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Best Reuben in the Twin Cities?

jpetmpls Sep 20, 2012 02:31 PM

On a quest to find the "best" Reuben in the Twin Cities and looking for some places to start. The criteria is pretty open meaning: suburb/city, lunch/dinner, alcohol served/not served, etc. Any nominations?

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    lizpeck RE: jpetmpls Sep 20, 2012 02:41 PM

    BishopsBitter, a frequent visitor to the Twin Cities, reported that the Reuben at Mac's Industrial was "top-notch."

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      ibew292 RE: lizpeck Sep 20, 2012 11:02 PM

      The great thing about Macs is that it is good and they will sell a half sandwich.

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        mifish RE: ibew292 Sep 21, 2012 05:38 AM

        The bad thing about Mac's is the amount of corned beef on the Reuben - at least the two times I was there - was lacking.

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        BatMan RE: lizpeck Sep 21, 2012 11:28 AM

        City Pages gave their nod to Skinner's over Mac's because it was easier to eat. Go figure.


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          diesel RE: BatMan Sep 22, 2012 11:13 PM

          Ick. I tried a Rueben at Skinners a few weeks back and it was gross. . . they used low quality, rubbery meat. It doesn't matter what else you put on that sandwich, or what you do to it, it'll always be ick with that kind of meat.

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        shoo bee doo RE: jpetmpls Sep 20, 2012 02:42 PM

        Gigi's Cafe in Uptown.

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          ChillyDog RE: jpetmpls Sep 20, 2012 03:44 PM

          Nelson Cheese & Deli on Como near the fairgrounds. It's takeout only.

          1. Michael Florey RE: jpetmpls Sep 20, 2012 03:58 PM

            Brothers Deli in the Minneapolis skyway has very fine Ruebens in several variations. My favorite is one with pepperjack cheese called the Pepe. (Note they are closed on weekends).

            The perfect Rueben was made for many years at the Minneapolis Club, but it has been deleted from their new, healthier menu. I do miss it though.

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              justalex RE: jpetmpls Sep 20, 2012 07:36 PM

              My perennial best Reuben rec is McGarry's in Maple Plain. Thick slices/hunks of CB with just enough fat to keep the meat moist. Probably not the deal for people that like lean, thin-sliced CB. The dark rye holds up to good amounts of meat, swiss, kraut and thousand island. Good crunch on the outside due to, what tastes to me, like lotsa buttah on the grill. It's my splurge.

              Irish bar atmosphere, full bar, open for lunch and dinner.

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                ssioff RE: jpetmpls Sep 21, 2012 08:40 AM

                Cherokee Tavern. Served open faced, but one of the best I've had.


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                  jpetmpls RE: jpetmpls Sep 21, 2012 09:34 AM

                  Thanks for the starting points. And so the journey begins...

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                    mitch cumstein RE: jpetmpls Sep 21, 2012 11:20 AM

                    The pastrami at icehouse/bewitched is reuben style, and tasty, however I always ask for no mustard which makes it more "reuben-esque"

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                      lizpeck RE: mitch cumstein Sep 24, 2012 02:24 PM

                      Ah yes, the house-cured pastrami at BeWiched/Icehouse is excellent!

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                    Bobannon RE: jpetmpls Sep 21, 2012 11:47 AM

                    Stanley's NE.

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                      eve005 RE: jpetmpls Sep 21, 2012 01:00 PM

                      Tiffany Sports Lounge in St. Paul has the best reuben I've had anywhere.

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                        BlueSkyGuy RE: eve005 Sep 25, 2012 08:42 AM

                        Maybe not the best, but certainly right up there.

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                        mifish RE: jpetmpls Sep 25, 2012 06:45 AM

                        I've had Reubens at two restaurants in St. Louis Park over the last two weeks. The first was the "Triple Layer Reuben" at McCoy's Public House which was just a Reuben with an extra slice of bread separating the corned beef from the saurkraut and it was terrible. The sandwich was undergrilled and so mushy, probably from too-wet saurkraut that I couldn't even pick it up. I should have sent it back. The second was at Cooper Irish Pub and I thought it was very good. It wasn't overstuffed, which is never a good thing, but it was big enough and tasty and the fries were excellent. I wouldn't go back for a McCoy's Reuben, but I would, despite the bad parking and noisy atmosphere, go back to Cooper.

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                          Kldwsp RE: jpetmpls Oct 7, 2012 12:01 PM

                          Best I have had was at Merlin's Rest on Lake Street in Minneapols..

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