Top to-go fare and where to take it

The places themselves may not be new, but the idea of your getting good grub to-go there just might be. And what better time than early July for a yummy outdoor picnic in a scenic setting?

VANCOUVER: Granville Island Public Market, 1689 Johnston St., (604) 666-6477
Six former factory buildings house 50 vendors in a colorful and savory daily market. Local wines, homemade pâtes, and sugar-brined “Indian candy” salmon typify B.C.’s bounty. Loads of ethnic eats, including Greek, Chinese, Indian, and Japanese, as well as indoor tables make grab-and-go lunches easy. For best results, cop a waterfront bench to spy pleasure boats and city skyline beyond.

PHILADELPHIA: Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, (215) 922-2317
Hankering for a rib sandwich, snapper soup, or Amish chicken pot pie? Reading Terminal Market is a literal depot of Philly food passions. Established in 1893, the venerable marketplace outlasted the railroad it once partnered. Vendors sell Italian salami, Amish baked goods, Japanese sushi, and artisanal cheese among the aisles. Brown-bag it seven blocks to Washington Square to sup amid classic Society Hill surroundings.

SEATTLE: Pike Place Market, First Avenue and Pike Street, (206) 682-7453
Seattle’s famed Pike Place sprawls over several downtown blocks, providing a marketplace for more than 260 merchants. Stop by for briny oysters, farm-fresh raspberries, heirloom tomatoes, Le Panier breads, Italian panini sandwiches, and Russian piroshki pastries. Walk your way north, winding up at grassy Victor Steinbrueck Park, where savvy picnickers overlook Puget Sound and Olympic peaks. —