Tale of the Tape: Train Wreck at Beck’s Cajun Cafe

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As Serious Eats pointed out in its rundown of Philadelphia cheesesteaks, under seasoning is a big issue. Even spots that aren’t just phoning it in often lack adding any salt or pepper. Under seasoning is not an issue on the Train Wreck at Beck’s Cajun Cafe. This Philadelphia take on the Po Boy adds Andouille sausage and salami to the traditional cheesesteak.

Today we take the Train Wreck for a spin and see how the Creole take on the cheesesteak stacks up.

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Plenty Dropping Its Tasso Ham Panini

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Plenty, which recently expanded to 1602 Spruce Street is tweaking its menu. And to shock to myself and I’m sure many others, the tasso ham sandwich is coming off the menu.

The house cured and smoked pork shoulder is smothered in Cayenne dry rub, Creole mayo and gruyere pressed on a French roll. The sandwich definitely packs some heat and that has been cited as the reasoning for the sandwich’s removal from the menu.

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Lowcountry Dinner with Hoppin’ John at Paris Wine Bar

On Monday, October 22, at 6 p.m. Paris Wine Bar is hosting famous author “Hoppin’” John Martin Taylor, author of “Hoppin’ John’s Lowcountry Cooking,” for dinner to celebrate the book’s twentieth anniversary. Hop on over to Paris Wine Bar and for $60 you’ll get a family-style meal, reception, and drink pairing hosted by Hoppin’ John himself and longtime friend Terry Berch McNally, co-owner of Paris.

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How Many Bells for Catahoula?

Craig LaBan reviews Catahoula this weekend. The former New Orleans Times Picayune critic has been harsh towards Louisiana themed restaurants in the past. How will this Queen Village Creole spot fare?

How Many Bells for Catahoula?

  • 2 Bells - Very Good (52%, 65 Votes)
  • 1 Bell - Hit or Miss (24%, 30 Votes)
  • 3 Bells - Excellent (21%, 26 Votes)
  • 0 Bells - Poor (2%, 2 Votes)
  • 4 Bells - Superior (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 125

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Faithful New Orleans on Front Street

Adam Erace visits Catahoula, the Louisiana themed restaurant on Front Street in Queen Village. He finds several gems on the menu.

I could go to Catahoula, eat gumbo and nothing else, and leave very happy. But there are other temptations. Like oysters and po’ boys, advertised on faux-vintage banners affixed to the handsome brick front of the restaurant, which is named for Louisiana’s state dog, the Catahoula hound

All Saints [City Paper]
Catahoula [Official Site]

Soul Opens Tonight

According to PhillyBYOB.com, Chestnut Hill’s Soul will be opening this evening. Owners Samantha Johnson and Angie Brown are seemingly ahead of schedule as Table Talk had them aiming for Saturday, October 25th.

Soul BYOB Opens Tonight [PhillyBYOB.com]
Soul [Official Site]