Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hello Reuben!

Reading Nancy Leson's roundup of her fave Reuben haunts helped kick in the craving that's always simmering at some low level. I love a good Reuben -- one of my all-time Reuben highs was at Hill's Someplace Else in Spokane, one of the biggest bummers was at the Carnegie Deli in NYC -- but have eaten so many disappointing Reubens, I sometimes feel like giving up the hunt.

Yesterday, met a friend at Pike Place Market for lunch. He's from San Diego and was thrilled to see the snow falling. I layed out a few options at what has got to be the world's greatest smorgesbord. We could get Cajun/Creole, which is next to the African place, which is right down from falafel and on and on.

A few weeks ago, we went to the Market Grill and I was blown away by how good the fish sandwiches were and couldn't believe it has taken me so long to get my butt onto one of those too-few stools.

I suggested we cruise by and see how busy they were. Packed. So, we went across the way to 3 Girls -- which is easy to mistake for Three Sisters -- but this spot has been serving food since 1922, according to the menu, and I've heard good things about the Reuben.

It was darned near perfect, pressed between a panini grill, a melty mix of swiss, sauerkraut, Thousand Island-like spread and a decent amount of corned beef. The key was probaby the assertive caraway seed rye. Come to think of it, I cannot recall a flaw. Sometimes, sandwiches get soggy because the sauerkraut weeps. Or there's too much of one ingredient, not enough of another. But this was just right. 

Any Reuben recommendations to share?


Neil said...

Not necessarily a Reuben, but a sandwich I used to get from the combination deli/drug store around the corner from WCBM in Baltimore.
Dark Russian rye, corned beef, Swiss cheese, cole slaw and Russian dressing. What the late writer Lawrence Sanders would have called a "wet sandwich", i.e., one that should be eaten over the sink.

Hair Farmer Joe said...

Have you tried Goldberg's Deli in Factoria? You might have reviewed it previously, but I just bumped into this blog after you followed me on Twitter (@EastsideBizNews). Thanks for the follow and I will subscribe to your blog!

ascheele said...

Just had the reuben at Lunch Counter @ Culinary Communion. It needs work.