I recently posted I Have Been Diagnosed with NRNS (Need Reuben Now Syndrome) with a link to an Arby’s Restaurant humorous commercial highlighting their Reuben Sandwich. My intention was to try one soon and the opportunity presented itself after flying into San Diego this week.
It has been years since I last ate a Reuben Sandwich at Arby’s. It is a seasonal item and not offered year round. I was really looking forward to giving the sandwich a fair review considering that it is constructed at a fast food restaurant. There were the five basic components; Rye Bread (marbled), Corned Beef, Sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island Dressing. This was however all that could be said about this Reuben from Arby’s.
The Rye Bread was barely toasted. The Sauerkraut either had no flavor (how is that possible?), or the Thousand Island Dressing was applied so heavily that it dominated the Sauerkraut. I really have no idea what type of cheese was used, so it would be hard to make a positive comment. Even the sliced Corned Beef was flavorless.
I was not expecting to enjoy even a mediocre Reuben Sandwich, but I did anticipate having a sandwich that was comparable to some of the other offerings available at Arby’s. Their Market Fresh Turkey Sandwiches are very good with the turkey meat being minimally processed. I really wanted to have a positive experience and be able to recommend the Arby’s Reuben Sandwich. Even taking into account that it is a fast food version of an amazing sandwich, I cannot find one positive compliment.
In my post Reuben Sandwich Reviews, the Arby’s Reuben Sandwich receives the ranking: Shameless.