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Dec 30, 2008 08:24 AM

Best Rueben?

Who has the best rueben in Seattle? Where is your favorite place to order it? Is the Hilltop Alehouses any good? Is I love NY Deli? I am having a craving- thanks for the help!

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  1. My favorite Reuben is from Three Girls Bakery in the Pike Place Market, across from Jack's Fish Spot. They use their own lean pastrami, build it with light or dark rye toasted to perfection on their sandwich press, with sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing. Very generous portion of meat!

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    1. re: bbqer

      I second Three Girls. Also just love the market vibe in there.

      1. re: bbqer

        Three Girls is my current favorite: no nonsense, plenty of meat, served in a paper tray, and fresh from the press to your seat at the bar. Recently, I stole a bite from a friend's Reuben at the Tangletown Elysian Brewing Company (south Green Lake/Wallingford), and it was pretty amazing, but that might be the layer of bacon influencing me.

      2. I really like the one at I Love NY Deli. Another favorite is at The Other Coast Cafe. Surprisingly, I had a very good rueben-ish sandwich at Purple a few weeks ago. The pastrami was very smoky and it had roasted and lightly pickled fennel in place of the sauerkraut.

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        1. re: Lauren

          Second I Love NY Deli. It's in the Market, near the Daily Dozen donut stand.

        2. I would recommend Goldberg's Deli in Factoria. It can be hit or miss but I haven't found a better place for corned beef in Seattle or the Eastside. I've been to the I Love NY Deli twice and found their corned beef to be extremely fatty and having an oversteamed taste. The Hilltop Alehouse reuben was tasty but not memorable.

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          1. re: misshamburglar

            I agree about I Love NY. The meat in the Reuben is a wad the size of a baseball, with the bread vainly attempting to straddle it, and getting soaked in the process. I understand the generosity of large portions, but I Love NY takes it past appropriate proportionality so that the qualities of the other ingredients are overwhelmed. And the sauce reminded me of cheez-whiz.

            (I used to get their breakfast sandwiches often, and I like them; the Reuben breakfast sandwich is much more worth a try than the traditional Reuben but might not be everyone's cup of tea.)

            As Mrnelso mentioned, I really enjoy the Rueben at Pacific Inn Pub.

          2. 74th St Alehouse - handsdown the winner.

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            1. re: frygirl

              74th Street Alehouse is a sister restaurant to the Hilltop Alehouse- I believe*

              1. re: natalie.warner

                Yes, as well as the Columbia City Ale House. All three feature the Red Reuben Sandwich. Excellent!


            2. 74th St. Alehouse is the best I've had. It's also quite a unique interpretation

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              1. re: Baboo

                what's their 'unique interpretation' of it?

                1. re: staffstuff

                  The corned beef is braised in hard cider and they use red pickled cabbage instead of sauerkraut.