Restaurant: Corned Beef King (Don’t be fooled by the bad website)
Location: Varies. Check Twitter.
Meal: Veggie Reuben & Knish
Rating: 10 Thumbs Up
Well after all this time I finally made my way over to the Maryland food trucks (which is odd, because I live in Maryland). This truck was on Fisher Lane in Rockville, near the FDA and lots of big office buildings. The Reuben is one of my four favorite sandwiches (meatball, cuban, and bahn mi are the other three), so I had to check out this truck that was so close to me. So anywho, lets start with the Knish as it’s sort of an appetizer. The Knish (a Jewish snack made of something wrapped in flaky doughy goodness) was made with corned beef, sauteed onions, redskin potatoes, and swiss.
Knish (with corned beef, sauteed onions, redskin potatoes, and swiss cheese)
Obviously this was very good. Very very very good. Where could you possibly go wrong with crispy flaky dough, corned beef, potatoes, cheese, and onions? No where. That’s right. What really took the cake though, was the “angry sauce” for dipping, which is russian dressing spiked with horseradish. But even better was the sandwich. Since I’m trying to eat a little healthier because of my cholesterol (and because I was hoping for a way for my vegetarian friends to experience the deliciousness of a Reuben), I went for the Veggie Reuben, which has marinated eggplant, zucchini, and squash baked golden brown topped with imported swiss, melted provolone, sauerkraut, and creamy russian dressing on grilled rye. Here it is…
Veggie Reuben (marinated eggplant, zucchini, and squash baked golden brown topped with imported swiss, melted provolone, sauerkraut, and creamy russian dressing on grilled rye)
This is one of the three best Reubens I’ve ever had (the other two being the Latke Madness at the Star & Shamrock, which replaces the rye with latkes, and the Reuben on a pumpernickel bagel at Ize’s). I now know that getting a real Reuben here will be worth the boost in cholesterol, and finally my vegetarian friends will have an experience close to the real thing (sort of…at least they will get the swiss, rye, russian dressing, and sauerkraut. Mmm…sauerkraut). Make sure you ask for “angry sauce” if you want a little extra horseradish. This was a super messy sandwich, which I don’t usually prefer, but I think a good Reuben *should* be messy. It’s just right. And I think you can tell by the picture alone just how good that grilled rye bread is. The veggies were nice too because it made the sandwich juicier than a typical Reuben, and for those rare moments when you are going to eat veggies, squash, eggplant, and zucchini are pretty awesome.
So overall, this place gets my highest (although not uncommon) rating of all 10 thumbs up. I think $10 is perfectly fair for this huge, delicious sandwich.