If one thing is certain it’s that Philadelphians love their city’s food, as do visitors to our City. Taste of Philly and Chew Philly offer food tours in different areas of the city that mix history in with the culinary arts. Taste of Philly covers the historic gem Reading Terminal Market and Chew Philly offers a walking food tour of Manayunk.
Chew Philly, takes about two and half hours, starting at Marchiano’s Bakery, where Frank Sinatra used to order tomato pie when he played Philadelphia. The group wends its way down to and along the Manyunk Canal towpath and samples foods in seven other establishments along Main and Cresson Streets.
There are bites of information about the historical, architectural, and cultural secrets of the 300 year old neighborhood. How pretzels came to be is the topic while tour members eat hand-twisted soft pretzels, and there’s a stop at Pretzel Park. There are burgers and cheesesteaks, of course, coffee and dessert, each served at a small Manyunk eatery with a story.
Chew Philly tours are Thursday through Saturday from March through November. Here’s more information about reserving space on a tour and what to expect.
Every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 a.m., Taste of Philly’s journey begins at the renowned Reading Terminal Market. The majority of this 75 minute tour explores the inside of the market but ventures outside to examine its architecture.
Among the questions that this tour answers are: How does one properly order a cheesesteak? and Where did Milton Hershey get the idea for Hershey Kisses? and What did George Washington like to eat?
Carolyn Wyman, author of The Great Philly Cheesesteak Book and Better Than Homemade: Amazing Foods That Changed the Way We Eat, enlightens tour participants with her passion for food as one of the tour guides.
Check out a video tour of Manyunk: here.