OK, here is another theory I have about great cities. You know, there are many things that any city worth its salt must have. Among others, they must have stadiums, public libraries, concert halls, art museums, airports, universities. Cities spend a great deal of money acquiring these infrastructure and they cannot declare that they have arrived until they build them.
One of the must-have for a city is a public market. Seattle has its Pike Place. Vancouver has it delightful Granville Island. Every city has its own Public Markets. Public Markets are always a great way to experience the culture and food of the city they are in. The first place we headed to for breakfast in our first morning was the Reading Terminal Market.
The Reading Terminal Market used to be a train terminal, hence the name. Today, it is a food bazaar of sorts. For foodies, and especially out-of-towners, you should check this place out. You can find all sorts of regional delights and even Amish food here. However, the Amish stores were closed when we were there — they only open on certain days of the week.
Suanne and I were quite bewildered roaming the entire place. There are many stalls selling food. In the middle is where you find tables.
We got some soft pretzels. The City Center Soft Pretzels claimed to be Philly’s favourite pretzels. We personally did not quite like it. It’s tough and salty.
The Dinic’s Roast Pork and Beef caught our eye, especially the “since 1954” tag line. This had to be good. We settled down by the counter and ate there. We (actually) I had a great time chatting with the guy who served us about cameras since he saw mine.
Hmmm … now I can’t remember exactly what sandwich it was we ordered. I know we had ordered extra toppings of Roasted Peppers and Sharp Provolone. It was messy, juicy, moist and flavorful. The meat was on the bland side which we like.
It might have been the Italian Style Pulled Pork, since I had the tendency to order items that are highlighted.
We tried minute dollops of the condiments … and decided that is not what we like. The sandwich itself is good enough.
We went to another stall and ordered the New York Egg Cream. We were going to be in NYC the next few days but I just gotta let Suanne try this. I first tried this in my earlier trip to NYC and I fell in love with it. It’s $1.95 and has chocolate syrup, milk and Seltzer. What a mix, what a drink. *burp*
The ice cream in LD Bassett was great. This is a 150 year old ice cream joint.
If you’re looking to buying produce in the likes of Pikes Place, this is not the place. If you are hungry and wanted to try food that Philadelphians eat, head to the Reading Terminal Market.