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Best Reuben in Boston

okello Mar 23, 2008 09:57 AM

Every once in a while I get a hankering for a Reuben that just won't go away. Help! Original or Turkey suggestions appreciated.

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  1. heathermb RE: okello Mar 23, 2008 10:06 AM

    Mike's in Coolidge Corner

    My second place is the version at Pops - available at lunch, brunch and Monday nights.

    For extra special occasions I get the Reuben kit from Zingerman's (Michigan) via fedex. yes, it is totally worth it.

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      Blumie RE: heathermb Mar 24, 2008 09:38 AM

      My last time at Zingerman's was such a disappointment. The reuben seemed like it was served on toast rather than truly grilled!

      I had a La Grassa reuben variation recently that was great: pastrami with chipotle honey mustard, swiss cheese and cole slaw grilled on an Italian sesame roll.

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        heathermb RE: Blumie Mar 24, 2008 10:04 AM

        Granted I haven't been AT Zingerman's in a long time, but whenever I get the kit to make it at home it is perfect! I use my sandwich press and the end result is an ooey-gooey cheesy corned-beefy masterpiece.

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          Blumie RE: heathermb Mar 24, 2008 10:59 AM

          Sounds a lot better than what they served me. The ingredients were, of course, first rate. I'll have to try again on a non-football visit.

    2. yumyum RE: okello Mar 23, 2008 10:17 AM

      The cuban reuben at Highland Kitchen is great. Not a traditional reuben, with the addition of some ham and (I think) slaw instead of kraut. Also, recently had a pretty good reuben at Union when I had to go there for brunch. Huge heap of skinny salty fries there too, and caper mayo on the side. I need to talk to Heathermb about sharing a Zingerman's box sometime. :-)

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        heathermb RE: yumyum Mar 23, 2008 10:18 AM

        Name the date!!

        Forgot about the CR at HK. That was good, but not GREAT. I'd order it again when craving a sandwich but probably not when craving a REUBEN.

        I used to like the version at Union but last few experiences were disappointing.

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          yumyum RE: heathermb Mar 23, 2008 10:23 AM

          I don't care for Union in general but was hung-over and looking for food in the South End a recent Saturday lunchtime and the greasy meal and a little hair of the dog made it all much better. So, yeah, my recollection of the reuben might be a little rosy.

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            Prav RE: yumyum Mar 23, 2008 07:53 PM

            Heather & Yumz, I'm going to be in Ann Arbor this weekend (nyeah nyeah) so I'll be sure to glutton out (small portions of course) in your honors. Oh yeah, my parents' house is 1.5 miles from Zingerman's. :)

            As for Boston, I will second Michaels deli.

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        taxi RE: okello Mar 23, 2008 10:37 AM

        Jacob Wirth's.

        1. BostonZest RE: okello Mar 23, 2008 11:58 AM

          Michael's deli on Harvard Steet in Coolidge corner. We brought one home for a chow loving friend last Sunday and he said it was the best he has had in Boston and asked for directions to get his next one.

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            JP RS RE: okello Mar 23, 2008 01:24 PM

            I'm a fan of Sam LaGrassa's for their Reuben.

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              jajjguy RE: okello Mar 23, 2008 05:58 PM

              I had a yummy old school greasy-spoon rueben at Deli Of Course downtown recently. I'm sure it's not the best rueben in town, but it was a specific thing. Super soft bulkie roll, super tender and fatty meat, a mushy mouthful of bliss.

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                okello RE: jajjguy Mar 23, 2008 08:15 PM

                BULKIE ROLL?!?!

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                  heathermb RE: okello Mar 23, 2008 08:24 PM

                  I was thinking the same thing!

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                    Blumie RE: okello Mar 24, 2008 09:40 AM

                    See my post above about La Grassa's. I had a great reuben variation that was served on a grilled Italian roll. It was a great sandwich, and although perhaps it belonged on rye, it was surprisingly good with the Italian roll.

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                      jajjguy RE: okello Mar 24, 2008 10:25 AM

                      I know. It's so wrong it's right!

                  2. MeffaBabe RE: okello Mar 24, 2008 05:04 AM

                    I never had a rueben on a bulkie roll- what happened to the swiss, kraut and sauce? How do you toast a bulkie roll??? Don't think it's a reuben...

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                      phatchris RE: MeffaBabe Mar 24, 2008 09:31 AM

                      I like the Washington deli in Chelsea.

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                      xperteater RE: okello Mar 24, 2008 10:39 AM

                      Mike's or you could move to NY or Chicago

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                        lergnom RE: xperteater Mar 24, 2008 02:30 PM

                        Michael doesn't grill their ruebens, so if that's a deal breaker . . .

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                          Blumie RE: lergnom Mar 24, 2008 03:41 PM

                          What's the alternative to grilling?

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                            hoohah RE: Blumie Mar 26, 2008 10:57 AM

                            The alternative is "get a different kind of sandwich."

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                              9lives RE: Blumie Mar 29, 2008 08:45 AM

                              not grilling...:)

                            2. re: lergnom
                              okello RE: lergnom Mar 24, 2008 08:05 PM

                              Bah! I knew I should have specified that. Yeah, in my mind a reuben has to be grilled. I've seen places where they just put warm meat and cheese on cold bread, and that just don't cut it. Sigh.

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                                Blumie RE: okello Mar 25, 2008 07:02 AM

                                I agree; it's all about being grilld. The highest and best use of a George Foreman grill is making grilled sandwiches!

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                                  jgg13 RE: Blumie Mar 25, 2008 08:10 AM

                                  In fact, the first time I saw a Foreman grill it looked almost identical to the salton grilled sandwich thing my friend had already owned for years.

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                            joth68 RE: okello Mar 24, 2008 02:35 PM

                            I had a very satisfying reuben at kelly's about a month ago. Grilled perfectly.

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                              twisty cup RE: okello Mar 25, 2008 07:35 AM

                              I had a great reuben at Formaggio Kitchen (the Cambridge one.) I think they only make them on Saturdays.

                              And for a non-traditional Reuben, I like the Texas Reuben at All Star Sandwich Bar. It's made with smoked brisket and slaw.

                              1. gini RE: okello Mar 25, 2008 08:52 AM

                                In descending order of greatness:

                                Pops - thickly sliced, excellent grainy mustard, sharp cabbage
                                Michael's Deli - very traditional, good quality
                                Highland Kitchen's Cuban Reuben - just a great sandwich, though it's not purely a reuben
                                All Star Sandwich Bar's Texas Reuben: beef brisket is terribly chewy and fatty and not fun to eat. too bad since the cumin slaw and chipolte russian dressing are great.

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                                  Blumie RE: gini Mar 25, 2008 09:30 AM

                                  Is the Pops sandwich available only on Mondays?

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                                    MC Slim JB RE: Blumie Mar 25, 2008 09:36 AM

                                    The Pops Reuben is available at lunch, weekend brunch, and sandwich night (Mondays). It also periodically appears on the dinner menu's rotation of three nightly sandwiches, though it's not on the current one.

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                                    Lorcasaur RE: gini Mar 25, 2008 06:02 PM

                                    Did All-Star ever have a traditional Reuben on the menu, or did I make that up? I recall having an awesome one there when they first opened, but the "Texas" part doesn't ring a bell. Regardless, had the meat been fatty at the time I DEFINITELY would've remembered -- it's the kiss of death as far as I'm concerned. Hope they haven't taken a step in the wrong direction!

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                                      gini RE: Lorcasaur Mar 26, 2008 05:41 AM

                                      They definitely have a traditional one on their menu, offered every day. The Texas is only offered on their specials board.

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                                    BJK RE: okello Mar 29, 2008 08:23 AM

                                    The 2nd Street Cafe in East Cambridge has an excellent Reuben.



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                                      Boston Scene RE: okello Mar 31, 2008 07:53 AM

                                      The Teddy Reuben at Hot Tomatoes in the North End is unbelievable, surprising that the North End does other things than Italian well I know! Hot Tomatoes in itself is a great little cafe located on North Street. Quite frankly its a hidden gem, with the same owners as the popular Carmen with delicious sandwiches (10.00 and under). I highly recommend not only the Reuben, but just about everything on the menu!

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                                        lilbiscuit RE: okello Mar 31, 2008 08:07 AM

                                        I had a delicious Reuben at Zaftig's this weekend...it was pretty traditional I think (with the corned beef piled very high on good pumpernickel bread). The only slight problem was the bread quickly turned a little soggy with the russian dressing, but the saurkraut was delicious, as was the dressing.

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                                          Blumie RE: lilbiscuit Mar 31, 2008 08:22 AM

                                          Was it not grilled?

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                                            heathermb RE: Blumie Mar 31, 2008 08:31 AM

                                            IIRC the reuben at Zaftig's is not grilled. I *think* you can get the bread toasted though. I have had the same complaint about soggy bread and once I discovered Michael's I stopped getting reubens at Zaftigs (I love their omelets though!)

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                                          RookieToo RE: okello Mar 31, 2008 12:45 PM

                                          I haven't had either in a little while, but the Stockyard in Brighton used to make a pretty good reuben, as did Jacob Wirth's in Boston.

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