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Looking for a Rueben Sammich (Near West Burbs)

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gordeaux Sep 28, 2007 01:48 PM

Howdy, don't think I've ever pinged the chowhound crowd, but looking for a rec. Standard Rueben Sammich. Rye, kraut, corned beef (might opt for turkey) swiss, grilled. I grew up eating at Manny's - I know where it is. Is there a joint in the near west burbs I can get something comparable? Perhaps a homey diner that takes pride in their food? I know of one spot in Mt Prospect, but it's too far. Looking for near west burbs. I'm starting a diet next week, and I'm feeling like splurging on a Rueben beforehand.

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    Ann McC RE: gordeaux Sep 28, 2007 10:21 PM

    In Glen Ellyn, Shannon's pub does a very good Rueben. Also, at Egg'clectic in Wheaton Towne Square this morning, I had a smoked turkey Rueben. It came out looking like an open face sandwich, but I put it together and it was very tasty. I have no idea why they plated it that way, but didn't bother to ask as I was too busy eating!

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      Vinny Barbaresco RE: Ann McC Sep 30, 2007 12:32 PM

      A "Reuben" is corned beef, swiss, kraut and russian dressing (not Thousand Island) on grilled rye or marble rye. IMO, turkey, smoked or otherwise, does not a Reuben make.

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        tzurriz RE: Vinny Barbaresco Sep 30, 2007 04:57 PM

        A Reuben with turkey is often called a "Rachel", but I've also seen a "Rachel" as being a completely different sandwich too.

        Sorry, that wasn't as much help as I thought it would be . . .

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      jan RE: gordeaux Sep 30, 2007 07:31 AM

      H.P. Schmaltz & Co.
      1512 N Naper Blvd Ste 152
      Naperville, IL 60563
      (630) 245-7595

      Pretty darn great little deli!

      Where the heck in Mt. Prospect did you find a good Rueban, by the way?!

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        gordeaux RE: jan Oct 1, 2007 07:37 AM

        In Mt P, there's a little diner on Central a few blocks W of 83 on the S side of road called "Little America." The rest of the food is standard diner fare - nothing special at all, HOWEVER, they roast their own turkey for their sammiches. So, I used to order a Rueben sammich with their house made turkey, and let me tell ya, if you are ever in the area, the turkey is worth a stop. Yes, a Rueben is not really a Rueben with turkey, but I'm a very picky corned beef judge, and this place carves up a real bird for its sammiches.

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        renov8r RE: gordeaux Oct 1, 2007 07:29 AM

        One of the great things about the Chicago region is that basically all the "diners" that are predominately owned by folks of Greek heritage have fairly high quality suppliers and a pretty authentic book of recipes. Places like Omega, Mothers Day and Rainbow are do a very servicable Rueben. Not that I'd go outta my way to recommend any of these places for some kind of pilgramage, but when I'm close by...

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        9100 Golf Rd, Niles, IL

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