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Reubens - Sauerkraut or Coleslaw? [Split from Pacific Northwest board]

antrobin | Feb 6, 2008 10:38 AM

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I have a question for Reuben afficionados. I've always had a Reuben with sauerkraut, but my girlfriend, who grew up in Jewish delis in New Jersey has never even heard of such a thing. She says that a Reuben has coleslaw, not kraut. I recall, also, reading in a James Beard book, his lament about how nowadays (the 40s, I believe) people are making pastrami sandwiches with sauerkraut instead of coleslaw and calling them Reubens. What's the story here?

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