You never know where you're going to find a great reuben. Case in point, Kelly D's Sports Bar, a sparingly illuminated lounge tucked between Wilson Avenue and Reed Market on Bend's commercial strip. While this isn't the kind of place where you're likely to plan a family outing (I was seated next to a trio of ladies who were drinking over the noon hour as if it were happy hour), the staff at Kelly D's is more than hospitable. More importantly, they really know how to make a reuben. When I asked how they prepare their corned beef, which arrived fall-apart tender, the bartender directed my eyes to a pair of slow cookers that were perched on a sill between the bar area and the lottery lounge.
Bread: Di Lusso marbled rye
Meat: House cooked corned beef
Dressing: Made in house
Sides: Coleslaw, potato salad and chips are all options, but you can't go wrong with Kelly's
Irish stew served in a savory broth with thickly sliced carrots and tender chunks of beef
Intangible: Keno with your kraut
Address: 1012 SE Cleveland Ave.