Date of Review 2006-11-16, 11:33 a.m.
Sandwich name Eagle Creek Reuben
Price Per Reuben (PPR) $6.95
Reuben Delivery Time (RDT) 7 minutes 
Reuben Dimensions 15.5x8x4 cm (496 cm3
Included side items Chips or pretzels, pickle spear
Bulk to cost ratio 71 cm3/dollar 

Reuben Ingredient Matrix (RIM) Rye bread Corned beef Swiss cheese Sauerkraut 1000 Island
Eagle Creek Coffee Company X X X X X

Description (taken from the menu):
Eagle Creek Reuben: Boar's Head Corned Beef or Turkey, swiss cheese, sour kraut [sic], thousand island dressing on NY Rye.

Sandwich presentation:
The sandwich was served on rye bread, cut down the middle with a toothpick in each half, presented on wax paper in a plastic basket next to the side item. The bread may or may not be grilled, and the inside of each slice was spread lightly with thousand island dressing. Atop the bottom slice of rye and dressing was the corned beef followed by sauerkraut and Swiss cheese beneath the top slice of rye.

Reuben Eater Rankings
Beth Bates B B- C B+ A- B
Mitch Cooper B C B C B- B
Larry Jahnke
Jim Kidd C A B A A B
Carl Klutzke B A- B+ A- B+ B
Alix Kubik C C C B C C
Mike Kubik C- C C+ A- A- C
John Money
Chris Rowland C B B B C B-
Summary C+ B C+ B+ B B-

Reuben Ruminations:

: It's impossible to separate the sandwich from the euphoria of an initial encounter with Reuben Tuesdays. Ideas for improvement: Lose the wilty pickles, grill the bread. The company, on the other hand, couldn't have been better. ()

: The sandwich was small for the price that was charged. Had a nice blend of taste (no one ingredient overwhelmed the other ingredients). The sandwich was prepared with cheese, sauerkraut, corned beef, and dressing on rye bread. The bread wasn't toasted as it is supposed to be, but I prefer the bread un-toasted so I liked that part. ()

: The Eagle Creek Coffee Company is nestled in the village area of Zionsville. Unless you are walking, it's pretty easy to miss the place. No garish signs to alert you from the road. However once you're there, it's like your neighbor's kitchen in there. The light filters in a warm glow which illuminates the room from the wall of windows along the front wall. A few couches and chairs invite you to drink coffee and socialize with your friends while the kids play quietly nearby. The coffee company offers a number of fragrant coffees, but keeping with my usual habits I ordered hot tea instead. I ordered my Reuben with pretzels and proceeded to the dining area to help the others push tables together. Once seated, we renewed acquaintances and struck up conversations surrounding our favorite subject. The wait time for the Reubens wasn't really too long and they began to arrive. The sandwich was not grilled, as most Reubens are. It was constructed sort of the way one might create a cold cut sandwich. While the ingredients were pretty good, it really lacked character without the hot steaming grill. This singular fact became a major conversation at the table. The bread was good and tasted and appeared to be fresh baked. Despite the freshness of the ingredients, it was kind of lacking as a Reuben. The staff was obviously interested in why the group had all ordered Reubens and joked that we must be some sort of club. We didn't deny this, but didn't really carry on too much. One of the group appeared late at the restaurant about the time most of us had finished eating. He ordered his Reuben and sat down to wait. When his food arrived, it was apparent that the crew had heard the remarks about the lack of grilling. The latecomer's sandwich was grilled! It appeared to have been cooked on a "George Foreman" grille and not as one would expected from a regular grill. As soon as the group saw this, we, almost in turn remarked about it. The coffee company's Reuben is okay as a sandwich, but really doesn't meet the description for a grilled sandwich. The atmosphere, though, is real friendly. If you're walking though the "village" on a shopping trip, stop in and have a cup of coffee, but skip the Reuben. ()

: This place appears to be a cross between a coffee shop and a deli, and is bright, colorful, clean, and friendly. We ordered at the counter and our sandwiches were brought out to our table. The sandwich was served (speared with little tasseled toothpicks) in a plastic basket on waxed paper, with choice of potato chips or pretzels on the side. I opted for the pretzels, because it was nice to have a healthier alternative to deep-fried stuff. The pretzels were in generous supply, and I didn't finish them all. The sandwich wasn't grilled, but only warmed: we later learned this was an oversight, since Larry's did come out grilled, and it was unfortunate because I'm sure the grilling would have improved the sandwich. I thought the balance of flavors was pretty well-done, but some of us thought it was a bit light on dressing; extra was requested, and provide in little plastic tubs. Overall it was a good but unexceptional experience, and really too bad about the grilling. I regret that I didn't splurge on one of the pumpkin-spice lattes, but that's my own fault. ()

: The sandwich was dry, and I prefer french fries to the options of chips or pretzels. The bread was not grilled, which is what I prefer. It did come with a pickle, which was probably the only thing moist on the plate. ()

: This Reuben was definitely sub-par. The bread was dry (and not toasted), the meat was thin and bland and the dressing was thinly applied (we asked for more). The kraut was fine, but you really can't screw up something out of a jar. I did enjoy the atmosphere, they had a nice "coffee-house" look with sofas, etc. The service was admirable when approached by the "Reuben-army". ()

: The quality control was totally lacking. We all came in and ordered Reuben sandwiches--they were served to us relatively promptly, but none of them were grilled. Then another member of our party showed up fifteen minutes later and his was grilled. Had my sandwich been grilled, I'm sure it would have gotten better ratings for taste and service, but as delivered it was quite disappointing. The beef was a little cold but still pretty tasty, and the cheese was hard and not melted. I could hardly taste the thousand island or sauerkraut. The restaurant itself has a dining room that is half cafe and half living room. The counter area seems a little overcluttered, but the employees seemed kind and friendly. It definitely wasn't impressive or flavorful enough to bring me back to try again. ()