Date of Review 2004-09-05, 7:00 p.m.
Sandwich name Reuben SuperMelt
Price Per Reuben (PPR) $7.69
Reuben Delivery Time (RDT) 14 minutes 
Reuben Dimensions 14x14x4 cm (616 cm3
Included side items Golden fries and a pickle spear (but any of the standard sides may be substituted for the fries)
Bulk to cost ratio 80 cm3/dollar 

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

Description (taken from the menu):
Reuben SuperMelt: This is a big favorite! Tender slices of New York-style corned beef, melted Swiss, sauerkraut and zesty Thousand Island dressing on grilled honey dill rye bread.

Sandwich presentation:
The sandwich was cut in half down the middle and served with french fries on one side and a pickle spear on the other in a plastic plate/basket lined with paper. The sandwich was lined with Swiss cheese on both top and bottom, with the Thousand Island spread across the bottom slice of cheese. The sauerkraut was placed atop the dressing, followed by a large layer of folded corned beef.

Reuben Eater Rankings
Chris Rowland B B- B+ B+ B+ B+
Katherine Rowland B- B B B- A- B
Summary B B B B B+ B

Reuben Ruminations:

: The restaurant was a typical Friendly's--kind of a colonial look and the only available seating is in booths. The server said that I didn't have to have the French fries with the Reuben, so I opted for mashed potatoes with gravy. The Reuben's ingredients were not well distributed, especially the meat; I believe this was due to the folding of the meat slices. The beef was in a nice thick mass. The Thousand Island dressing was too light--I could see it but I couldn't taste it. The bread was good but easily soggified. The cheese had a rich distinct Swiss flavor. It was a good, albeit uninspired Reuben. I'm not sure I would categorize it as they did as a "SuperMelt", but more like an "AdequateMelt". ()

: My initial impression of Friendly's was that it was--friendly, that is. The host was smiling and affable as he showed us to our table and took our drink orders. Our server sounded as though she had grown up in some European country. Italy? France? Germany? I couldn't tell, but she had a marked accent and odd quirks of grammar that gave her away. She was brusque, resulting in a small reduction in rating, but not rude, resulting in a decent tip. The Reuben itself...ah. Well, the best description of it would be that it was a Reuben as interpreted by a '50s housewife who had to serve it to very picky eaters, one of whom didn't like rye, one who didn't care overmuch for sauerkraut, and one that couldn't stand Thousand Island dressing. Inotherwords, it was inoffensive, but bland, much like the main character of my current Work in Progress. The cheese was good. The bread was not overly rye, which was disappointing to me, as I am a rye fan. The Thousand Island dressing was there, but it was seen and not tasted. The sauerkraut and the meat were a centrally-located wad, making the sandwich difficult to eat and leaving basically cheese toast around the edges. I had it with the fries, which were reasonable: nothing special, either good or bad. The ice cream, however, was DIVINE. If you find yourself in Columbus with a yen for food, I'd skip the Reuben and head straight for dessert. You won't be disappointed. ()