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Diversions explore Pursuits of Pleasure Food Fight Which of the nation's two most storied public markets deserves the top title? By John Grossmann ★ PHOTOS FROM TOP BY D. HURST/ALAMY AND JEAN-DANIEL SUDRES/HEMIS/ALAMY Imagine a nationwide call-in radio show, not for regional squabbles about hometown baseball teams and in-and-out-of-favor quarterbacks, but rather about food destinations. A referee might well be needed to stop the verbal sparring between Philadelphians and Seattleites: the former loyal to Reading Terminal Market, the latter shouting out for Pike Place Market. Sure, there are great markets elsewhere, but there's no denying that Philadelphia and Seattle are especially blessed. Good as it is, New York's Eataly telescopes in on a single cuisine, and with only three years under its belt, it lacks the character and lore that come with history. The Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market in San Francisco is also terrific, and whenever I'm in town I make a beeline there for some Frog Hollow Peaches and Hog Island Oysters. But it's just not a bustling, everyday food bazaar like Reading Terminal and Pike Place. They're the real daily deal. Philadelphia's iconic market, which in bygone years had sawdust on the floors and three stands selling buttermilk, opened in 1892. It's housed in a stately, pink-brick Renaissance Revival building that was once the Center City terminal of the Reading Railroad. Seattle's pride and joy was born in 1907 after greedy wholesalers hiked the price of onions tenfold. A dozen brave farmers bypassed the wholesalers and sold their produce from horse-drawn wagons on cobblestoned Pike Place. Both markets are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. But which is better? Having posed the question, I felt obliged to take an informed, leisurely stroll to arrive at an educated answer. So with an open mind and an open mouth, I made two-day forays to both markets, awarding points in a range of pertinent categories to assess the utility, character, ethos - and, of course, the food. The contestants are in the ring. Let the East vs. West Public Market Smackdown begin! Hours of Operation Reading Terminal is open 358 days a year, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The dozen Pennsylvania Dutch restaurants and vendors go dark Sunday and Monday, close at 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and at 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. [6 pts.] Pike Place is open year-round except Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Day. Breakfast begins at 6 a.m., shops and markets start selling at 9 a.m., and some of its restaurants and bars don't close until 1:30 a.m. [10 pts.] From top: Pike Place Market in Seattle, and Amish woman selling fresh pretzels at Reading Terminal Market FEBRUARY 2014 15

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - February 2014

Table of Contents
CEO Letter
From the Editor
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Diversions: Public Markets
Diversions: Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale
Diversions: The Philadelphia Mint
Style Spotlight: Cruise Control
Adventure: Skiing Salt Lake City
Adventure: Arizona Wet & Wild
Gear Up: Workout Tools
US Airways: History of African Americans in Aviation
Travel Feature: Eleuthera in the Bahamas
Great Tastes: Phoenix Dining
University of California at San Diego
Celebrate Black History Month: HBCUs
Best of Health: Desert Institute for Spine Care
Best of Health: Miami Beach Foot & Ankle Surgery
Visit Tri-Valley, California
Must Read: I'll Take You There by Greg Kot
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
Video Entertainment
Audio Entertainment
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Giving: The Hope Takes Flight Campaign
Window or Aisle?

US Airways - February 2014