100 Favorite Dishes

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.

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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