You’ll love this 75-minute walking tour about Philly food favorites like cheesesteaks, hoagies and pretzels and the Reading Terminal Market where they’re sold. Leaves from the Market info desk at 10 a.m. every Wed. and Sat. (Group private tours also available.) Only $16.95. Click here for tours before Memorial Day or here for summer tours or call 800-838-3006 to make your reservation (required).
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 "Independence" passes for $12 or $29 (the latter covers unlimited bus/train/subway/trolley rides for a family of five, including your train ride in from the airport). These are great deals considering that a single bus or subway ride is $2.25, and that the train ticket from the airport can cost $8, 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 rides and $1 train rides.
2. Score a $10 “community rush” seat to a Philadelphia Orchestra concert as well as some other events listed here on the Kimmel Center website. Sales begin at 11:30 a.m. for matinees and 5:30 p.m. for evening concerts ...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
Treat Mom or Grad to a Taste of Philly!
Next tours leave the Info desk at the 12th and Filbert corner of the heated, indoor Market at 10 a.m. this Wed. and Sat. Booking info here.
Props from Conde Naste Traveler
The Taste of Philly Food Tour recently made Conde Naste Traveler's list of insider "tips and tricks" for exploring Reading Terminal Market. It calls the tour "energetic." read the story here.
The Market's "Fattiest Pastry"
Metropolitan Bakery's decadent KA pastry, which I recently profiled as part of my new Philly Food Finds column for philly.com, is the perfect cap to a Sat. tour.
And the Winner Is ...
... the Market's new monthly evening dinner-and-a-movie series! Join me at a recent screening. Next up: Burnt, May 12.
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