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American, Fast Food
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
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We did not originally plan to visit Carmen's on our trip however, as we were walking around Reading Terminal Market we were immediately drawn to the shop! The line was about a 20 minute wait but 100% worth it we loved the steak and the...pickled peppers added to the order. The team prepares behind a glass and you can watch the entire process. The steak was incredible and the toppings sealed the deal!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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I make a pilgrimage to Carmen's for their plain cheesesteak with Cheese Wiz. It is just the best. It is the first place I go when I am in Reading Market. I love their food. Make sure to buy the full sandwich as the half...is not enough. The meat is so flavorful and is tucked in so nicely to that soft chewy bun and the Cheese Wiz really makes the sandwich with rich flavor. My mouth waters just thinking about it.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They advertise that they open until 6pm 7 days a week. I stopped by at 5:15pm on Sunday. They were still there but they said they sold out of food and where not taking anymore orders. Given their good reviews I went there again on...Monday arriving at 4:45, over an hour before their closing time Their station was total cleaned up with nobody in site. No sign explaining why they were closed .... nothing. Quite disappointing since I had specifically made a trip there to get a hero for dinner. I will not try a third time. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60795-d3606272-r791488814-Carmen_s_Famous_Italian_Hoagies_Cheesesteaks-Philadelphia_Pennsylvania.html#More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed May 4, 2021 via mobile

Steak is more sliced where you can really tell it’s shaved steak not just mush cooked and pressed together. Tried this one with American cheese unlike whiz at the last two places I went. Would eat again if it was convenient, but if in town...for a limited time maybe seek another brick and mortar building instead of at a food market.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed September 24, 2020

Great place! Friendly staff! We ate here a couple times on our trip - the best cheesesteak in town! Get the Franklin!

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed July 29, 2020

Most people go to this Reading market for the Italian hoagie... Amazingly enough my daughter love the pizza cheesesteak imagine that. The best thing you can do is what we did order multiple sandwiches and share with the family so everybody can get a taste.

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed March 19, 2020

Stopped by this busy place in the wonderful Reading Terminal Market. It was very convenient to the Convention Center where I was attending meetings. Although the lunch time line was long, it moved and the food was well worth the wait. They offer a variety...of hoagies and cheesesteaks. Mine was done to perfection. I savored every bite. I definitely plan to stop by again when I'm in downtown Philadelphia.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed March 1, 2020

I don't know if this is the best cheesesteak in the world, but it's the best I've ever had. It certainly didn't hurt that Carmen's is in the iconic Reading Terminal Market, or that Carmen himself is a delightful host. You won't go wrong.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 26, 2020

This is a must every time I come to Philly. Can't love town without stopping by here. Great place! The Franklin, with onions and mushrooms, if you never had one, this is the first one to try. DELISH!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 10, 2020

We were told that Carmen's was one of the best places for a Cheesesteak so we ordered one from here and also from By George. This was was pretty good, but I must say that By George was better.

Date of visit: October 2019
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March 1, 2017|
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Response from mrklucey | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about Gluten Free. I don't think it is available.
August 13, 2016|
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Response from karenr873 | Reviewed this property |
There are plenty of other eateries to choose from but we wanted a Philly cheese steak sandwich and you can tell by the long line that it was a famous place to get one. We were not disappointed. Although we waited quiet a... More
April 5, 2016|
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Response from Chimata-no-kami | Reviewed this property |
no idea... it's not really a restaurant, it's a stand in the market
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Frequently Asked Questions about Carmen's Famous Italian Hoagies & Cheesesteaks

Yes, Carmen's Famous Italian Hoagies & Cheesesteaks offers takeout services.

Yes, Carmen's Famous Italian Hoagies & Cheesesteaks offers delivery services.

Carmen's Famous Italian Hoagies & Cheesesteaks is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5