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Searching Austin's best reuben sandwich

johnlikeplum Aug 19, 2011 07:53 AM

this city is full of mexican delights and asian wonders but I need a massive, meaty, sourdoughy reuben with krauts to spare. any suggestions?

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  1. ret3 RE: johnlikeplum Aug 19, 2011 08:30 AM

    There was a competition organized earlier this year regarding this particular question. The result had Frianco's coming out on top, but there were only 5 competitors: http://www.mannysuptownkitchen.com/?p...

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      Philly369 RE: johnlikeplum Aug 19, 2011 08:57 AM

      My vote goes to Spec's deli within the liquor store at Brodie & 290 - Their Reuben will make you cry .....

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        twyst RE: Philly369 Aug 20, 2011 03:16 AM

        I can agree with this assuming all the specs deli's are preparing them the same. I lived a block from the specs flagship store in houston until recently and used to go there for reubens at least once a week.

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        brentwood RE: johnlikeplum Aug 19, 2011 05:22 PM


        1. slowcoooked RE: johnlikeplum Aug 21, 2011 07:14 AM

          The grilled rueben at Cover 3 is my favorite in town. HUGE, meaty, and delish on really good marble rye. Better than the versions I've had at little deli, katz (good riddance), and fricanos.

          1. sqwertz RE: johnlikeplum Aug 21, 2011 07:20 AM

            This came up in another food forum (was it here?) and everyone suggested NeWorlDeli. We went and got a pair last week and didn't really think it was anything fantastic.

            I have been pretty impressed with the couple things I've ordered from Specs at Brodie, so I'll try them next. It's a very under appreciated lunch 9and dinner) counter, IMO.


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              auspr RE: johnlikeplum Aug 22, 2011 08:23 AM

              Everybody has their opinion. My favorite is the pastrami reuben from NeWorlDeli. Try it and see if you like it.

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                lixlix RE: johnlikeplum Aug 22, 2011 10:41 AM

                For something not totally authentic but pretty good, The Noble Pig has a reuben made with duck pastrami.

                Noble Pig
                11815 Ranch Road 620 N #4, Austin, TX 78750

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                  DoobieWah RE: lixlix Aug 24, 2011 02:56 PM

                  "The Noble Pig has a reuben made with duck pastrami."

                  That just seems wrong somehow.

                  Noble Pig
                  11815 Ranch Road 620 N #4, Austin, TX 78750

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                    rudeboy RE: DoobieWah Aug 24, 2011 03:03 PM

                    It's actually pretty good, but some people just don't like duck.

                    This sandwich doesn't look like Noble Pig's, but the duck pastrami does:


                    Noble Pig
                    11815 Ranch Road 620 N #4, Austin, TX 78750

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                      DoobieWah RE: rudeboy Aug 24, 2011 03:27 PM

                      I'm sure it's great.

                      But DUCK pastrami at the Noble PIG?

                      Still seems wrong...

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                        rudeboy RE: DoobieWah Aug 24, 2011 06:36 PM

                        Oh, I see what you mean.....didn't get that at first. But it could be considered a kosher dish, I suppose!

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                          twyst RE: rudeboy Aug 24, 2011 06:38 PM

                          regular pastrami is kosher. Ive never heard of pastrami made with pork products, does it exist?

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                            mkfoodie RE: twyst Aug 24, 2011 09:21 PM

                            Just because it is made of a potentially kosher meat (beef from the front half of the animal) does not make it kosher. The kosher designation has a number or rules behind it including the animal being killed in a specific way and the certification of it's production under the observance of a rabbi.

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                              rudeboy RE: mkfoodie Aug 25, 2011 05:38 AM

                              Oh, I know, y'all. That was another one of my lame jokes/non sequiturs. I thought that it was funny to opine about deviating from the PIG concept with duck. But since it is a duck pastrami, that took it up a level. But I did see a Rabbi coming out of the Noble Pig's kitchen one day.....

                              Noble Pig
                              11815 Ranch Road 620 N #4, Austin, TX 78750

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                                twyst RE: mkfoodie Aug 25, 2011 07:56 AM

                                I understand the rules of Kosher, but being that its traditionally a jewish deli staple most of the mass produced pastrami Ive seen is indeed kosher.

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                                  lixlix RE: twyst Aug 25, 2011 08:36 AM

                                  well the concept of a Reuben is not Kosher anyways due to the meat and cheese together thing so since we're already bending the rules, might as well bend them a bit more.

                  2. popvulture RE: johnlikeplum Aug 24, 2011 03:43 PM

                    I've heard good things about the Kosher Store, which what I understand is a deli inside the HEB off of Far West Blvd run by either Hasidic or Orthodox Jews. So that sounds like a real deal kinda option. I've been dying to check it out but am hardly ever up there, but that'd be the first place I'd look if I were on your quest...

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                      amysuehere RE: popvulture Aug 25, 2011 07:06 AM

                      And they have a Jewish poka band on Saturdays and Sundays. Makes the shopping experience quite interesting. I've never gotten a sandwich there, though. Hmmmm....

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                        rudeboy RE: amysuehere Aug 25, 2011 01:57 PM

                        Oh, I thought that they were closed on the Sabbath - guess that does break some rules. Unless it was only after sundown. That's when I saw that Rabbi running away with all the cheese. The menu now says this:


                        I guess the "reuben" is now this sandwich. I don't see a reuben on the menu.

                        They also have a great fish sandwich. Creole catfish with some kind of tartar.

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                          rudeboy RE: rudeboy Aug 25, 2011 03:28 PM

                          Crap - Amysue, I thought that you were extending the joke about Noble Pig, but now I see that you were serious. I'm totally ruining this thread - y'all flag me.

                          Noble Pig
                          11815 Ranch Road 620 N #4, Austin, TX 78750

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                            amysuehere RE: rudeboy Aug 25, 2011 05:12 PM

                            You made me laugh so hard I snorted...

                            When ARE we gonna meet up for burgers!?

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                              dinaofdoom RE: rudeboy Aug 25, 2011 06:19 PM

                              yeah, i was confused by your posts.
                              the noble pig never had a reuben, just the reuben-esque (pardon the pun) duck pastrami.

                              topic change: i don't love those rye pickles. they're too sweet for me.

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                          popvulture RE: popvulture Sep 28, 2011 12:29 PM

                          I finally got around to eating there... I didn't get a Reuben, but instead got their special pastrami sandwich. I think it was called the ultimate pastrami or something like that... BUT the way it normally comes is with slaw and russian dressing, and I swapped the slaw for kraut. So it was basically a pastrami reuben. Anyway... it was INSANELY GOOD. My favorite pastrami is Katz's in NY (not the now defunct awful place here in town), but this place might honestly have to take second place for me.

                          I guess the real benchmark for me was this was the first time in years that I've eaten a pastrami sandwich and didn't get pissed that I wasn't eating at Katz's.

                          If the corned beef is anywhere near as good as the pastrami, I'd definitely go check out the reuben.

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                            Rene RE: popvulture Sep 28, 2011 12:55 PM

                            So which of the above places are you referring to? Your enthusiasm makes me want to go wherever it is...

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                              NirvRush RE: Rene Sep 28, 2011 04:44 PM

                              i'm thinking that kosher store in HEB on Far West...?

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                                popvulture RE: NirvRush Sep 28, 2011 07:54 PM

                                Yep I was referring to my previous post about the Kosher Store. I might've accidentally hit reply to original post instead of my previous post.

                                The place is definitely worth checking out. The atmosphere's nothing to write home about (cos you're eating in an HEB), but I'll gladly overlook that due to the tastiness of the sandwich.

                                On a side note, I was talking to a friend about going there last night and he said their chicken salad is really good, and that it's apparently what they're best known for.

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                                  agoodbite RE: popvulture Sep 29, 2011 12:28 AM

                                  So there was no cheese on the sandwich, right? If there was cheese on the sandwich it wouldn't be kosher and also not a true reuben. Swiss cheese goes on a reuben, which would render it un-kosher. I know I'm picking knits, but the distinction is important.

                                  The Far West HEB is where I do most of my grocery shopping. I've always wanted to get a corned beef sandwich, but I'm such a shiksa (read WASP-looking) that I haven't yet. It's a kickass HEB except for when it's kosher-for-passover time.

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                                    popvulture RE: agoodbite Sep 29, 2011 11:49 AM

                                    No, there was no cheese. I was wondering at the time, though... wouldn't russian dressing make it non-kosher? It's got dairy in it...

                                    Anyway, I didn't miss the cheese.

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                                      rudeboy RE: popvulture Sep 29, 2011 01:14 PM

                                      I think that eggs are OK - if the Russian dressing doesn't have sour cream, but only mayo or emulsification.

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                                        dinaofdoom RE: popvulture Sep 29, 2011 02:09 PM

                                        rudeboy is right. separation of meat and dairy is part of keeping kosher.
                                        mayo is fine whereas cheese, sour cream, or butter is not.

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                            duncanmcgeachy RE: johnlikeplum Sep 6, 2011 11:12 AM

                            I like the Reuben at Jason's Deli in Hancock Center. They really pile on the meat and kraut, but are a bit skimpy with the dressing.

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                              sasebastian RE: johnlikeplum Oct 3, 2011 06:46 PM

                              My friends rave about the Reuben at Billy's on Burnet, and I love the Avocado Reuben there.

                              1. popvulture RE: johnlikeplum Oct 15, 2011 02:48 PM

                                In response to what I posted earlier, the sandwiches at the Far West HEB remain my faves. No cheese, but so what... maybe you can ask for it. I'm not sure.

                                The thing that brought this post back up for me is that I just finished eating a "Paul's Spicy Reuben" from Fricano's. I read a couple of positive reviews for them on here, so I decided to try it out... I hate to talk bad about a place, but wow... GROSS.

                                The "rye" bread tastes more like Ezekiel bread. Dense, chewy and pretty tasteless. No hint of caraway seeds or anything of the sort. The kraut and "rocket sauce" (spicier thousand island, basically) were fine. The corned beef was very thinly sliced and dry... I think it's Boar's Head (!!!). Plus, the whole thing had a sort of off taste, like the oil on the griddle was rancid or something.

                                Like I said, I hate to talk serious smack, but jeez... I will not be returning.

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                                  ridgeback RE: popvulture Oct 16, 2011 07:03 AM

                                  I'm under the impression, perhaps mistaken, that the HEB far west deli also use Boar's Head.

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                                    popvulture RE: ridgeback Oct 16, 2011 10:24 AM

                                    That's a good question. It tasted house made to me, but I could definitely be wrong... Boar's Head or not though, whatever they're doing at the HEB is workin'.

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                                      slowcoooked RE: popvulture Dec 12, 2011 09:03 AM

                                      Pop you inspired me into this place and now I can't leave. Even the Batampte half sour pickles kill me - they taste like a fresh picked cuke. Weird though, they have more salt than regular pickles. I haven't gotten the rueben yet because that 10 dollar pastrami is to die for. Yeah, it's a bit small for 10 bucks, but I don't know of better pastrami in this town, and the buttered griddled thin sliced rye is nice because it's not too carb-laden an offering. really really good. I'm wondering about those two dollar dogs now, do they beat Costco's Hebrew National steamed dogs? I'm not sure what blessed brand they use.

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