From Our Editors
Though it goes through its fair share of alligator meat and "Devil Dust," Beck's Cajun Cafe is not a medieval apothecary. Chefs receive alligator sausage directly from New Orleans, and dry rub the “Devil Dust" seasoning into cuts of meat awaiting the grill. This reverence for Cajun culinary tradition, along with many bowls of gumbo, has earned the stand its reputation as a Creole institution among the regulars of Reading Terminal Market. The squishy brain behind it all is chef Bill Beck, whose kitchen prowess has been documented on television programs, at Manhattan's James Beard House, and inside the homes of local hungry men. His menu layers traditional Louisiana eats with reinvented staples: beignets sell for Wednesday and Sunday breakfast along with egg, sausage, and cheese po’ boys. Lunchtime po’ boy variants feature fried oysters and catfish, and garnered the award for Best Sandwiches in Reading Terminal from Philadelphia magazine in 2011.