Since I have posted on R + D before, I won’t go into too much depth about the restaurant itself, but this sandwich is more than worth mentioning.
I went to R + D one night after work with a coworker, and, like always, encountered one hell of a wait for a table. Luckily, the company was good and the Chimay was cold, and soon we were seated. As previously mentioned, the menu is not very large, and I had already tried that night’s sandwich special, so I took the opportunity to try the Reubenesque. Upon my recommendation, Aaron ordered the chicken meatballs, and we patiently waited for our food with a second round.
When the Reubenesque was set down in front of me, I knew that this was going to be a sandwich worth writing home about (or at least blogging). The Reubenesque is the epitome of R + D: a classic sandwich with a modern twist so subtle that it is simply more delicious than the original. Take for example, the corn rye bread. It’s still rye, keeping the basic component of the sandwich the same, yet the corn intensifies the flavor, augmenting the other ingredients, rather than letting them hide behind the taste of the rye. The corned beef is fantastic, and if you closed your eyes, you would think you were in a nice Jewish deli, albeit a time-warped modern deli. The baby swiss is mild enough to allow the rest of the flavors to shine, and unlike most reubens, is not melted. To top it all off, R + D combines the last ingredients, the sauerkraut and sauce (be it Thousand Island or Russian) into one fantastic creamy coleslaw. Furthermore, as you can see in the pictures, there is one obvious difference between the classic reuben and the Reubenesque: the coleslaw makes up most of the sandwich. This, in addition to the cheese, makes the sandwich cold and hot at the same time, since the bread is toasted, which is definitely different from the traditional grilled aspect of a reuben.
Basically, this sandwich is so good that despite the awesomeness of the chicken meatballs, Aaron stared hungrily at my plate, and one bite only made him want it more. So much more, in fact, that he went back the next day and got one.