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Good Reuben in NoVA?

casilady May 2, 2008 11:51 AM

Any recommendations on a great Reuben sammy in Northern Virginia - preferably in one of these areas: Ashburn, Sterling, Reston, or Herndon? I'll even travel to Fair Lakes. I don't want something with super greasy (and soggy) bread or fatty meat, which is what I've gotten lately.

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  1. chowser RE: casilady May 2, 2008 12:10 PM

    I had a good pastrami sandwich at Chutzpah Deli in the Fair Lakes area. I haven't specifically had the Reuben (I'm assuming the pastrami one you want?) but my friend swears by their Reuben. But, I have to say I like the meat slightly fatty. Not enough that it's too chewy but don't like it lean.

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      anni RE: casilady May 2, 2008 02:31 PM

      I've always enjoyed the Reubens here. http://www.irishusa.com/4ps/

      It's in the heart of Falls Church but easy to get to via 66 and free parking.

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        FoodieGrrl RE: casilady May 3, 2008 06:27 AM

        Chutzpah's Reuben is the best I've ever had. I know some people on this board don't like Chutzpah, but I can't understand it. I've never had a bad meal there, and over time, I've gotten to know the staff, so I always feel warmly greeted and welcome. They also have a Tyson's branch, which is the one I usually go to.

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          Potomac Bob RE: FoodieGrrl May 3, 2008 04:28 PM

          Where is the Tyson's branch?

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            FoodieGrrl RE: Potomac Bob May 3, 2008 05:08 PM

            It's a little bit hidden, in an office building that is just off of Route 7/Leesburg Pike, between McDonald's and Jared Jewelers.

            The exact address is 8100 Boone Boulevard, Vienna. Here's a map:

        2. Dennis S RE: casilady May 3, 2008 11:47 AM

          I think Jimmy's Reuben is pretty good. I've had it but it's been quite awhile (can't get away from the Beef on Weck or the Cheesesteaks.

          Otherwise I third Chutzpah.

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            Potomac Bob RE: Dennis S May 3, 2008 04:35 PM

            Where is Jimmy's?

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              Dennis S RE: Potomac Bob May 4, 2008 05:31 AM

              Old town Herndon: http://www.jimmystavern.com/

              At some point, regardless of what you think of the reuben, make sure you get a fish fry some Friday evening.

          2. Bob W RE: casilady May 3, 2008 06:33 PM

            Another vote for Chutzpah. While I find their meats sometimes too lean on their own, their Reuben is a great sandwich.

            1. Aphioni RE: casilady May 5, 2008 05:28 AM

              aaaahh- MY neck of the woods finally!! The Reuben is my favorite sandwich on earth- tender roast beef is just the start! Balance, good kraut, dressing... the only good Reuben is a GREAT Reuben! O'Faolain's in Sterling has a fantastic Reuben. Right in front of the Regal theater. Mimi's Cafe- HUGE fantastic Reuben- big enough for two! In front of Dulles Towne Center Mall. Looking forward to hearing where you pick!

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                alkapal RE: Aphioni May 6, 2008 04:59 AM

                aphioni, tender "roast beef"?

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                  Aphioni RE: alkapal May 6, 2008 01:26 PM

                  ooops. CORNED beef... i swear i don't eat reubens with roast beef!!! forgive me.

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                    alkapal RE: Aphioni May 7, 2008 03:17 AM

                    no need to be forgiven, as long as you provide good chow tips! ;-P

              2. monkeyrotica RE: casilady May 5, 2008 06:13 AM

                Chutzpah Deli's reuben is very good. It's not Deli City, but it will do if I'm in the locale.

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                  casilady RE: casilady May 6, 2008 01:30 PM

                  Thanks for all of the recs! I am going to try out Chutzpah's this week or next during lunch. Will report back! I ended up going to Jimmy's over the weekend and LOVED their reuben! The layers of meat were perfect... not the fatty kind where I take a bite and the whole piece of meat comes out. The bread was perfectly crisp and buttery, but not greasy at all. I also really liked their coleslaw. I only took a few bites of the fries (I prefer crunchy), but I also wasn't in the mood for fries - plus, love that they automatically give malt vinegar to sprinkle on top! The waiters were all really friendly and I could tell that most diners were "regulars." I'll be going back to try other things!

                  I didn't realize Mimi's Cafe had reubens... I checked their website on Friday and didn't see the traditional reuben, just the one with coleslaw. I will have to try out O'Faolain's, too. I usually get their Guinness Casserole.

                  Thanks again, all!

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                    Dennis S RE: casilady May 7, 2008 03:37 AM

                    Glad to hear Jimmy's treated you well. Their attention to certain things, like bread across the menu is really fine. The weck for the Beef on weck is just insanely good, and then they use Amaroso rolls for the cheesesteaks. I agree with you on the fries issue, though.

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