Call it a heart attack on a plate: the Hot Turkey Sandwich with Mashed Potatoes from Dutch Eating Place, a lunch counter inside Philly’s Reading Terminal Market. Sliced, roasted turkey breast in between two slices of bread, smothered in gravy. Next to this is a heaping portion of mashed potatoes smothered in more gravy. To accompany are cole slaw and cranberry sauce. This one brought me right back to Thanksgiving dinner.
Paul and I discovered this sandwich during a day trip to Philly last week. At first, I was confused. Why so much gravy? After some thought, I think I understood what was going on here. Professional chefs might hate you for admitting it, but trust me, it’s often true: Cheese, bacon or gravy makes everything delicious. The cooks at Dutch Eating Place must have thought, “Let’s just make all of our food extra delicious by dumping gravy all over it, no matter what it is.” It’s kind of brilliant, if you ask me. Even though the slices of white bread were a bit soggy and lifeless (I actually wished they had been toasted), I still ate every last bite on my plate.
If turkey isn’t your preference, then you can order the same sandwich with roast beef (pictured, above). We noticed that this particular gravy had a darker color than it did on the turkey sandwich. My guess is that previous gravy was made with turkey or chicken stock, and that this gravy used beef stock.
This monster sandwich is just one of the gems you’ll find at Reading Terminal Market. I love this place, but thank God I don’t live close by. I’d probably weigh 1000 pounds.