Reading Terminal Market, 12th & Filbert
Monday - Saturday
7 AM to 8 PM
There is no other Philadelphia restaurant that zero's in on my stomach's soul more than Jack McDavid's Down Home Diner.
For breakfast: sausage and biscuits with sawmill gravy, ham and biscuits with red eye gravy, Low Country shrimp and grits (Jack takes a few liberties here), Chipped Beef, Corned Beef Hash - all down washable with 200 mile coffee. One of the two best breakfasts in Philadelphia.
For lunch and supper: skillet fried chicken, pulled pork barbecue, brunswick stew, short ribs, Granny's meatloaf. Not sure what happened to the chicken fried steak or the chicken and dumplings. Most likely I was the only Philadelphian who ever ordered them. Dang, I miss 'em.
Jack McDavid is a good ol' boy from a farm in southwestern Virginia - Country smart with a temper as majestic as the highest Appalachian peak and a heart the size of the Shenandoah valley.
You may have seen him on the TV Food Network's Grillin' and Chillin' putting up with co-host and city-slicker Bobby Flay.