100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes, No. 83: The Reuben at Goodfriend Package

Leading up to September's Best of Dallas® 2016 issue, we're sharing (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes, the Dallas entrées, appetizers and desserts that really stuck with us this year.

The menu at Goodfriend Package is not complicated. Pastrami and rye, roast beef, club sandwich, B.L.T — they're pretty classic takes on pretty classic sandwiches, except for the one fact that every component has been given an admirable amount of attention. The house-made bacon on the B.L.T. sets off the richness of the in-house bacon fat mayo. The mushroom pastrami is piled with portobello mushrooms that are brined for three days, seasoned and smoked. And the Reuben, by all means a simple sandwich, is so good that it deserves a monument to its excess.

Sandwiched between slices of Empire's marbled rye, house-made sauerkraut and "Million Island" dressing lends creaminess to thick, fatty slices of Beeman Ranch corned beef — sourcing and meat quality are important to the fellas at Goodfriend Package, and it shows. The sandwich is rounded out with melted Swiss cheese, which gives this sammy all the elements: fatty, salty, creamy and cheesy. Throw in the bite from the rye bread and you've got a sandwich for the ages.
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Beth Rankin is an Ohio native and Cicerone-certified beer server who specializes in social media, food and drink, travel and news reporting. Her belief system revolves around the significance of Topo Chico, the refusal to eat crawfish out of season and the importance of local and regional foodways.
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