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Reuben, Patty Melt, Banh Mi

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Reading these CH threads is dangerous; discovering too many new and delicious things to eat.! Back for more sandwich recs...

1. Reuben. Love them. Where can I find the best ones? Not looking for an obscene pile of meat.

2. Patty Melt. Ok Beach Chick I think I can blame this one on you since I've seen so many mentions of your undying love for them. I've never had one (shocking yes), but I'm craving one! So what makes the perfect patty melt and where can I find me some patty melt heaven?

3. Banh Mi. Another true confession, I never hear of it until I read about them here and finnaly had my first one at Cali Baguette Express in Mira Mesa last week. Wow now I know why they get so many mentions. Where has that baguette been all my life?! I feel deprived for missing out on it all these years. Had the grilled beef and it was such a yummy sandwich, although very light on the carrots, maybe 5 grated shreds and other veggies and i wanted more.
I've read the threads about some of your favorite places to get one, but i'd like to know what sandwich filling you go for. I don't like pate so no need to mention those options, but If you have other favorites please share.
Also besides the unique baguette, what else is required for a true banh mi? The carrots and cilantro sprig, and ??

Thanks for all the recs. It's been a fun summer of trying new things around the county.

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  1. Patty Melt = Longhorn... Personally approved by the BC!

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    1. re: cstr

      concur; Longhorn makes a very good PM

    2. OMG..heart be still...Island, you've NEVER EVER had a patty melt before?
      Holy crap..I think there is a law or something that will have you serve time for that huge offense.

      My fav for the 'beloved patty melt' is at Longhorn's in a Von's shopping center on Mission Gorge rd..near the Kaiser hospital.
      It's such a funky gem of a place that you'll see all types up and down the food chain (it is believed that Darwin came up with his evolution theory while having a patty melt at Longhorns)..

      Lots of SD Chargers and Pad players hang and it is a go to place since who would think anyone would hang at such a place but get out of prison convicts and people celebrating taking the 'wheels' off their house.

      Love the burgundy naugahyde booths and the ode to John Wayne..
      It puts the Dive in Dive bar..it is a thing of beauty like no other in SD..
      Waterfront and Nunu's comes close.

      I made my own 'vegan' patty melt at home and it kicks such serious ass that it gives the patty melt, a run for the money..yeah, I said it and proud of it..that's for you Fakey!
      I get rye bread, american cheese or swiss, 1,000 dressing (gotta have a little trailer park in there) and saute the garden burger first and then grill with a little butter with the red or white onions..
      So frigging good!

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      1. re: Beach Chick

        And that, my dear BeachChic friend, is a bastardization. I said it and I'm proud of it. Like vegan meatloaf or vegan steak or Sarah Palin as a Democrat- it just won't fly. No, this is not a matter of taste, it's a matter of principal. Principal, I tell you.

        Now- about the Patty Melt. High-faulootin cuisine, this ain't. And I don't really care what is available in Berlin, much like the Carne Asada Burrito (I bless myself at those words. If I had a religion. I guess I praise nonspecifichigherpower at the mere mention) this is gutbomb city and not for the faint at heart. Really, if you visit a cardiologist you'd best keep the PM a secret from him/her.

        I'm a fan of the Longhorn experience. It's not just the PM, nossir. It's the vintage grease in which it's cooked and recognizing the naugas that gave their lives for the seating. And the draft domestic beer. (If you'd prefer a pint of local Alpine Grassfed, this is not the place for you) The bank of TVs so everybody can watch baseball, football or whatever is on. (Personally, I strongly prefer bars without TVs- I hate sports, unless it involves speed, horsepower, handlebars and me).

        At least BC got the basic ingredients right. Fortunately, the Longhorn offers a bison burger, and I will request the PM be made with that instead of the feedlot cornfed (possibly HFCS!) stuff they call steer.

        1. re: Fake Name

          love when you get your knickers in a knot..
          bison patty melt..that sounds pretty good...think I had one in Berlin.

          1. re: Beach Chick

            "Vegan" and Bison patty melts? Philistines!

        2. re: Beach Chick

          Island is a PM virgin!

        3. Ha! What is the point of a Reuben if not for the "obscene pile of meat"?

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          1. re: foodiechick

            Do they make a 'tofu version of the pastrami'?
            ; )

            1. re: Beach Chick

              Sadly yes, they do. All salt and peppercorn and proably worse for you than the real thing...

          2. The Reuben from the deli counter at Seisel's Meat store is wonderful.

            http://www.iowameatfarms.com/

            1. The ruben at The Linkery is by far my favorite in SD. Truly an excellent version with fantastic meat and house made toppings. They only serve it every couple of months but definitely worth the effort and expense.

              Antonelli's deli in El Cajon has a good ruben as well but not classic Jewish deli style meat.

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              Linkery
              3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

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              1. re: JRSD

                Big 2nd to Linkery's.

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                Linkery
                3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

                1. re: JRSD

                  Love Antonelli's deli and their turkey, cheddar on rye for $5 is outstanding and big enough for my husband and I to split.
                  I've been raving about this deli for years as one of the best in town.

                2. I like the reuben at Stout - over on 6th Ave, between B and C Streets Downtown - mostly because it uses housemade corned beef. As far as patty melts go, the Studio Diner serves a mean one, though they break from the typical patty melt mold by putting 1000 island dressing on the patty melt.

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                  Studio Diner
                  4705 Ruffin Rd, San Diego, CA 92123

                  1. As for Banh Mi, here is the definitive overview:

                    http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/b...

                    I usually order a dac biet (combo) the first time. There might be a little smear of pate, but it usually sits in the background and plays a supporting role. But dac biet lets you sample the combination that the place thinks is best.