Down Home Diner

Diner and American Restaurant · Chinatown
51 N 12th St (at Reading Terminal Market), Philadelphia, PA 19107, United States
Hours:
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 7:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:
No
6.9/10

Based on 87 votes

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    Cali W.
    "Friendly staff, great for breakfast."(7 Tips)
    Jordan D.
    "Best cheese fries."(2 Tips)
    Barnabas P.
    "Their coffee is delicious, far better than most diners."(2 Tips)
    M. W.
    "beef stew with mashed potatoes"(4 Tips)
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  • breakfast food
  • jukebox
  • pancakes
  • locally sourced food
  • coffee
  • cheese fries
  • brunch food
  • burgers
  • eggs
  • potatoes
  • homemade food
  • buns
  • staff
  • lunch
  • budget travelers
  • diner food
  • retro style
  • apples
  • Ivy Agnes N.

    Great pancakes, great retro diner design, nice jukebox up front! Nice, beautiful waitresses, too.

    Ivy Agnes Nguyen · June 6, 2015
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  • Cali W.

    Friendly staff, great for breakfast. Try the Philly cheesesteak scramble

    Cali Wilder · January 4, 2015
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  • Nick R.

    The hamburger was fresh and local from the market, as well as the buns.

    Nick Rynes · October 30, 2014
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  • Maida R.

    Yummy breakfast burrito.. With Maple Turkey sausage.

    Maida Rodriguez · September 1, 2014
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  • Chalie O.

    Good catfish

    Chalie Older · May 8, 2014
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  • Chalie O.

    Good fish platters

    Chalie Older · May 8, 2014
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  • Tamika J.

    Cheese steak was perfect. #guilty pleasure

    Tamika Jones-White · May 3, 2014
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  • M. W.

    Their version of Sheppards pie is beef stew with mashed potatoes piled on top. I definitely would NOT recommend it. :-(

    M. Williams · December 5, 2013
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  • M. W.

    Their version of Sheppards pie is beef stew with mashed potatoes piled on top. I definitely would NOT recommend it. :-(

    M. Williams · December 5, 2013
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  • Jordan D.

    Best cheese fries. Ever.

    Jordan D · July 28, 2013
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  • Roxie

    Like everyone in Philly, they may seem unfriendly for a second, but are actually SUPER nice. Food is great, get the Corn-hoes

    Roxie · July 20, 2013
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  • DK D.

    Good diner food.

    DK Davis · July 14, 2013
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  • Ali H.

    Coffee is kinda expensive. Also, when there is a dish with gravy, expect your plate to be primarily gravy with a side of food...

    Ali Harris · June 16, 2013
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  • MyPhillyAlive

    If you love breakfast, make sure you get Jack McDavid's home fries aka potatos. Excellent.

    MyPhillyAlive · November 2, 2012
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  • Kristin L.

    Delicious!!!

    Kristin L. · October 18, 2012
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  • Visit Philly

    When the crew of her budget travel show $40 a Day rolled into Philly, Rachael Ray found plenty of delicious bargains here at the Down Home Diner.

    Visit Philly · September 19, 2012
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  • Philadelphia Magazine

    For a hearty meal of Lancaster County scrapple under two poached barnyard eggs, Down Home Diner is the place to go. Or just get some Philadelphia style scrapple on the side. Read more

    Philadelphia Magazine · August 14, 2012
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  • Andrew S.

    pretty much a standard whenever i find myself in the reading terminal

    Andrew Smith · February 23, 2012
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  • Corner T.

    Great diner. Get the Whole Grain Flapjacks. Outstandi@

    Corner Tavern · February 20, 2012
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  • Michelle M.

    Can safely accommodate gluten- free diners for breakfast. Try a veggie scramble. Great sauteed apples too.

    Michelle Moreau · January 14, 2012
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  • Ned B.

    Scrapple sammich!

    Ned B · November 19, 2011
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  • Marie B.

    Turkey Club here is the best. They use turkey straight from the bird...none of that cold cut BS.

    Marie B · November 5, 2011
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  • Barnabas P.

    Their coffee is delicious, far better than most diners. Breakfast here is a fun, elicits experience.

    Barnabas Piper · October 9, 2011
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  • Sinamen W.

    They don't have combos here so be prepared to order your meal al a carte. They also dnt hve splenda so bring your own if its a necessity.

    Sinamen White · September 4, 2011
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  • Alison T.

    Great diner with fast service.

    Alison T · April 3, 2011
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  • Serena

    Great homemade food from all local ingredients, and insanely cheap. Get the scrapple!

    Serena · March 26, 2011
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  • Karl H.

    Avoid the Kid's Chicken Fingers.

    Karl Herring · February 3, 2011
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  • Andy G.

    sweet potato soup was awesome... should have gone for a bowl instead of a cup.

    Andy Gradel · December 24, 2010
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  • Jack L.

    beware not to sit at the counter during the winter... cold air constantly from the doors opening

    Jack Lindberg · December 10, 2010
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  • Scott T.

    Try the Philly Cheesesteaks!

    Scott Tyson · November 28, 2010
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  • Stephanie S.

    good place to meet friends... Read more

    Stephanie Smoluk · February 19, 2010
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  • Milena L.

    Peça o Philly's Cheesesteak!!! É enorme e vem com generosa porção de fritas!

    Milena Loureiro · August 10, 2014
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