My husband and I go to Reading Market once monthly for fresh fish and meat. However, the primary reason for our trip is an excuse to eat at Hershel's Deli. We always ask which between the corn beef and pastrami is leaner and order accordingly. It is amazing how lean the meat is after being hand trimmed of all fat by the server. The meat is hand cut and piled high on the fresh rye bread slathered with mustard or Russian dressing, coleslaw, or sauerkraut, if desired--and a kosher pickle on the side--for $9-$10. The matzo ball soup is the best we have ever eaten. The large size is more than plenty for two people, with 2 huge matzo balls, carrots, chicken, and celery in broth. The two of us often share 1/2 sandwich and the matzo ball soup. If eating solo, this is also an option on their menu. Remember to order their specialties for dessert and buy a loaf or 1/2 loaf of bread (sliced) to take home. One suggestion is to try to get there early so you can order before noon. This is a very popular restaurant and the lines get long from 12-2 (when they sometimes run out of meat.) Also, more tables have been added toward the back of the market, so don't despair if all nearby tables are occupied.
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