Results 1-10of 14 Reviews
Hoboken, New Jersey
November 17, 2002
From journal A year in Philadelphia
December 19, 2005
The Reading Terminal market has a truly unique feeling inside. It has the hustle and bustle of a mall, supermarket, and restaurant all rolled into one. The food ranges from Amish delicacies to Philly cheesesteaks, Shoe Fly Pie, and handmade candy. I had a clam chowder-and-crab cake special from the Seafood Co. It came with potato salad and Caesar salad. It was a little pricey at $9, but it was delicious. I also stopped at the 4th Street Cookie Co. I had a chocolate chip cookie and a white chocolate chip macadamia. They were both good, yet they were slightly burnt on the bottom, but a great deal still at $3.50 for two. The shopping at the Terminal Market is the cute fair-like stuff, the handmade gifts and pet novelties. It is like a mixture of Pennsylvania gift shops all mushed together.
The convenience of the place is great. A Philly Phlash stop is located right outside of one of the many doors, and it is in walking distance from some of the major sights. For those of you Food Network fans, Rachel Ray stopped in to have breakfast on $40 a Day. Overall, this is a great place to stop for a little taste of Philly in one HUGE place!
From journal Philadelphia Fun
May 3, 2005
From journal Yo, Adrienne, Wanna go to Philly?
by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
November 13, 2011
From journal Philadelphia - the Birth of a Nation
September 28, 2002
Get a map when you first walk in and if you're with a group, pick a common meeting spot (a good place is the big stone pig, Philbert, near center.
For fresh produce you have choices among Asian,Italian, Pennsylvania Dutch and several organic stands.Each one has a little something different to offer.
For bread that tastes as good as that in New York, try Le Bus or Metropolitan Bakery...a little pricey but worth it. Don't leave without stopping at Termini's Italian Bakery stand (row 3) for some Sicilian cookies or fresh cannolis.
If you are interested in seafood,the selection is UNBELIEVABLE. I found prawns the size of small lobsters for a very reasonable price. Vendors are more than happy to answer questions and though I've tried many it seems to me the Asian seafood guys have the freshest fish.
Old City Coffee carries not only every conceivable flavor of coffee but an unbelievable selection of teas as well. If you're thirsty for something else there's Four Season's Juice Bar for fresh blended drinks and smoothies,and even a Beer Garden serving domestic and imported beers,wines and spirits.
There are several Amish stands clustered next to each other for fresh eggs, turkey products,REAL original hot pretzels- made on site. Then there's Glick's Salads for pickled chow-chow,apple butter and honey. Keep moving and you'll find several Pennsylvania Dutch butchers (with pork,veal,prime beef,sausage,lamb) and poultry vendors,(with home-raised duck,geese,turkey and game birds). Pick up some fresh Lebanon Bologna at any of the Amish butchers, take it home,spread it with Philly cream cheese and slice into rounds. Heaven! Move along and you'll find farm fresh dairy products(with ice cream, fresh-churned butter and local cheeses).
An interesting day stand is My Kid's Dairy where fresh goat's milk cheese and goat's milk fudge are sold... This is just a small sampling of the many quality items sold at Reading Terminal Market. You will have to come and see yourself the best that Philadelphia has to offer!
From journal The Philadelphia Story- new entries 2004
First row at left(12th St.side) includes The Rib Stand, a real down-home spot for ribs and roasted potatoes. Then there's Pearl's Oyster Bar, one of my favorite stops. It's always crowded as the oysters and seafood are fresh and delicious and give you a real taste of Philly. The next row finds another popular spot...the Dutch Eating Place, run by Amish and Mennonite workers who are the real McCoy...and so is the food! I took my brother and a friend and they chowed down on a breakfast of scrabble, fresh fried eggs, applebutter and schmierkase (a kind of cottage cheese). There's a great set of hoagie vendors in this row as well...Rocco's and Spataro's.
For more exotic fare try Sang Kee Peking Duck, right out of Chinatown(the ducks are hanging by their necks in front of stand) not for the squemish...but the Shanghai Gourmet Restaurant, also in this row, serves fresh, better than ordinary Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechuan meals. There is also a Tokyo Sushi Bar,located only a few feet away from Amish butchers and produce stands.
There's a Mexican Cantina (so-so),a decent vegetarian snack bar and fresh-roasted turkey sandwiches and platters right next to each other in this aisle. For great Southern cuisine there's Delilah's, Down Home Diner and Fireworks!
For Greek and Middle Eastern try Olympic Gyro and Kamal's Middle Eastern Specialties. For seafood there are 4 great Asian seafood markets where you can get your meal cooked right there; Coastal Cave,Golden Fish Market,Johnny Yi Fish Market and Kim's Seafood . This is just a sampling of eating establishments I have personally visited and loved in this Philadelphia must-see!
The Market is closed Sunday.
June 30, 2010
From journal Quick Trip to Philly
San Jose, California
June 26, 2010
From journal Philadelphia June 11-13, 2010
New York, New York
October 16, 2008
, West Virginia
August 18, 2005
Without the presence of mind to snap a photo, I jog along
behind the wagon until it leads me to Reading Terminal underpass and the Amish Festival. I almost run into a
cow! Now, what a black-and-white spotted cow looking just like Borden’s Daisy is
doing here, I haven’t a clue, but I finally think to get a photo of these ponies--sure, now
that they aren't bouncing like puppies anymore!--before I begin to look for
I notice jugs of dark brown brew. Closer, I see "homemade root beer--50 cents a cup."
After a few each, we wish we had bought a half-gallon jug ($3.95). We’ve had
breakfast at the hotel, but we want to sample Amish cooking. I spot the perfect
I have tasted peach pie I didn’t relish, but this one is scrumptious and without any sugary
or other aftertaste.
We must walk to Market Street to get our bus, but we’ll stop on our way back to the
hotel--not too late for the market, because we’ll have to shower before our Candlelight
Walking Tour of Society Hill, which, incredibly, begins at 6:30pm (sunny and nearly 100°F). I’ll want more root beer then! All the Amish haven’t arrived yet; perhaps there
will be more.
We don’t make it back until late Saturday, after most Amish vendors have left. A band is
playing outside in the underpass, and a few folks linger at tables. We have another peach
pie and look inside for something to take back to the hotel. At a pastry counter, a girl is
buying an Italian pastry I want: crostata di frutta. There are only two, so I wait to
see if she scarfs both. When she buys only one, I take the other. Heavenly! The thick
and flaky pastry wafer covered with Italian cream, fresh pineapple, kiwi, and other fruit
is one of the best-made desserts I’ve had on this continent! Sorry, I devoured it fast and
didn’t think of a photo (or the hotel), but I can tell you that it was beautiful.
I buy plums to take to the room, and they are perfect specimens. My one
disappointment at Reading Market hits me hard--no Philly cheesesteaks! There
are places here where you can buy one and sit and eat it, but they aren’t open late Monday afternoon! Only burger and seafood stands are open, but we find a diner-style restaurant.
Our turkey sandwiches ($7.50) are a full meal, with broccoli, potatoes, and dressing.
We’re glad we’ve stayed next door! Now downstairs for R-1, the airport train.
From journal Philly Had Signers and Singers--The Poets!