Date of Review 2006-03-14, 11:20 a.m.
Sandwich name Grilled Reuben Melt
Price Per Reuben (PPR) $4.29
Reuben Delivery Time (RDT) 6 minutes 
Reuben Dimensions 13.5x10x3.5 cm (473 cm3
Included side items none
Bulk to cost ratio 110 cm3/dollar 


Reuben Ingredient Matrix (RIM) Rye bread Corned beef Swiss cheese Sauerkraut 1000 Island
Culver's Restaurant X X X X X

Description (taken from the menu):
Grilled Reuben Melt: none

Sandwich presentation:
The sandwich was sliced diagonally and served on wax paper in a paper basket. The sandwich was built with the Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and 1000 island dressing against the bottom slice of bread, topped with the corned beef under the top slice of bread.

Reuben Eater Rankings
Brad Bruno B A- C+ B A+ B-
Matthew Durkee B+ B+ B A- A A-
Larry Jahnke
Jim Kidd A- A+ A B A B
Carl Klutzke C+ A B A- B+ B
Carl Rothenbacher A- A B- C C B-
Chris Rowland B A B- B B B
Brian Skiles
Summary B A B B B+ B

Reuben Ruminations:

: This was my first time at a Culver's Restaurant. The menu was extensive with lots of yummy sounding choices. The very attractive and friendly brunette that took my order made the experience even more enjoyable. Ok, as for the sandwich: very cheesy and the meat had an average taste but it was packed with meat so I score it high in value. I did try the cheese balls on the side. They were bland. I believe it was cheddar cheese. If they would offer a hot cheese ball option would be great, although I'd try the onion rings as well next time. Overall good price, service and side order options make it worth another stop there for lunch or dinner! ()

: Not for the lactose intolerant. I have never had so much cheese on a Reuben before. It's not a bad thing because I like cheese (probably more than I should). Just be warned each bite requires the melted cheese gobbling skills usually reserved for pizza slices. When I come back though I will try somthing else. I had never been to a Culver's before and was amazed by their expansive menu options. I very nearly committed the heresy of ordering their Walleye fish sandwich rather than the Reuben. ()

: It was typical March weather during this day. The sky was incredibly blue, not a cloud to be seen. A strong cool breeze stormed in from the south; signaling that winter best be getting out of the way. It stood not a chance of staying here. I personally like Culver's and frequently lust after their Philly cheese steak sandwich, but today is reserved for Reubens only. The Culver's is sort of out of the way even if it is just off the interstate. The place was largely deserted; perhaps we were early for the lunch crowd. We chose a sunny corner location to while away the Reuben wait time. I noted that this location has a gazebo positioned for outside dining. With the March weather, it's definitely a summer treat. The sandwiches arrived and we began our enjoyment. Culver's clearly serves the finest fast food in the area. The sandwiches were toasted, hot, and generously stacked with all ingredients. It was a little messy, but napkins were provided in abundance. Be sure to stop in when you get a chance, you won't mistake this for Arby's. ()

: This is a fast food joint, if a fairly nice one. Classical music plays, decor is homey, artificial plant in the restroom, the place is clean and well-lit, but you still place your order from the big menu behind the register at the front counter. Two small flatscreen TVs hang in the dining area. I had the onion rings on the side, they were okay, rather crispy. Brad let me try one of his cheese balls: bland. And bland was really the word for the sandwich too: bland bread, bland meat, bland cheese. The meat didn't even have texture. If the sandwich had any real taste, it was rather sweetish, from the dressing. Oh, and flip the sandwich quickly: the bland bread sogs up fast. The ham and cheese sandwich they served Chris by mistake was better. ()

: 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. ()

: Culver's didn't start out on the right foot as they delivered my order to my table with the printout that said "Reuben" and what appeared pretty convincingly to be a Ham and Swiss sandwich. After bringing the matter to their attention a few minutes later, I was given the correct order. The bread on this Reuben got soggy pretty quick. The meat they used was pretty decent, and they had flavorful sauerkraut and good-sized cheese. Both the dressing and the sauerkraut was a little light, but the flavors were still able to make it through for a good blend. The bread was very lightly grilled--possibly since my order was a re-do, but it could have sat on the grill just a little longer. The restaurant itself was pretty clean and the dining area in good shape (which is to be expected since the restaurant is relatively new), but I was surprised that the straw dispenser was already empty before 11:30 a.m. I've never had the Reuben at Culver's before, since it seems to be a newer offering, and I must admit that for the price, it's not a bad investment. ()