Sandwich Name: Reuben Sandwich ($9.99)
Menu Description: Grilled marbled rye bread stacked with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and 1000 island dressing. Served with Saratoga chips and a pickle. Also available as a wrap on choice of flour or whole wheat tortilla.
Included Side Items: Saratoga chips and a pickle
Presentation: The Reuben was built with 1000 island dressing applies to both pieces of bread, and both pieces of marbled rye bread lined with a slice of Swiss cheese. Between the slices of bread there was a layer of sliced and folded corned beef and a layer of sauerkraut. The sandwich was cut diagonally, separated and the chips were placed between the two slices. They also provided a pickle spear.
Dimensions: 624 cm3 (13 cm x 12 cm x 4 cm)
Bulk-to-Cost Ratio: 62 cm3/dollar
Review - Chris Rowland
Review Date: Feb 2, 2020, 4:45 PM
Liked: Great balance of flavors
Disliked: Ingredients tended to slide out
The Holy Grail Tavern is very much a sports bar. It's across from the home of the Cincinnati Reds and features a good amount of Reds and Cincinnati Bengals themed items on the wall. The dining room and bar area is plastered with television screens everywhere that you might look.
All of the tables are tall tables with tall chairs, and there is a long bar area where you can sit. This particular day was Superbowl Sunday and it was relatively quiet when we got there shortly before 5 p.m. Several other restaurants nearby had closed early so that their staff could watch the big game with their friends.
We ordered our Reubens, and they came out pretty quickly, after only about 7 minutes. Perhaps with the restaurant somewhat empty, we benefited from quicker food preparation. I'm sure that before or after a big game nearby that they would take a little longer.
The first thing that I noticed about the Reuben was that it tasted great! The sandwich had slices of corned beef folded over and a huge amount of sauerkraut. The way that the beef and kraut was put into the sandwich was somewhat uneven which resulted in things slipping around and the beef trying to shoot its way out of the sandwich a few times.
The corned beef was really delicious, and so was the heaping sauerkraut. It was nice to actually see both slices of cheese and taste them with the dressing that lined each end of the sandwich. The bread was distinctively soft. I don't know whether maybe it wasn't grilled for very long, or whether they use a different consistency of bread. But anyway, if you've had an Arby's Reuben, the bread on this sandwich tasted just like the bread at Arby's--and I thought it served very well and blended with the rest of the sandwich.
Overall the sandwich tastes balanced out very nicely and I think this is definitely a Reuben to come back for.
I ordered the Reuben with the Saratoga chips. To upgrade to one of their other side items would have cost extra. However the onion rings that Katherine ordered looked marvelous. They were the battered kind, but for the increased charge there were relatively few of them provided with her sandwich, so it probably wasn't worth the extra cost.
The Saratoga chips came with a barbecue sauce for dipping, and it was nice that they included a pickle spear to finish things off. The pickle spear was a little on the soft and gummy side, but flavor was decent.
Overall, this is probably one of the better Reubens in Cincinnati and I recommend it.