You’ll love this 75-minute walking tour about Philly food favorites like cheesesteaks, hoagies and pretzels and the vibrant Reading Terminal Market where they’re sold. Leaves from the Market info desk, 12th and Filbert sts., at 10 a.m. every Wed. and Sat. (Group private tours also available). Only $15.95. Click here to sign up for spring tours or here to book tours occurring on or after May 29.
The affordable Philly food tour led by the author of the definitive "Great Philly Cheesesteak Book"!
Recession-busting Philly Travel Tips
from the Owner of Philly’s Most Affordable Food Tour
1. Take the local train to and from the Airport. The Airport Line train picks up at all the airport terminals and has three dropoffs in the heart of Center City Philly. Then get around Philly on one of SEPTA’s one-day convenience passes for $7, $11 or $28 (the latter covers unlimited bus/train/subway/trolley rides for a family of five, including your train ride in from the airport but the passes can’t be purchased at the airport – present your receipt from the train at a SEPTA ticket counter downtown and it will be credited when you buy your pass). These are great deals considering that a single bus or subway ride is $2, and that the train ticket from the airport is $7, as is the minimum price of a single local cab ride to/from anywhere in Center City. Or, if you’re 65 or over, just show your Medicare card for free SEPTA bus/subway/trolley and $1 train rides.
2. Score a $10 “community rush” seat to a Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center as well as any other events listed on their ...read more
How to Order a Cheesesteak:
A Guide for Tourists
There is a protocol to ordering a cheesesteak at the cheesesteak epicenter of Ninth and Wharton, which, if not followed, can result in being sent to the back of the line Soup Nazi–style, or even worse, getting less meat.
At Pat’s and Geno’s, you must order by saying the name of the cheese you want and then “with” or “without” (or as it is often pronounced in South Philly, “wit” or "witout"), which means with or without grilled onions.
A correct and traditional order there would be “Whiz wit.” “Mushrooms witout” will get you a steak sandwich with mushrooms but no onions or cheese. You order and pay for your drinks and fries at a separate window.
This ordering system is chiefly used at high-volume shops, which need to keep their lines moving quickly, or other places (many out-of-town) who are trying to provide an “authentic” Philly cheesesteak experience. Slavishly adhering to the “wit or witout” phraseology at a more low-key neighborhood joint in Philly will mark you as a nervous tourist. Many of these out-of-the-limelightplaces don’t even offer Cheez Whiz. White American is the more common cheese default regionwide, along with provolone and mozzarella.
Acceptable cheesesteak condiments include peppers of all kinds, hot pepper relish, hot sauce, ketchup, dill or sweet pickles but not mustard and mayo ...read more
It's Never Off-Season for the Taste of Philly!
Next tours leave the Info desk at the 12th and Filbert corner of the climate-controlled, indoor Reading Terminal Market at 10 a.m. this Wednesday and Saturday. Click here for reservations info.
Traveling With a Crowd?
We also give the Taste of Philly Food Tour for private groups, at days and times convenient to you. Or book tour owner/cheesesteak book author Carolyn Wyman’s one-hour illustrated cheesesteak lecture.
Strawberry Season's Greetings
At this time of year Philly foodies’ fancies turn to strawberry shortcake. Read my City Paper story about the city’s unique take on this early growing season treat, a Mother's Day best-seller.
Say Valley Shepherd
Reading Terminal Market's basement has doubled as a cheese "cave" since Valley Shepherd Creamery's January Market debut. See my most recent story as Market "correspondent" to learn more.
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