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?
 

3 comments:

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.