Restaurant Date
The Ram 2008-05-14 C+ C+ C+ B D+ C+
Broad Ripple Tavern 2009-07-21 B+ A A B A A-

The Ram : The atmosphere of The Ram was as expected - that of a chain brewpub. The sandwich was offered with Horseradish-Dill Havarti and "kicked up" 1000 Island Dressing. When the sandwich arrived, it was about 2" thick at the center, with about 40% of that bulk being sauerkraut. It looked as though it had been hastily assembled, but that may be due to the large turnout. The bread was a marbled rye, but it was unevenly toasted. Biting into the sandwich proved that the Reuben's ingredients were out-of-balance. There was too much sauerkraut (and the kraut was too bland), and the cheese was entirely overpowered. Only on the margins did the flavour of the cheese stand-out, and when it stood out, it was nice. The horseradish flavour was there, but not overpowering. I would suggest that more cheese (or less kraut) be placed on the sandwich. The 1000 Island dressing was apparent, was fine, but I cannot define it as "kicked up," but as normal dressing. Overall, the sandwich was good, but the balance of ingredients needs to be revisited by the kitchen staff.

Broad Ripple Tavern : The sandwich arrived nicely toasted. The flavour of the first half was very good, albeit the edges were lacking in dressing. The second half needed more dressing. The sauerkraut delivered was well-proportioned to the meat. The sandwich was about 2.25 inches in the middle.