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Jul 18, 2011 11:58 AM

Driving to Philly : Where to eat lunch on the way?

Hi Everyone~
My brothers and I will be driving up to Philly this Sat to see Real Madrid play at the Lincoln Financial Center. We live in Woodbridge and will be taking 495 and would love some lunch recommendations. We are open to anything casual, and moderately priced.


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  1. Either wait till you get to Philadelphia or a) go to Newark, DE (Iron Hill Brew Pub) or b) Baltimore, or c) Havre de Grace.

    1. Right, Philly is only three hours away, so you'd find some great places there.

      But if you're looking for a way to spend some time with your brothers along the way, how about Exit 100 to North East, Maryland?

      1. Grace Garden, just south of B-More. You can then join in the discussion about the place.

        Grace Garden
        1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

        1. Clarences Taste of New Orleans, about 10 minutes off exit 77 of I-95 in Edgewood. He's an ex-New Orleans chef, and the real deal. Moderate prices as well.

          1. I would wait and eat in Philly. Go to the Reading Terminal Market in Center City and you can have almost anything including great cheesesteaks and hoagies, Italian pork or beef sandwich with broccoli rabe. Great inner city indoor market with 100 or so stands. Worth the wait.

            the other option is to go to Gunnings on route 100 in Hanover, MD near bwi just south of Baltimore off I 95. Good seafood but a killer club sandwich on rye toast with a layer of jumbo shrimp salad, lettuce tomato, rye, crab cake then topped with bacon, lettuce tomato and rye toast. Plus you can get hardshell crabs if you want.

            7 Replies
            1. re: dining with doc

              Being from the Philly area and now a DC resident, I'd agree on waiting until you get to Philly. There's not much in between - I've looked. I like the Reading Terminal Market idea (TONS of good food there), and if you're looking for cheesesteak suggestions would suggest Jim's at 4th and South (better than Pat's and Geno's in my opinion). You also can't go wrong with Italian food in Philly - it's far superior to anything we have in DC. Lastly, Chicky and Pete's is popular and not far from where you'll be.

              1. re: LCDC

                How far is the Reading Terminal Market from the field?

                1. re: mymomisthebestcook

                  It's maybe 7 or so miles. Not next door, but you could stop there along the way.

                  1. re: LCDC

                    Does the Reading Terminal Mkt take credit or is it cash only?

                    1. re: mymomisthebestcook

                      There are many different stores. Some take cash only others accept credit. It depends.

                  2. re: mymomisthebestcook

                    I was not very familiar with Philly when I visited a year ago but I found it easy to get to Reading Terminal Market by subway, and I think (but I'm not certain) that you can get to Lincoln Financial Center by subway also. So perhaps park and hop on the subway. I liked Reading Terminal Market, it was very busy, crowded and very lively and loud, a bit hard to find a table for 6 people, I had a good sandwich but there are lots of intriguing food options.

                  3. re: LCDC

                    Although 7miles apart, it is not far and a direct shot. Rec reading term mkt for lunch. The cheessteak at nicks in the market is better than jims,pats or genos. Plus the roast pork with broccoli rabe is even better. Lots of food choices then a 10 to 15 min ride to the stadium complex . Very easy and you will love it. Great grazing plus purchasing if you bring a cooler to leaveinthe car. Amish pastries and pickles, relishes...artesian cheeses and breads...great deserts, candy stores, herbs, fruits veggies, meats food stands to eat. No brainer