The BLT. French dip. Grilled cheese. There are many classic sandwiches, including one of my favorites, the reuben.
About a century ago, the story goes, Reuben Kulakofsky of Omaha made a sandwich of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing on rye—and the rest, as they say, belongs to history.
Over time, there have been variations, including Rachel, which usually replaces corned beef with turkey, and Kraut for coleslaw.
There is also another version of the reuben – the fish reuben, found at Pirate’s Cove in Greenbrier West. The popular restaurant opened in Chesapeake in 2001.
EAT IT: REUBEN FISH, $13
I’ve had several seafood dishes at Pirate’s Cove before, but for some reason overlooked the Ruben fish.
Already a fan of the classic reuben sandwich, the idea of replacing the corned beef with a piece of fresh fish was extremely appealing.
My partner Doug and I started the meal with the crab dip, which was one of the tastiest I’ve had in memory. A dish was presented with the searing mixture of crab, cream cheese and subtle but describable seasoning. Lovely soft pita rounds were the perfect platform for dipping.
As soon as we were done, our sandwich arrived.
A soft and tender fillet of pollock, lightly fried, was nestled between toasted and buttered rye bread. Bringing additional flavors to the party was sassy sauerkraut and hazelnut Swiss cheese. I opted for the Thousand Islands dressing next door.
I gently spread vinaigrette over my first bite; each element looked beautiful together. It was messy, but delicious. Each component worked beautifully together and did its Earthly cousin justice.
THE DRINK: PIRATE PUNCH
The Pirate Punch is a fun riff on the Hurricane cocktail, with three types of rum – including a dark rum, orange juice, pineapple juice and grenadine mixed together and served over ice.
It’s a strong drink, as you can imagine. It is also a sweet drink made from juice and grenadine. It’s well blended and refreshing. Like many tropical drinks, juices mask much of the punch – pardon the pun – of boozy spirits, so drink it slowly. It’s a cracker that creeps up on you after just a few sips.
Pirate’s Cove Restaurant is located at 109 Gainsborough Square. Call 757-549-7272 or visit www.PiratesCoveVa.com.
A LA CARTE
Sunday Jazz Brunch Series at Soulivia’s Art + Soul Cafe continues on July 3 and 10. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays with a live band as the backdrop. The performances, which run from approximately 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., feature different groups.
We serve weekly restaurant reviews and news on the local culinary scene.
Soulivia’s Art + Soul Restaurant is located at 141 Hillcrest Parkway, Chesapeake. Call 757-908-2355 or visit www.SouliviasArtAndSoul.com.
Yappy Hour on Sundays at The Garage Brewery is a fun way to relax with your furry friend. The event continues on July 3 and 10. The mezzanine, patio and reception hall are dog-friendly and offer free treats, water bowls and blankets for your best friend.
The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday and offers $1 off full beers. A food truck of the day will be on site.
The Garage Brewery is located at 1011 N. Eden Way, Chesapeake. Call 757-389-5353 or visit www.Garage-Brewery.com.
Vegan cooking class with Lisbet Chiriboga takes place at the Unity Renaissance Spiritual Life Center, offering guidance on healthy plant-based eating. The first class in a series focuses on Tofu 101, taking place at 6 p.m. on July 14. The hands-on workshop guides participants through the preparation of tofu recipes for breakfast, lunch and dessert. Limited to 10 participants, cost is $40.
The Unity Renaissance Spiritual Life Center is located at 1120 N. Eden Way, Chesapeake. Call 757-420-5280 or visit www.UnityRenaissance.org.
Patrick Evans-Hylton [email protected]