Philly Food a Bonus for Raptors Fans


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City Food Tour Director Judy takes her group through Philadelphia’s famous Reading Terminal Market holding a box of Beiler’s Doughnuts. (Rod Charles/ occasionally publishes content featuring destinations outside of Canada. With so many Canadians expected to make the trip to Philadelphia to watch the Toronto Raptors play the Philadelphia 76ers, we figured it was a good time to highlight some of the outstanding food this city has to offer. Deputy Editor Rod Charles had an opportunity to enjoy a few delicious treats in Philadelphia and has some advice for fans who are making the trip south.

The Toronto Raptors are playing the 76ers in the 2019 NBA Playoffs and thousands of Canadians have made the trip to the City of Brotherly Love to see the action. With the Raptors coming off a tremendous win tonight to tie the series 2-2 many will do so again for game six on Thursday, May 9 at Wells Fargo Center.

Whether you like the 76ers or not you will love Philadelphia. Museums, art galleries, history and an outstanding culinary scene make this city a must. For those hoping to dig deeper into the culinary scene, purchase a ticket and go for a tasty walk with the City Food Tour.

Philadelphia is a big place with more choices than we can list but this is a small sample of what Canadians can enjoy while visiting the city for the big game.


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Behold the tomato pizza, a Philadelphia favourite from Joe’s Pizza Brick Oven. We enjoyed a slice during the City Food Tour. You can find this restaurant at 122 S 16th Street.  (Rod Charles/


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Another tasty treat enjoyed during the tour. Be sure to try the pretzel from Philly Pretzel Factory. Several locations. (Photo Courtesy Philly Pretzel Factory)


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There are several places to get a cold beer in Philadelphia but one unique place to try is City Tavern Restaurant on 138 S 2nd Street. What makes this place special is the history. Established in 1773, City Tavern is famous for being a watering hole for the Founding Fathers of the United States. Chef Walter Staib has done extensive beer recipe research to recreate an authentic 18th century dining experience. (Rod Charles/


One of the stops on the City Food Tour is Reading Terminal Market, a gastronomic bazaar with more than 80 merchants offering patrons fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books and clothing. If you haven’t tried a Philadelphia Cheesesteak yet, Reading will help you get your fix.  

Reading is not only a popular hometown attraction, it’s also the most popular Philadelphia tourist destination after the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. One hundred thousand Philadelphians and tourists pass through the Reading Terminal Market every week. The best part? This historic landmark is less than 20 minutes away from Wells Fargo Center so you can indulge yourself before the big game.



Spataro’s Cheesesteaks is a great place to find your cheesy side. (Photo Courtesy Reading Terminal Market)


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Carmens Cheeseteak is another wonderful option for this Philly favourite. (Photo Courtesy Reading Terminal Market)


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Delicious breakfast burger from Hunger Burger. (Photo Courtesy Reading Terminal Market)


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Rod has previously worked for and is currently freelancing for Huffington Post Travel. He’s also written travel articles for the Toronto Star and Up! Magazine. Living in Toronto but raised in the small central Ontario village of Holstein, Rod is a country boy at heart who has never met a farmer’s market he didn’t like.

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