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 at other days and times). Only $16.95. Click here or call 800-838-3006 for reservations (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. Check out some of Philly’s hottest restaurants at a fraction of the usual cost from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays June 1 through Sept. 28 as part of the Center City District’s summer Sips program. Appetizers are half-priced and selected drinks are $3 to $5 during this special happy hour. Among notable restaurants participating are Jose Garces' Garces Trading Company, George Sabatino's Aldine, the Independence Beer Garden, Franky Bradley's and Charlie Was a Sinner. Visit centercityphila.org for more information. The evening gourmet food truck confab known as Night Market is also fun and affordable. It's happening just north of Center City at Callowhill Street on June 23 and in West Philly on Sept. 1. Or check out the Dollar Stroll in West Philly from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 when restaurants located on Baltimore Avenue between 43rd and 52nd offer food bites for only a dollar.
2. Another affordable way to sample the talents of some of Philly's best chefs ...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
A Cool Tour in More Than One Way!
The Market is indoor and air-conditioned and so a great activity for rainy or very hot days. Click here to reserve your space on any regular 10 a.m. Wed. or Sat. tour.
Daily Tours DNC Week
Tours will be offered daily at 10 a.m. July 23 to 28 and in additional to the usual samples and info about the Market and Philly foods, these tours will include info and samples about presidential (and presidential candidates') food favs. Book your spot here.
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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." Check out the story here.
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