Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire Nowhere To Be Found In Philadelphia Food Carts

By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Anyone who visits Manhattan around the holidays knows the smell: food carts roasting chestnuts.

It’s a tradition of sorts in the Big Apple, but not so in Philadelphia. An unscientific survey of food carts and food trucks around City Hall found not a single vendor selling roasted chestnuts.

Matthew Feldman, who owns the Lucky Old Souls food truck that stops a few times a week at Love Park, is familiar with the New York tradition.

“I’m actually from the New York area originally, so I know exactly what you’re talking about. It’s not something I ever thought to do, but it’s not a bad idea. Its one of those smells that means Christmas in New York. And I guess it could mean Christmas in Philly, too,” he said.

A Health Department spokesman says there’s nothing on the books that stops vendors from roasting chestnuts, so perhaps Feldman or another owner can start a new Philadelphia tradition.

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