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Reviewed 5 days ago

I get the long lines and the busy atmosphere. It’s Terminal Market after all. The lady at the counter could have been a bit more patient with us unknowing customers. However, the taste was really good. I loved the Franklin more than the classic cheesesteak.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 20, 2022 via mobile

My sandwich was great! I had a regular cheesesteak sandwich and a drink. The only issue is to get a seat for you to enjoy the sandwich.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 1, 2022 via mobile

Best cheesesteak in town. That’s it, that’s the review. If that doesn’t convince you, the man with the mustache at the end of the line almost certainly will.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed May 13, 2022

I was really impressed with the service because this was my first time here, so interested in my menu options. The young man who took my order was very helpful, explained the differences in sandwiches, he was friendly and not rushed. My food was good,...interesting having cream cheese on a chicken Philly cheese steak sandwich. Yes, I'd order it again. Others traveling with me were pleased with their food also.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed March 30, 2022 via mobile

The best Philly cheese steak and well worth the queue to get one in the reading terminal market. My first and only cheese steak but the food of presidents as the photo of Obama shows who ordered one there while president

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed December 28, 2021 via mobile

Obviously this is one of the founding places of the Philly cheesesteak sandwich, and from what I’ve been told from many locals it’s the best. However, within the recipes of the Philly cheesesteak I have had several that were much better than this elsewhere in...the US. Worth visiting as a tourist spot I mean the market is phenomenal. But you won’t be wow’d. The older gentleman at the cash register may be the owner is a really nice guy and makes friendly conversation with every customer. Was a fun experience overallMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed December 14, 2021

I've visited Reading Terminal several times and there was always a line for Carmen's. My husband ordered a cheese steak with provolone and onions and OMG that was the best tasting cheesy-chopped steak sandwich I ever had (and yes, I'd also tried Pat's. Geno's, and...Sonny's). The meat was flavorful, the cheese had a great pull and those grilled/fried onions were the bomb! Guys...save yourself the time, and traveling from cheese steak to cheese steak...just go to Carmen's.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 8, 2021

Had not been to this market in many years and never to Carmen's. Took a long time to get my order, then headed to the back to find a place to sit as no sitting area there. I found the sandwich to be extremely average....If was o.k., but it really wasn't something I'd need to do again.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 10, 2021

Not worth over a one hour wait. Especially when they mess up your order, and since they dont hand you a receipt, you cant prove it. Inefficient staff. Cookers work like crazy while other workers play with the cheese or shuffle hougies on the counter...trying to look busy.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed August 2, 2021

We waited over an hour to get to the counter to order only to be told by the man at the register we had to wait a little longer so the kitchen can catch up with all the other orders before us. He then took...his phone and walked away. He micromanaged the kitchen staff the whole time we were in line and then instead of helping them catch up he walks away. The staff did not look happy. After waiting 10 more minutes at the order window without anyone acknowledging us we left. We only went there because that is where the person on the tour said to go for a "famous" cheesesteak. I can't review the food since we never had any but we did end up at Sonny's Famous Cheesesteak and Burger's and the service and food was excellent, we were in and out in about a 1/2 hour.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 21, 2021

Hands down the best Philly Cheese Steak. Get on line its worth the weight. Get more than one because they are that good.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 22, 2021

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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Reviewed June 21, 2021

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
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Reviewed June 8, 2021

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
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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
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bjlundberg5
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Response from mrklucey | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about Gluten Free. I don't think it is available.
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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
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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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CARMEN'S FAMOUS ITALIAN HOAGIES & CHEESESTEAKS, Philadelphia - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number - Tripadvisor

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