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Where to Get a Great Reuben Sandwich in WNY

Breuben at Big Ditch

Breuben at Big Ditch / Photo courtesy of Big Ditch Brewing Co.

St. Patrick’s Day calls for one of our favorite Irish classics, and we’re not talking about corned beef and cabbage this time. We’re talking about the ~*reuben*~ sandwich. Corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and Russian dressing grilled between two rye toasts…a remarkable coalescence if you ask us. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up some of the best reubens around town! Here are some of our faves:

 

Blackthorn Restaurant and Pub

Reuben at The Blackthorn / Photo x Step Out Buffalo

1. The Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub

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2134 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210

This South Buffalo pub has got one heck of a reuben loaded with meat, sauerkraut and melty swiss cheese- all between *Costanzo’s rye (only the best). You can also expect a side of their famous house-made spicy jalapeño cheddar tater tots, which are TO DIE FOR. And if your friends aren’t into the whole reuben thing, there are plenty of other Irish classics on the menu to get in the St. Patty’s mood.

 

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2. Gene McCarthy’s

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73 Hamburg St, Buffalo, NY 14204

We all know that this Old First Ward bar has got some of the best food (and beer) around, but did you know that they make a mean reuben sandwich? Yeah, that’s right- one of the best (and cheapest!) around! *Pro-tip: if you’re looking to take your reuben experience to a whole other level, try the reuben with half corned beef, half turkey– just do it.

 

Breuben at Big Ditch / Photo courtesy of Big Ditch Brewing Co.

3. Big Ditch Brewing Company

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55 E Huron St, Buffalo, NY 14203

Beer isn’t the only thing brewing at Big Ditch. Word on the street says they’ve got a crazy good version of a reuben. It’s called a breuben, aka corned beef brined in Excavator rye brown ale for the most flavorful meat, with the usual reuben works. It’s truly something special, if you ask us.

 

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4. Sue’s NY Deli

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622 Main St Buffalo, NY 10044 & 130 S. Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14202

If you’re looking for an inexpensive lunch-time reuben, we highly recommend stopping by Sue’s. The corned beef is seasoned to perfection, and the fresh rye is toasted just enough! Some even say it’s the best one in town! P.S. they also deliver.

 

5. Wellington Pub

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1541 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216

This cozy Hertel pub has a pretty extensive menu, and it’s easy to miss the reuben- but it is certainly on there, folks. And there’s no better time than now to give it a shot, rather than getting your usual fish fry or wing order.

 

6. JP Fitzgerald’s

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4236 Clark Street, Hamburg, NY 14075

It’s no surprise they made the list… I mean they pretty much have to have a decent reuben, right? But wait. Did you know they have 6 different kinds?! There’s the reuben wrap, the reuben flatbread, the reuben burger, the reuben quesadilla, the open reuben sandwich, and the closed reuben sandwich…There’s a mouthful for ya.

 

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7. Conlon’s

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382 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220

We all love this old-time South Buffalo pub… and it’s about time we give it’s reuben the credit it deserves. What’s different about Conlon’s reuben is the sauerkraut and corned beef are mixed together- giving you just the perfect combination of both in each bite. DELISH!

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