The Public House in Temecula has a serious Reuben Sandwich.
Restaurants on the West Coast that I consider Reuben sandwich standard bearers are Veritable Quandry and Kenny and Zukes both in Portland. I like eating fat, greasy burgers and well-dressed sandwiches with my hands. But the Public House Reuben is over the top.
The downside to the Public House Reuben? The bread gets soggy. I have to be critical here. The meat, kraut, 2000 Island Dressing (their name, not mine) all comes together wonderfully, every bite is absolute flavor and sheer bliss. Until you pick up the other half of your sandwich and find the underside of your sandwich wet and falling apart. NOOOOO! Perfection nearly achieved and a true rival to the VQ, but Public House falls short because of soggy bread in the second half.
However, my story of the Ultimate Reuben wasn’t over. I needed a plan. I needed to think ahead.
I stopped eating after discovering soggy bread; satisfied, but slightly disappointed (truth be told, I was friggin' stuffed the sandwich was so huge). The first half of the sandwich was brilliant. Soggy bread or not, the second half of this brilliant Reuben needs to be eaten. So I asked for a to-go box and summarily stashed the second half of my Reuben in the hotel mini-frig. I figured there was enough fat and cheese to congeal overnight and somehow “reattach” my bread.
At 7:00am the next morning, I opened up my planned-over Reuben, said a small prayer, and opened to find that my Jedi senses proved correct. The mass of meat, cheese, kraut, dressing, and soggy bread congealed into a sandwich again, albeit a cold one. If cold pizza is acceptable, why not a cold reuben?
I can say without a doubt that the Public House in Temecula has the best Left-Over Reuben Sandwich I’ve ever eaten. If Public House would just fix the soggy bread problem, it will become the Best Reuben I’ve Ever Eaten.