Beck’s Cajun Cafe

The lovely gals at Philly Food Lovers invited me to try out the eats at Beck’s Cajun Cafe. Since it’d been way too long since I first and last visited New Orleans, I was definitely hankering for some New Orleans cooking! And we had the pleasure of dining with Bill Beck – chef, owner, and pretty darn good eater! Located in Reading Terminal Market, they serve up New Orleans fare, along with a few surprises.
Gator Gumbo! Yep, that’s right folks, there’s gator sausage in here. And it’s sweet, mild, and smoky, and served over white rice. Wow, just wow!
Here is the muffaletta, a new orleans staple. It is a giant heaping sandwich filled with salami, ham, mortadella, sharp provolone, and olive salad served on Italian bread with tons of sesame seeds. I don’t even like olives but I did not mind the ¬†olive salad on this. It’s like their version of the hoagie, only much bigger!
Here’s the shrimp po boy. Po boys are famously New Orleans and this particular one is served on French bread with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and Creole mayo. And the fried shrimp? They are huge, hot, and yummy! This sandwich is so big it’s really hard to maneuver around it.
Now this is the Train Wreck Po Boy. It is not a Philadelphia sandwich and it is not a New Orleans sandwich, it is just something that Beck thought up. And damn, this sandwich packs a flavor punch. It has andouille sausage, steak, salami, cheese, onion, and creole mayo, so that it’s like a cheesesteak, on steroids. It’s got all the goodness from a regular cheesesteak, but with extra flavorful meat coming from the sausage, salami, and mayo. I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious this sandwich is. You can bet that I’ll be getting this again, and then going for a run to make up for it!
As if the regular food wasn’t enough, we had to go extra crazy by trying two different desserts. First, it was the hot bread pudding. I love me some bread pudding, so I really enjoyed this
But here’s the piece de resistance. Served only wednesdays and sundays, they have hot beignets! These famously famous french fritters are served super hot out of the fryer and topped with powdered sugar. I had missed these so much since my visit to New Orleans, and it’s pretty damn exciting knowing that I can now get them twice a week. But just remember it’s wednesday and sundays, as last saturday, I was sorely disappointed when I went to Beck’s and realized it was sunday that was magical beignets day, not saturday. These were so amazing, I’m drooling just thinking about them again…
Beck also has his own brand of rubs and spices that you can take home with you, that you can use on pretty much anything that could use a bit of flavor. The food is authentic, tasty, and served up in heaping portions, with love. If you want a taste of New Orleans right here in Philly, stop by and get yourself some Beck’s!

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  2. Ooooh, I love this place! I second your love of their bread pudding– it’s really to die for. A word to the vegetarians: if you order the veggie po’ boy, ask for the regular po’ boy fixins instead of the roasted red pepper nonsense that comes on it. Much better with the standard lettuce, tomato and remoulade!

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