When we arrived, the first thing I noticed was the smell of the diner. It had an old and musty smell to it. We were greeted by the hostess and our waitress. Our waitress was very nice. We started off with Iced Coffees.
Our waitress gave us our iced coffees and two additional cups of ice. She said they don't have iced coffee that is prepared prior, so they used hot coffee and ice cubes. That didn't really make me feel too good about my ice coffee, but I don't know if other restaurants do the same -- but at least she was honest.
Will had the Boulevard Bonanza ($9.75) which consisted of: two eggs, short stack of pancakes, country ham, two strips of bacon, one sausage, and homefries. It sure looked like a heavy meal. Will thought the Boulevard Bonanza was mediocre and could have been better.
Boulevard Diner definitely needs an update in decor and get rid of that musty smell. No one wants to walk into a restaurant or a diner smelling the same scent they would find in their basement or garage. I don't think we would be returning to this diner next time we're in Philadelphia, the food quality was mediocre.
I wanted to get a few gifts for my family before leaving Philadelphia so we made a final stop at Reading Terminal Market and had lunch there as well. We went to Tommy DiNic's for their famous pork sandwich and Franks A Lot for some barbecue chicken.
I really enjoyed this sandwich and hopefully next time, Will will order the sandwich with cheese. A sandwich without cheese feels a little bland.
I walked over to Franks A Lot in Reading Terminal Market and picked up some barbecue chicken. The barbecue chicken was moist and tender, but lacked seasoning. A little salt and pepper would have gone a long way.
I couldn't figure out what to get my parents, but then I remembered they both love red wine. So I found a wine shop that was opened inside Reading Terminal Market. I don't know too much about wine, but there was a nice lady that was working there was guiding me through the different wines and each wine had a description of it.
I tried the Victoria's Passion with Will and I really liked it. It was light and had a slight raspberry taste to it. My parents haven't opened it yet, but I hope they will like it when they try it.
Well, that's it for our little adventure in Philadelphia. I learned an important lesson during our little adventure and that is to: NEVER take a trip during a heatwave. Will and I didn't get to do everything we wanted to do like try Philly Cheesesteak since it was so hot and lines are long everywhere. Hopefully we will get around to eating true Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia at some point.