The VandeRueben sandwich at the Belgian Village Inn in Moline, Illinois—a Quad-Cities institution since 1977—is made for giants. Each VandeRueben ($8.25; or $8.45 on raisin bread) is about the size of a dinner plate. Ham, corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese are layered on homemade bread that's been buttered, grilled, and slathered with the restaurant's special Thousand Island dressing.
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While a run-of-the-mill club sandwich might not be something to get worked-up over, the version served at Blue Ribbon certainly is. Dry, bland turkey is replaced with seared duck breast, crisp and perfectly seasoned on the outside, moist and medium-rare within. A slightly sweet and cinnamony Raisin Walnut Bread takes over for bland white bread, and a homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise brings the sandwich all together.