American Sandwich Project – Reubens, Rachels, and Monstrosities


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  1. Avatar Tracy Downey says:

    I’ve never tasted a Rachel, a Reuben once at Jason’s Deli in New York. It was okay but my palate gravitates back to hot Pastrami (on Marble Rye of course) with mustard and provolone cheese, must have a kosher crunchy dill, and a bowl of Chicken noodle. I cannot abandon pastrami because it tastes like Corned Beef. 😊

    Of the Irish meals in my home, Dublin Coddle, Irish Stew, Shepherd’s Pie without the pie crust, and I use Tomato soup instead of sauce.

    Today we are having our traditional Corned Beef, & cabbage, carrots and potatoes, and Parker house rolls with Jameson’s, Guinness.

    For dessert, I’m making a chocolate mint cream pie. Tradition for my child because he cannot stand soda muffins.Report

  2. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    The Reuben is the world’s best sandwich, but it’s weird that something that seems so much like a deli sandwich (corned beef! sauerkraut! Russian dressing!) isn’t kosher.

    Also, a sandwich made with pastrami instead of corned beef is not a Reuben, even if all the other ingredients match. I am not shy about letting waiters know this.Report

  3. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    My best Reuben was from Monty’s Blue Plate Diner in Madison, WI. That was my staple at that place when we lived in Madison. Excellent corned beef, yummy kraut, plenty of Swiss cheese& Russian dressing, all on Black Rye. It also re-heated quite well.

    I have yet to find it’s equal. Most places usually fall short in the bread department, using a marbled rye where you can barely taste the rye.Report

  4. Avatar CJColucci says:

    The classic reuben is made with corned beef, but a pastrami reuben is a nice change of pace.Report