Where to Get a Really Good Reuben

You need to try this sandwich from Rochester Deli in Waukesha.

Coming in hot and melty, the Reuben sandwich at Rochester Deli is what this corned beef masterpiece should be.

The sandwich that almost certainly requires breath mints brings together all the flavors – a wham-banging mix of sauerkraut, corned beef, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island or Russian dressing grilled on rye bread.



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At least two gentlemen lay claim to be the original sources of the sandwich, both named Reuben. One of them was from Omaha, Nebraska; the other was a New Yorker. Each guy’s claim puts the sandwich’s origins between about 1914 and 1920. Whoever first made it, it’s now an iconic creation.   

It’s also Rochester Deli’s best-selling sandwich; co-owner Laura Strackbein says about 150 of them travel to hungry bellies each week.

There’s just a super balance of flavors here, from the salty-sour kraut to the piquant horseradish and tangy Thousand Island dressing. And the corned beef? Oh so tender. $15. 143 W. Broadway, Waukesha, 262-522-9611


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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.