Restaurants & Bars

Where to eat on a weekday AM between the airport and the U. of Penn?

VivreManger | Mar 29, 200802:58 PM

I will be arriving at the Philly airport at 8:30 and should be at the University by 11:30 AM. I need to find somethings interesting to eat. I have no fixed ideas about what should and should not be eaten before noon, but I don't drink coffee so the quality of the local java does not matter. Though I don't object to it, I don't need a traditional breakfast. So a pork sandwich or cheesesteak from John's would be fine. They open early enough so I could place an order at 215-463-1951 when I arrive at the airport and get off 95 to collect it before heading elsewhere. What exit off I-95 is closest to 14 E. SNYDER AVENUE - SOUTH PHILADELPHIA (ACROSS FROM SNYDER PLAZA)? How far is that from the airport?

I think that Steve's Prince of Steaks, on Bustleton Ave, south of Cottman in NE Philly would be out of the way, though I much prefer sliced steak to chopped and a crispier roll sounds appealing.

The Reading Terminal Mrkt. has the most options in a concentrated space. Most of the places will be open at 9:00 so I could wander around, checking out the options before eating. However it seems that food shops don't actually start serving food until later. Another possibility are the Italian delis of south Philly, SARCONE'S DELI, George's, Vinny Amato's, DiBruno's and Claudio's. Then there is Chinatown which I have enjoyed in the past. Unless there is something spectacular going on there, my inclination is to go Italian or Reading Mrkt, with maybe that John's pitstop on the way into town for a sandwich if time and tummy allow.

Some of the RTM recs I have seen in past years are scrapple as the breakfast side dish (Down Home Diner or the Dutch Eating Place); Tommy DiNic's for roast pork (how does it compare to John's?); Salumeria for hoagies (with house dressing and artichokes), Pizza by George, Nanee's Kitchen (for Pakistani), Delilah's (for chicken), or maybe a bowl of duck or roast pork soup with noodle at Sang Kee.

Any updates, additions, or other suggestions for this list? I would be particularly grateful for any warnings about what to avoid.

Generally my experience with these multi-ethnic food courts is that the quality is not as good as what you would find in the original ethnic neighborhood. Thus DiNic's and Salumeria would not be as good as Sarcone's for example. And Sang Kee at RTM would not be as good as Sang Kee Peking Duck, on 238 N. 9th St. Any comments on that observation?

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