Date of Review 2003-03-11, 11:35 a.m.
Sandwich name Reuben
Price Per Reuben (PPR) $7.69
Reuben Delivery Time (RDT) 13 minutes 
Reuben Dimensions 15x9.5x4.5 cm (641 cm3
Included side items Large pickle spear
Bulk to cost ratio 83 cm3/dollar 

Reuben Ingredient Matrix (RIM) Rye bread Corned beef Swiss cheese Sauerkraut 1000 Island
Reggie's Bakery & Catering X ran out X X X X

Description (taken from the menu):
Reuben: Hot corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese & 1000 island dressing on dark onion rye bread.

Sandwich presentation:
The grilled sandwich was cut down the middle and presented in a basket with a large pickle spear. The first few Reubens were on thick square bread, light in color; the later ones were smaller, produced on thinner-sliced oval-shaped, dark pumpernickel bread. This was because they seemed to have run out of their traditional bread. The corned beef was dark in color, topped with sauerkraut and thousand island dressing, covered with a slice of melted Swiss cheese.

Reuben Eater Rankings
Gjoko Baloski B- D D+ C- D+ C
Chris Cordoba B+ B B B C B
Gary Driesen A B B C B B
Matthew Durkee A B+ B+ B B B+
Matt Fuson A D C C C C+
Jim Kidd A+ A B+ A+ A- A
Carl Klutzke A- B+ B B- B B+
John Money A B B+ C+ B B+
Maryann Rogers C B C B C C+
Chris Rowland A+ B- A- B A- A
Brian Skiles A+ B+ C+ A- A- A
Phil Smith A- B+ B+ B- A B+
Chris Wilson A+ B B- B- B+ B+
Aimee Zahora B C B C B B
Summary A B B B- B B+

Reuben Ruminations:

: I personally like lots of thousand island dressing, so in that area, Reggie's did not disappoint. Size was okay, but I've seen bigger. The best part was seeing all my old buddies. ()

: My Reuben was very tasty and I would highly recommend it. I was also pretty happy with the way the sandwich stayed together for the amount of juicy food stuffed between the bread. As a side note, Reggie's doesn't have the capacity for a large group of Reuben tasters. ()

: Good Reuben, the meat was tender and plentiful. The only down side was that it had too much dressing (needed 4 napkins). I will return. ()

: The actual sandwich makes all the other negatives worth it. The location is small and cramped. Although billed as dark rye, I suspect the bread was actually pumpernickel. Consistency between sandwiches seemed to be a problem with some having large quantities of meat and/or cheese, while others did not. I find their prices extremely high for the portions received. ()

: The brine pickle accented the sandwich nicely. The grilled toasting really set off the corned beef. The sandwich was somewhat sloppy, yet "finger-licking good." ()

: The restaurant had very "cozy" seating. The sandwich was very juicy, and the bottom slice of bread was slightly soggy as a result, but not too bad. Generous portions of ingredients. There was a long line to place an order at the counter, and then the food is delivered to the table. Usually pretty busy, so come early. This is a small place, and it's a bit shabby, but from use rather than neglect. The cashier was particularly friendly, but service is undeniably slow. The bread was thinner this time than on previous visits: it's usually sliced quite thick. ()

: Overall, this was an excellent Reuben. Very good corned beef, and I enjoyed the generous amount of kraut and sauce. I think we were too large of a group for Reggie's to handle during the peak lunch time hour--we had 17 people all come at once. To their credit, they proactively wrote our orders down on a ticket in advance; however since they had a single ordering queue, it did not help much. This hurt their service score. They were definitely friendly and courteous. I like the small atmosphere of Reggie's; however, it was not optimal that I had to stand outside for about 10 minutes due to the large crowd. Overall, Reggie's is always good! Excellent taste and good portions. ()

: There was a little too much sauce. The corned beef was a little fatty. ()

: The taste of this Reuben was phenomenal! I was disappointed that they ran out of rye bread and that I had to get my sandwich on pumpernickel--not because it tasted bad, but just because it meant a smaller sandwich! It was great to see the line of patrons waiting for Reubens stretched out into the parking lot. Certainly there was standing room only after our group arrived. The sandwich had a very high "sloppy factor", but you can be sure that I found a way to consume the drippings. I thought the sandwich was unnecessarily expensive at 7.69--especially with the smaller bread substitution. I think the sandwich I received would be better priced at 6.25 or so. My only regret is that Reggie's is not close enough to the office that we could eat there more often. ()

: The Reuben was excellent. So far, it's the best of the lot. The corned beef was very good, and there was a lot of it. The sauerkraut, thousand island, and Swiss cheese amalgam served its purpose well, providing the distinctive Reuben flavor without being obnoxious. The sandwich was very sloppy, so napkins were required (several napkins, actually...). Value took a small hit because of the price of the sandwich, but the quality kept the rating high--any lesser of a sandwich would have gotten a D+ for value. Presentation was a bit low due to the lunch being served in a plastic basket. The atmosphere was influenced by the Reuben Tuesday crowd. Due to the fact that 14 Reuben eaters and 3 heretics all showed up at the same time, there was a jovial, friendly atmostphere. With less of a crowd, the atmosphere may be somewhat different. The service was friendly and good-natured despite the fact that they were suddenly swamped with more Reuben orders than they see in the average day, and they managed to get me a sandwich faster than Bellacino's, which had no such difficulties. All in all, I'm quite pleased and would recommend a trip to Reggie's for any Reuben aficionado. ()

: Reggie's adds an interesting twist to the Reuben by serving it on Texas Toast and I rather enjoyed it. The corned beef was delicious, yet on the light side in quantity. The thousand island dressing was good yet not as tangy as I like. Now for the added benefit, Reggie's has some of the greatest pastries in town. This place is a close second to Long's Bakery. I had the cream chess pastry and it was out-of-this-world. If you're a dessert/breakfast pastry person, then Reggie's is a must-try. ()

: The corned beef was excellent and the lightly grilled and crispy texture of the meat was a pleasant surprise. The bread was expertly toasted, although the use of pumpernickel was a disappointment. While the overall sandwich was excellent, I could have used a bit more sauerkraut and cheese to balance out the overwhelming amount of corned beef. I gave it a "mess factor" of 7 napkins. With such a strong overall performance, this certainly sets the bar for future Reuben Tuesdays. ()

: My Reuben appeared different than the Reubens my co-eaters ordered. It had buttery, toasted light bread as opposed to a dark onion rye or pumpernickel bread. The sandwich was quite tasty--so much so that I couldn't put it down. It was also quite messy (20 napkins required on the sloppiness rating). The pickle on the side was appreciated. ()