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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University City Gets a New Sandwich Joint

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Jake’s Sandwich Board is celebrating the grand opening of its second location in University City at 40th and Sansom Streets on December 1st, at 11 a.m. And if you’re one of the first 500 students to show up and show ID, you’ll be getting a mini bottle of Sriracha, oh yeah.

And if that’s not enough, on December 3, co-owners Gary Dorfman and Sean Stein will be hosting a Three For All – offering $3 sandwiches (any sandwich on the menu) for 3 hours (from 12 noon until 3 p.m.).

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BIG A$@ Brunch at City Tap House

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Head over to the City Tap House in University City on Sunday, November 9th from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for a Big A$@ Brunch after a long a$@ weekend.

Celebrating the release of DuClaw Colossus, a high-gravity hybrid beer, City Tap House will be hosting a massive brunch that will include a slew of brews (at least four high-gravity beers on tap) and a menu of giant-sized brunch items from Chef Chad Vetter.

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Makeover at White Dog Cafe in University City

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White Dog Cafe in University City recently completed a yearlong renovation in which the restaurant updated each of its rooms.

The bar was refinished and new barstools and chairs were brought in. The hallway into the dining rooms is now a bright emerald green and each of the dining rooms has been updated. The White Dog’s whimsical dog theme should now be on par with the dog room at Dandelion, and that’s saying something.

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Wahoo’s Tacos Opening on Thursday

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Wahoo’s Tacos and More, which originated 26-years ago in Southern California, is opening at 32nd and Chestnut this Thursday, November 6th. The bar and restaurant serves a menu of entrees, salads and sides that have Mexican, Brazilian and Asian origins. Tacos and enchiladas start at $8 and aims to be affordable for students.

The restaurant will offer Taco Tuesday specials as well as other happy hour food specials and $5 pitchers on Thursdays.

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DiStefano: New Center City Office High-Rises Unlikely

This morning’s PhillyDeals column is titled “Are more towers on the horizon?” The answer is, “Probably not.” (I guess “More towers probably not on the horizon” is a dull headline, though.)

On the one hand, there’s phenomenal, eds-and-meds-spurred growth in University City, marked not only by Comcast’s second tower, but—as PhillyDeals’ Joe DiStefano points out—by 2.0 University Place:

Last week, the owners of 2.0 University Place, a year-old green-roofed building west of the Drexel campus, put it up for sale at $46 million, or $469 a square foot.

That’s not quite as much as the Comcast tower – but roughly three times what the city’s dominant landlord, Brandywine Realty Trust, was paying for central Philadelphia office towers just a few years back.

On the other, there’s that phrase in bold (emphasis ours), the stomach-punch of the “was” and “just a few years back.”

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Morning Headlines: There’s a Construction Boom in University City

4101 Sansom, in development by Campus Apartments. Photo: Laura Kicey

4101 Sansom, in development by Campus Apartments. Photo: Laura Kicey

No doubt new projects sprouting around the city are contributing to Philadelphia’s growth spurt, but University City in particular has been seeing a substantial rise in developments that had last been present decades ago. According to Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal, the neighborhood is getting over $1 billion in funds for new constructions.

Other positives alongside the building boom include:

Jobs and employment have risen, population grown, housing stock increased, the number of restaurants and retailers crept up and the amount of office inventory has expanded and maintains an enviable 96 occupancy rate, according to University City’s latest annual report. An abundance of development activity is underway and billions of dollars more will eventually be set in motion.

Among the projects planned to help revitalize the West Philly neighborhood even further are the 40th St. trolley station renovation, which is a collaboration between the University City District, SEPTA, and various city agencies.

University City on the rise [Business Journal]

More news this way…

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Sneak Peek at United by Blue’s New Walnut Street Location

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Just one year after the eco-conscious coffee shop and clothier opened their flagship in Old City, they’ve expanded into University City with a new location at 3421 Walnut Street. “It’s been in the works for the past six months now,” says founder Brian Linton. It’s not open yet, but Shoppist got a sneak peek at what’s in store and we’ve returned with lots of snaps to share.

You need to see this place.

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