The Reuben has always been a popular sandwich in my family. For as long as I can remember, my mother has been ordering Reubens all over Beaver County. I’m guessing that is where my own love for this combination of corned beef, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing originally comes from.
I have many fond memories of my mother cooking Reubens at home. But as I grew up, I became more and more aware that she was using the cheap, generic brand Thousand Island dressing (she does this with a lot of ingredients….sorry, mom). Her Reubens just didn’t stack up to the ones I could order at some of my favorite local restaurants.
Flash forward to day and I still have a thing for a good Reuben. It has to be a good Reuben though!
I’m particular about the slicing of the corned beef. The sauerkraut needs to add the right amount of flavor, and the Thousand Island dressing better pack a punch. I also need the marbled rye bread to be soft, so that I know it’s fresh, but not soggy!
In my travels throughout Beaver County, I have tried quite a few Reubens and have found many to be truly exceptional.
Here are my picks for Top Five Reubens in Beaver County:
5. Brady’s Run Grille, Brighton Twp.
The sandwich isn’t going to blow your mind, but it doesn’t have any weaknesses either.
What I really like about the Brady’s Run Grille version is that they really do a great job of getting the proportions right. There isn’t too much meat, or not enough sauerkraut. You get exactly the right amount of each item on the sandwich here.
This is probably the thickest sliced corned beef out of the group, but the meat is definitely tender enough for them to get away with it.
4. Bocktown Beer & Grill, Center Twp.
What I like about the Bocktown Reuben is that it is extremely consistent. I have never had a bad one.
The meat is sliced thin here, and the Thousand Island dressing is always so good that I have to ask for more on the side.
3. Tinitique, Bridgewater
The Reuben at Tinitique had been number one on my list for years. It is nearly perfect, and big enough for two meals.
The standout here is the bread, which is just fantastic and never soggy. I also like that they really pile on the sauerkraut here, which might throw off your proportions, but in a delicious way.
Just like with the Bocktown, the Tinitique Reuben is a model of consistency. I’ve never had a bad one, and it’s just as good reheated the next morning!
2. The Maple Restaurant, Ambridge
The Maple Restaurant is pretty much world famous for their Hot Beef Sandwich, but their Reuben is also one of the best around.
If the Thousand Island dressing is what really gets you excited, this is the Reuben you have been waiting for. The dressing on the Reuben at Maples has no competition. It’s the best in Beaver County.
The only negative thing you can possibly say about the Reuben at Maple’s is that it can be hard to order because that means you have to pass on getting a Hot Beef Sandwich.
1. Heirloom Restaurant, Beaver
I thought I had this Reuben list all locked up about a month ago. Then, while I was having lunch at Heirloom Restaurant in Beaver one day, the server mentioned that Chef Rich Montini is a fellow Reuben junkie and actually makes his own corned beef from scratch for his Reubens. Obviously, I needed to try this.
I honestly wasn’t sure that house-made corned beef would make that big of a difference for me. I’ve always been more focused on the bread, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing anyways.
That was a mistake. This corned beef is unbelievable.
I thought it might be that I just wanted house-made corned beef to taste better, but upon further review, this is the best corned beef I have ever sampled. The flavors literally jump around your mouth as you can taste all of the seasonings Chef Rich uses. The meat is also very tender, so there is none of that chewy experience you sometimes get with commercially produced corned beef.
The power of the Heirloom Reuben is more than just the corned beef though, because the sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, and marbled rye bread all live up to the impressive bar set by the meat.
This sandwich is perfect.
Honorable Mention – Trenney’s Grille, Hopewell
I’ve heard recently that Trenney’s Grille in Hopewell also has an excellent Reuben. I have yet to try this one myself, but I know that they have a number of excellent items on their menu, so I don’t doubt that their Reuben is solid.
Are there any Reubens in Beaver County that I’m missing?
What would be on your list for Top Five Reubens in Beaver County?