Date of Review 2004-03-23, 12:32 p.m.
Sandwich name Grilled Reuben
Price Per Reuben (PPR) $6.75
Reuben Delivery Time (RDT) 4 minutes 
Reuben Dimensions 16x9x4.5 cm (648 cm3
Included side items none
Bulk to cost ratio 96 cm3/dollar 

Reuben Ingredient Matrix (RIM) Rye bread Corned beef Swiss cheese Sauerkraut 1000 Island
Rick's Delicafe X X X Havarti X X Russian

Description (taken from the menu):
Grilled Reuben: Corned Beef, Havarti Cheese, Sauerkraut & Russian Dressing (on Rye)

Sandwich presentation:
The sandwich was cut somewhat diagonally and served on a yellow paper in a large rectangular plastic basket. The sandwich had Russian dressing against both slices of rye. There was a mass of folded corned beef in the middle, topped with sauerkraut mixed with the cheese.

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

Reuben Ruminations:

: Rick's Deli Cafe is in an industrial park atmosphere, and probably not much noticed by the casual passerby. There seemed to be a lot of folks eating there, I presume from the surrounding businesses. The first thing that surprised me was that they listed Havarti cheese on the menu for their Reuben. I didn't really taste anything strange in the cheese department--in fact I didn't really taste it at all. There was some melted white substance mixed in with the sauerkraut, which I must assume was the cheese. This may be the fastest Reuben I've ever eaten--delivered to my table exactly four minutes after placing my order at the counter. The sandwich was very moist and soggy. I don't think the bread they employed was nearly thick enough to account for the drippiness of the ingredients--especially with the dressing applied directly to each slice of bread. The bulk of the sandwich was the corned beef, and the rest of it seemed small in comparison. The employees were very friendly and efficient. Overall, I would consider this a very mediocre sandwich in general, and it seemed quite expensive at $6.75 with no side items, not even a lonely pickle spear. Also, the atmosphere was very utilitarian--the line for the counter snakes through the eating area. There were huge cityscape pictures on the walls--Chicago on one side of the room and New York on the other. ()

: This BLT expert thought that the service was quick, the Reuben was juicy, but its taste was just average. ()