This visit takes me to the Reading Terminal Market
and a big heaping juicy Corned Beef Special at Hershel’s East Side Deli.
Right across from DiNic’s, Hershel’s serves all the classic deli meats –
pastrami, brisket, and my favorite, corned beef.
I had the Corned Beef Special (Russian dressing and coleslaw),
and as you can see I had a heck of a time keeping the sandwich together.
I even found some on my backpack as I was putting my gear away.
Hershel’s is named after the owner’s uncle Hershel, who fled WWII era Poland to Russia, then to the US,
where he settled in NYC and got a job in 1946 as a cook in Katz’s Deli on Manhattan’s LES.
When Katz’s Deli was sold in 1989, he retired, feeling as though he made his mark.
from the website:
“Steven Safern, together with his partner, Andrew Wash, and with the support of many others,
opened Herschel’s East Side Deli inside Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market.
While working in his old-fashioned, Jewish-style deli, Steven is often addressed as “Hershel”
by customers who don’t know his real name.
Far from taking offense to the mistake, Steven says that being called Hershel brings a smile to his face
because it serves as a reminder of the deli’s inspiration.”
“Their food is made from scratch daily – you’ll never see any prepackaged meats or salads.
They carve everything fresh right in front of the customers and make orders to customers’ requests.
Steven believes “that’s how Uncle Hirsh would have wanted it done.””
Enough about what I think….
4.5 stars on Yelp
(on a basis of 357 reviews
4.5 score on Zomato
(on a basis of 55 votes)
4.5 score on TripAdvisor
(on a basis of 171 reviews)