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.

Loaded Potato Bites from Arby's

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.

Loaded Potato Bites from Arby's (close)

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.

Loaded Potato Bites

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.

Taste: 5.25/10
Value: 5.50/10
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
Nutrition Facts:
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

24 comments on “Fast Food Review: “Sidekickers” Loaded Potato Bites with Cool Ranch Sour Cream from Arby’s

  1. Sorry these weren’t all that great Heather. It sucks when you get something and it isn’t what you expected.
    My hubby can talk to you about Ranch dressing. He puts it on almost anything savory! He’s used it so much over the years I can’t stand the smell of it anymore lol. 😛

  2. Ryan says:

    Oops…This was actually my review. It was under Heather’s name while she was proofreading it for me and I forgot to switch the author name back to Ryan. Heather wouldn’t dare touch these..hehe. 😀

  3. Yum Yucky says:

    Oooo. The words “deep fried”, “cheese”, and “bacon” should be considered a crime when cooked in the same sentence. Somebody call the cops!

  4. Marvo says:

    They need to get another container for these because the one they’re using now makes it look like you’re hardly getting anything, which is actually true. 5 pieces. Meh.

  5. Ryan says:

    Yeah Marvo…there is a 5-count and an 8-count…I got the 5-count so maybe they put them in the 8-count container…hmmm. I’m not going to investigate by getting an 8-count though….unless they filled it with Onion Petals…(which I can’t seem to find anymore)

  6. @Ryan & @Erin – hahahahahahah…..looks like you pulled a reverse Marvo….that’s too funny.

    @Yum Yucky – Too true…but damn if it’s a crime to put those words in a description and not come through with greatness…these should be amazing…..too bad they’re not.

    Ranch does make everything better….but that’s a West coast thing 😛

    Too bad these aren’t that great…..it doesn’t seem too hard to make something like this sing….maybe a little spice…a little kick. I’d take me home (along with a weeks supply of Ranch packets) add a little Tabasco and call it a night.

  7. Adam Bomb says:

    Arby’s has done a lot to piss me off in the past few years, but I still hit them up occasionally for the chicken bacon swiss, or a beef and cheddar.

    I’ve had the potato bites, and they were edibly, but nothing more. I liked southwest eggrolls better, but they’re gone. Speaking of gone, here’s the list of things that Arby’s has sent to the graveyard that I’ll never forgive them for:

    1. Chicken strips
    2. Homestyle fries
    3. Onion petals
    4. the “5 for 5.95” menu

    Seriously, I was really miffed when the dumped the strips, fries, and onion petals. Bastards! 😉

    • rich says:

      the 5.95 deal is not dead, its just a dollar more now. If you want to cry about the dollar, go ahead. But it’s been years since it was 5.95 and everything has gone up in price since then. I can get two meals out of the 5.95 thing so that is pretty fair I would say. I still like the market fresh stuff better, that and the new angus. I think I would trade those more expensive options of having the other meal 2x.

  8. Chris Coleman says:

    AHHH! I effin’ love these things…so much. Even better when the beef n’ cheddars were on sale, because the cool ranch dip was great with those as well. I could eat these non-stop if they wern’t so damn expensive.

  9. SkippyMom says:

    I haven’t been to Arby’s in quite a few but the only side I ever ordered were their potato wedges – the triangle thingies that were deep fried and you got two? They were, by far, my absolute favorite fast food side yummmmmy. Then our local Arby’s stopped carrying them and I had no reason to go 🙁

    And yep, ranch can certainly mask anything. I only eat it on raw veggies and wings – if I let them my kids would eat it on everything, ick. [french fries? why kids, why? lol]

  10. Ryan says:

    @ Adam Bomb … All worthy….but how about the Chicken Salad Sandwich? Anyone miss this ridiculous video the first time around?

    https://www.grubgrade.com/2009/04/08/where-did-you-go-arbys-chicken-salad-sandwich/

    Sadly, Roastburgers have taken up a lot of spots on the menu…although a couple of them are pretty good…I just would rather have a better variety. Roast beef isn’t my favorite thing….I can deal with it in small doses.

  11. John says:

    I actually thought these things were pretty good. Before the economy took a turn and I could afford to go Arby’s, potato bites and a beef & cheddar was my daily lunch routine.

  12. Lol @Ryan, sorry 😛 I should have known @Heather would have better taste in food 😛 lol. That’s what I get for posting at 5 ish (Not awake) in the morning, killing time while hubby is in the shower.

  13. orb205 says:

    It’s so true about ranch. It doesn’t matter what you put it on (obviously not desserts) but it instantly becomes more exciting. One of my favorite snacks in high school was Jack in the Box egg rolls with ranch dip. Ahh, health and dirty disgusting fast food creations.

  14. cress says:

    I actually thought these were pretty good. I don’t really like Arbys. I used to get a Beef N Cheddar once a year, but that was it. It is a nice alternative to fries. I know everyone loves their curly fries, but me—not so much. Eat these when their hot, because they are pretty bad lukewarm or reheated.

  15. Raiders757 says:

    Seems to me that these side kickers are an “epic fail”.

    @ orb205

    I think the ranch thing depends on who your talking to. For me, anything you put it on, becomes nasty. Of course I hate mayo and mayo based dressings, so take that for what it’s worth.

    I will say this, though. The Ranch seasoning packets are great. I add them to burgers, or make a vingret dressing with them sometimes, and it’s a whole new ball game. Ten times better than the gross mayo based versions. It’s funny I even say that, because I can’t even stand ranch flavored chips.

  16. derp says:

    I work at an Arby’s part-time and I have to agree that these aren’t very good, especially considering the price. I usually just get some ranch to go with curly fries if I eat on break — its much cheaper!

  17. ChrisSh says:

    I actually really like these. I haven’t had them in awhile and I never got them that often (because they are so damned over-priced), but there’s something about the combination of grease, cheese, and ranch that I love.

  18. Adam Bomb says:

    @ChrisSh: All of the Arby’s sidekickers are expensive, aren’t they? I like to “upgrade” my combo to have mozarella sticks instead of fries sometimes, but it gets so damned pricey.

  19. Yvonne says:

    You guys don’t know what proper food is if you put this stuff in your gobs.

  20. Adam Bomb says:

    Food snob alert, lol.

  21. @Adam Bomb – Hahahahahahah 😛

  22. Anthony Reed says:

    This rating is outrageous. You combine some of the greatest things ever gracing the planet – deep fried, cheese, and potatoes. Then you have the sauce, which is just the topper. I would argue this is the best side item at any fast food franchise at present.

  23. Ty says:

    I love these things