The secret to the perfect Reuben

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2014/05/18 16:42:39 (permalink)

The secret to the perfect Reuben

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When I visit one of our great New Jersey classic diners, my usual is a great Reuben sandwich. Found this article which talks about how to make it right. What do you Reuben lovers think? Any variations?
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    lleechef
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    Re:The secret to the perfect Reuben 2014/05/18 17:23:38 (permalink)
    Zingerman's really does make a killer Reuben. 
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    Re:The secret to the perfect Reuben 2014/05/18 21:50:52 (permalink)
    I love the Manny's experience, but unless you equate quantity with quality I'd be hard pressed to say they make one of the best Reubens I've ever had.
     
    There used to be an excellent German restaurant here in Chicago called the German American Tap, known to it's regulars simply as the "G & A".  Their Reuben had the proper balance of ingredients mentioned in the article, and may heve been the best I've ever tasted.  Unfortunately, urban "improvement" spelled the end of the G & A.
     
    The Reuben is one of my favorite sandwiches, but for the life of me, I can't name another really exceptional one or where it came from.
     
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    Re:The secret to the perfect Reuben 2014/05/19 08:39:28 (permalink)
    Since McBob's and Benji's in Milwaukee are both known for corned beef, I wonder if reubens are on the menus as well.
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    Re:The secret to the perfect Reuben 2014/05/19 08:49:47 (permalink)
    Coming from a German/Czech family, reubens were on the table a lot.  It is hands down my favorite sandwich.  That being said, I always get it without dressing.  Don't like it, the sandwich doesn't need it.  I do give it a good spread of an assertive brown mustard though.
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    Re:The secret to the perfect Reuben 2014/05/19 09:24:17 (permalink)
    Too many places serve reubens open faced
    post edited by ChrisOC - 2014/05/19 10:51:39
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    Re:The secret to the perfect Reuben 2014/05/19 09:38:55 (permalink)
    Agree about the open face issue
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    Re:The secret to the perfect Reuben 2014/05/19 10:18:25 (permalink)
    Love Reubens! I had a really good one a couple of weeks ago at Hal's Deli in Ithaca, NY.http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Overview/1263/hals-deli  I can also get a pretty good one a lot closer to home at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern in Herndon, VA.http://www.jimmystavern.com/
    Generally my biggest complaint with Reubens , especially from chain restaurants ( Chili's, TGI Fridays, etc) is that they are too soggy, with no crunch to the bread after grilling and too much dressing.
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    Re:The secret to the perfect Reuben 2014/05/19 10:46:22 (permalink)
    Davebassman
    ...Generally my biggest complaint with Reubens ... is that they are too soggy, with no crunch to the bread after grilling and too much dressing.

     
    That, and I want to really taste the rye.  Sometimes I get one where the bread is brown, but if I closed my eyes I'd think it was just white bread.

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    Re:The secret to the perfect Reuben 2014/05/19 13:42:35 (permalink)
    McBob's and Benji's both serve Reubens.  I'm pretty sure I've had McBob's version, although I don't remember it as being anything special, above and beyond their excellent regular Corned Beef sandwich.  I've only been to Benji's once and can't remember what I had.  If it was the Reuben, it was nothing that left a lasting impression.
     
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    Re:The secret to the perfect Reuben 2014/05/19 14:35:01 (permalink)
    ChrisOC

    Too many places serve reubens open faced

     
    Oh yeah, I've learned to ask if it's opened faced. Don't want that. As a matter of fact, I don't like opened faced sandwiches of any kind!!!
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    Re:The secret to the perfect Reuben 2014/05/19 15:48:24 (permalink)
    One of the best reubens I ever had, and this is absolutely no joke... I was trapped in a lesbian bar around noon one St. Patrick's day because there was an active shooter on the next block (he'd killed a family member and had blockaded himself in the house, eventually ended up shooting it out with the police and lost), and the police herded anyone on the sidewalk into the bar and wouldn't let anyone leave for a couple hours.
    Made the best of the situation as long as I wasn't able to leave... cold beer, friendly atmosphere, and they made their own corned beef that day. Piled high on marble rye, grilled just right (I think they used garlic butter on the bread), I got another to take with me when it was clear to leave.
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    Re:The secret to the perfect Reuben 2014/05/19 18:13:25 (permalink)
    Uh-huh, "trapped".
     
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    Re:The secret to the perfect Reuben 2014/05/19 19:06:25 (permalink)
    Great story. Can't get a good Reuben here in Delaware, possibly because we don't get good corn beef.
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    Re:The secret to the perfect Reuben 2014/05/22 22:34:11 (permalink)
    I'm not a huge fan of Reubens, but Pal's Cabin had a Reuben sandwich called The Redwood, which was well regarded.  I believe you can still buy it at Fairchild's in Roseland, NJ. 
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    Re:The secret to the perfect Reuben 2014/05/23 03:36:51 (permalink)
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    One of the best reubens I ever had, and this is absolutely no joke... I was trapped in a lesbian bar around noon one St. Patrick's day because there was an active shooter on the next block (he'd killed a family member and had blockaded himself in the house, eventually ended up shooting it out with the police and lost), and the police herded anyone on the sidewalk into the bar and wouldn't let anyone leave for a couple hours.
    Made the best of the situation as long as I wasn't able to leave... cold beer, friendly atmosphere, and they made their own corned beef that day. Piled high on marble rye, grilled just right (I think they used garlic butter on the bread), I got another to take with me when it was clear to leave.

    Note To Self: Go to local Lesbian Bar for good Reuben. 
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