Wow, that first picture looks nearly perfect to me too!!! The best Ruben I ever had around here was several years ago at The Bridge Cafe in South Williamsport, PA. It was served on an oval platter and covered the entire plate. Wonderful rye bread from a local bakery delivered daily, good kraut, 1000 island, swiss cheese and great corned beef piled HIGH. I'm a big eater and dont think I ever finshed one in the restaurant. Then, alas a couple years later they had some issues, shut down and reopened. The rubens still have the great taste, but, they had to get a new bread supplier and the bread is smaller and not as crusty. They also started using some portion control to limit the amout of food that was wasted. It amazes me at the number of people who don't take their leftover half of a sandwich with them. Especially when you know who they are and that they are locals. What a waste. The rubens are still good, but, just don't compare to what they used to be.
The WORST, WORST, WORST ruben I ever had was served at a place in Milroy/Lewistown, PA. I cant remember the name but good lord what a mess came out. Cheap rye bread, done in a toaster with corned beef, american cheese and to top it all off....the kraut came from the daily dinner special....pork & saurkraut. YUK
....pork and kraut on a ruben. I nearly puked at the table.
The second worst came from a little place close home. They were just starting out in the restaurant biz and didn't last too long. I knew I was in trouble when they asked what bread I wanted my sandwich on...then it came out on toast with american cheese and CANNED corned beef warmed up with the kraut. (I think in the microwave). Terrible. They are closed now...and it's no wonder.