Fast Food Review: New! Steakhouse Sub from Arby’s
I was motivated to write this review out of sheer disappointment in the product. The name sounds tasty, but I was left so dissatisfied that it was worth mentioning in a review. A limited time sandwich offering from Arby’s that has been on the menu for a good number of weeks now, but shouldn’t be around for much longer. The lunch letdown… the New! Steakhouse Sub from Arby’s.
The description for the Steakhouse Sub goes like this:
When you’re craving that big Steakhouse taste, this sub delivers. We piled our classic, thinly sliced roast beef with melted Swiss cheese and crispy onions on a toasted ciabatta roll and topped it off with our zesty cracked peppercorn sauce.
I guess I was just expecting something different when the sandwich has “Steakhouse” in the title. What was I expecting though… ? Was Arby’s going to miraculously figure out some sort of delicious steak sandwich? In my opinion, Arby’s doesn’t do roast beef all too well, but I’ll still eat it on rare occasion and take it for what it is. Arby’s is a strange place because there is such a polarizing scale to the menu. The Market Fresh line of sandwiches are really good, but I bet many people miss out because they think of Arby’s as just a mediocre roast beef place. The Steakhouse Sub fits into the mediocre because it’s really just another roast beef sandwich. If I want a roast beef sandwich from a fast food joint, I’ll head to Roy Rogers for the real deal. This Steakhouse Sub from Arby’s would be more accurately described as “The Fake-me-out Roast Beef Sub”.
While I was thrilled with the inclusion of crispy onions (a favorite of mine), they weren’t plentiful enough thus had little impact. Well, maybe they were plentiful but lost because of the lack of crunch. These onions were sad, limp “crispy” onions. Remember when John Kerry went to Philly and tried to be a “man of the people” and ordered a Philly cheesesteak with Swiss cheese? That was funny just like Swiss on this sandwich was funny. I’m not crazy about Swiss cheese anyway but I tolerate it. Who thought that Swiss was a good choice here? The Swiss cheese is there just to be there for added calories/fat but nothing that jumps out as worthy. As for the cracked peppercorn sauce, I would’ve been OK with straight-up horseradish (Horsey Sauce) instead. We’ve already established that this thing failed enough to be mocked for it’s use of “Steakhouse” in the title, we might as well just switch up every ingredient and call it whatever we want. The peppercorn sauce had a ranch dressing quality to it, but would’ve been better complemented by something other than faux-roast beef.
As for any redeeming qualities, I’d say the toasted ciabatta roll was decent. Decent yet a bit much… a bread this thick and chewy deserves something substantial inside. As I mentioned before, nothing substantial inside and a sandwich like this is better suited to include a winner… like maybe Arby’s thick-cut pepper bacon. I spent $5.01 for this sandwich as a combo and feel that I should’ve gone with the tried and true Market Fresh selection.
Pros: Decent ciabatta roll. No shredded lettuce... I'm shocked.
Cons: Mediocre roast beef posing as a steak-style sandwich. Swiss was an odd choice. Crispy onions were limp and not crunchy. 1970mg of sodium.
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.50/10
Price: 5.01 w curly fries and drink
Overall GrubGrade: 4.75/10
More Info: Arbys.com
Calories - 750
Total Fat - 40 grams
Sat. Fat - 10 grams
Cholesterol - 70 milligrams
Sodium - 1970 milligrams
Carbs - 67 grams
Dietary Fiber - 3 grams
Sugars - 3 grams
Protein - 30 grams