Reuben Rumble : Hobart’s Best

Reuben Sandwich : Consisting of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing grilled between slices of rye bread. Debate continues as to its creator.

Things in bread, oh how I love things in bread! From a majestic burger to a humble cheese and tomato toastie I’m a fan. One of my favourite such things is the mighty Reuben Sandwich, with a classic matching of ingredients that still works so well in the modern day. I hit the streets for a delicious snapshot and to find a winner for the title of Hobart’s best.

Dandy Lane

Corned Beef, Pickles, Sauerkraut, Russian Dressing, Sourdough $14.50

The new kids on the block, Dandy Lane have opened up in Collins St and are serving up delicious cafe fare. I was excited to see a Reuben on the menu alongside other tempting dishes so it seemed sensible to give it a try. The fillings were delicious, quality throughout and it was indeed tasty but alas the bread let it down. I’m still recommending it as a good sandwich and there’s plenty more to check out including, I’m told, an outstanding brisket hash. Collins Court, opposite Harris Scarfe, Hobart.

Wingseed Food Van

Cauliflower Pattie, Sauerkraut, Pickles, Greens, Jalapeno Yoghurt, Cheese, Sourdough Bun $14

Wingseed (who are soon changing their name to Orlando Plenty) are well known for their quality vegetarian and wholefood offerings so it certainly wasn’t going to be a traditional Reuben! A tasty and substantial sandwich which surprisingly held a lot of the character of the original considering its unorthodox ingredients. Great for a healthy lunch but perhaps not for those craving the real deal. Found at various markets and festivals throughout the state.


Corned Silverside, Pickles, Sauerkraut, Cheese, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Rye $11 ($6 for half)

The team at Workshop make HUGE sandwiches, this one nearly defeated me and I’m a big eater! A delicious and generous amount of meat and other fillings between some dense, quality rye bread. While it loses some points in my eye by substituting mayonnaise for the usual Russian dressing it is still an excellent New York style sandwich and great value for money. 110 Collins St Hobart.

The Stagg

Corned Silverside, Sauekraut, Russian Dressing, Cheddar Cheese $9

While better known as a hole in the wall coffee shop, The Stagg  also offers up a range of food options including an impressive Reuben. They manage to fit in a lot of quality ingredients inside although pickles are sadly missing. Apart from that it is perhaps the most traditional of the ones chosen and a really fantastic sandwich with great flavours. 138 Elizabeth St, Hobart.

Bury Me Standing

Damn Fine Reuben $10

Bury Me Standing are responsible for some amazing bagels and they also offer up a “Damn Fine Reuben”. If you don’t like pickles then this isn’t for you as it’s loaded with delicious ones with another on the side for extra! It is also another vegetarian version which was a little surprising and steers away from the standard list of ingredients. It is an amazing sandwich though, the bread in particular was a standout but every part of it was put together with love and skill. 104 Bathurst St, Hobart.

And the winner is….

In a twist that even M. Night Shyamalan would be shocked by, there is no winner! Or maybe more correctly they’re all winners. Each had some outstanding attributes but it really is a case of personal preferences in what you’re looking for in a sandwich with such a wide variety of different styles out there and I’d happily eat any of them again. That said I still haven’t found the perfect Reuben, if you have then please let us know!

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