Review: Market Fresh Reuben Sandwich from Arby’s
With St. Patty’s day hitting this weekend, Arby’s has decided to run a buy one, get one promo featuring their Market Fresh Reuben. I find that a little weird considering they could be running a BOGO on the Jamocha Cream Pie, or anything else on the menu for that matter, because nothing at Arby’s is even remotely Irish. I think a buy one, get one on an Arby’s boiled sadness potato might be a tad more appropriate. Though I can see how someone could think the Reuben is an Irish specialty given that it was created in Nebraska and it’s named after one Mr. Reuben Kulakofsky. At least they don’t think that just by turning something green, a chorus of leprechauns will rise from the shadows singing O’ Danny Boy. All that aside, let’s see if the Market Fresh Reuben is worth it’s salt. Get it? Most of the components are cured… That’s a joke son.
Arby’s describes the Market Fresh Reuben as this:
It all starts with freshly carved corned beef, which is then carefully topped off with melted Swiss cheese, tangy sauerkraut, creamy Thousand Island dressing and served on toasty marble rye bread, just for you. And since we freshly prepare your sandwich only after you order it, you will always have it fresh.
First off, let me just say that I think the Reuben is one of the greatest sandwiches ever created. From the briny, juicy corned beef, the slightly funky crunch of the kraut, the nuttiness of the Swiss, the creamy sweet tang of the Russian dressing, to the warm bitterness of the rye. The Reuben sandwich has layers of depth that should satisfy any self-appointed sandwich fanatic. Arby’s take on the Reuben falls a bit flat.
The beef is way higher quality than Arby’s normal reformed roast beef loaf, but it lacks the great qualities from awesome corned beef. The bright beefy flavor of brisket brined in a range of spices, cardamom to juniper, was sadly absent.
The Swiss had little sharpness, but at least it wasn’t the American-Swiss hybrid that some fast food joints use. The kraut was surprisingly tame, I guess in an attempt to not offend those who don’t find the concept of salted spoiled cabbage appealing. The Thousand Island seemed muted and bland, and the bread wasn’t toasted enough and carried little to no rye-ish punch. Don’t get me wrong, it was still fairly tasty, it being a Reuben and all, but it just didn’t have the big bold flavors I have come to expect from the king of deli sandwiches. At $4.99 for just the sandwich, it’s no value either. For the exact same price I can go a half mile down the street and get a quality Reuben that is about three times the size as this and has all the flavor and tang I have come to expect. I’m pretty sure all of you can find a better Reuben for just a couple bucks more in your respected townships.
The combination of this sandwich needing more flavorful ingredients and the stiff competition places it as an average 6.50/10 on the GrubGrade scale. The Arby’s Fish Sandwich and seasoned curly fries would be way better method of ringing in old St. Patty’s day. Though you would still have to ask yourself the obvious question, “Why am I dining at a fast food restaurant with a cowboy hat in the logo to celebrate the day of St. Patrick?”
Pros: It is still a Reuben. Ordering food to review for GrubGrade off a menu with a giant sign mentioning GrubGrade. Horsey Sauce.
Cons: Stiff competition ruins this sandwich. Half toasted rye. Me for not trying this with Horsey Sauce.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10
More Info: Arbys.com
arket Fresh Reuben
Total Fat - 30 grams
Saturated Fat - 8 grams
Cholesterol - 55 milligrams
Sodium - 1610 milligrams
Carbs - 62 grams
Dietary Fiber - 4 grams
Sugars - 7 grams
Protein - 32 grams