Review: King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT from Arby’s
Last year Arby’s released its King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss sandwich and we gave it a glowing review. I considered that sandwich to be one of my top picks for best new product of 2013. Taking a sweet King’s Hawaiian bun and making an Arby’s roast beef sandwich out of it proved to be fast food genius. The latest creation at Arby’s is a new flavor to the King’s Hawaiian line of sandwiches and they’re hoping that bacon will only make a great sandwich even better. Here’s my review of the new King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT.
Arby’s describes their King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT like this:
The KING’S HAWAIIAN Roast Beef BLT is your favorite meat on your favorite meat on your favorite bun. Thick-cut pepper bacon is pedestaled by thinly sliced roast beef, crisp lettuce, juicy tomato, and mayo, and then sandwiched with a pillowy KING’S HAWAIIAN ® bun.
There are plenty of Arby’s bacon fans out there according to our Bacon Poll from a couple years ago. I’d consider myself a fan of Arby’s pepper bacon and on the King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT, it must be able to make me forget about how well the original sandwich handled its mix of flavors.
On the original King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss there were some nice standout ingredients that went beyond the roast beef and bun. I loved the crunchy sweet and tangy pickles and the creamy Dijon and felt they really put the sandwich up on another level. The sandwich would’ve still been a success with the standard accompanying ingredients, but Arby’s went above my expectations and made additions that weren’t so forgettable. The biggest issue that will separate the King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss with the new King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT is that there aren’t any of those extras with the BLT. This style of sandwich just takes the core ingredients with the King’s Hawaiian bun and the roast beef and accompanies them with bacon, lettuce, and tomato. There’s nothing really wrong with that as the BLT combination is classic, but there’s just a lack of the newness factor. From the perspective of offering a more unique flavor, the original King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss sandwich was altogether more enjoyable and will retain its crown.
Although the King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT lacks originality, it’s still a great sandwich that I can’t help but recommend. First of all, it’s huge. Clocking in at a hefty 10-oz plus serving weight, this sandwich is a two-hander for sure. There will be no grubbing on the go on this day as this beast clearly was meant to be tackled carefully and with napkins within arms reach. My sandwich was constructed OK, but I can’t help but be slightly turned off by all the lettuce. It’s one of those sandwiches you have to pick at and tear apart before you can comfortably start digging in. There’s just a lot of stuff hanging out of the bun and it’s mostly lettuce… wet lettuce too. Focusing on produce, the lettuce and slices of tomato were crisp/juicy/fresh and my only real issue was with the moisture. The bacon is a thick-cut pepper bacon and I love the flavor and texture, but three slices just didn’t cut it. This might have a lot to do with the fact that the sandwich is so big, some ingredients will be dwarfed if they’re not piled on. The roast beef was piled really high and there was way too much lettuce so if there was an extra piece of bacon and just a tad less of some other ingredients, the balance would’ve been a lot better. I could taste the salty pepper bacon in between the mouthfuls of roast beef, but I still wanted more.
The King’s Hawaiian bun works to perfection with this sandwich. As you’d expect, if you’re familiar with King’s Hawaiian buns, their sweetness should win you over when combined with the sodium-laden meats. It’s a soft, yet sturdy bun that does a good job at containing the glut of ingredients relatively well.
At $4.99, the price may seem a little steep for just a sandwich, yet it’s filling enough to likely leave you satisfied. I’ll give extra credit to the value of this sandwich since it tastes so good. I enjoyed the King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT and feel it’s a nice addition to the King’s Hawaiian sandwich family. There’s nothing overly creative going on with this style of sandwich once you take the bun out of the equation, but it’s still a pleasing fast food meal and the BLT is still a classic.
Pros: King's Hawaiian buns are awesome. It's huge and filling with heaps of roast beef. Pepper bacon.
Cons: Only three strips of bacon? Too much wet lettuce.
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.25/10
More Info: http://arbys.com/our-menu/limited-time-offers/kings-hawaiian-blt
Serving Weight - 291 grams
Calories - 720
Total Fat - 37 grams
Saturated Fat - 14 grams
Cholesterol - 160 milligrams
Sodium - 1540 milligrams
Carbs - 60 grams
Dietary Fiber - 3 grams
Sugars - 21 grams
Protein - 38 grams