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Nov 16, 2010 01:35 PM

The best of Reading Terminal Market

I've never been before and we'll be heading there in December. Hubby was to try a roast pork sandwich from DiNics. What else should we try? All types of cuisine are great. And we'll have our 2 year old with us who also eats EVERYTHING.

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  1. I'm sure there is a thread on this somewhere else on the board. But here goes anyway:

    For breakfast:
    My go to is the Dutch Eating Place* for fluffy pancakes, bacon, and delicious apple dumplings.
    Beiler's Bakery* next door has yummy sticky buns. Try to get them when they are warm.

    For lunch:
    You know about DiNic's. The best is the roast pork with provolone and broccoli rabe or greens. Order it "wet" to get it extra juicy (but have napkins close by). You won't be disappointed.
    I like the gyros at Olympic Gyro and they have also started serving lamb souvlaki that is yummy.
    Hershel's Deli has good pastrami but alas, it's not my thing.
    The thai place has good salmon if you want a healthy option for lunch.

    For snacks, etc:
    Miller's Twist* has fabulous soft pretzels. Get them when they are warm if you can too. I like mine without butter but most people don't mind it. They also have delicious cinnamon sticks.
    Fourth St. Cookies has great double chocolate chip cookies. Warm out of the oven, they are hard to beat.
    I am a big fan of the milk chocolate peanut butter covered pretzels at Mueller's Chocolates.
    Termini's Bakery has great cannoli and pastries, especially the Nirvana and Almond Succes.
    Metropolitan Bakery has great bread to take home.

    * Merchants denoted with this symbol are Amish Merchants who are only open from Wednesday through Friday.

    Enjoy your visit!

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    1. re: bluehensfan

      Hershel's hot pastrami on rye with swiss and deli mustard is undeniable. Grant it, maybe not everyone's thing. But that sandwhich is absolutely amazing. Highly highly recommended.

      1. re: VTRP

        I second the Hershel's rec. Also, it doesn't get talked about much, but I think the Rib Stand (also run by the amish) is delicious, if you are in the mood for barbecue.

        Also, so many great snack options. Everything bluehensfan mentioned is great.

    2. Let me add to bluehenfan's list Diener's chicken wings. They are crispy cooked in rotisserie baskets. not buffalo style. Wonderful (amish merchant - wed-sat). Also check out Fair Food Farms - they have lots of local products - not just produce and meats but chocolates, carmels, granola, etc.

      1. I love the brownies and whoopie pies from Flying Monkey.

        1. Thank you all. Maybe hubby will get the pork and I'll get the pastrami and we can share....

          And I've seen those apple dumplings mentioned other places...I'll have to try one. I think I'll gain 5 pounds that day.

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          1. re: rizzo0904

            We went to Amada, Osteria and Reading Terminal Market, one night, two dinners and I gained six pounds. Oh yeah and stopped at Tony Luke's to investigate the hype. Brought home a ton of food too. Talk about gluttony!

          2. No one ever gives Beck's Cajun any love but they're damn good!

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            1. re: kukubura

              I almost did today after seeing the muffalletta on the menu - have you tried it?

              1. re: Dennis S

                Not the muff but I did have a taste of quite a few of their dishes (jambalaya, gumbo, bread pudding, other stuff) and it was all far better than you have reason to find in a Philly food stall.

                1. re: Dennis S

                  Had the muffaletta about a week ago, surprisingly good olive salad and very well priced. They sell by the quarter. Another big plus for Hershels pastrami.

                2. re: kukubura

                  they are good, i like eating there. i think it's just that it's one of the newer places there, hence the lack of love.
                  i also really like the hoagies at salumeria, the 3x dumpling soup at sang kee, and some of the desserts at termini bros. find flying monkey hit and miss (or rather, fresh or stale).

                  1. re: Bob Loblaw

                    I have noticed a significant improvement in the Flying Monkey's stuff since it's changed ownership. Now I can get their yummy brownies and not worry about breaking a tooth! I also like their new pumpkin whoopie pies.

                    1. re: bluehensfan

                      good to know! i didn't even know they changed ownership. will try their stuff again.

                        1. re: bluehensfan

                          I just saw that... was considering recommending it to the poster on the other thread who's running the marathon on sunday. seemed a more appropriate caloric splurge.

                          made it there today, though - got a pretty good pumpkin whoopie pie.

                          would like to try the pumppel cake some day. it did look good. but w/something like that, I'd worry about freshness anyplace... i mean, how many slices of that could they sell?

                          1. re: Bob Loblaw

                            Scary, but when I went there to get my brownies and whoopie pie at Flying Monkey (I agree the whoopie pie is pretty good), all of the rest of the people were lining up for the Pumppel cake...they were dishing out three slices of the behemoth when I was in line). So it looks like there are no shortage of takers?