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The Full Story

It all started back in 1983 with a single sandwich. One day, Dave Bassett was strolling through Reading Terminal Market looking for a good turkey sandwich but it was nowhere to be found. His son, Roger Bassett, at the time was working at Bassetts Ice Cream just down the aisle. He asked Roger if he knew of anywhere to get a good turkey sandwich, he unfortunately did not but he did not want to disappoint his father so he went around to other merchants and found the ingredients to make a fresh roasted turkey sandwich for his dad. Cooked a small turkey in a little oven he borrowed from another merchant, sliced some fresh baked bread from a bakery next door and got some lettuce and tomato from the produce stand. As Dave was sitting down eating that sandwich a stranger came up to him and asked where he got that sandwich, “My son at the ice cream counter made it for me” was his response. The next day Dave came back with some of his friends to get another one of those sandwiches and what do you know so did that stranger from the day before. At that point Roger knew he might be onto something and started to develop the very first and only turkey only food concept in the United States. Now almost 40 years later the rest is history all thanks to that one sandwich.

The Original Turkey--1985
The Original Turkey 2000
The Original Turkey 2010
Roger Bassett The Origianl Turkey 1990
Turkey Store 2023
1lb Sliced Turkey

Frequently Asked Questions
-Holiday Orders

  • Are You Open On Holidays?

-We are closed on some US holidays. (New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas)

  • Do You Have Fried Turkey?​​​

-We Do NOT. Only our famous roasted turkey​

  • Do You Have Whole Turkeys All Year?

-We do NOT. We only have them for Thanksgiving​

  • How Do I Order a Meal For Thanksgiving/Christmas?

-All Meal Pre Orders must be made online​

  • When Can I Pick Up My Order?

-When you place your order you can pick what day and time you would like to pick up your order​

Frequently Asked Questions
-Reading Terminal Store

  • What Are Your Hours?

-We are open 9:00am-6:00pm or until sell out everyday 

  • Where Are You Located Inside Reading Terminal?​​​

-We are located in the very center right where all the seating is​

  • How do I contact someone about an order?

-Please Email us @ We do not answer the phones

Frequently Asked Questions

-Shipping Orders

  • How Do You Ship Your Food?

-We vacuum seal all shipping items to preserve freshness and use ice packs to keep food cold during shipping 

  • When I Place An Order When Will I Receive It?

-We Only Ship Monday-Thursday.

​-It will typically take 2 days for your order to arrive so plan ahead when you are going to order

  • How do I contact someone about an order?

-Please Email us @ We do not answer the phones

  • How Do I Place An Order To Be Shipped?

                    - You must visit To Place An Order.

Turkey Salad Sandwich


Reading Terminal Market

1136 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

9:00am-6:00pm Everyday


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