Photo by Ryan Stiner
I ate the Dexter Reuben (again) the other day to write this piece and...and, given that I don't give out sandwich compliments very lightly, I will tell you that it's really a darned excellent new addition to the regular menu at the Roadhouse.
As with all foods around here, this sandwich is about how it tastes, and the flavors here are very, very nicely in balance in that way that I like; it's sort of that thing where you couldn't really quite identify exactly what's in there that's making the sandwich so delicious but everything comes together nicely.
It starts with free-range turkey, rubbed down with the clove/Roadhouse Joe coffee/Urfa red pepper-scented Zingerman's Spicy Coffee Spice Rub (I use it all the time on potatoes, fish, poultry, etc.) then put it on the pit to slow-cook for hours.
While the smoky, spicy, meatiness of the finished turkey is certainly the main player in the sandwich, its supporting cast comes together with it to make the flavor of the finished sandwich so special. When you take a bite through the grilled Roadhouse bread, you get the toasty, slightly sweet taste from the molasses in the otherwise savory bread.
The sauerkraut sort of comes up in texture first, and then in flavor throughout the ever-growing levels the more you chew. The quality cabbage (from our own Corn Man Farm) and Mark's curing (Mark works the farm) according to his old family recipe add crunch, flavor, and a nice light sourness to the otherwise rich sandwich.