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Reuben sandwich - searching for "The One"

Any suggestions on the absolute best Reuben in the Twin Cities?

Where I've already been:

5-8 Club (Champlin). Lousy. Messy sandwich and bottom piece of bread was soaked in grease.

Park Tavern. See above only add in rude wait staff.

O'Gara's - Not bad, but bread tasted toasted instead of grilled. Upcharge for fries which is always a negative for me.

Girvan's Grille - Not bad. Flavorful corned beef, just not a whole lot of it. Chunks of corned beef rather than slices.

Cecil's - Very good, but small.

I've purposely avoided Crossroads Deli because I think they're overpriced and "The One" shouldn't be served open-faced. I've also avoided Mort's because of the chips thing.

Your suggestions?

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  1. I've heard Victory 44 has a good one, but I've never had it.

    Victory 44
    2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

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    1. re: semanticantics

      the Victory 44 one is really good but I'm not sure its always on the menu.

      Victory 44
      2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

      1. re: getgot211

        I think it's one of the mainstays, actually. Along with the burger. They are horrible about keeping their menu updates posted. On Aug 19th their FB announced "new menu items going up tomorrow...stay tuned for what the deliciousness will be!". It's now the 30th, no update.

        1. re: getgot211

          It's always on the menu, and it is very good.

          1. re: kevin47

            The Reuben is always on Victory 44's menu and it is delicious! A must have for Reuben lovers. If you ever want to see the menu updates, check out Victory 44's Facebook page as they always post a picture of their chalkboard menus. Here is the link http://www.facebook.com/pages/Minneap...

            Victory 44
            2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

      2. I had a very nice Reuben at Stub & Herb's on the east bank campus. Definitely better than I expected from a college pre-game spot. The corned beef really shined - it was clearly cured in-house. Also, quite an impressive tap list, because you gotta wash that sandwich down with some good beer, right?

        Stub & Herb's
        227 Oak St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

        1. Small or not, I think the sour cream puts Cecil's on top. Get a Cecil's salad to share to go with.

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          1. re: Haricotsv2

            sour cream on a reuben? isn't it russian dressing?

            1. re: faith

              No, it's sour cream mixed in with the sourkraut. With due respect to Fudist below, I think it's delicious.

          2. At Cecil's you get 1/4 lb or 1/2 lb or 3/4 lb sandwiches, you specify. Maybe if you don't specify, you default to 1/4 lb? I know a 3/4 lb corned beef on light rye is a huge cardiac arrest on a plate. I can't imagine the 3/4 lb ruben would be considered small.

            1. I can't remember if this is the place or not. But I think it was Brothers Deli:

              I had a reuben there many years ago on a recommendation and it was pretty good. At least, I believe it was brothers--it could have been some other place in dwntn mpls. Maybe someone else has been there recently and can give a better rating.

              Brothers Deli
              50 S 6th St Ste 220, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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              1. re: alpa chino

                Man Skinner's destroys Cecil's Reuben and it's waaaaaay bigger and cheaper. Cecil's is over priced garbage.

                1. re: Fudist

                  Where is Man Skinner's? I'd like to try it. I still will like Cecil's though--I've been eating there since the 1950's so it's a tradition.

                    1. re: doctor k

                      Hey, thanks! All this time, I never knew Skinner's had a website. They deliver, too.


                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        You're welcome TDQ, always like helping out a fellow Chowhound!

                    2. re: Haricotsv2

                      "Man" is probably an interjection that's missing its comma. "Skinners" is the restaurant in on Randolph Ave in St. Paul.

                      (The next time someone gives me grief about copy-editing for punctuation and syntax, I'll offer to buy them a beer at this new corner bar.) ;)

                      Mentioned elsewhere:

                    3. re: Fudist

                      Fudist, aside from being inexpensive and a lot of meat, what do you like about Skinners reuben? Do you find the ingredients to be of particularly high-quality or house-made or anything like that?


                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        Skinner's may be a hole in the wall dive bar but they don't let that fact retract from the quality of the food .A very generous portion of good quality juicy and lean corned beef. Cecil's really skimps on their beef and it is both tough and dry. Cecil's only saving grace is their Rye Bread but other than that Skinner's wins hands down.

                        1. re: Fudist

                          Hmmm, okay, thank you. I recommend Skinner's all the time for the chicken (but I wouldn't drive across town for it)... But, I didn't love their reuben, I'm afraid. Now, granted, I had it for take-out, so, I should probably try it "in house" to give it a real chance. Although it was generously portioned, I thought the meat was too dry. Maybe my expectations were too high.


                    4. re: alpa chino

                      The reuben at Brothers is good; everything they do with corned beef is good. But sadly, I have been on the same quest for a couple of years and come up fairly empty in the TC. Gald to see a few recommendations on here that I has not tried before. Will definitely check them out.

                    5. Mac's Industrial. Brisket style. Brined in-house. Awesome.

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                        1. re: Foureyes137

                          Totally agree with Foureyes on Mac's Industrial. I have had reuben's at all of the places listed and Mac's is my favorite. Victory 44 is a close second.

                          Victory 44
                          2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

                        2. Cuzzy's definitely in the warehouse district!!! SO yummy. they have tator tots too :)

                          1. I would have to say the Black Forest on eat street. Definitely get some Hacker Pschorr Dark to go with it.

                            1. It's not in the cities, exactly, but Celt's Pub in Rosemount and Farmington have incredible Reuben's. I used to live across the street from the Rosemount location. Made getting out of bed in the winter totally worth it.

                              1. Sneaky Petes Reuben, hands down

                                Sneaky Pete's
                                14 N 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

                                1. My favorite reuben is at Winzer Stube in Hudson, WI. Both their reuben and hot pastrami sandwiches are outstanding.

                                  Winzer Stube
                                  516 2nd St Ste 100, Hudson, WI 54016

                                  1. Kaladis in Hudson, WI has the best reuben I've had in the area.

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                                    1. re: shoo bee doo

                                      Are these two right on the, or near, the main I-94 drag? We drive through Hudson every time we go to the cabin in western Wisconsin...

                                      1. re: aguynamedbob

                                        Winzer Stube is downtown Hudson off Exit 1. Kaladis is off exit 2 or 3 in the Business Park.

                                        Winzer Stube
                                        516 2nd St Ste 100, Hudson, WI 54016

                                        1. re: NugarifiK

                                          Awesome. I'll have to see if we can stop in along the way the next time!

                                    2. Shamrock's in St Paul makes a good Rueben. Worth trying.

                                      1. Isaacs cafe in Maplewood has my vote!
                                        Mostly a take out place with some seating, Isaac
                                        doesn't skimp on his sandwiches.


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                                        1. re: mikemcg62

                                          I had the reuben at Isaac's a few weeks back.

                                          I thought the flavors were good, but the sandwich was a bit...odd.

                                          First of all, it was so loaded with toppings that the bread didn't stand a chance. I immediately turned mine into a giant heap and ate it with a fork.

                                          Second, the meat was chopped very small. Not sliced at all, but into pieces the size of a postage stamp. That also caught me off guard.

                                          Really good flavors, but really odd construction.

                                        2. My vote for morts. Not innovative, but as good as a NYC deli.

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                                          1. re: DukeFan

                                            Seriously? I've only been there once, but it was average enough to not bring me back. The meat and bread were both terribly dry.

                                            1. re: BigE

                                              "but as good as a NYC deli"

                                              Proof that NYC has its share of crappy delis too. I'm with BigE on Mort's. Several tries, universal disappointments.

                                          2. Icaas Cafe in Maplweood the best!

                                            1. Morts in Golden Valley served up a very nice Reuben.

                                              1. I like the Reuben at McCoy's Public House. Flavorful, moist corned beef, if a little lacking on sauerkraut.

                                                Didn't like the one at Cooper. Dry.

                                                McCoy's Public House
                                                3801 Grand Way, Minneapolis, MN 55416

                                                1. Just had a reuben at Cafe Maude for brunch on Saturday. Very good. Nicely grilled rye, tasty corned beef (but could have used more), good kraut, and an excellent Thousand Island type dressing (might of had capers?) served on the side (always a plus for me). Served with choice of salad or chips (I think), I went for the salad, that came dressed with an excellent citrus vinaigrette, which completed the fat of the reuben very well. Not the best reuben I've had in my life, but perhaps the best (certainly one of the top) reuben's I've had in the Twin Cities.

                                                  Cafe Maude
                                                  5411 Penn Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419