If you’re traveling to Philadelphia anytime soon, be sure to add the Reading Terminal to your list of things to do and see. Not only will you get a taste of the city but you’ll also get a taste of some of the best culinary delights anywhere in the country. Remember, this is home of the famous Philly Cheesesteak, soft pretzels (warm and soft, savory or sweet), seafood, ice creams — whatever your craving might be you’re sure to find something at Reading Terminal to match your palate.
On our visit we happened to catch a cooking demonstration by Bill Beck, owner and chef of Beck’s Cajun Café, the foremost place in Philadelphia where you can find major Cajun and Creole dishes including crawfish, po boys, beignets and his famous bread pudding. He was cooking up both chicken and steak using products from his kitchen pantry; Beck’s Angel Dust and Beck’s Rub-A-Dub Steak Rub. Are we glad we happened upon this savory stop. Both of these were so juicy, spiced just right and mouth watering we had to purchase a trio. Within a few days we were able to try these rubs for a family reunion and we received such rave reviews everyone wanted to know what we used to spice up our chicken. I have a craving for it right now!
If you’re not fortunate enough to get to the Reading Terminal and try these yourself, there’s an online store where you can pick and choose the rub of your choice. I recommend the trio.
Your next stop at the Reading Terminal should be the awesome Pennsylvania General Store. This store specializes in regional gift baskets, souvenirs, candy and my favorite, chocolate covered pretzels. My sister-in-law, who has lived in or near Philadelphia her whole life, always sends a gift basket from the General Store every year. My family cannot wait to enjoy a chocolate covered pretzel with M&Ms, sprinkles or nuts. These are simply the best.
If you’ve never tried a Philly Cheese Steak, then you’re in luck because there’s more than one place to try this gastro delight at the Terminal. There’s Spataro’s Cheesesteaks, Carmen’s Famous Italian Hoagies and Cheesesteaks, or By George! Pizza, Pasta and Cheesesteaks.
For dessert there’s an assortment of baked goods from Flying Monkey Bakery, the Famous 4th Street Cookie Company and Beiler’s Bakery to fresh made ice cream at Bassetts or hand rolled soft pretzels at Miller’s Twist. You can eat at Reading Terminal every day of the year and not have the same thing twice.
So check out the Reading Terminal the next time you’re visiting the City of Brotherly Love. Note: If you’re wondering why Philadelphia is called this, William Penn is credited with naming the city from the Greek word “Philos” which means love or friendship, and “adelphos” the word for brother.
The Reading Terminal (over 114 years old!)
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