Review: Deep Fried Turkey Club from Arby’s

On the eve of the national release of the Venison Sandwich, I’m here reviewing this boring bird called turkey.  I guess I was sold on it being deep fried.  There’s a trio of new Deep Fried Turkey Sandwiches now available for a limited time only and I went for the Deep Fried Turkey Club for my review.  Arby’s describes their Deep Fried Turkey Club like this:

Turkey deep fried to perfection and nestled between pepper bacon, cheddar, tomato, lettuce, mayo, and other stuff that makes it a club. Available all November long, a time to reflect on the things you’re thankful for, like not having to deep fry a turkey on your own

Beyond the deep fried turkey, there’s nothing new being offered in the Deep Fried Turkey Club.  Not a knock against it, it’s still a club sandwich, and I like club sandwiches.This isn’t razor thin deli style slices of plain old turkey, it’s thick-cut deep fried turkey.  Does it make a big difference?  Not really.  Don’t get me wrong, there is a difference, it’s just not overly impressive.  Maybe if this was more like a breaded fried chicken breast where the skin gives you an extra shot of oily flavor we’d be talking about something entirely different.  The advantage I found with these deep fried turkey breast slices over what I’m used to at Arby’s is simply its moisture.  The moisture retention was impressive.  With that, the flavor from the turkey alone plays a bigger part than it traditionally does.  Usually turkey isn’t the flavor highlight of a turkey sandwich, but it is with this one. The accompanying pepper bacon in my sandwich has seen much better days.  It was thin, dry and brittle.  The slight tinge of extra salt wasn’t doing much for me.  Since there’s thick-cut deep fried turkey breast slices, maybe more bacon would have helped things.  It’s rare that bacon gets lost in a turkey sandwich, and it happened with this one unfortunately.  The slice of sharp cheddar cheese was waxy to the point where I just think two thinner slices instead of one thick slice of cheddar would have worked better. Pale tomato slices, Easter basket grass-like lettuce, creamy mayo and a star cut bun round out the sandwich components.  The bun was pretty good.  At a price of $7.79 for the sandwich alone, the Deep Fried Turkey Club is clearly expensive fast food.  The combo price was nearly ten bucks.  Yeah it’s a filling sandwich and can be a meal by itself, but I’d rather have a complete meal for $7.79… plus dessert.  The deep fried turkey factor isn’t enough to convince me it’s worth paying two extra dollars over most premium fast food sandwiches.I enjoyed the most important part of the sandwich, but that isn’t nearly enough to make up for the other problems.  There isn’t much room for error if you’re charging this much for a sandwich.

Pros: Flavorful, thick-cut turkey breast that retains an impressive amount of moisture.

Cons: Very expensive. Produce issues. Bacon was subpar.

Taste: 7.00/10
Value: 3.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.75/10
Price: $7.79

Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10

More Info: arbys.com
Nutrition Facts:
540 calories, 28 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 1620 milligrams of sodium, 95 milligrams of cholesterol, 39 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, 34 grams of protein

6 comments on “Review: Deep Fried Turkey Club from Arby’s

  1. SARS says:

    I had this last night and enjoyed it enough, but I do agree with the sentiments of your review. The sandwich I received looked very similar to yours in regards to the bacon, lettuce and tomatoes. One difference is that mine came with a spicy mustard on it, which was unexpected, but pretty good.

  2. Scram says:

    I tried the Cajun Fried Turkey one. It was ok. I think the sauce on the sandwich was what I disliked. It didn’t go well with the rest of the sandwich. It was a big, fillingsandwich, which was a positive.

  3. M-Logan says:

    I had this a couple days ago, “hold the tomato”. Loved it – very, very good.

    Looking forward to trying the Cajun version.

    They need to keep these on the menu!!

  4. Craig says:

    I tried the Cajun Deep Fried Turkey two days ago and the Club yesterday. Enjoyed them both, and the price I paid for the club sandwich was $5.49, not the $7.79 you report (which definitely would have detracted from the enjoyment).

  5. Sascha says:

    $7.79??? I know your area has upcharges, but this sandwich costs $5.49 in Michigan, $5.29 for the Cajun.

  6. bobo says:

    People don’t like club sandwiches.

    People like bacon.

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