Taste of Philly Food Tour


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 Wednesday and Saturday. (Group private tours also available.) Only $16.95. For reservations (required), click here or call 800-838-3006.

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 (covering unlimited bus/train/subway/trolley rides for one person and a family of five respectively, 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 up to $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. Another affordable option for just getting around town weekends through Dec. 28: the purple Phlash bus ($2 per ride or $5 for an all-day pass).

2. Score a $10 “community rush” seat to a Philadelphia Orchestra concert as well as any other events ...read more

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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 welcome desk at the 12th and Filbert corner of the heated, indoor Market at 10 a.m. this Wed. and Sat. Click here to reserve your space.

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. "Get a behind-the-scenes look at the market," writer Drew Lazor advises, before characterizing my books as "fascinating" and the tour as"energetic." Check out the full story here.

Kosher Cake
Apple harvest time is the best time to try the Philly-area coffeehouse treat Jewish apple cake. Check out my recipe in Relish or this longer examination.

My Answers to Five Taste-Trekkers' Questions
My recent guest post for the tastetrekkers website (for "Foodies Who Travel") talks about Philly signature dishes, and best eating neighborhoods and chefs.

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