Kathy Thorsen sounds like my kind of Eater. One who posed a question I’d like you to help answer: “I’m controlling kind-of-high blood pressure with low sodium, lots of exercise and `meditation,’ and have decided my reward should be an occasional splurge on a great Reuben sandwich — my choice over Chocolate Decadence any day. Do you have any recommendations?”
I’m with Kathy: I’ll take a decadent, well-stacked Reuben over Chocolate Decadence any day of the week. And on any day of the week I can get my hands on a prize that looks exactly like this, made from a hunk of beef “corned” in Brooklyn and sliced before my eyes in Pike Place Market at I Love New York Deli, the kiosk next to Daily Dozen Donuts:
I’m partial to that big boy because I like the deli’s zissel rye, half-sour pickles and the fact that, if I choose to, I can have a “Rachel” rather than a classic Reuben — subbing coleslaw for the kraut.
Truth be told, I’d rather have a nice pile ‘o hot peppery pastrami than the less spice-driven corned-beef-on-rye that defines the classic (I can get that at I Love New York Deli, too). Like this one, the phenomenal “Hot Pastrami Bomber” (sadly!) no longer on the menu at Belltown’s Black Bottle (oh, those housemade pickles!):
So, help me out here, Eaters: Where do you go for a great Reuben? And don’t say, “the Carnegie Deli” because high-and-mighty though that New York classic may be (I’ve been known to bring one on the plane for the long ride home from East to West), that’s too long a haul for Kathy. And I’m offering up an extra half-sour — and a Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray tonic — to anyone who can call-out a superior sandwich found north of Seattle-proper, where Kathy awaits your response.