7 Classic Philadelphia Dishes to Eat at Reading Terminal Market
There are foods that are decidedly Philly – that phrase alone probably conjures up images of cheesesteaks, hoagies, popsicles and soft pretzels – and in the food hub that is Reading Terminal Market, you can find many to try.
Plus, since they’re all within a few feet of each other, you can even have more than one of these classic Philadelphia dishes when visiting the market. That is, if you are hungry enough.
Here are the must-try classic Philadelphia dishes to find at Reading Terminal Market.
Price: $13.29 and up, depending on toppings
The most Philly of foods (cheesesteaks, of course) are available at several locations throughout Reading Terminal, including Spataro’s Cheesesteaks, a busy food stand that serves the sandwich with your choice of cheese (American, Whiz, or Provolone), and with or without onions. Peppers and onions are available as an add-on, and you can also get pizza steak, which is loaded with tomato sauce. Spataro might not be the first place you think of when you crave a cheesesteak, but it’s a solid option on the market.
Or: Dutch food place
Scrapple is something of an acquired taste of the Philadelphia area — the meat dish originated as a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, but has since made its way onto breakfast plates at places like Dutch Eating Place, where it is served piping hot and, well, greasy. Order it with eggs and toast and you’ll be set for the day.
Or: DiNic Roast Pork
The queue for DiNic’s roast pork at Reading Terminal Market routinely passes through the indoor food hall as tourists and locals alike wait for the roast pork sandwiches. Sliced pork roast and Italian-style pulled pork sandwiches are the centerpiece, and you can load up your sandwich with toppings like broccoli rabe, long hots, and provolone.
Or: Beiler Bakery
Pennsylvania Dutch traditions may not be purely Philly, but they’re certainly close. You can visit Beiler’s Bakery for delicious Pennsylvania Dutch pastries, including the classic molasses pie. Beiler’s shoofly pie is rich with a deep flavor of cinnamon sugar and caramel, but it’s the textures of the crust, molasses filling and crumbs on top that make it one of the best shoofly pies ever. from the city. It is perfect for dessert or with a coffee in the morning after a big family dinner.
Price: $3 for single; large 9″ whoopie pie for $25
Depending on who you ask, the first people to make whoopie pies were either the Pennsylvania Dutch or the bakers at Labadie’s Bakery in Lewiston, Maine. In Philly, however, we believe the Pennsylvania Dutch first made the sweet treat so they didn’t waste leftover cake. At Flying Monkey Bakery, you can try one of their signature whoopie pies, which come in classic chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, red velvet, pumpkin, and more.
Or: Miller’s twist
Soft pretzels are decidedly a Philly thing and while you can’t get a Philly Pretzel Factory soft pretzel at the Reading Terminal Market, you can get an equally delicious and buttery Miller’s Twist soft pretzel at its on-site stand. Pretzels are technically Amish-style, but they satisfy pretzel cravings as well as the classic Philadelphia soft pretzel.
Price: $8 and up
You can visit Carmen’s for its namesake (Italian hoagies), which are piled high with ham, soppressata, onions, and more. additions like mushrooms or extra cheese. Also on the menu: hoagie lunches like ham and cheese, turkey and cheese, and tuna.
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