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Down Home Diner

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51 N 12th St, Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 627-1955
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 42
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 51
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 22
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Ok- best thing is -its open early

I had no great expectations. but I needed an early breakfast and this was handy to the convention center. The buckwheat pancakes were...a little off. Not sure if they used different buckwheat than I am used to, or did not grind it the same or what, but I ended up not eating them. Scrapple was fine... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I had no great expectations. but I needed an early breakfast and this was handy to the convention center. The buckwheat pancakes were...a little off. Not sure if they used different buckwheat than I am used to, or did not grind it the same or what, but I ended up not eating them. Scrapple was fine. Coffee was sad.

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Highland Village, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We came here as was rated good breakfast How do u screw up French toast. It had no flavor at all was burned and they had no interest in my dissatisfaction. IF U LIKE BREAKFAST ETH QUALITYFOOD DO NOT EAT HERE. If u like cheap gross food have at it. I know harsh but that is how awful it was

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Inspection Report Down Home Diner 45 N 12th St 104 Philadelphia, PA 19107 « Back Related Reports Down Home Diner 45 N 12th St 104 Philadelphia, PA 19107 Inspection Date: 07/08/2015 4 Open cup of milk and bag of cookies in food prep area. (Items were removed during time of inspection) **PIC stated that cup of milk was being used... More 

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Columbia,SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Very crowded market but we enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the people. Had to wait about 5 minutes for a table but it was worth it. There were 4 of us and we each had something different. The food was hot and delicious. The staff did a great job keeping up with what we needed at the table. Coffee... More 

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I had both a dinner and breakfast here. The food was hot, good and a super value. I understand most items come out of the farmer's market businesses, which are all inside the Reading Terminal Market. If you're there in the morning, eat, then walk around the farmer's market and pick up some gifts for the folks back home who... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Great place to stop for a good lunch or dinner. A mix of old fashioned diner and malt shop. A very good menu selection and an eclectic atmosphere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Went here while staying at Courtyard Marriott to avoid the over priced hotel breakfast buffet. Food at Down Home Diner was great across the board and staff were very nice and efficient. They even had real maple syrup (for a charge) which I always appreciate. I had the poached eggs on scrapple at it was fantastic. Can't comment on other... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Good variety & good food. Breakfast all day & truly "down home" cooking. Fun place in Reading Market, open on Sunday (a lot of places there are closed Sun).

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Navarre, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I only give this restaurant one "star" because you can't give zero. I could overlook the dingy decor and slow service, but the food is terrible, some even inedible! This is one of the few places in Reading Market Terminal open past 6 pm. It SOUNDS like good home cooking. It is NOT good! I tried to order a burger,... More 

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Montgomery, AL
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

A friend and I went for dinner and wish we hadn't. The server was indifferent. However, the food was awful. I ordered the meatloaf with mashed potatoes and vegetables. I can't tell you how the vegetables tasted as I don't eat carrots or broccoli. The mashed potatoes were seasoned with some sort of hot sauce and we're not edible. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 51 N 12th St, Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: (215) 627-1955

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?