This sandwich was taken to a whole new level

You know I always like to be super honest with everything here, so I’ll start by saying this loud and clear: I’m not the biggest fan of sandwiches. I’m usually more into burgers than sandwiches, to the point that I ordered something and didn’t even realize it was a sandwich until they brought it to the table. But I’ll go more into that later.

Let’s start with some context. On Tuesday, if you follow me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat) you already know this, I went out and met with some foodie friends and we went on our own foodventure around Orlando trying to discover some good places to eat.

We grabbed some Gideon’s Bakehouse cookies at East End Market, and this was Natalie, Stephen and Michael‘s first time so I was super excited to see their faces. Seriously guys, life-changing experience. And G and I got the chance to try the cookies n’ cream one which, of course, didn’t disappoint. Then we just wanted to grab a bite (dessert after dinner seems to be our kind of thing) and Michael came to the rescue with the coolest Google map list of cool places to try, I’m totally going to steal that idea!

North Quarter Tavern | Downtown Orlando

We decided on North Quarter Tavern because burgers looked amazing and it was only 10 minutes away, and let me tell you it was the greatest decision of our day.

We sat outside and enjoyed the benefits of being in downtown surrounded by buildings and watching people walk by (with some really cute doggies! Bonus points for that!). As usual, I asked out super nice server what was her favorite thing from the menu, she recommended two things: an aged beef burger (45-day aged beef chuck!), and the Reuben (a sandwich with 14-day house corned beef). If you’ve been reading me for a while, you know we ordered both because that’s just how we roll.

I didn’t even know the Reuben was a sandwich (although now it makes so much sense since every burger had ‘burger’ in the description, but this is not the first time I miss this kind of things) until they brought it to the table. I was kind of scared but also super intrigued. Let me tell you something it blew my mind (and tastebuds).

Reuben: 14-day house corned beef, Swiss, Russian dressing, and mustard. Potato salad and kraut on the side.

They usually include the sauerkraut in the sandwich but I wasn’t sure I wanted a whole sandwich (or burger, in my mind) full of that taste so I asked them to keep it on the side and I added it to some bites.

If you’re really impressed by the pictures, let me tell you they don’t make this sandwich any justice (and I do like them, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that it was so good I don’t think these reflect everything I experienced while eating it). The bread was super crispy in the best way possible, sort of like what you would expect from the best grilled cheese in the entire world, and even a little better than that.

Look at all that cheese!

Everyone at the table (and specially G) was super scared when I got up to take that picture because they know how clumsy I am, but I’ve always wanted to have a picture like that (and now I do!). Do more of whatever makes you happyright?

Anyway, they put tons of Swiss in your sandwich, the corned beef is A-MA-ZING, and the Russian dressing makes it moist (but not too moist, and I’m sorry for using that word we all hate) so every single bite you take is just perfect.

The only thing I must say is that being so huge, eating it is kind of a messy experience. I definitely lost that battle and had to finish it with a fork and a knife. Everyone at the restaurant was staring at me, but I don’t know if it was because of that or because of how good the Reuben looked. I didn’t really care much, to be honest. I was too focused on enjoying my little piece of heaven on earth.

More on my cheesy goodness. Look at that melted Swiss!

G’s burger was also amazing, although I liked my sandwich better (and being a big burger lover, that’s saying a lot) but it wasn’t as photogenic as my Reuben, so I decided to skip the pictures. What you do need to keep in mind when ordering the Aged Beef Burger (45-day aged beef chuck, smoked tomato ketchup, bacon mustard, heirloom tomato) is that this is not the kind of burger you order medium well (and please don’t even think about getting it well done). In order to really get a great taste of the beef, you need to order it medium rare to say the most.

G is really into eating his beef rare or medium rare so that was just what he wanted. I really enjoyed the bites I got as well, so it’s just a matter of preferences. His came with French fries and a big pickle, and of course I took some of his fries because that’s just who I am.

After this we went to an amazing milkshake place and I promise I’ll tell you about that next Tuesday so stay tuned! Also, please follow me on both Instagram (@michellelovestoeat) and Twitter (@mlovestoeat) because great things are coming and you won’t want to miss out!

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TL;DR: I don’t even like sandwiches and the Reuben blew my mind. It was like a grilled cheese on steroids, and then a little over that. You should totally check the North Quarter Tavern out.


North Quarter Tavern

861 N Orange Ave,
Orlando, FL

+1 (407) 757 0930