Review: Mega Meat Stacks, The Club Stack from Arby’s
Arby’s recently released a trio of protein-packed sandwiches called Mega Meat Stacks. There’s the Reuben Super Stack, the Triple Stack and the Club Stack. Each one is a beast, but I went with the lightweight of the bunch and chose the Club Stack.
Arby’s describes their Club Stack like this:
We took a normal club sandwich and made it better. How? More meat. Three ounces of ham, three ounces of turkey and a bunch of bacon make this club sandwich a meaty masterpiece.
Back in 2012 I reviewed the Grand Turkey Club from Arby’s and the Club Stack basically takes that sandwich and adds ham. The Club Stack features hickory smoked ham, roast turkey, pepper bacon, Swiss cheese, two slices of tomato, leaf lettuce, and mayo, on a Harvest Wheat bun.
While I found the Grand Turkey Club to be a little on the average/boring side, there’s something about an extra heap of extra meat that made the Club Stack stand out a lot better. The lack of wow-factor I found with the Grand Turkey Club wasn’t an issue with the Club Stack considering it’s so packed with roast turkey and ham that it dwarfs the bun. Speaking of the bun, it’s pretty good and works to balance the salty deli meats with some sweetness. The four pieces of thick-cut pepper bacon can complement nearly everything on the Arby’s menu and nothing seems to be more harmoniously matched than bacon with turkey. Roast turkey on its own is sad and this sandwich becomes really complete by the savory hickory smoked ham. There’s contrasting salty flavors between the deli meats that blend with one another and become more noticeable by the strong flavor presence of the bacon.As I mentioned, this is a hefty sandwich that lives up to its “Mega Meat Stacks” branded name. The produce was fresh, colorful, and not “just there”. With layers upon layers of meat, having some relief in the form of leaf lettuce and juicy slices of tomato is absolutely welcomed. Creamy mayo is standard on a sandwich like this and it did it’s job to provide some balance to the textures. Unfortunately, the Swiss cheese didn’t do a whole lot in any positive or negative way, although I feel maybe that’s a good thing. Sometimes cheese can show its importance when it’s not on your sandwich… only then you feel there’s something missing.
Priced at $5.49 for the sandwich alone, the Club Stack is indeed expensive for fast food, but it’s so filling that I didn’t feel as though it was a terrible value. I’d say this sandwich gets a passing grade with me because I was left satisfied. It’s not perfect, but a definite step up from the Grand Turkey Club for me.
Pros: Harvest Wheat bun. Ham rounds out the average turkey club to something a little more special. Pepper bacon.
Cons: Over $5 mark for the sandwich alone will deter a large population of consumers. Swiss cheese. 2500 milligrams of sodium.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10
More Info: http://www.arbys.com
Serving Weight - 321 grams
Calories - 560
Total Fat - 27 grams
Saturated Fat - 9 grams
Cholesterol - 110 milligrams
Sodium - 2500 milligrams
Carbs - 37 grams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Sugars - 9 grams
Protein - 45 grams