The Search for the Muffuletta

August 11, 2018

In June of 2017, we traveled to New Orleans. It was our first time there. We spent 4 days exploring the City, indulging in drink and food along the way. On day 2, I discovered a Muffuletta. Mind blown. Why was I never aware that such a thing existed? After all, the Philadelphia area where I call home is the center of all sorts of wonderful sandwiches (hoagies & cheese steaks, both wit and wit out). But no Muffulettas. So, I started a quest: to find a Muffuletta. Research indicated that indeed, a small number of local eateries feature this breaded marvel. What follows is a documentary of my search ...

Beck's Cajun Cafe located in the Reading Terminal Market was first up.

I gotta say, it was pretty good. Made very much in the style of the original Central Grocery Muffuletta. I ordered a whole sandwich (round, about the size of a dinner plate). I ate a quarter, and carried home the rest to share some joy and sunshine with those I love. Beck's even offered up an Alligator Po Boy. Maybe next time. Deb opted for a shrimp Po Boy. Thank's Beck. You done did good.

There are far too few eateries and restaurants in the Delaware Valley that feature New Orleans cuisine. While some will offer a gumbo or perhaps a jambalaya, finding a real muffuletta is like finding a pearl in an  oyster.  It took us a while, but we finally made our way to Cajun Kate's at their location at Booth's Corner Farmer's Market in Boothwyn, PA.  The Market is only open on Friday and Saturday (we previously tried to sample their fare on a Sunday but the Market was closed). 

Cajun Kate's has two locations. In addition to their Booth's Corner locale, they also have a traditional restaurant on the Philly Pike in Delaware. Click HERE for a link to their website for information on their hours, specials, and menu.            

This... THIS muffuletta was killer. It was delicious!  I ordered only half (still huge), which was enough to be my lunch for two days.  It was perfectly balanced -- great bread and awesome olive salad (the good folks at Cajun Kate's use Central Grocery's olive salad). The folks working the counter were awesome - lots of fun. You can tell they are passionate about preparing and serving good food. You gotta love that.

For a moment ... I was back in New Orleans. Once again, Deb opted for a Shrimp Po Boy, which she said was pretty good. We look forward to visiting Cajun Kate's Philly Pike restaurant to explore their entire menu. If you want New Orleans cuisine, these folks are the real deal. I highly recommend.            

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