Welcome dear readers, for another lesson in DANGER!
There is something that you should know about me before we begin today: I have a deep love of diners.
Don’t begin to worry though, this love has been deemed healthy and safe by a number of medical professionals, so i’m in the clear. Thank you for your concern though.
So what is it exactly about diners that I love so much?
Is it the atmosphere? The muddy coffee? The regulars? Or is it the waitress who once asked “you need anymore coffee, doll?”
It could be a combination of all of those, but then again if that was all I talked about, this foodie blog would leave out the crucial aspect of food reviewing.
Now for anyone who has ever eaten at a diner, you know for a fact that diner food can quite often be very hit or miss (there are some notable exceptions to be had though). And so, when a good meal is found it’s definitely worth being passed on to others.
Enter the Reuben at North Hollywood Diner.
I’ve been coming to this diner since I first interned in Los Angeles in 2005, and I’ve tried at least half of the items on their substantial menu, but the Reuben is something new for me this time around.
Corned Beef, Jack cheese, and a healthy dose of sauerkraut on grilled rye bread seems like an easy enough sandwich, but in my position, I also know it’s something that can easily be screwed up. The wrong proportions, or badly prepared meat can lead to an unsatisfying mess in your hands.
The Reuben at the North Hollywood Diner could have been improved upon had the meat cooked a little longer. The problem with corned beef is that if you don’t take your time in cooking the meat long enough, it can be quite tough and take away from the experience. The seasoning for the corned beef was great, producing a subtle tangy flavor, but every once in awhile i’d have to put my incisors to work a little more than i normally like to.
The sauerkraut was perfect: not too sour, but not too weak either. The cheese was melted until it was creamy and blended well with the healthy dose of sauerkraut.
The grilled rye bread could have spent a little more time on the grill. There was a slight crisp to it, but was still very soft in most parts. Even the butter used on the bread was still noticeable, and a sure sign it hadn’t been fully cooked. If you’re going to grill rye bread for your sandwich, go hard or go home, is what i always say.
Overall, if you find yourself in North Hollywood and looking for a satisfying meal, the North Hollywood Diner will certainly tend to your needs. This sandwich, though, was passable but there are plenty of other delis and diners in the area that can easily do much better.