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Down Home Diner

City Center East
American, Diner
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51 N 12th St, Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
(215) 627-1955
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Asheville, North Carolina
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Hash browns great, eggs not so much (underseasoned). Made efforts for a gluten free celiac. We'll go back.

Thank BigCityBeing
Bethany Beach, Delaware
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110 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't pay the for the high price breakfast at your hotel. Take a short walk to the Reading Terminal Market and have a good Down Home breakfast. Try the scrapple with syrup.

Thank Tim R
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun place in Reading Terminal for served breakfast with a Fifties diner vibe. Basic breakfast choices well prepared. Friendly servers. Really good biscuits.

Thank jgsherwood
Stamford, Connecticut
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in the Reading Market it's one of the few breakfast places in the center of town. Basic stuff , well made and inexpensive. It has a limited menu but what it has is good. If they don't have what you want you can walk around the corner and bring a muffin in from Termini's bakery. That's what I did.... More 

Halifax, Canada
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202 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted to eat at the Reading Terminal Market but discovered that it closed early on Sundays. This was still open so we decided to eat here. It was close to closing but they sat us. MY husband had the cheesesteak which was very good and I had the buttermilk fried chicken which was excellent but so big - 3... More 

Thank Jenn N
Raleigh, North Carolina
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Traveling from out of town and met my cousin here who is a local. The food was good but took a while to come out, and our waitress forgot water and to-go boxes we asked for as well as took a while to get us the bill. But the actual food was tasty. I had the breakfast burrito and the... More 

Thank kldj13
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

I've been staying across the street all week and finally made it over to the Reading Terminal, nice selection of foods for breakfast , the standard fare, servers were pleasant and attentive . I enjoyed my visit and service.

Thank shumphrey_atl
Easton, Pennsylvania
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201 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Stopped here for breakfast by myself. Had the breakfast sandwich which was tasty and came with a side of potatoes. I already had coffee with me so I can't comment on theirs. Service was efficient but not super friendly. Bathroom was clean. It was nice to have a booth amid the Terminal chaos. Menu was a double sided single sheet... More 

Thank Ortho3311
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

Service was a little slow, but the waitress was nice. Food was just okay. Chicken salad was bland and the grapes inside it were not ripe at all. Others at table liked their food okay, but not great. Was nice to sit down and relax and watch out the window.

Thank jhd28
San Antonio, Texas
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We stopped at Reading Market for breakfast the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend because the market was closed on Monday and we heard it was a "must see." Got in at about 9:30 a.m. and found few options for breakfast. The diner didn't look inviting from inside the market, and I was worried about time because there was a long... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 N 12th St, Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: (215) 627-1955

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?