Restaurant Date
Schlotzsky's Deli 2003-10-28 A B+ A B B+ A
Arni's 2003-11-11 B- B B+ A- B+ B
Deli Jack's 2004-01-29 A A- B+ B A B+
Reggie's Bakery & Catering 2004-03-19 B+ B+ B+ C+ C+ B
Champps Americana 2004-03-30 A- C B+ A- C+ B+
Kahn's Delicatessen 2004-05-25 A- B B A B A-
McAlister's Deli 2004-06-22 A- B- B+ A A A-
Friendly Tavern 2004-07-20 A+ B+ B+ A A A
East Coast Grinders 2004-09-21 B+ B+ B- C+ A- B

Schlotzsky's Deli : The rye bread blended well with the taste of the meat and cheese layers. It was soft, too. Overall it was a tasty sandwich. Unlike the Reuben at other places, it was well clubbed together--no dripping cheese or meat.

Arni's : A couple of things-- First: It was just the second time for me that I fancied the Reuben, so I don't have much to say or to compare with. But I feel good that other participants agree with what I have to say, and that is that I didn't like it. Schlotzsky's was a better one. The taste, toasted bread and cheesy layer killed the whole Reuben feeling. Only good thing about it was the dark and shadowy atmosphere. I would love to go to Arni's again but not for Reuben. Second: Chris, can you wait for me to gulp my food (before taking picture)? Just kidding. Thanks for blurring my face. I look better now.

Deli Jack's : Good beef, good dressing, not so good bread. Bit soggy at the bottom (maybe it's sauerkraut). Overall good taste but not as good as Schlozsk'y but much better then Arni's. B+

Reggie's Bakery & Catering : Again, toasted bread on cold sandwiches--not one of my favorites. And I'm not sure if it was rye or pumpernickel, but apart from that it had a good taste. Bit pricey for a place like that. All in all B, B+ good.

Champps Americana : No!! it's not that I didn't like it today and so I didn't finish. But it was the biggest sized Reuben I ever tried (besides I wasn't that hungry). As far as taste goes--it was much better with thousand island dressing. I don't like toasted bread in cold sandwiches and the bread was a little toasted. Other than that it tasted great. I also agree with others that the sauerkraut was bit strong, you could feel it. I did!!! All in all one of the better Reubens I tried so far. A- in taste and B+ overall.

Kahn's Delicatessen : Some complained about un-toasted bread but I liked it the way it was. Taste was good too with Russian dressing (bit sweeter) and Swiss cheese. Definitely would like to go second time (to shop exotic food if not Reuben).

McAlister's Deli : I'm writing this review after so long that I almost forgot how my Reuben looked like. Oh well, better late then never. Reuben was very good. Little soggy bread but perfectly blend with sauerkraut and beef. And yes, sitting outside in good weather--how can you not notice? However, I still rate McAlister at second best to last week's outing at Friendly Tavern in Zionsville (That was really good).

Friendly Tavern : Best ever, so I packed it. Soft and soggy bread and corned beef. Just perfect!

East Coast Grinders : My first look at the Reuben here reminded me of the Reuben I had at Blimpie's. This was a bigger version of it, though. And much better in taste and price than the Blimpie's one. Also looked little long for a half size sandwich. However what surprised me was the bread. Not used to eating on white bread in all these outings before. But then, when you're hungry, everything tastes good. And so did my Reuben. Yet, I wouldn't rate it an A. Good tasty beef and spreaded cheese but not exactly a Reuben that was hovering over in my mind since that Tuesday morning. I would rate B/B+. Also, I heard Tim say, next time if he came this far, he would rather go to Reggie's (block away). I don't think I agree with him. I would prefer here!