If you're visiting Philadelphia, you're probably hoping to refuel with a delicious lunch.
Chinatown is right at the center's doorstep. Here's Inquirer critic Craig LaBan's guide to Chinatown.
Just as popular is Reading Terminal Market, across the street, whose dozens of stands offer a fairly wide assortment of dining choices.
If your last Reading Terminal trip was in 2014, note that Mezze - the Mediterranean stand pretty much in the middle of the action - is gone. Its owners have opened Hunger Burger - a burger stand - nearby. Hunger Burger replaced the sushi stand.
Here, in no particular order, are our suggestions for RTM lunches; here is a map. (Sorry, but we can't save you a seat.)
Pastrami on rye from Hershel's East Side Deli: Warm, carved-to-order, glorious pastrami on fresh rye. Go ahead. Make it a Reuben.
Any dish with BBQ duck from Sang Kee.
The falafel from Kamal's.
Spataro's for a cheesesteak; there are a few available in the market.
The mac and cheese from Molly Malloy's, a full-service restaurant; you'll need a beer, too.
The fried mac and cheese balls from Beck's Cajun.
Any breakfast containing grits from Down Home Diner, a full-service restaurant.
Chicken pot pie from Dutch Eating Place.
Any of the wurst sandwiches from Wursthaus Schmitz.
Chicken korma platter from Nanee's.
Italian hoagie (with marinated artichokes) from Salumeria.
A turkey diablo from Carmen's.
A roast pork with sharp provolone (greens optional) from DiNic's, which has seating.
Dienner's Pennsylvania Dutch-style Bar-B-Que chicken.
Quesadillas from 12th Street Cantina.
The "Somerset," a grilled cheese and ham sandwich from MeltKraft, the grilled-cheese specialist.
Flounder po'boy from Pearl's Oyster Bar, which has counter seating.
The fried chicken from Keven Parker's Soul Food Cafe, which has seating.
Salmon curry over rice from Little Thai Market.
The Spring Garden sandwich (sliced roast turkey, Provolone, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, sweet peppers, Parmesan sauce) from the Original Turkey (aka Bassetts).
Any of the burgers - and pay close attention to the breakfast burgers - at Hunger Burger.
Pick up a fresh-squeezed fruit or vegetable juice from Iovine's, the produce specialist in the corner.
Not a lunch choice, but a snack: a glazed apple fritter, fresh from the fryer, at Beiler’s Donuts, which made LaBan's list of the best things he ate in 2014. And Bassetts ice cream. And a Famous 4th Street cookie. Or several others.
Calories don't matter. You'll be walking it off.