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Feb 10, 2010 10:56 AM

Favorite selection for lunch at Reading Terminal Mkt?

Please tell me what is your favorite lunch item, sandwich or meal at the Reading Terminal Market. Thank you!

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  1. Herschel's hot pastrami special and a chocolate chip cookie from David Auspitz.with a plate of double chocolate and banana from Bassett's. Yes, DaNic's is good but Hershel's is IMHO far better, Salumeria not on the list. For a different lunch there is an Asian fish stall next to DaNic's that sells jumbo lump crabmeat by the container that makes a great lunch as well. Expect Bluehensfan to rip me a new one.

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    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

      I love the turkey club sandwiches with a side of dressing at Bassett's and then some raspberry truffle ice cream at the other Bassett's.

      1. re: joluvscards

        Thai spot is a winner. DiNic's and Hershel's are apples and oranges. Glad I like both apples and oranges!
        The venerable Sang Kee stand is my most frequent lunch stop. Steamed dumplings, roasted duck/pork with greens or the wonton soup w/ greens and duck/pork are all in regular rotation.

        1. re: hoffam

          Ooh, 2nd Sang Kee (the combination duck/pork platter with white rice and green veg that hoffam mentioned is heaven, as are their dumpling soups). I also love the gyros at the gyro establishment, and the pita sandwiches at the mid-eastern establishment, both of which are at the front of the market (I forget their names).

      2. Difficult choice! There's no way I can pick one to exalt above all others.

        I agree, Herschel's got a superior pastrami sandwich, and one in which I occasionally indulge. When I crave deli, that's my choice. The brisket is superb as well.

        But how can I pass up DiNics? I usually go for the pork with aged provolone and rabe, but every once in a while I get their brisket (just as tender and delicious as Herschel's, but cooked with Italian seasonings rather than Jewish style) or the Italian pulled pork (again, not your southern pulled pork, but just as succulent).

        Most folks don't think of pizza when they think of the RTM, but By George produces one of the better straight-ahead pies in town, much like your basic, everyday NY-NJ pie.

        As for hoagies, I've got to disagree about Salumeria. If you get an Italian hoagie or any with one of the meat fillings that make up the Italian (I usually go for the prociutto) and add house dressing and artichoke salad, you'll have one of the finer hoagies in town. Quite different from most others because of those two fixings, but way tastier, imho. A bread with just a tad of crunch to the crust would make it even better. Carmen's makes a good classic hoagie, but I prefer Salumeria's.

        And on a cold winter's day, I love the simple plates with rice, green vegetable and either roast duck or pork at Sang Kee. Nothing fancy or esoteric, just good, simple food.

        I still love Bassets but miss sitting at the counter enjoying my French vanilla from a real dish, rather than a paper or plastic cup.

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        1. re: rlibkind

          A roast pork sandwich with broccoli rabe and provolone is like no other in the world. If you have one sandwich to eat at the market this is it!

          Or do pancakes from the Dutch Eating Place constitue a meal?

          1. re: bluehensfan

            I like the BBQ rib sandwich from the Amish Rib Stand, and a couple chocolate chip cookies from The Famous 4th Street Cookie Co.

          2. re: rlibkind

            Also a fan of the Italian with artichoke salad & house dressing from Salumeria. Other favorites of mine are either the Guacamole or Pork Adobo Salad from 12th Street Cantina; the Fried Oyster Platter at Pearls, and the Turkey sandwich with stuffing & cranberry sauce at Bassett's.

            1. re: rlibkind

              "I still love Bassets but miss sitting at the counter enjoying my French vanilla from a real dish, rather than a paper or plastic cup."

              They still have the 'monkey' dish plates of old, just have to ask for them

              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                Oh, 2nd Bassets (I love their vanilla peanut butter flavor). The family who owns it is so nice! I promise that I am not affiliated; I say this because I interviewed one of them for a college project, and he was generous with his time for a geeky student :)

            2. I can agree with many of the other posts but feel compelled to add the chicken wings from the Amish stand behing the Dutch Eating Place

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              1. re: Bigley9

                second that recommendation, or a half chicken cut up is also very satisfying. Dienner's is the name of the stand.

              2. Cold sesame noodles Sang Kee