100 Favorite Dishes, No. 61: Reuben at Kuby's

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Kuby's serves up a Reuben sandwich that shows some restraint
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.

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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Location Info

Kuby's Sausage House

6601 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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"...Reuben that strictly adheres to the spirit of this classic sandwich.."..........Is this really the best that Dallas has to offer?  If so, so sad....The Dallas food scene has come so far, and with such a large (and wealthy) Jewish community you would think it could do better than Kuby's.

And all these years I thought your go to Ruben was found at the Cock N Bull !

Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Where does Myrna get her Reuben?

Kuby's is good. I also like Deli News and OWSC sandwich.

My aunt send me some from Zingermans for my bday and christmas.

primi_timpano topcommenter

@TW: I could have been knocked over with a feather. She was a young, estimated early 20s, woman. And she said it with a customer friendly smile, though she did lower the volume a bit to give it a personal "between you and me" feeling. I miss the ham hocks. They are the best in town.

primi_timpano topcommenter

Love the food but not enough to overcome the anti Semitism. Was in line at the cash register behind two very elderly men who were trying to understand their bill. When I walked up to checkout the cashier apologized for the wait but noted they were jewish so I would understand.

scott.reitz moderator

@CitizenKane I love that Reuben too, but sometimes it's heavy and this is a loooong list.


@CitizenKane "And all these years I thought your go to Ruben was found at the Cock N Bull !"

This is only #61. So there are still 60 more chances.



I tried to order carne guisada one time at a Mexican restaurant and the server pretended not to understand me.

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