Reading Terminal Market is the nation’s oldest operating farmer’s market which was established in the 1800’s. There’s quite a huge section of it which is solely devoted to locally-grown and farm-fresh produce of the Amish community of the Lancaster county which is very famous for the restaurant cooks around the city. I haven’t been to any farmer’s market but my sister who is a caterer herself, pointed out how fresh everything was. She took specific notice on a bunch of ginger – how “good” it is just by looking at it. To be honest, I’ve no freaking idea what she’s talking about, a ginger is a ginger. There’s no good or bad ginger for me. Lol.
Apart from the very busy (and not to mention very clean and not smelly) market, Reading Terminal Market is also very famous for all the food stalls and eateries offering home-cooked meals. They have about 80 different food stalls offering different kinds of cuisines so if you’re a true foodie, this is definitely heaven for you. What I like most about it though is that most of the stalls are family-run and three of which are descendants of original stand holders from when it opened about 100 years ago. How cool is that?
We arrived at Reading Terminal Market at around 10am just in time for us to have our breakfast. It took us awhile to decide where to eat with the myriad of restaurants to choose from. It was overwhelming to be honest and decision-making is actually worst when you’re hungry. We wanted to try and eat everything but of course we’re not such monsters so we chose the stall which claim to offer the best breakfast in the city called Dutch Eating Place. Okay I was lying, I only found out about their award after we’ve ordered our breakfast – it was actually the number of people lined up to order from their stall which made us curious about it.
We had pancakes, bacon, sausage and mushroom and cheese omelet. I was expecting that it will be of huge serving but whatever I expected doesn’t even come close to the actual size of the serving. It was gigantic! It can actually be shared by 4 people. We ended up eating only one piece of pancake (out of 3) and we had some leftover bacon, omelet and toasts. I was feeling bad about it as I didn’t want to put those yummy dishes to waste but it was extremely filling. We ate our food at one of the seating area inside the market, the Dutch Eating Place does have their own sitting counter but it was packed and there was no vacant seats at the time.
After that heavy breakfast, we left the market just when it was starting to get busy. I can only imagine how packed it’s going to be during lunch time. Thankfully, we left before it even happened.
Reading Terminal Market should definitely be in the must-visit place in your Philadelphia itinerary.
Total price for our breakfast was USD19. Our parking fee was actually more expensive than our breakfast, it was USD21 for 60 minutes. 🙂
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