What it is: a value Reuben, constructed with Vienna's standard thinly sliced corned beef (probably the predominant choice for Reubens across the city), with a balanced strata of kraut, Swiss, and Thousand Island dressing, layered between slices of toasty marbled rye with enough surface area and solidity to keep each player in check. It's a well-behaved sandwich that keeps it together until it's eaten. Best of all it's a Reuben that won't insult your sense of thrift; at $6.99, it's 50 cents cheaper than the four-ounce finger sandwich at Bergstein's.
Maybe you're worried that this dependable sandwich and all the other sandwiches and sausages served in the factory cafe will disappear to some inaccessible industrial lot in Bridgeport when Vienna relocates later this year. Don't fear. The cafe and store will remain open for two or three more years after the factory moves, according to staffers. They say that after that it's going to move somewhere else in the neighborhood.
Vienna Beef Factory Store, 2501 N. Damen, 773-235-6652, viennabeef.com