Date of Review 2004-09-07, 11:30 a.m.
Sandwich name Reuben Sandwich
Price Per Reuben (PPR) $7.49
Reuben Delivery Time (RDT) 12 minutes 
Reuben Dimensions 14x11x4 cm (616 cm3
Included side items Seasoned waffle fries or creamy coleslaw
Bulk to cost ratio 82 cm3/dollar 


Reuben Ingredient Matrix (RIM) Rye bread Corned beef Swiss cheese Sauerkraut 1000 Island
Boulder Creek Dining Company X X X provolone X X

Description (taken from the menu):
Reuben Sandwich: Corned beef, sauerkraut and provolone topped with Thousand Island dressing served on swirl rye bread.

Sandwich presentation:
The Reuben was cut in half diagonally and served back to back on a white plate next to the selected side item and a large leaf containing three ridge-cut pickle slices. There was a slice of provolone cheese lining both the top and bottom slices of bread, with the sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing on top of the cheese, followed by a couple of slices of corned beef, which had additional Thousand Island dressing atop it, below the top slice of provolone cheese.

Reuben Eater Rankings
Jason Beutler B+ B+ A- A A- B+
Carl Klutzke B- C+ A- A B+ B-
Chris Rowland B- C+ A A A- B
Brian Skiles B B- A A A B+
Summary B- C+ A A A- B

Reuben Ruminations:

: I really liked the atmosphere, and enjoyed the Reuben. It was a good time. ()

: This is another nice-looking establishment. It's decorated in a western lodge motif, with lots of wood and stone and brick attractively arranged in arches and pergolas, and good natural lighting through large windows. There's a patio area, shaded by pergolas and cooled by fans. I would have liked to sit out there, but we were only offered "smoking or nonsmoking" as our seating options: maybe all the smoking seating is outside, because I did see a few people sitting out there later on. Early 80's music played in the background. The menu is strange, partitioned by big unlabeled dividers that look sort of nice but make it difficult to peruse. I never did find the beverages listed. Maybe they weren't listed so I wouldn't find out that my glass of Minute Maid lemonade was going to cost me two dollars (I knew I should have had water). The waitress was very friendly and generally efficient, but took a bit long with the checks for some reason, even though three of the four of us paid in cash. The drinks were served in plastic glasses, but the napkins were cloth, flatware was metal, and the meal came out on a china plate garnished with a leaf of lettuce and three good, garlicky pickle chips. I had the waffle fries on the side, and they were nicely seasoned and crisp and in good supply, but maybe just a bit overdone. The bread was a lovely swirled rye, nicely thick with good flavor, grilled crisp, though with perhaps too much butter as it felt a bit greasy. Unfortunately, the bread was the only high point of the sandwich. The beef was rather sparse, and I didn't much care for its flavor. I couldn't taste the dressing, caught occasional mild hints of kraut, and didn't really notice the cheese. Somewhere there are Reuben ingredients that deserve to be matched with the Boulder Creek rye, but they aren't here. Overall, I'd say that this is a nice, if somewhat expensive place, but if you're looking for a Reuben in Brownsburg, I'd have to recommend you head a bit south to the Green Street Pub instead (and don't let Elegance tempt you along the way). ()

: The decor of the restaurant was really nice and fits the upscale name pretty well. The lodge-like interior was intriguing with tree trunk and stone interior columns, and large paintings that looked like cave drawings. They had 80s music playing in the background and the dining room was orderly and comfortable. The Reuben arrived on beautiful swirled bread, which was thick and tasty and overpowered the other ingredients. The beef was quite skimpy for a $7 Reuben (usually it's thick and folded into a heap at that price) and only consisted of one or two slices. The cheese was rather flavorless, probably due to being provolone in place of Swiss. When I tasted the sauerkraut and dressing, they were good, but the balance of the sandwich was all wrong. But the seasoned waffle fries were excellent! I usually do not like French fries, but the flavor on these was right up my alley--they tasted just like the curly fries at Arby's. I would definitely come back to Boulder Creek because despite its shortcomings, it was a decent Reuben, and the atmosphere makes up for what the sandwich lacks. ()

: The Reuben was above average, but not spectacular. The bread was excellent, but the other flavors didn't come through quite as well as I would have liked. A bit more corned beef probably would have helped matters. ()