Fast Food Review: “Sidekickers” Loaded Potato Bites with Cool Ranch Sour Cream from Arby’s
When you are bored with fries, it’s good to know there are places that put some focus into sides for that sandwich order. Arby’s calls them “Sidekickers”. We recently reviewed the abysmal Arby’s Jalapeno Bites. Now, just so the potato gets even more representation, Arby’s has Loaded Potato Bites to rival your typical order of curly fries.
Arby’s describes the Loaded Potato Bites like this:
Yummy pieces of fluffy potato, deep fried and loaded with cheddar cheese and bits of bacon. Served with our Cool Ranch Sour Cream for dipping.
I would describe them as:
Starchy, heavily breaded deep fried cheese-stuffed potato triangles with an odd aftertaste and not much in terms of bits of bacon. Cool Ranch Sour Cream dipping sauce helps mask the negatives.
Like the previously reviewed Arby’s “Sidekicker”, the Jalapeno Bites, these Loaded Potato Bites suffer from being super deep fried and having a pasty center. Even though those are some huge negatives, I still enjoyed these a little more than the Jalapeno Bites. For one, aside from the lack of “bits of bacon”, these little bites do come packed with cheese. As I clench my chest just reading back these keywords of “deep fried”, “bacon”, “cheese”, “ranch”, I am reminded that this is why I usually avoid these unnecessary side items. It’s really a once in a blue Moon, feeling like treating my body like a crumbling temple, kind of thing. As was the case with the Jalapeno Bites, these Loaded Potato Bites seem to be something you could probably snag in your local grocery store freezer. The only difference, really, is the Cool Ranch Sour Cream dipping sauce that comes along for the ride. When you are in gluttonous mood, dipping just about anything in a ranch-y dressing seems to make anything extra special. This dipper actually complements the starchy, pasty potato-cheese flavor well. Good choice.
Overall, the Loaded Potato Bites from Arby’s are nothing more than another option on the menu board. It’s really just one of those items to pick out if you feel like mixing it up and aren’t in the mood for curly fries. While I liked them more than the Jalapeno Bites, they still go under the category of fast food mediocrity. Depending if that blue Moon rises, I’d probably avoid these in the future.
Pros: Cool Ranch Sour Cream is a decent dipper.
Cons: A little dry and pasty. Super deep fried.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.75/10
Price: $2.99 for 5, $4.29 for 8
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10
More Info: Arbys.com
Loaded Potato Bites (5 count) (No info found on dipping sauce)
Calories - 350
Fat - 22 grams
Saturated Fat - 7 grams
Sodium - 800 milligrams
Carbs - 27 grams
Sugars - 0 grams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Protein - 11 grams