This was my first visit to Arthur’s Cafe, and we visited their Anderson location in Cincinnati, Ohio. We had to wait briefly to be seated on a Thursday night, but not too long. There is an inner dining room area that has a bar on one end, and then there is an outer dining room on the north and east sides of the building. We were seated in the inner area. The room was a little crowded with a moderate level of noise, but not bad for a tavern type of atmosphere.
I ordered the Reuben with French fries, and it arrived after 16 minutes—not bad at all. I liked the way that they put the sandwich “crust-to-cut” on my plate, meaning that the center of the sandwich was easily visible. The fries were just piled everywhere around the sandwich.
The first thing I noticed was the crunch of the rye bread—it wasn’t clear to me whether the bread might have been toasted at all, but it was nice and firm from the grilling all of the way through, not just on the outsides. I also noticed that they had taken the corned beef and folded it over into what mounted to a “wad” of meat that unfortunately filled the center of the sandwich but didn't branch out far enough to reach all of the way to the edges. The meat tasted good.
The sauerkraut was also nicely flavored and mixed just right with the corned beef and cheese. The Thousand Island dressing was good, but it was perhaps a little more lightly applied than I would have liked. Overall, the flavors blended very nicely, which I feel is the mark of a good Reuben. Definitely an A for taste—not amazing but very solid and tasty.
The French fries were also good. We had two servers come to our table during the evening—apparently one was shadowing the other one—but the service was just a little lacking. Trying to get the check, and then trying to get them to take the payment afterwards took a lot longer than I would have liked. But the staff was friendly, and they were busy.
Now that I know Arthur’s offers such a good Reuben, I’ll definitely be bringing others here to try it out when they are in town.