Date of Review 2003-06-24, 11:25 a.m.
Sandwich name Reuben
Price Per Reuben (PPR) $6.50
Reuben Delivery Time (RDT) 21 minutes 
Reuben Dimensions 16x10x5.5 cm (880 cm3
Included side items Cole slaw, cottage cheese, crisps or small side salad
Bulk to cost ratio 135 cm3/dollar 

Reuben Ingredient Matrix (RIM) Rye bread Corned beef Swiss cheese Sauerkraut 1000 Island
Trafford Pub and Eatery X X X X X

Description (taken from the menu):
Reuben: You choose either Corned Beef or Turkey, grilled with swiss, 1000 island dressing & sauerkraut on swirl-rye bread.

Sandwich presentation:
The sandwich was on thick rye bread, cut diagonally and served on a plate. The swiss cheese was placed directly on the bottom slice of bread, followed by sauerkraut and thousand island dressing. The corned beef came next, topped by another slice of bread.

Reuben Eater Rankings
Gjoko Baloski B B+ B+ A- B B+
Jason Beutler A A- B+ A- A- A-
Brad Bruno A- A A A A A
Matthew Durkee B+ A B A C+ B
Matt Fuson B C A A C B
Jim Kidd C+ C C B B+ C+
Carl Klutzke B+ C B+ A B B+
John Money A A- A- A A A
Chris Rowland A- A+ A- A B+ A
Brian Skiles A A- A- A B+ A-
Summary B+ A- B+ A B+ A-

Reuben Ruminations:

: I loved it! Great service, atmosphere was nice and warm [minus the TV channel, but they did give us the remote]. The sandwich was very tasty--lots of sauce! ()

: Nice place, each TV tuned to a different station. I had to ask for napkins since the only one given to me was with my drink. The bread was the best part of the sandwich. ()

: Clean, quiet, friendly atmosphere, with TV channel tuned to emergency vets. The sandwich was very saucy, but kind of shy on meat. The bread was lightly toasted--still soft. The taste was okay, just not exciting. ()

: Nice place: clean, nice seating and tables, music not too loud. We were all able to sit at one table, which is always a bonus. A wall separates the "Pub" from the "Eatery" area, which is nice. I don't know for certain if that means minors are allowed in the Eatery, but I think so. I didn't see any ashtrays or smell any smoke. If I have any complaint at all about the atmosphere, it's that all the dark wood soaks up the light, making it rather dim in there. Service was hit and miss. The waitress wasn't content with how many fries she gave me at first, so brought out an extra plate: too bad they were soggy. She was rather gruff, though. When I ordered "chips" with my reuben, and used the term as written in the menu (fried cut potatoes, as per British parlance, as opposed to "crisps"), she corrected me to "fries". Whatever: I'll be getting the side salad next time, as Chris's looked tasty, and Skiles' "chips" (as the waitress called them) were pretty flavorless. Her helper was very good about making sure our drinks stayed filled. My sandwich came without a pickle, even though one was promised on the menu. The marbled rye was pretty, and nicely thick, so much that I don't much hold it against them that it was completely untoasted. They went a little light on the beef, but there was _almost_ enough to go around. For the time being I'm assuming that the rather minor problems were due to dealing with all 12 of us at once. I'd certainly be willing to try Trafford's again in a smaller group. ()

: Good Reuben. The rye bread was toasted well and the Swiss cheese was good. Overall, it was a very good lunch. I would eat here again. ()

: Not only was the sandwich really big, but the price included a side salad, which is a great value. The meat tasted good, but it was a little skimpy for the size of the bread. The bread was really thick but the flavors were pretty well balanced. ()

: My sandwich was really tasty. The mixture of thousand island, sauerkraut, and cheese was similar to Reggie's, and I liked that. The only thing wrong with my sandwich was that the corned beef was a bit sparse in a couple of spots. The waitress was a bit gruff, so that took off a bit on the service. The atmosphere was the best so far. I'll definitely go back! ()