Reading Terminal Market
Favorite places to eat or foods to take home?
Dutch Eating Place for pancakes and crispy bacon
Beiler's Bakery for cinnamon buns, donuts, and apple fritters
Mueller's for chocolate peanut butter covered pretzels
Termini's for nirvana pastries and torrone (or raspberry pound cake or dead bone cookies at the appropriate time of the year)
DiNic's for roast pork sandwiches with provolone and broccoli rabe
Fourth St. Cookies for double chocolate chip cookies
Fisher's Pretzels (soon to be Miller's Twist) for hot soft pretzels
Olympic for gyros and baklava
Metropolitan Bakery for pan rustique bread
We've already chosen a place in Chinatown for lunch (w/ some help from Philly Chowhounders) but we'll be stopping at Reading Mkt on the way back to the train after a matinee show. Is Rick's worth trying for a cheesesteak or do you think Olympic Gyro is a better choice? Anybody had BBQ at the Rib Stand there? Or BBQ Chx at Dienner's?The Pork Sandwich w/ Br rabe sounds like a winner too (those went downhill here at a local Tony Lukes). How bout the pickle place? Damn, so many decisions. LOL.
Rick's was evicted in October but may resurface in March at the Bellevue...so that's out. The gyros are very good to me. The BBQ ribs are just meh at the Rib Stand and the chicken at Dienner's is all rotisserie (but they do have little sauce cups). The pickle place is ok depending on what you want but most of the stuff is not made in house. If it were me I'd go for the roast pork (which will probably be agreed upon by other posters) or the gyro (which may very well be not!). My favorite in the market is still those pancakes...
By the time we got back to RTM they were going to be closing in an hour so....We went to DiNics and shared that lwonderful Pork Rabe Prov sandwich. I love that they give you the pork juice on there, makes all the difference in the world. (Local Tony Lukes in my area makes them dry and not as flavorful). 4th St cookies were fab. And we took home these extra long spring rolls from Shan Kee (?). I wanted to try Hershel's but my companion had made Corned Bf days before and had been eating it for every meal. Next time!
ah, it's great to dive deep into our RTM experiences every so often! we recommend them all the time so it's nice to remind ourselves of why.
i have a typical RTM loop which goes a little something like this (i do a good bit of my grocery shopping here when i have it in me to cook at home):
- start with a coffee from old city coffee - or, if i want less caffeine, the tea place right across from the smoothie place
- produce & nuts from iovine + farmstand
- bread from metropolitan
- often dig for (cheap) random soap piece balls from terralyn's stand
- food for me: either mezze pizza slices, or a pretzel and a root beer float from fishers, or a pasta combination dish from by george's
- and depending on the time of day i may eat it at one of the table areas, or in the beer garden
- fresh pasta from by george's
- cheese from salumeria or the amish or another place whose name is escaping me
- butter from the amish
- a smoothie from 4 seasons for the walk home (love carrot + strawberry + banana when they have all those things!). sometimes in the cold months i will swap the smoothie / coffee order, so i take my warm coffee out in the cold.
get the corned beef from Hershel's East Side Deli in the Reading Terminal Market!!
I posted some pics of my half pastrami/half corned beef sandwich $7.95
(I find their pastrami a little hard to chew, they slice it real thick..
and even when it's not so thick, it does'nt really agree with me, but it IS homemade, and others love it!
HOWEVER, I do love their homemade corned beef!
and the owner Steve is very personable..
he said his uncle used to be cook and then a partner at Katz's deli in NYC, where Steve grew up...
I also had a real good 1/2 rotisserie chicken from that Dienner's BBQ Amish place..
I like the market the best from Wed-Sat. , when the Amish merchants are there, too
I need to try that Dutch Eating Place sometime; the counter is almost always full!!!
I don't exaggerate when it comes to food things - I was literally raised in the terminal! My dad goes daily and I spent many a trip with him. Hands down the best food in the terminal is what you buy and take home to prepare but if you want to eat there try the rocco special - it's no longer rocco's but if you ask around someone can tell you and the dish is still called the rocco special. It's an amazing hoagie. Also, basset's ice cream - order it in an old fashioned dish and you'll get almost twice as much - I've never found it's equivalent - anywhere!
Also, try the fish from Johnny Yi's and salsa from 12th street cantena. Also the cinnamon buns from the amish bakery in the north western corner of the market.
If you like oysters go to Pearls , fat fried oysters served with oldschool crackers and hoarseradish. Have desert at Bassets Ice cream ..... yum