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Hershel's East Side Deli

51 N 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19176 (City Center East)
215-922-6220
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Ranked #32 of 3,733 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Sandwiches
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch
Neighborhood: City Center East
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English first
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

It's a good thing I bumped into this lady while looking around to find the best place to eat at Reading. I would return to the city just to have their pastrami again! It was bursting with flavor and very juicy. No need for anything else. Just the pastrami on rye, please!!!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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182 reviews 182 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

While in Reading Terminal Market, I strongly advise you to visit Hershel's for a fresh hot pastrami sandwich! All sandwiches are made to order and you can literally see them take the pastrami out of the oven, sliced into an oversized portion of goodness placed onto 2 slices of rye with Swiss cheese & spicy mustard. If pastrami isn't your... More

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Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Headed here just a little bit after lunch, wandering around trying to find what to eat... when I just saw the different meats just sitting on the cutting boards... I just had to see what it was all about! Being the normally indecisive eater I am, I opted for the meat sampler w/ slaw. Service was pretty fast, because they... More

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Old bridge
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66 reviews 66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

My son had the brisket sandwich and could not stop raving about how delicious it was. For anyone at the Market looking for a good meat sandwich this seems to be the place to go. He had his on rye with cheese and Russian dressing.

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Burlington, Vermont
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119 reviews 119 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Its a great choice for lunch inside the Reading Terminal Market. Just like others exclaim, the pastrami is lean, moist, tender and piled high. I couldn't have made a better choice from the endless options inside the Reading Terminal Market.

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ottawa canada
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150 reviews 150 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This deli has a wonderful collection wonderfully cooked brisket, pastrami, corned beef. I could not decide so I went with the deli sampler. Must have been a pound of meat. Great value. Lots of deli choices. Recommended.

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Chicago
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Excellent corned beef. Second best matzo ball soup after my mother's. I just wish they served sandwiches on onion rolls.

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Wadsworth, Ohio
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75 reviews 75 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you like to eat a pastrami reuben that is pile high with delicious pastrami, don't miss the opportunity to get one inside the Reading Terminal market. This one is fabulous. The pastrami is so tender and the sandwich is huge! It is well worth the cost. The workers are attentive as well.

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Sicklerville, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Had a half sandwich- turkey special and a spinach knish. The bread was the best, and softest rye I have EVER had. The turkey was the highlight. Real turkey and just fell apart in my mouth. Not too salty either. The knish was delish too. Side of sour cream of course. I grew up going to many Jewish noshes and... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Pastrami and eggs was a new find for me, and I won't forget it. Their deli meats were ultra fresh, carved to order, and served on hearty breads befitting a famous deli. Located in the bustling Reading Terminal Market - a feast for the senses!

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