Best Reuben Sandwich

Europa

Smart bicyclists don’t bike simply for the fun of it — they bike
for the food. So Europa, a sprawling deli and sandwich shop, has become
a regular stop for many members of the bike-setting crowd, as evidenced
by the herds of trusty steeds of steel lined up out front on
hospitable, two-wheel friendly weekends. This Reuben sammie is one
you’ll remember: It’s big enough to feed the breakaway pack, but as an
elite athlete who just finished huffing around the Three Bears, you
deserve your own. Hot hunks of just-carved corned beef are layered on
soft rye bread with a generous portion of Swiss cheese and tart
sauerkraut spilling from the edges of the bread that’s been lightly
painted with a sweet Thousand Island-esque dressing. It’s cut in half
for easier handling, thankfully. Don’t miss the homemade pickles on the
condiment stand. Good thing you’re wearing Spandex because your stomach
is about to expand considerably. This is just the fuel you need for the
rest of your ride back to Oakland. But we usually wimp out and take
BART, since once we’ve had this sandwich, our work is done.

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