A Sandwich a Day: Reuben at Prather Ranch Meat Co., San Francisco
In this great country of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
The Reuben ($10) from Prather Ranch Meat Company is the kind of sandwich where the first bite makes you want to shout f*** yeah and do a little air guitar. Why is this sandwich so good? First of all it's made to order on a big old grill, like you just happened to stop for lunch at a friend's backyard barbecue. Then there's the fact that the extra thin slices of highest quality pastrami are fried, which gives them a crisp texture and seems to enhance the meaty flavor.
My favorite part was the good dose of sauerkraut, which really adds complexity to the sandwich and makes the perfect foil for the creamy Russian dressing. Or maybe it's the layer of melted Swiss cheese that pulls out in gooey stands with every bite. The two slices of rye bread verge on being on over-grilled, but that just results in lots of deliciously charred spots and an easy to eat, compressed sandwich.
Prather Ranch Meat Company
About the author: Carrie Vasios is the Community Manager of Serious Eats and writes the Wake and Bake, Cookie Monster, and Serious Entertaining columns. She likes perusing her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios