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Best Reuben Sandwich in Pittsburgh

Greyhoundgrrl Feb 1, 2008 12:25 PM

My husband and I are on a quest to find the best Reuben in the Burgh. My favorite was the Monterey Pub on the North Side but they took it off the menu.

Any ideas?


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    laggal Feb 11, 2008 12:13 PM

    Have you tried Kazansky's Deli in Squirrel Hill on Murray?

    Your choice of corned beef, turkey, or pastrami, with swiss, sauerkraut, russian dressing grilled on rye.

    1. Greyhoundgrrl Feb 2, 2008 06:06 PM

      Well, we tried Mark's Grille & Catering downtown last night-- they have an open-faced Reuben that was delicious, but not quite perfect. I think I need to be able to pick up my Reuben.

      Their homemade potato chips were scrumptious, and the food prices were great, but I couldn't believe what they charged for beer. $5.50 for a domestic draft seems really high for Pittsburgh! We will go back, but we will drink Cokes.

      Thanks for the suggestions. I think Max's is the next experiment, as we are North Siders anyway. And I love potatoes in all forms, especially cakes.

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      1. re: Greyhoundgrrl
        Rick Feb 3, 2008 09:45 AM

        My wife really loves reubens and I asked her about her favorites. She said she likes Max's, but her favorite is FatHead's. Don't know if you've been to Max's before, but that have a good sunday brunch buffet for about $12pp and they also serve from the regular menu on Sunday. We really enjoy the Sunday brunch there, especially for the price. They also have the potato pancakes on the buffet.

        1. re: Rick
          yammers Feb 10, 2008 12:33 PM

          Carson st. deli is the deli across from Nakama. I really like their reubens, but they aren't hot/grilled. Nirvana deli in shadyside used to make a fabulous reuben, but they aren't there any more. Elbow room is good when i need a fix, but a better reuben probably exists.

          1. re: Rick
            jacktanner Feb 10, 2008 03:50 PM

            Did you have a good brunch there recently? I just read a pretty negative review elsewhere on the web, and I'm curious what you think.

            1. re: jacktanner
              Rick Feb 11, 2008 12:48 PM

              I haven't been to Max's in about 5 months, but last time I was there I did enjoy the brunch. Keep in mind is about $12 so maybe someone went in expecting something amazing. It's good german food for a good price.

          2. re: Greyhoundgrrl
            jfr Feb 11, 2008 06:44 AM

            A true Reuben is open-faced. Not being a purist, I would prefer to pick up a great Reuben rather than have a less than outstanding open-faced Reuben. I will keep Mark's Grille in mind, however, for the next time I am in downtown Pittsburgh for lunch or dinner.

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            ntylions Feb 2, 2008 01:36 PM

            Hambone's on Butler Street in Lawrenceville has a great Reuben. Good Fries too!

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              Panini Guy Feb 2, 2008 04:22 AM

              Big Jim's in Greenfield on Saline, off Greenfield Ave. It's a dive. Only been there once as it's a bit out of the way for us, but needing to go again and again. I had the eggplant parm sandwich (also best I've had in the area), wife had the reuben. It was both lunch and dinner, but it wasn't the size, it was the quality of everything. Not to mention the fries are among the best around... found it hard to believe what was coming out of the kitchen of what looks otherwise to be a rundown old school neighborhood joint.

              Big Jim's
              201 Saline St, Pittsburgh, PA 15207

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              1. re: Panini Guy
                KOK Feb 11, 2008 11:26 AM

                Agree 100% on Big Jim's. NEVER had a bad meal there. Giant fish sandwiches, wedding soup, eggplant and veal parm, and a darn fine reuben.

                Big Jim's 'down in the run' won't dissappoint.



                201 Saline St
                Pittsburgh, PA 15207-1029

              2. yayadave Feb 1, 2008 04:57 PM

                Here's the offering from Penn Brewery's menu.

                PITTSBURGH REUBEN
                Shaved Black Oak ham, peppercorn turkey, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing,
                sauerkraut and French fries on thick-sliced marble rye bread. $8.95

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                1. re: yayadave
                  CrazyOne Feb 1, 2008 07:39 PM

                  Now that's just silly.

                  1. re: CrazyOne
                    Rick Feb 1, 2008 08:05 PM

                    There's a deli in South Side that I can't remember the name of but it's across the street from Nakama on Carson Street. My mom used to buy their corned beef for reubens and the meat was excellent. I'd guess they also make a great reuben though I haven't anything from them in a few years so I don't know if it's still good. Hopefully someone else will chime in that's been there recently.

                    For some reason I can't edit my previous post, but it's Max's Allegheny Tavern, not Tevern!

                2. yayadave Feb 1, 2008 12:57 PM

                  I don't know about best, but try Fathead's.

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                  1. re: yayadave
                    Rick Feb 1, 2008 02:37 PM

                    Max's Allegheny Tevern has a really good one. They also do a potato pancake reuben with potato pancake instead of bread which I like even better.

                    1. re: Rick
                      yayadave Feb 1, 2008 04:58 PM

                      Boy, that made my mouth water!

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