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Oct 1, 2008 08:21 PM

best reuben around?

okay, it's a little surprising/embarrassing, but i'm just gonna put this out there. i have become semi-addicted to the reuben at the balducci's on old georgetown rd. it is really, really delicious. has anyone else tried it? also, where is your favorite local reuben?

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    back in the day -- and maybe now -- old ebbitt grill had a pretty darn good one!

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      1. re: elgringoviejo

        I doubt very much that someone would drive about an hour north to hit up Attman's for a rubie... even though it would be worth it. If I remember correctly, the reuben at Cafe Berlin was good, but it's been a while.

    1. I don't know if they make a reuben, but hands down the best corned beef and pastrami in DC is Deli City in a very unlikely location in NE.

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        1. re: mmusiker

          #3 for Deli City. yes, they make a reuben. Nowhere else in the Metro area compares . . . by a long shot.

          1. re: Bonz

            A fourth for Deli City. Be sure you have plenty of napkins at hand before you start to eat it.

        2. re: Steve

          Where in NE is Deli City? Is it metro accessible? Is it a real Deli? lol

          1. re: Elyssa

            I haven't been there either, it's on my list so I found it in Places the other day, and it seems to be near the arboretum (which I have also meant to but haven't been to yet), is that right?

            Deli City Restaurant
            2200 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20018

            1. re: mselectra

              Yes, but you'll need a car. My favorite order is a combo pastrami and corned beef.

              1. re: mselectra

                The three great DC sandwiches are ALL on the east side of town: Deli City's reuben, Magialardo's Super G-Man, and Horace & Dickies 4-piece fish sandwich.

                1. re: monkeyrotica

                  Agree on all three, except if really hungry you might upgrade to H&D's six piece, and don't forget lots of the hot sauce (and napkins there too!)

                  The need for napkins may well be a key marker for a great sandwich.

              2. re: Elyssa

                A fifth for Deli City. And second the napkins; the corned beef is always juicy, unlike the dry slop they serve at other places. He's really doing God's work with brisket.

                The place isn't kosher; just "deli-style" meaning no Ba Tampte pickles, but what they lack in NYC authenticity they make up for in flavor. The place used to be an old gas station. Worth the price of renting a Zipcar. I regularly see people picking up orders from as far away as Georgetown and there's always a crowd of interesting oldsters having breakfast/lunch.


            2. I go to Balducci's on Old Georgetown all the time, and I'm always in search of the best tasting of whatever! What is it about Balducci's Reubens that appeal to you? Is it the way the meat is cut? The Bread? The way it's grilled? Maybe I'll stop in tomorrow and get one!

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              1. re: susabella

                pretty much the basics....great rye bread, tangy kraut, perfectly melted cheese and really tender rich and juicy corned beef that totally lacks gristle or strips of yucky fat...i think they use kobe corned beef but not sure abt that...i know they do for some of their other caveat is that i trade mustard for thousand cant vouch for their dressing

              2. a good Rueben is not an embarrassment, it's a necessity. I vote for 2: Loeb's on 15th, where you can get a mix of corned beef and pastrami (when you ask, they might give you hell, but it's good-natured hell). And... surprisingly: Jetties on Foxhall Road. Rye bread, nice slaw, buttery meat.

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                  1. re: DC_Convert

                    I lived in the DC are for 20 years before venturing into Loeb's. I had read on Chowhound how bad it was so I avoided it. But after passing by at the 'right' moment, I figured that it couldn't be as bad as Chowhwounds thought, so I went in. I was wrong. Most disgusting sandwich of my life. Slimy cole slaw, Squishy bread. Just thinking about it gives me the shivers.