While heading to Savor in DC this weekend, I found myself looking for a quick place for lunch on the way down. Hitting Philly around 4 hours into the trip, it’s usually an easy stop, with grabbing a cheesesteak from Tony Luke’s being my go to move and getting right back on the road. But I asked friends on The Facebook where they recommended and I was met with an almost universal response: the Roast Pork from DiNic’s (followed by beer at Tired Hands).
After a little walking around Reading Terminal Market (more on that in a bit) we found two empty stools at DiNic’s. We ordered two sandwiches: first, the aforementioned Roast Pork and second the Hand Carved Brisket of Beef, both with broccoli rabe and provolone for accoutrements. The roast pork was paper thin, juicy and full of flavor, without needing much else on the sandwich. The provolone was extra funky and quite intense, and the brocolli rabe was plentiful, almost to a fault. This was easily the better of the two sandwiches and something I can highly recommend seeking out the next time you’re in Philly. As for the brisket, this was tasty as well, but no where near as juicy as the pork, and it begged to be topped with a healthy scoop or two of horseradish.
As for the rest of Reading Terminal Market, it was quite the sight (and smell) to take in. Almost like its own mini city, each of the “streets” were lined with just about any kind of vendor you could imagine, with cuisine, groceries and goods all hailing from different parts of the world. This is one of those experiences that leave you imagining a Capital Region where there was a population of people that cared enough about food to actually sustain a market like this. We have a long, long way to go before that can happen but for now it’s nice to dream: