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Pile on corned beef, start a Reuben tradition

by Dave Cathey Modified: March 17, 2009 at 10:41 am •  Published: March 11, 2009

/> That’s right; one of the state’s premier spots for fine dining makes Reuben sandwiches.

Fleischfresser worked early in his career in Chicago, where his restaurant received barrels of fresh corned beef, and he’s been on a personal quest to reproduce it ever since.

Using a brine mixed with sugar and his own special mix of pickling spices, Fleischfresser opts for eye of round instead of brisket, and he thinks they’ve come pretty close.

Like corned beef, the Reuben has no exotic heritage. Just because it has sauerkraut doesn’t mean it comes from Germany. The history is disputed; some say it came from Omaha in 1925 and others New York City in 1914.

But in the words of the great Beavis and Butt-head, if I wanted to do history, I’d go to school. Maybe after lunch.

by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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13 places to find a Reuben Sandwich
→Beatnix Cafe, 136 NW 13.

→Bison Witches, 211 E Main, Norman

→The Coach House, 6437 Avondale Drive.

→Ingrid’s Kitchen, 3701 N Youngs.

→Hobby’s Hoagies, 222 S Santa Fe Ave., Edmond; 325 N Walker.

→Jersey Mike’s, 1940 S Air Depot; 7500 S Santa Fe; 1630 NW 23; 2522 W Memorial.

→Kilkenny’s Irish Pub and Eatery, 1413 E 15th St., Tulsa.

→Lottinvilles Wood Grill, 801 Signal Ridge, Edmond.

→Manhattan Pasta, Pizza and Grill, 17200 N May.

→Markie’s Cafe, 612 N Robinson.

→Shartel Cafe, 5116 N Shartel.

→VZD’s, 4200 N Western.

→Which Wich, 215 W Boyd, Norman.

Got a favorite Reuben sandwich?
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