Our Little Adventure in Philadelphia - Day 3 of 3

Our last day in Philadelphia. We woke up around 9 or 10AM, packed up our belongings, and checked out. Just minute away from our hotel was a diner that received high ratings on Yelp and fairly good reviews, so we decided to have brunch at Boulevard Diner.

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.

I had the Mushroom Omelette with Homefries and White toast on the side ($6.50). The omelette had a lot of mushrooms which I was happy to see because I love mushrooms. I asked for cheese with it too, but I felt the amount of cheese they added was a bit of overkill. The homefries were lightly seasoned with salt.

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.

We had the Pulled Pork Sandwich with Sauteed Spinach. It's too bad that Will forgot to get cheese on it (maybe next time). The pulled pork sandwich was absolutely scrumptious. It was one of the best pork sandwiches I've ever had. The pulled pork was moist and rich. The sauteed spinach was seasoned perfectly.

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.


  1. Interesting pics, but me being a reader of your blog, noticed that you do have major typos. Considering that you want readers to concentrate on the food and not the mistakes--keep that in mind.

    For example: "but I hope when they like it when they try it"
    You mean to say: but I hope they like it when they try it.
    Also you wrote "than" when you meant then. "Than" is used to compare things.

    I know City College doesn't have hospitality management. I think in your profile you should state that you go to City Tech. ( 2 completely different schools). By the way, you really should know what school you attend.

    Hope you don't take these critiques too hard. Considering that you want your blog to be successful and all....

    1. Thank you for pointing out my spelling and grammar mistakes.

      I didn't list any where on my blog about where I go to school and I do know what school I attend. Where do you see that I posted City College?

    2. Hello again,
      Thanks for not taking it personal. You're right. You didn't list on your blog where you go to school, although you do state it on your linkedin profile (Just sayin'.)

    3. Hello again.

      Just out of curiosity, how did you find my blog?


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