Scrapple at Down Home Diner in Philadelphia

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Have you ever eaten a Scrapple

Scrapple, also known by the Pennsylvania Dutch name Pannhaas or "pan rabbit", is traditionally a mush of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal and wheat flour, often buckwheat flour, and spices. The mush is formed into a semi-solid congealed loaf, and slices of the scrapple are then pan-fried before serving.  --- Wikipedia

No wonder I have never tried this before. This is  a staple in the Amish Country fare. I might have seen scrapple on the brunch menu somewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area but this  dish is not a West Coast thing. And being the food lover that I am, I had to try this while I was in Philadelphia. 

How convenient it was that Mr Sweetie and I were staying just right across the street from the Reading Terminal Market which is Philadelphia's oldest farmer's market. Mr Sweetie wanted to go back to Dutch Eating Place but I really wanted to try another place to check out more places in Philly. Lucky for me, Dutch Eating Place was packed. We ended up at Down Home Diner which is also located inside the market. 

Down Home Diner was more comfortable than most of the eating places at Reading Terminal. It is an actual restaurant with a bathroom inside compared to food stalls with just stools at the indoor market. Down Home Diner is a sit-in diner which has actual booths and servers who take your order at your table. 

So I had my first taste of Scrapple. And it was very tasty! How could it be not when it was a deep-fried patty of pork right out of the fryer! The outside was crispy while the inside was moist and salty. As much as I do not really eat salty meat, I found scrapple to be very yummy. Mine was paired with poached eggs and giant fluffy biscuit which I slathered with jam. 

I really liked my first taste of Scrapple. I might not order it again here in the Bay Area but if you find yourself  in Philly, you have to definitely try it. I know that I would next time I go back! 


Scrapple with poached egg and biscuit for me
Biscuit and gravy for Mr Sweetie
A side of bacon for Mr Sweetie as well
Coffee for me
Arnold Palmer for him

1136 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

YUM FACTOR:         ★ ★ ★ ★ 
WALLET FRIENDLY:    ★ ★ ★ ★  

Our final tab was about $30 before tip

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