100 Favorite Dishes, No. 61: Reuben at Kuby's
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.
Kuby's serves up a Reuben sandwich that shows some restraint
Everyone loves a Reuben; it's what the sandwich will do to your waistline that's a concern. Cooks heap them with fatty meat, slather the bread on one side with enough Russian dressing that it squirts out the back and then butter the other side to a glossy sheen. This is all in addition to the three or four slices of cheese that melt down somewhere in the center.
Luckily for those of us with dependencies, Kuby's puts together a rendition that bucks the trend for heft and grease. The German deli located in Snyder Plaza makes a Reuben you could almost argue is comparatively healthy.
Could, but shouldn't. Stuff your face instead.
Don't think that the sauerkraut is a vegetable anymore. It's cooked down with white wine, caraway seeds and boat loads of bacon, and you'd be happy to eat it on its own. Thankfully things lighten up from there considerably.
The corned beef, made in Kuby's nearby processing facility, is shaved so thinly it unfolds in ribbons and stacks on the sandwich delicately. Cheese and Russian dressing are applied sparingly so the brightness of that sauerkraut comes through. And the marble rye isn't buttered to death but lightly toasted instead. Consider this an understated and refined Reuben that strictly adheres to the spirit of this classic sandwich.
And consider it delicious.
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No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill
No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna
No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas
No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing
No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah
No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake
No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet
No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co.
No. 90: Banh Mi from La Me
No. 88: The Burgers at Off-Site Kitchen
No. 87: The White Album at Spoon
No. 86: Ramen at Tei An
No. 85: Tacos at Revolver Taco
No. 84: Stuffed Chicken Wings at Sakhuu
No. 83: Korean Fried Chicken at Bonchon
No. 82: Grilled Branzino at Tei Tei Robata
No. 81: The Toddfather at Cattleack Barbecue
No. 80: The Biryanis at Chennai
No. 79: Shish Tawook at Qariah
No. 78: Arepes at Zaguan
No. 77: Goat Momo at Everest Restaurant
No. 76: Steak Tartar at Gemma
No. 75: Escabeche at Joyce and Gigi's
No. 74: Spicy Fish in Oil at Royal Sichuan
No. 73: Pupusas at La Pasadita
No. 72: The Kathi Roll at Simply Dosa
No. 71: The Chicken Wings at Teppo
No. 70: Cheesesteak at Truck Yard
No. 69: Chicken and Waffles at Jonathon's
No. 68: Birria Tacos at Los Torres Taqueria
No. 67: Bulgogi Cheesesteak at Say Kimchi
No. 66: Suadero Tacos at La Banqueta
No. 65: Brian Luscher's Post Oak Red Hot
No. 64: Banana Flower Salad at Mot Hai Ba
No. 63: Cinco Leches Cake At Mesero Miguel
No. 62: Cabrito a la Parilla at El Ranchito