Fast Food Review: Roast Ham and Swiss Market Fresh Sandwich from Arby’s

My favorite meal at Arby’s was the Pecan Chicken Salad Market Fresh Sandwich along with a Jamocha shake.  As we previously reported, that sandwich is no longer available.  I had a choice to make, do I go with their typical Roast Beef, try one of their new Roastburgers, or get a different Market Fresh sandwich?  I decided to stay in the Market Fresh Family since the sandwiches have never let me down.  This time, I chose the Roast Ham & Swiss Market Fresh Sandwich.

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It appears that along with the Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich, this sandwich has limited availability at participating locations. I guess I got lucky the day I stopped in.  Their Roast Turkey Ranch & Bacon Sandwich is pretty good, but I wanted something a little different.

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I’ve always been amazed at the size of the Market Fresh Sandwiches.  It’s a filling meal that almost fits the $4.89 price tag. The condiments are always fresh and the sandwiches are loaded with meat.  The Roast Ham & Swiss Market Fresh Sandwich is described by Arby’s as:

Oven roasted ham, sliced and piled high on thick cut honey wheat bread with crisp fresh leaf lettuce, swiss cheese, ripe tomato and red onions.  Topped with mayonnaise and spicy honey mustard.

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This is a pretty accurate description.  The bread is definitely thick on these sandwiches.  The ingredients are piled high enough that they don’t get lost in between the slices of bread.  This bread is one of tastier wheat breads I’ve had.  The honey flavor gives it a nice sweetness.  It’s usually soft and fresh, although the crust can be a little hard at times.  The oven roasted ham has a great flavor, and the swiss cheese is a thick slice of your typical swiss cheese.  There are two slices of tomato, one on each half of the sandwich, that are fresh and the leaf lettuce is crisp.  The onion has quite a bite to it, as did the spicy honey mustard that was spread on one slice of the sandwich.  The other slice was spread with mayonnaise.  I don’t really care for a lot of heat, so in my opinion, the spicy honey mustard took points away from this sandwich.

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This is definitely a filling sandwich, as with most of the market fresh sandwiches.  I don’t order any sides along with them, as they really aren’t needed (unless you have a monstrous appetite).  According to Arby’s nutrition information, this sandwich is the second healthiest of all of the Market Fresh Sandwiches with 691 calories and 30 grams of fat! As I said before, the Market Fresh Sandwiches from Arby’s have never let me down.  On the other hand, Arby’s has let me down in some areas lately; most notably by taking away the Pecan Chicken Salad Market Fresh Sandwich.  The Roast Ham and Swiss is a nice addition to the “Market Fresh” line that isn’t quite a home run but definitely worthy of trying.

Pros: Fresh and loaded with a nice balance of ingredients. A filling sandwich full of flavor.

Cons: Don't care for the spicy honey mustard. Only available in limited locations.

Taste: 7.75/10
Value: 6.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.50/10
Price: $4.89

Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10

More Info: Arbys.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories – 691
Totat Fat – 30 grams
Saturated Fat – 8 grams
Cholesterol – 60 milligrams
Sodium – 1952 milligrams
Carbs – 73 grams
Sugar – 18 grams
Dietary Fiber – 4 grams
Protein – 33 g

15 comments on “Fast Food Review: Roast Ham and Swiss Market Fresh Sandwich from Arby’s

  1. Adam Bomb says:

    I’ve never tried the Market Fresh sandwiches because they seem like something I could make at home very easily by pulling a few things out of the fridge and throwing them on some bread. Deli meat, bread, and easy condiments. I’m sure it’s a good sandwich, I’m just not sure I’d spend almost 5 bucks on a lunch meat sandwich. Besides, the chicken bacon swiss is too tempting!

    I’m sure this is a good quality sandwich for those interested, though 🙂

  2. Adam, I agree with you whole heartedly.

    I have stayed away from these not because I doubt their Arby-goddness but because it seems like something I would get at a Panera etc. I think thats a good thing but when I feel like Arby’s, I feel like Roast Beeeeeeeeeeeef.

  3. Ever notice how on the commercials the guy says “one bite of said sandwich and you’ll be thinking Arby’s?”

    Shouldn’t you be thinking Arby’s before you eat their sandwich?

    Anyway, good review. I agree with those above me, though, definitely a steep price for something I can make in 10 minutes without spending extra cash despite how much better I’m sure their sandwiches are.

  4. Ryan says:

    It’s actually pretty shocking how good and fresh the Marketfresh line really is. Good and hearty and def worth trying if you don’t have time for a fast casual or sitdown spot. These sandwiches are among the more impressive items you will find being handed through a drive-thru window. All that being said, I think this the only Marketfresh sandwich I haven’t had. Nice review and pics Heather.

  5. Adam says:

    I agree with Adam and Greg, but this does look good. Usually I can pick up a pretty good ham sandwich from a non-chain place, but they often run between 6-8 bucks. That’s why I tend to just make them at home.

  6. Bear Silber says:

    Wow. I agree with all here. I do think I’d opt to make it myself at home, tastier too but also with Ryan, this thing does look like the best/freshest thing you can get at a drive-thru. I’ve got to hand it to Arby’s for (the only time I can remember) tempting me to go there. I would say at just under 700 and it being their “second healthiest” is sort of astounding….but I’m assuming that includes all the sauce….and possibly mayo….and you could cut off some cheese.

    That Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich sounds like a mean sandwich…I make a salad with these ingredients but I’d would have loved to try that. What sort of dressing did it have? Their breads on these things look terrific.

  7. Jeeze $4.89 for a ham and cheese sandwich! 691 cals for that seems to be a lot to waist on a ham sandwich, if your gonna waist that many cals you might as well get some beef!

  8. Evan says:

    The market fresh line IS expensive, but they’re also one of the most fresh and tastiest sandwiches at Arby’s. People could try to make sandwiches as good as restaurants do, but all the Subway, Quizno’s, ect. chains prove them wrong. That and the convenience.

  9. Justin says:

    Hey, if you’re looking for a sandwich like the Pecan Salad one Arby’s used to make, Tropical Smoothie sells something like it. It’s pretty good too.

  10. I just don’t understand how that sandwich could seriously have 30 grams of FAT!!!??
    Is the bread dipped in lard!?

    Love, Gimmeyummy

  11. Jon says:

    @Jamie – The mayo’s probably at least 5, the cheese 10, the bread 3-5, and the ham could easily make up the rest.

  12. Agree with A-Bomb. However, this is a good option for people that are traveling or had to run out the door in the morning. I was in a sales job that lead me to rural Indiana where the standard choices were McD, BK and Arby’s. If I didn’t want a burger, but a sandwich sounded good…then it was Arby’s every time.

    Btw, who puts lettuce on the bottom of their sandwich? Odd.

  13. Bear Silber says:

    WIBIA – There’s GOT to be Subways around, right? I’m not saying one is better than the other….but at they offer sangwiches.

  14. @ Bear ..good point, usually there is a Subway… I still rather have Arby’s than Subway. Just imo though..

  15. Adam Bomb says:

    lol @ “sangwiches”

    I see your point about the traveling types, WIBIA. I can see someone who’s on the go for a living wanting something like this, and not having the means to make it themselves in their hotel room or car.