Nobody really knows who invented the Reuben sandwich (but we'd put flowers on his grave if we did). Some say it was Reuben Kulakofsky of Omaha, Nebraska, who served it at late-night poker games at the Blackstone Hotel. Others swear it was invented by a cook at Reuben's Restaurant in New York City. The first written reference to it, found on an extant menu from the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska, dates to 1937. So despite its murky origins, the Reuben -- a stellar combo of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island (or Russian) dressing on grilled or toasted Rye bread -- has been around for at least 75 years.
Even though it can't be proven that the Reuben was invented by a Jewish guy, the sandwich has been co-opted by Jewish delis everywhere. So let's see how the Reubens rate at two popular metro Phoenix Jewish delis -- Goldman's and Miracle Mile.