Restaurant Date
Bellacino's 2003-01-21 C B- C- C D- C
Penn Station 2003-02-25 B- A B B A B+
Union Jack Pub 2003-04-08 B A A A C A-
Max & Erma's 2003-04-29 C B B+ B+ A B
MCL Cafeteria & Deli 2003-07-08 A- B- B B+ A A-
Appleby's 2003-09-02 C B B- B B- B-
Mike's Speedway Lounge 2003-09-16 B A+ B C A B
Galahad's Cafe and Spirits 2003-09-30 A- A A A- B A-
Schlotzsky's Deli 2003-10-28 A A B B A A
Arni's 2003-11-11 C+ B- B A B B
Jersey Mike's Subs 2003-12-09 B- B B C A B
Gatsby's Bar and Grill 2003-12-23 A A A B+ A A
Monte Carlo Resort & Casino Cafe 2004-01-04
Deli Jack's 2004-01-29 C B B B- B+ B
Galahad's Cafe and Spirits 2004-02-24 B+ A- A A A A-
Champps Americana 2004-03-30 A- B B A B- A-
Brix - a Zionsville bistro 2004-04-27 B- B A- B- C B-
Kahn's Delicatessen 2004-05-25 B A B C B B
McAlister's Deli 2004-06-22 B+ A+ A- A C A-
Regatta Bar & Grille 2004-07-02 A A A- A A- A
Friendly Tavern 2004-07-20 A B B- B B B
Sunrise Cafe 2004-08-24 A A- A- B A A-
East Coast Grinders 2004-09-21 C- A B C B- B-
Dooley O'Toole's 2004-11-23 A B+ A- A A A
106 St. Grill 2004-12-21 B B+ B- A A B+
Top of the World Restaurant and Lounge 2005-01-05 A- A A A+ B+ A
Houlihan's 2005-01-25 A B- A- A A A-
L A Cafe 2005-02-22 A A B+ A A- A-
Arby's Restaurant 2005-05-17 B- B B B A B
Loughmiller's Pub & Eatery 2005-09-26 A B A A B- A-
Rock Bottom 2006-01-10 A B A A A- A
Alcatraz Brewing Company 2006-02-21 B- B A A B+ B
Culver's Restaurant 2006-03-14 A- A B- C C B-
Big Dave's Deli & Meats 2006-08-01 A A B B A A-
Champps Americana 2006-09-14 B+ B- B+ A A A-
Dawson's on Main 2007-10-16 B+ A A- A A A-
Eagle's Nest 2007-10-23 B B A A A A-
Tie Dye Grill 2007-12-11 A A B B+ B+ A-
Propylaeum Tea Room 2008-01-29 B A A A A A
Grindstone Charley's 2008-02-26
The Ram 2008-05-14 C B A A A B
Marble's Cafe 2009-08-25 B A A B C- B

Bellacino's : It took forever even to place the order. The best quality of this Reuben was its quantity. Some kind of token side item would have been nice.

Penn Station : The free cookie was a nice touch.

Union Jack Pub : Great place, great price, but a bit slow...

Max & Erma's : Good service, but too greasy for my tastes.

MCL Cafeteria & Deli : Not bad for a cafeteria.

Appleby's : Today's Reuben experience was uninspired. Luckily the company was nice.

Mike's Speedway Lounge : Part of my sandwich was hot and part was cold--time to change the batteries in that microwave rotation thingy.

Galahad's Cafe and Spirits : Lose the TVs and add pickles!

Schlotzsky's Deli : Good taste, speedy, and a great value.

Arni's : Arni's is generally a nice place, and this Reuben was acceptable, but not one of the best we've had. Still, if you think of this as Friends-Who-Get-Together-And-Eat-Reubens Tuesdays rather than just Reuben Tuesdays, it was definitely a good experience.

Jersey Mike's Subs : This was a sub that tried hard to be a Reuben.

Gatsby's Bar and Grill : This is the best Reuben I've had in quite a while, and a great value!

Monte Carlo Resort & Casino Cafe : The Monte Carlo is an upscale casino located on the south strip. Brandishing a $5 food comp from the day before, I headed to the cafe, located (as everything is in a Vegas hotel), right off the main casino. Luckily the clanging and beeping of slot machines were not too distracting. At $8.59, the meal was a decent value for a strip property (contrary to lingering stereotypes, Vegas is no longer the mecca of cheap eats that it once was). The Reuben itself was excellent, with good size and flavor, except for the toasted bread being too greasy. It came not only with the requisite pickle, but with a side of potato salad and some fruit slices. I didn't time the order, but service was quite fast, and soon I was done and ready to go forth and lose my money. All in all, it was a great experience.

Deli Jack's : The service was quick, but inconsistent and disorganized, as I was one of the few to get thousand island, a pickle, and sauerkraut all together without reminding them that they forgot something. The taste was a bit off, but I'm not quite sure what it was missing.

Galahad's Cafe and Spirits : I think now that Galahad's is the kind of place that's enjoyable to visit. Nice atmosphere and a good solid Reuben.

Champps Americana : My Reuben started off dry, but got better when the manager brought out some Thousand Island. Champps is a nice place to eat.

Brix - a Zionsville bistro : I'd like to thank Brix for waiving its "women only" policy today so that we could sample their Reubens. I'm not against women, mind you--it's just that there were 20 minutes worth of them in front of us in line.

Kahn's Delicatessen : Despite the easy access to all kinds of liquor, this is just not the kind of place that I like to hang out in. Something in the atmosphere is just lacking.

McAlister's Deli : It was really nice to sit outdoors and enjoy the great day. McAlister's gives a lot for the money, but woe to you if you arrive after 11:30 and get caught in the lunch rush: Your wait time could easily jump from 5 minutes to 15-20.

Regatta Bar & Grille : We had lunch at the Regatta Bar & Grille in the Delta Hotel on a recent trip to Toronto for my brother's wedding. The Reuben itself was excellent, having not just two but three half sandwiches, each bursting with meat. No mere token side of potato chips here: This Reuben came with an entire salad. An excellent value for just $9.75 Canadian (about $7.50 in real money). The waiter was very attentive, probably because we ate at an off-peak time. The atmosphere was interesting, featuring pictures and models of all different kinds of sailing ships. The great value, atmosphere, and friendly service combined to make this a wonderful place to get a Reuben north of the border.

Friendly Tavern : Not a bad experience overall. The Reuben was great. I'm just glad I wasn't served as part of the "second round" of Reubens. Oh, and where was my pickle?

Sunrise Cafe : A nice, solid Reuben!

East Coast Grinders : My "Reuben" came off the grinder assembly line with regular white bread and Swiss cheese that was a big off. At least the pickle was good.

Dooley O'Toole's : A nice atmosphere is as important to me as a good tasting Reuben, and this place had both. It was a relaxing place with no smoke or loud music, and the service was good too. The main course had all the ingredients of a good Reuben, including bread that wasn't soggy, flavorful dressing on the side, as well as solid portions of cheese, sauerkraut, and corned beef.

106 St. Grill : This place had a nice atmosphere, and would be great to come to for a meeting or a quiet lunch. The reuben came with no extras - I consider potato chips to be packing material that restaurants use when the plate would look too empty with just the sandwich.

Top of the World Restaurant and Lounge : The Top of the World restaurant, is located at the Stratosphere, the tallest hotel in Las Vegas. The restaurant is 880 feet up, overlooking all of Las Vegas downtown and the Strip, and the Sierra Nevada mountains in the background. Sunny day, with some haze. They brought bread to tide us over, along with butter sticks shaped like little Stratosphere towers. The restaurant is normally $50 for dinner, and we got about $50 worth of ambiance with our meals, making it a great value. In any case, it was a wonderful contrast to more terrestrial Vegas eateries, which often have tourists walking by and the ring of slot machines in the background. The tower spun as we ate, and we could see the movement of the tower's shadow like a big sundial on the buildings below. We started out facing north toward downtown, then east (toward the mountains) then south (toward the Strip). Classy marketing: the dessert tray slowly rotates its way into view right when we were wrapping up our meal. The Reuben itself was good, but the bread was a bit soggy from an overdose of Thousand Island. Overall it was a great experience featuring luxury, peace and quiet, and a good Reuben.

Houlihan's : Just when I was thinking "Wow, Houlihan's must be running low on thousand island," along comes the waitress and asks if I want extra dressing. Now that's service. The choice of sides was a nice touch; still, the price was a bit high, at $28 for two Reubens, two teas, and a dessert. Well, this is the Fashion Mall, after all, home to the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue and its $200 shirts...

L A Cafe : Excellent Reuben and nice atmosphere. The waitress was excellent, but the Reuben did take a while to arrive.

Arby's Restaurant : Good Reuben considering it was one of the better things to eat at Arby's, but it was quite dry, and definitely not one of the best Reubens in town. Woe to you if you don't ask for extra thousand island on the side.

Loughmiller's Pub & Eatery : Make sure to order extra napkins with your Reuben since they make 'em sloppy but good. My Reuben came with lots of dressing and loaded with more meat than I've ever seen.

Rock Bottom : A Good reuben and a nice, warm atmosphere made for an enjoyable experience.

Alcatraz Brewing Company : Quantity alone doesn't make for an excellent Reuben. The meat was a bit thick and had too much fat, making it hard to bite off reasonably sized pieces.

Culver's Restaurant : Life's too short to skimp by paying $4.29 for a hastily prepared Reuben in a tacky atmosphere. I realize that not everyone has $11 to shell out at Alcatraz, but this felt like a McDonald's experience. If you want low budget, go to Arby's for at least a semblance of class, and they won't try to feed you pork when you're not looking.

Big Dave's Deli & Meats : The Reuben arrived very quickly, though we lost back some of that time playing "where's the cheese?" Still, the Reuben was very good.

Champps Americana : Huge Reuben that was truly a full meal. A bit light on the dressing, though.

Dawson's on Main : A classy place without being ostentatious. It was a solid Reuben, though not the best.

Eagle's Nest : My Reuben was dry, forcing me to steal ketchup from my fries to augment the lack of dressing. Great place to eat, though!

Tie Dye Grill : I came here with some hesitation, being that I'm pretty much the anti-hippie, but the atmosphere turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The Reuben was excellent--not too dry. Overall, a great experience.

Propylaeum Tea Room : What a nice establishment. I'll definitely come back again--it hearkens back to a day when everything wasn't mass-produced fast food. The Reuben itself wasn't my favorite, and gives testimony to why Reubens should be made with corned beef.

The Ram : That Reuben was so wild with horseradish, I think I'd fail a drug test after eating one. I was practically hallucinating by the time I was through. They get an "A" for creativity, but when it comes to Reubens, I'd prefer to stick to the tried and true formula.

Marble's Cafe : Not a bad Reuben--if you can get it. The proprietor was literally "out to lunch" when we showed up, leaving us to stand around outside. It's disorganized and empty. Come while you can, since I predict it will be out of business within a year.