Review: Turkey Bacon Florentine Sandwich from Arby’s
Most people think roast beef when Arby’s comes to mind, but to me they’ve never really stood out with their roast beef sandwiches. Not that I have anything against their roast beef, I just feel that Arby’s excels in other areas that don’t seem to get a lot of attention. Arby’s has a great fish sandwich, great desserts like the Jamocha shake and a menu of Market Fresh sandwiches that have definite staying power. The latest entry into the Market Fresh line is the new Turkey Bacon Florentine Sandwich which is available in select locations.Arby’s describes their new Turkey Bacon Florentine Sandwich like this:
What happens when you take thinly sliced turkey and add crisp pepper bacon, fresh spinach leaves, drizzle with bacon dressing and top with fresh tomato and onion on honey wheat bread? You get a turkey sandwich you want to gobble right now.
With the new Turkey Bacon Florentine Sandwich, you’ve got a bunch of familiar ingredients found in the Market Fresh line. The turkey, pepper bacon, tomato, onion and honey wheat bread can all be found in the Turkey Ranch & Bacon Sandwich that remains one of my favorites. Where the Turkey Bacon Florentine makes its stand-out taste and style is with the addition of spinach leaves and bacon dressing.
The slices of oven-roasted turkey are the base to this rather large and filling sandwich. It’s not a slippery, slimy bunch of congealed turkey pieces thankfully and they’ve got that drier carved-out texture I prefer. They turkey is sliced in store daily so that helps out knowing its not been pre-sliced months ago and sitting in a vat of other deli meats.
The pepper bacon is a little crunchier than I prefer, but Arby’s still manages to be one of the better tasting bacon places in the fast food world. They came in 3rd place in our bacon poll. There’s no cheese to be found and that’s not a bad thing because I feel it would get lost in this sandwich. The bacon and bacon dressing dominate the flavors overall and adding cheese would just add more unneeded calories and fat. At 700 calories and 25 grams of fat already, there was no need to pile any more on with the overkill of cheese. I would’ve preferred the bacon dressing to be a little less like runny salad dressing and more like a thick dipping sauace consitency. A thicker bacon dressing would’ve worked a lot better for me. The bacon dressing was tasty, but came off as too sour as it didn’t balance itself well across the sandwich and ended up collecting areas.
The sliced tomato and crisp rings of red onion provided a cool crunch and helped balance the moisture since the crusty bread edges are just way too thick. I found myself tearing off some pieces of the crust of the honey wheat bread as I tend to do with Arby’s Market Fresh sandwiches. The fresh spinach leaves were piled on generously and I was happy to see a green veggie in my sandwich other than the typical lettuce. I felt a little better knowing that I got some vitamins during my lunch. The sandwich has 35% of your daily value of Vitamin A, 20% DV of Vitamin C, 30% DV of Calcium and 60% of your daily Iron. With that said, this sandwich has 2080 milligrams of sodium so that’s approaching an entire days worth.
In a growing line of Market Fresh sandwiches, the Turkey Bacon Florentine is worthy of a limited-time spot. There are minor issues here and there that could have been addressed to make it work better for me. The bacon dressing needs some adjustments and the honey wheat bread needs to be changed completely. At a price of over five dollars for just a sandwich alone, it’s more than I’d like to spend when I’m in the mood for fast food. The Turkey Bacon Florentine still gets points for having fresh veggies, great turkey and bacon, and for giving spinach a shot over the usual lettuce.
Pros: Turkey sliced in store daily. Very filling. Pepper bacon. Abundance of fresh spinach leaves, sliced tomato and onion.
Cons: $5.39 for the sandwich alone. Bacon dressing is overly tangy and runny. Too much thick, dry crust on the honey wheat bread.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10
More Info: http://arbys.com/our-menu/limited-time-offers/turkey-bacon-florentine
25 grams of fat
2080 milligrams of sodium
79 grams of carbs
6 grams of dietary fiber
43 grams of protein