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30 Days of Philly Arts: Taste of Philly Food Tour - Day 21

If one thing is certain it’s that Philadelphians love their city’s food. Even if you are just visiting the city, everyone knows to venture towards South Street to try the world-famous Philly Cheesesteak. Two companies, Taste of Philly and Chew Philly, run food tours in two unique neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Taste of Philly explores the Reading Terminal Market in the downtown district, and Chew Philly runs through the Manayunk neighborhood.

Chew Philly, a 2.5 hour walking tour through Manayunk, runs from March to November on Thursdays through Saturdays. Participants not only get to indulge in 8 different food tastings, but also learn about the historical, architectural, and cultural secrets of the 300 year old neighborhood. The tour begins at Sorrentino’s Deli, where attendees feast on Cheesesteaks. The tour continues through the heart of Manayunk, venturing to other local restaurants. Along the way, participants get to chow down on tomato pie, hand-twisted soft pretzels, and juicy burgers. To wash all that tasty food down, the next stop is Volo, a cozy coffeehouse. The tour concludes at Sweet Elizabeth’s with a red velvet cupcake.

Every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 a.m., Taste of Philly’s journey begins at the renowned Reading Terminal Market. The majority of this 75 minute tour explores the inside of Reading Market, but ventures outside to examine the architecture of this cultural hub. Among the questions that this tour answers are: how does one properly order a cheesesteak and where did Milton Hershey get the idea for Hershey Kisses. Carolyn Wyman, author of “The Great Philly Cheesesteak Book” and "Better Than Homemade: Amazing Foods That Changed the Way We Eat", enlightens tour participants with her passion for food as one of the tourgivers.

On the Taste of Philly website, Carolyn Wyman takes an excerpt from her book, “The Great Philly Cheesesteak Book”, highlighting key terms such as “Whiz Wit” and the protocol of ordering a Philly Cheesesteak. Check out the post at (

Check out Carolyn’s review of a less known but awesome Cheesesteak restaurant, Leo’s, in Folcroft!