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fischerl Sep 10th, 2009 09:01 AM

restaurant near Philadelphia airport
My son and I will have a four-hour layover in Philadelphia on our way to Shannon. Is there a good place to get a Philly cheesesteak sandwich within walking distance of the airport?

vjpblovesitaly Sep 10th, 2009 09:09 AM

No, you cannot walk outside the airport onto streets or anything. It's off Route 95, a major highway. You'd have to take transportation somewhere. I don't know where.

fischerl Sep 10th, 2009 09:41 AM

Thanks; I thought that might be the case. Any recommendations for inside the airport? I've never been there.

PaulRabe Sep 10th, 2009 11:06 AM

> Is there a good place to get a Philly cheesesteak sandwich

GOOD place at the airport? No -- but there are several mediocre places, one is as good as another. One nice thing about PHL is that, by law, any place that sells goods both at the airport and outside the airport must charge the same price for identical items at both locations.

EmilyC Sep 10th, 2009 01:32 PM

There is always the choice of walking over to the Marriott which is connected via a bridge to PHL. You will be leaving security, of course.

MLTimes Sep 10th, 2009 04:23 PM

For a taste of Philadelphia, there are several Chickie's and Pete's in the Airport. There's also a quite lovely wine bar with quite good food in the concourse between B/C.

MLTimes Sep 10th, 2009 04:28 PM

I failed to mention, if you are risk takers (and time it right), you could squeeze in a train ride into Center City to grab a pork italian sandwich at DeNic's in the Reading Terminal. (Getting into the city by cab is quicker but would make for a very expensive lunch.)

For that matter, depending on what time your flights are, you could cab it to John's Roast Pork at Weccacoe & Snyder. Call first, though, to make sure they're open (ie, that they haven't run out of bread yet). Have the cab wait. It's right off of 95 in South Philadelphia, about a 10 minute drive from the airport. One of the absolute best sandwiches in Philadelphia.

kona514 Sep 10th, 2009 05:40 PM

I would suggest "Chickie and Pete's" try the crab fries. It's in the airport and famous around Philly.


fischerl Sep 12th, 2009 10:21 PM

Thank you so much for your replies. What is "Chickie's and Pete's"? A fast-food place? I don't think I'm enough of a risk-taker to try the Reading Terminal, but John's Roast Pork sounds intriguing! Good to know about the Marriot and the wine bar, too. I will definitely print out these notes—thanks again!

Amy Sep 13th, 2009 04:50 AM

Chickie and Pete's was, originally, a sports bar with memorable food. (Actually, it's Chickie's and Pete's, both possessive, but I've only ever heard it the one-s way.) There's a menu here for the airport location: The crab fries are their most famous dish. So no, not a fast food place, more along the lines of a TGI Fridays or Applebees.

denice7 Sep 13th, 2009 08:35 AM

You don't want to leave the airport as you will have to go through security and that is a pain at PHL. Look on the airport terminal website. there is an italian bistro in i belive 2 of the terminals...white table cloth etc....very nice for a sit down meal.

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