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Jan 21, 2014 12:42 PM

Best food in Reading Terminal Market?

Simple - what is the best food you can find? Your definition of "best" can be whatever you like. Best meal for the price. Best tasting. Best because you know the friendly face behind the counter......give your answer and your reasoning.

Best breakfast.............?
Best lunching..........?
Best dinner..............?
Best dessert..........?
Best snack............?

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    1. CW's link is good, but let me add Border Springs Farm, lamb tacos and almost any of their other sandwiches

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      1. re: Bigley9

        Here here Bigley, and I would add the lamb hash from Border Springs farm is my favorite breakfast dish in all of RTM.

        1. re: cwdonald

          Best breakfast.............pancakes at the Dutch Eating Place
          Best lunching..........roast pork with provolone and rabe, wet at DiNic's
          Best dinner..............nada. They are closed!
          Best dessert..........cannoli at Termini's or chocolate peanut butter pretzel at Mueller's
          Best snack............pretzel at Miller's Twist

          As an update to the cwdonald list, people really like the stuff at the lamb place and the donuts at Beiler's, both of which were not around when the list was produced.

          1. re: bluehensfan

            This is Philly, so breakfast, lunch, and dinner should all be sandwiches:

            Breakfast: Scrapple, egg & cheese sandwich at Dutch Eating Place.

            Lunch: Shepherd Classic grilled cheese sandwich at Meltkraft.

            Early dinner (-6PM): Roast pork, sharp provolone, and broccoli rabe (wet) sandwich at DiNic's.

              1. re: BuildingMyBento

                <Best lunching..........roast pork with provolone and rabe, wet at DiNic's>

                Hey, I like that combination too. Roast pork + provolone + broccoli rabe.

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  One time try the pulled pork wet, wet, wet with greens and prov. See what you think.

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                    Do I actually say "wet wet wet" to him"?


                    I will definitely try.

                    On one hand, I love pulled pork. On the other hand, I lived in the South for sometime and have a different expectation of pulled pork than many other people here. Just to give you an example. I went to Fette Sau (touted as the best barbecue in Philly by my friends). I liked Fette Sau. I enjoyed it. I just didn't think it was as god damn good as people claimed.

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      Tru dat, great bourbon but meat was cool temp and nothing even like my pulled pork. OTOH the one in Brooklyn was stand up and applaud.
                      DiNic's pulled pork is not dynamite BBQ but has far more flavor than the sliced pork.
                      Tommy always tells me to say wet, wet, wet !
                      He could be crapping me but who knows.
                      In any event the jus they use for the pulled was much better than the jus on the sliced.

                      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                        Thanks. Definitely will try.

                        <Tommy always tells me to say wet, wet, wet !>

                        Thanks. I wasn't sure if this is real. I guess it is.

                        Just a dumb question, but I need to ask anyway.

                        Let's say I asked for "pulled pork", "wet pulled pork" and "wet wet wet pulled pork"...
                        Do you think I get three different items?

                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                          You would get little, more, and way more gravy on each.

          2. I like Profi's Creperie, but that is simply because I like crepe.

            I like DiNi too.

            1. Not sure if it counts as a snack, but I treat it like that anyway....

              Hershel's matzos ball soup and latkes with s.c. and applesauce. YUM!

              The donuts from the Amish place are fresh and wonderful.

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              1. re: bugablue13

                One extra advantage of Beiler's apple fritters is that on a windy day they prevent you from being blown away as their weight keeps you on the ground.
                Their six pack cinnamon buns are quite good as well.

                1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                  <Their six pack cinnamon buns>

                  Aren't they called sticky buns? I bought them once. I like them, but I don't love them. My friend love them.

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    Yes sticky buns. but as a kid we called them cinnamon buns. In fact the only ones l call 'sticky' are the ones from Balthazar in Manhattan. The outside on those shatter when bitten.
                    If you try the Beiler again get the ones that are a combo of raisins and nuts, not as good as when a kid, but not bad.

                    1. re: Delucacheesemonger


                      Not correcting you at all. I always call them cinnamon buns. In fact, I didn't know they are called "sticky buns" until Beiler's. When I asked "Aren't they called sticky buns?", I was trying to understand if we were talking about the same store. Sorry for the confusion.

                      <If you try the Beiler again get the ones that are a combo of raisins and nuts>

                      I saw them, but I usually like plain. :)

                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        Sticky buns and cinnamon rolls are not the same things. Cinnamon rolls have a white icing, and sticky buns are soaked in caramel, usually with nuts. I haven't tried the Beiler's version.

                        Back on topic, but related--I am a big fan of the new Beiler's donut place in RTM. It's right up there on my list for sinful treats.

                        1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                          'Sticky buns and cinnamon rolls are not the same things. Cinnamon rolls have a white icing, and sticky buns are soaked in caramel, usually with nuts. I haven't tried the Beiler's version.'

                          That is now true as Cinnabon covers the planet. That was the original midwestern term for, IMVHO,a too rich roll with no nuts or raisins with too sweet gloppy frosting.
                          On the east coast when l was growing up, as l mentioned before, the current 'sticky' buns were called cinnamon buns.

                          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                            FWIW, Fleck's bakery which has been around forever at the Qmart in Quakertown only sells sticky buns. They do not have the white icing, and they have versions that are cinnamon only, with nuts, with raisins, and with raisins and nuts. They are usually sold in a sheet, but they also make a single large one (similar to the Cinnabon monstrosity). But they are all called sticky buns. My two cents worth...

                            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                              I get the ones with icing. I may get their whoopie pies next time.

                2. Has anyone been to Pearl within the last month? I heard it was sold and the new owner is changing a few things. Such as providing better oysters. Can anyone confirm?

                  For best snack I like the new German stand towards the middle-rear of the market. Excellent Landjaegers.

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                  1. re: David11238

                    The stand's name is Wursthaus Schmitz, and is related to the Brauhaus Schmitd on South street.

                    1. re: David11238

                      They did change things up and improved the menu (wow Cape May salts!) but I haven't tried it since the switchover. They have strated serving breakfast too.