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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner


American, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
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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...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
Reviewed December 24, 2019

We stayed downtown and was told Carmen's was the place to go for a cheesesteak sandwich. The line was long, but it wasn't too bad of a wait considering it was lunch hour. The sandwich was tasty, but it didn't stand out from other cheesesteaks...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed December 4, 2019

Really enjoyed the cheesesteaks we had here. A bit of a wait to get served but that's because it's so popular, with reason. Good banter with the guy on the till (are you still allowed to say that?). Really liked the fresh roll, and the...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 23, 2019 via mobile

Reading Food Terminal has many great options to eat. Looking for the real Philly cheese steak sandwich? Look no further then Carmen’s. Obama’s favourite place for the world famous sandwich. We met Carmen, with all the smooth lines of Mayday Malone from cheers, he had...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 17, 2019 via mobile

This place was suggested by a local! She said it was one of the best and she was right! Take the time out to try it out...super nice staff too!

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 12, 2019 via mobile

During our tour of the terminal we wanted cheesesteaks as we walked by Carmens. I waited in line and ordered pizza steak and fries. The steak was excellent and they cut in threes as we were sharing. Their fries are huge and too many for...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 5, 2019

cooked right in front of you! Amazing smells and energy. cooked however you want it with what every you want on top.

Date of visit: March 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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