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.

Taste: 4.75/10
Value: 5.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.50/10
Price: 5.01 w curly fries and drink

Overall GrubGrade: 4.75/10

More Info: Arbys.com
Nutrition Facts:
Steakhouse Sub
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

8 comments on “Fast Food Review: New! Steakhouse Sub from Arby’s

  1. Surprised they didn’t go with the “steakhouse onion rings” they tested a few months ago, which were superb. I do remember the days when Arby’s rb wasn’t pressed, chopped and formed. Oh, sweet nostalgia.

  2. Raiders757 says:

    What a shame. The crispy onions sounded like a good idea, so I’m sad to hear they’re such a failure. If they were crispy and tasty I would probably like this minus the nasty looking mayo based sauce. Of course, I don’t mind Arbys roast beast all that much, as they are the only fast food roast beast option I have. The Roy Rodgers in my area closed a couple of decades ago and Hardee’s no longer offers their version. Pity, because both were much better options. Especially now that Arbys is of a lower quality than they used to serve.

  3. J.B. says:

    Now you know how I feel when I go to Burger King, Taco Bell and Subway lately.
    This looks terrible and about as bad as the new breakfast ciabatta sandwich I had from BK the other day although arguably better than that garbage Subway is serving lately with their new sandwiches.

    I am glad you reviewed this because I was going to try this and you saved me some money.
    It looks terrible.

  4. Rachel says:

    Thanks for the pictures … I won’t be sampling THAT any time soon. Sloppy, gloppy, pitiful.

    I had Arby’s turkey club a few years ago and remember it being decent. Haven’t been back to one since though, not sure if that sandwich is even on the menu anymore.

  5. Jessica Leigh says:

    I’m totally with you on this one! I had a 2 for $4 sub coupon, so I thought I’d give this one a try. I much prefer the one with onions, peppers, and cheese. The peppercorn sauce was not good, and my onions were soggy as well. This would be better with the really thin, fried “tobacco” onions!

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  7. Anon says:

    Haha. That’s just the french dip except the onions are fried and with added peppercorn sauce. The Arby’s french dip is… alright; I do think it’s the worst french dip I’ve tried, but, hey, it’s beef with beef juice sauce.

    Arby’s will always be known to be good for it’s regular roast beef and beef and chedder. Stick to what it does good.

  8. Adam Bomb says:

    Geez…. way to phone it in, Arby’s. This thing just doesn’t look or sound good at all.