It's Good to be a Trainwreck


I've tried a lot of the offerings at Beck's Cajun Cafe in Reading Terminal- the gumbo, the muffaletta, the fried mac and cheese balls, the fried oyster po boy, the shrimp po boy, the etoufee, and on multiple occasions, the bread pudding with whiskey sauce. There was one sandwich on the menu that I knew I needed to save for a moment of ravenous hunger.

The $9 trainwreck po boy comes with andouille sausage, chopped steak, salami, onions, melted cheese on a french baguette shmeared with spicy "creole" mayo. It's essentially a Philly cheesesteak with a few more kinds of meat and sauce. The trainwreck had me at hello, when I read the ingredients, and then again at the first waft of it's cooked beef and pork aroma, and finally, when I got to taste the intense, salty, meaty, cheesy mix. I don't want to get beat up, but the addition of the spicy mayo, sausage, and salami makes it more flavorful and interesting than a regular cheesesteak! It's also a big sandwich, the size of a regular cheeseteak. My one change would be fresher bread, but the trainwreck is truly worth seeking out.

12th and Arch, Stall C-8

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