Date of Review 2006-07-10, 5:55 p.m.
Sandwich name "The Original" Manhattan Deli Rueben [sic]
Price Per Reuben (PPR) $7.49
Reuben Delivery Time (RDT) 18 minutes 
Reuben Dimensions 15x11x5 cm (825 cm3
Included side items Crisp classic deli dill pickle, and your choice of coleslaw, French fries, or home-fried potato chips
Bulk to cost ratio 110 cm3/dollar 

Reuben Ingredient Matrix (RIM) Rye bread Corned beef Swiss cheese Sauerkraut 1000 Island
Shari's Restaurant X X X   X

Description (taken from the menu):
"The Original" Manhattan Deli Rueben [sic]: Corned beef piled high on a bed of creamy coleslaw, with aged Swiss and 1000 Island dressing on marbled rye.

Sandwich presentation:
The sandwich was served on a plate with the side item and a tiny whole dill pickle. The sandwich was on rye bread, cut somewhat diagonally, and the pieces were arranged back-to-back so that the insides were on display. The sandwich had some 1000 Island dressing on the bottom slice of rye, followed by corned beef, cole slaw, and a slice of Swiss cheese beneath the top slice of rye. A toothpick was employed to keep each half of the sandwich intact.

Reuben Eater Rankings
Chris Rowland C+ B B+ B B B-
Summary C+ B B+ B B B-

Reuben Ruminations:

: I had previously had a Reuben at a Shari's in Twin Falls, Idaho which was a special that was not on their menu. I had loved that sandwich, but it had sauerkraut instead of coleslaw. Now I've had several enjoyable Reubens with coleslaw on them instead of kraut, but this was definitely not one of them. First, they put on WAY too much coleslaw. Huge chunks fell out of the sandwich and left enough on the plate that you would have thought it was my ordered side item. But even after that, there was still too much on the sandwich. The slaw was quite creamy and drowned out the taste of the 1000 Island and the unnoticeable aged Swiss. The highlights of the sandwich were the corned beef which was delicious, and the tasty rye bread. Too bad they were overshadowed by the slaw onslaught. The server was quick to refill our beverages but a little sloppy with the coffee. Also, we asked for a banana split to split between my wife and myself which they thoughtfully(?) brought out as two half-portions, but had forgotten to add bananas. Kind of strange to get a banana split sans banana. The restaurant was a pleasant experience overall, but I'd avoid their Reuben. Of course it may just have been whoever was in the kitchen this night was slaw-happy, but I'd avoid it anyway and go for one of their other offerings. ()