The sandwich: Our Famous Reuben What's on it: Corn beef, Swiss cheese, homemade sauerkraut, Dijon mustard and Thousand Island dressing on rye. Potato salad on the side. Where to get it: Black Forest Deli (9535 West 58th Avenue, Arvada, 303-425-0265) How much: $7
Arvada was small once, and the Black Forest Deli seems like the kind of place that would fit in better on a little "Main Street" than on busy 58th Avenue, jammed between a liquor store, a tire store and a bunch of tractor trailers. But step inside and you'll be back on Main Street - Main Street in a little German town.
German music and groceries, greeting cards and candy. German sausages, potato salads, strudel and little old ladies with German accents. It all comes together at Black Forest, which serves up a list of twenty or so sandwiches, plus soups, salads and sides.
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I went with the number-one item on the menu - the one that the lady behind the counter said was the most popular sandwich - the Reuben. And it was a good one.
Thin slices of warm corn beef melded together well with the Swiss, the mustard and the dressing, but the best part was the sauerkraut. No sloppy store-bought stuff here. Rather, it was a homemade version that had a delicious and powerfully sour snap to it.
I guess I'll have to get out to the suburbs more often.
For previous sandwiches, see the Our Weekly Bread archive.