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Silk City Diner

I’ve been quite lazy in the last week or two about posting blogs. I’ve been busy at work so by the time I get home I’m exhausted. Plus I’m planning my trip next month. Back to Philadelphia posts…

Silk City Diner

I first heard about Silk City on Diners, Drive ins, and Dives. I’m a mac n cheese fanatic and they had baked Mac n cheese with gold fish crust. I love gold fish as well. So this sounded like a match made in heaven. My parents and I finally decided to go. It was packed!! There were only a couple of booths so it doesn’t take much to the pack the place. I got my mac, my dad got either a veggie burger or crab cake sandwich, and my mom got a chicken sandwich. My mom didn’t like her sandwich. She thought it was too exotic, but she liked her fries. My dad loved his sandwich. I loved mine!! It was heaven. It was also huge! I went to buy a t-shirt, but they didn’t have my size. By the way, the first time we went we got super lost and wound up driving into Camden. So get clear directions because it is confusing.

We went back a couple months later. My mom got a grilled cheese with fries, which she liked. My dad and I got what we had before. Again everything was good. I finally got my shirt. We learned our lesson and went early so we got a table easily. The neighborhood was a little sketchy.

A couple months later we were back again, but the menu had changed. No more mac with gold fish. 😦 It was replaced with a tiny portion of mac with garlic bread crumbs. I was very sad. To equal the previous portion size I would need to order 3 of the new one. The first half of the Mac was good, but once the garlic layer was gone it got bland. I told them that they needed to double layer the bread crumbs. They need a layer in the middle and one on top. I got a grilled cheese as well and that was really good. My dad’s sandwich was gone. I can’t remember if it was the veggie or the crab. If it was the veggie then he switched to the crab if it was the crab then he switched to the veggie.

We went back again and got the same things. This time we went for dessert as well. We got the Chocolate Banana Brioche Bread Pudding which was recommended to us and I believe it was on DDD as well. It was very good.

We stopped going to Silk City because they changed the menu again. My dad’s sandwich got cut and the mac was just too small for me. That being said I would definitely recommend that people check it out. The menu is great for people that eat meat. My dad doesn’t eat meat (except for fish), my mom doesn’t eat red meat, and I rarely eat meat so that limits our choices.

I sadly don’t have any pictures because I went there before taking pictures of food became popular. 😉

Current Menu

The DDD Video

You can see a postcard of it by visiting my Philadelphia Postcards Page

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Reading Terminal Market

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this place. This is food heaven!

I first saw Reading Terminal on Food Network. Bobby Flay was having a throwdown with Delilah. It was a mac n cheese throwdown and it took place at her stand in the market. I have had her mac n cheese and I can see why Bobby won. It’s just ok. It’s expensive for very little. Oprah says it’s the best mac, but I’ve had better. I found it a bit dry and it wasn’t hot enough for my taste. If it wasn’t so expensive I would get it once in a blue moon just to satisfy the urge.

There are several other places in the market that have mac n cheese. The Rib Stand sells a version that is coated in a nutmeg like substance that’s pretty good. Tootsie’s in the back has some in their buffet. The mac is also just ok. It tastes more like Kraft Mac.

I love the Amish bakery (Beiler’s Bakery) that’s along the far left wall when you enter. They have cakes, whoopie pies, cookies, breads, buns, etc. Everything is good and they often discount right before they close. Saturdays after 4pm everything is on sale. They also have a little candy store (Sweet as Fudge Candy Shoppe) where you can buy fudge. The fudge isn’t cheap, but it is good. It is worth getting if you can only go once. They also have a pretzel stand (Miller’s Twist) where you can see them make the pretzels. I have had several pretzels and they are all good. There are other pretzel places in the market that are also very good. Just make sure you don’t get a well done one/burnt one.

As for chocolates. When you first walk in and head to the far right there is a row of a chocolate and Italian pastry cases. The chocolate cases belong to Chocolate By Mueller and the pastry cases belong to Termini Brothers Bakery. Sometimes you can even see them dip the chocolates. They often have free samples and that’s what I usually go there for. I can’t afford the chocolates and pastries, but from the samples they are good.

The Greek place (Olympia Gyro) in the market is quite good. We’ve brought back spinach pie several times to my Greek grandparents. Again it is expensive, but try to have them pick out the biggest piece.

There is a New Orleans style place in the market (Beck’s Cajun Cafe). I got a king cake roll from them and it was fantastic. The roll was like $1.50. It was my first king cake so I don’t have a lot to compare it to, but my mom and both enjoyed. I’ve been wanting another since my last visit.

There is a bread stand (Market Bakery) that has bagels, rolls, baguettes, etc. The breads are great. I haven’t had a bad one yet. They sell out of the good stuff early in the day.

Many people buy their cookies from The Famous 4th Street Cookie Company. However, I find them absolutely awful. They are expensive, often burnt, and are just not worth it. Their location at the front of the market brings them a lot of business. My favorite cookie place is actually at the back of the market. It is the Pennsylvania General Store. The cookies are out of this world!!!!!!!!! My mouth is watering just thinking about them. There are about a dozen varieties. The cookies are filled with m & m’s, butterscotch chips, nuts, Reese’s pieces, chocolate chips, cinnamon, etc. Some are even dipped in chocolate! They are pricey, but they are worth every single penny!

Other places that are popular in the market are: DiNic’s (Home of the Travel Channel’s pick for Adam Richman’s best sandwich in America!) and Dutch Eating Place (for their pancakes).

Delilah’s Mac n Cheese

Tootsie’s Mac n Cheese

Delilah’s

The famous Reading Terminal pig

Pennsylvania General Store Butterscotch Cookie

Pennsylvania General Store M&M Cookie

King Cake

 

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Baltimore-Charm City Cakes

I have been wanting to visit Charm City Cakes for the longest time now. I knew you could only go inside if you had an appointment with them about a cake. I once thought I would get my 21st birthday cake from them, but decided it was just too expensive. I do however own a Charm City Cakes shirt that I bought during their first season and have a thank you note from Mary Alice. I also have seen the whole crew at the NYC Food and Wine Festival. My mom actually met them by accident. Anyways…back to Baltimore. So I knew if I went I wouldn’t see anything but the outside. However, as a fan I knew they delivered most of their cakes on Saturdays. I figured if I went on a Saturday I might see them. I also planned on going across the street to the Dizz where they hang out.

We boarded a bus that left us across the street from Charm City Cakes. We took pictures outside and then peered into their windows. I pressed my camera against the window and was able to get some inside shots. There were other tourists. They took a couple pics and got back in their cars. My mom and I went across the street to the Dizz and waited for the next bus (which was over an hour later).

We took seats that faced Charm City. While we waited we saw a car pull up and two of the female cake decorators came out! I was so excited. They went inside. Then they came back out and pulled a van up to the entrance. They were going to bring out a cake! So I went outside so I could get a better view. Sure enough they went back in and come back out carrying a cake. They loaded it into the van and they were off. We used the restroom at the Dizz and waited for the bus outside. And waited and waited and waited.

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Baltimore

I’ve been to Baltimore many times. I decided to go back in 2011 for a refresher. I really wanted to go to Charm City Cakes and Blue Moon Cafe. If you go to Blue Moon Cafe, stick with the Captain Crunch French Toast. My mom ordered a cinnamon bun and our friend ordered pancakes. The pancakes were thrown out and the bun was picked at. My french toast was really good though. I did a couple of history museums, but I still want to go back and view the Egyptian Exhibit at the Walters Art Museum. I highly recommend Maryland Historical Society Museum. They have performances that are quite entertaining and educational. The Baltimore Civil War Museum was very quick and not what I was expecting. The Flag House and Museum was great. I just missed the group tour, but they gave me a private one. We took Amtrak to get here, which was a piece of cake and we used public transportation to get around. The best meal was at Cheesecake Factory. I got fried mac n cheese balls (see picture below), mac n cheese, and oreo cheesecake. YUM!  To view my trip plan please click here. To read my Charm City Cakes post click here.

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Blue Moon Cafe

Brick Oven Pizza

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