Reading Terminal Market in 2009, has just expanded Beck’s Cajun Cafe to a second location in the food court of 30th Street station. Launched at the beginning of August, the new outpost is larger than the RTM stand, which means an expanded menu of excellent New Orleans-style food, offered seven days a week from 8 AM-8 PM.
In addition to classic po’ boys with fried oysters or shrimp, you’ll now be able to get your creole mayo fix on a breakfast sandwich or blackened salmon caesar wrap. Soups are plentiful, and include a creole chicken corn chowder, chicken and andouille gumbo and a spicy gator gumbo. Alligator is available in sausage form, too, served on a stick with a housemade mustard sauce for dipping. That’s all if you aren’t immediately smitten with the huge muffaletta sandwiches, stacked in tempting piles on multiple covered cake stands.
All the cooking takes place on site, and beside the large counter filled with food are a few tables where wait service is offered. But while the weather is still good, it’s definitely worth taking your Southern treats to go and stepping out onto the newly minted Porch at 30th Street Station, where you can spread out at colorful umbrella-shaded tables and dine with a view of Downtown.