Date of Review 2005-10-19, 2:10 p.m.
Sandwich name Reuben
Price Per Reuben (PPR) $8.95
Reuben Delivery Time (RDT) 8 minutes 
Reuben Dimensions 13x10x4.5 cm (585 cm3
Included side items Chips
Bulk to cost ratio 65 cm3/dollar 


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

Description (taken from the menu):
Reuben: Smoked turkey breast, fresh sauerkraut, homemade 1000 island dressing & Swiss cheese on German pumpernickel.

Sandwich presentation:
The sandwich was on fresh pumpernickel bread, cut down the middle and served on a white plate next to a heap of potato chips. The thousand island dressing was spread thinly over the bottom slice of bread and covered with Swiss cheese. The turkey was folded atop the Swiss cheese and topped with sauerkraut beneath the top slice of pumpernickel bread.

Reuben Eater Rankings
Chris Rowland B+ B B+ B A B+
Katherine Rowland C B B- B- B- B-
Summary B- B B B- B+ B

Reuben Ruminations:

: The Rathskeller is down a narrow stairway along the main street of Fredericksburg. The walls are uncovered stone, lending to a true cellar atmosphere. All of the patrons seemed to be served in under ten minutes. On the Reuben, the pumpernickel bread was thin, but it tasted fresh and delicious, making a more-than-adequate substitution for rye bread. The homemade thousand island was tucked under the cheese and couldn't be tasted--since it was homemade, you would think it would have been featured more prominently on the sandwich. The sauerkraut was delicious, as would be expected at a German restaurant. The turkey was plentiful and tasted pretty good, but not as good as corned beef would have been. The plate was covered with potato chips. A pickle garnish would have been a nice touch. Overall it is a nice quick place to eat, and the food is good, but it wasn't Fredericksburg's best Reuben. I also had to argue with the server to convince her she had undercharged me for my Reuben, and also hadn't charged us for dessert. ()

: While the food was delivered quickly, no one seemed to rush. The turkey was disappointing. The server was not overly friendly and it was disconcerting to be deposited in a chair and immediately be asked for a drink order before one even knows what is available. The peach bread pudding was very good, with real whipped cream, yum! ()