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Aug 30, 2010 10:23 AM

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

    4 Replies
    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

            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.