
The thai stand has pretty good pad thai that will travel well.
Closer to Penn's campus is Picnic at 33rd & Walnut, at the Left Bank building. They specialize in take-out foods for picnics. It probably won't be as cheap as going to RTM.
If I was traveling with items from the RTM I would consider bringing:
Italian Hoagie from Salumeria (with side of house dressing)
Tortellini Salad and Fresh Mozzarella Balls from Pizza By George
Stuffed Grape Leaves, Hummus, and Greek yummies (I can't remember the name of the stand, but it's not Olympic Gyro)
Chocolate covered pretzels from PA General Store
Cookies from 4th St Cookie Factory
And I'd get an iced coffee from Old City Coffee to take with me.