Fast Food Review: “Sidekickers” Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Sauce from Arby’s

If you’ve been following along at home, by now you know that we’ve covered a couple of Arby’s “Sidekickers” recently.  First we reviewed the Jalapeno Bites and then we took on the Loaded Potato Bites.  Both were mediocre at best and I came away pretty unimpressed.  I didn’t really have high expectations going into them and as I expected, they are items I wouldn’t be eager to have again.  A “Sidekicker” that’s been around for a while has been the Mozzarella Sticks.  Although they aren’t amazing by any stretch, I am guilty of ordering them more than once before in my grubbing adventures.  It’s about time they get a review.

Arby's Mozzarella Sticks

Arby’s describes their Mozzarella Sticks like this:

Mozzarella cheese battered and fried to a melted cheesy perfection.  Served with a hot marinara sauce for dipping.

In my vast travels searching the globe (sarcasm), I haven’t encountered a mozzarella stick that was much different from every other mozza stick I’ve had before.  It’s usually the standard appetizer in most American chain restaurants and it always seems to make an appearance on those sampler platters.  With the Arby’s version, you are pretty much in for the same old usual mozzarella stick.  As was the case with the other previously reviewed “Sidekickers”, the Mozzarella Sticks are nothing new or different from what you’d find at the frozen food section of the grocery store. I sound like a broken record saying that, but honestly, there is nothing new and different here.  I’d like to see a place mix it up a little bit and maybe play around with the breading.  Maybe kick up the seasoning a little?  I don’t know…something, anything.  My experience with the Arby’s sticks is that they seem to lack a thorough cooking.  It always seems like some Polly-O string cheese in a breaded shell.  No gooey, melty cheese here.  The side of marinara is dubbed “hot” but it’s never anything more than just lukewarm.

Arby's Mozzarella Stick

When you think “Mozzarella Sticks” you pretty much know what you’re going to get. The Arby’s version is really no different.  Sure it’s a nice change from fries from time to time, but just know you’re in for a very average side that will bring no surprises.  I can see that as a good thing because sometimes places just go a little too far to be different.  This “Sidekicker” is the best of the 3 reviewed so far but does nothing to break into any new ground.

Arby's Mozzarella Sticks and Marinara

Pros: Predictable. Tastes like 99% of the mozza sticks you've probably had.

Cons: Predictable. $3 for 4 sticks doesn't really make this a must buy.

Taste: 6.00/10
Value: 4.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.50/10
Price: $2.99 (4), $4.29 (6)

Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10

More Info: Arbys.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 430
Fat - 28 grams
Saturated Fat - 13 grams
Cholesterol - 45 milligrams
Sodium - 1370 milligrams
Carbs - 35
Sugars - 5 grams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Protein - 18 grams

25 comments on “Fast Food Review: “Sidekickers” Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Sauce from Arby’s

  1. Dang…these guys keep swinging anf hitting a foul ball….it’d be nice to see a hit, home run or even a strikeout 😛

    I think all Mozzarella sticks must be made by one company and shipped internationally (since you’re a “World Traveler :P), it’s a huge conspiracy.

    It would be awesome to see a different version. Come to think of it I don’t think I’ve ever seen a “home made” one….they’re always just a frozen pre-made one. How about something crunchy in the breading….Corn Flakes, GrapeNuts!!!! or spicy maybe (I know you’re not a huge spicy fan) like habaneros or chipotles!

  2. Yum Yucky says:

    Ooo. I’m gonna get me some of these. But would somebody please tell me why the chick on the mozzarella box needs a comb? Please give that woman a comb!

  3. Adam Bomb says:

    @Yum Yucky: I’m guessing she couldn’t afford a comb because she spent her last 3 bucks on mozzarella sticks. 😉

  4. I am very cautious when it comes to Mozzarella sticks. I am in love with Fridays and Red Lobsters. I wouldn’t get them a a fast food joint though. Sorry you had to endure through mediocre sticks Ryan, go treat yourself to some good ones now.

  5. Ryan says:

    @ Bear … Yeah I’d welcome a new recipe. I’ve yet to encounter a mozza stick that really stood out from all the rest.

    @ Yum Yucky … I kinda like it. She’s got a Sideshow Bob thing going on. 🙂

    @ Adam Bomb … Yeah man, $3 bucks for 4 sticks is a little absurd.

    @ Erin … I would if I could! They all seem to be the same. Damn my unsophisticated palate. 🙁

  6. maxchain says:

    It’s the missing crunch! There was something Blah about these, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it until your review. A good mozzarella stick has a satisfying crispness to it, like any good fried/breaded food. I’m seconding Erin Brooks’s request to get some from a casual dinner place. Eat them side-by-side with the Arby’s ones if you have to. Just pretend you never saw the sodium figures.

  7. rob says:

    I am working on a new invention, a mozzarella stick where the breading is on the inside and the cheese is on the outside … nice and gooey and then a surprise crunchiness in the middle.

  8. Bob says:

    A Wing place I frequented back in Upstate NY (Scubbers) used to make em home made. They were huge, hand battered (Not breaded it seemed) with really good mozzarella and served with a raspberry sauce.

    They were awesome, I can’t imagine how nutritionally bad they were for me

  9. Evan says:

    You gotta find a better Arby’s to base your reviews on. When your mozz are like that, it means they’ve been sitting under a hot lamp for a while. They are extremely hot and gooey when dropped fresh.

  10. I rarely eat fast food, but I like cheese sticks if they are done right. I had a coupon for a free sidekicker with tea purchase on my way to class last semester and went for it. Arby’s cheese sticks are the same as all the other Fast Food restaurants that offer cheese sticks. Bland. Boring. Disappointing.

  11. Raiders757 says:

    I remember when there once was a time, for most of America, that the only place you could find fried cheese, was Bennigan’s. I find it funny as well, that even though they aren’t in business anymore in most of the country, it’s still hard to find any corporate run chain that can beat their fried cheese. That said, there is no way I could expect much from what has been reviewed here.

    I’ve now come to this conclusion for all of Arby’s side kickers.

    Overpriced + Bland = Epic Fail

  12. Adam Bomb says:

    I liked the onion petals that Arby’s used to have. Now the only place I can find them is White Castle, and they put 17 tablespoons of salt on theirs.

    • Ryan says:

      @ Adam Bomb … I used to like the Onion Petals too…can’t find them anymore either (although they are still on the Arby’s website menu) They are probably available in select places. The Onion Chips from White Castle are decent…makes me wonder why more fast food joints don’t have onion rings or something similar.

  13. Justin says:

    What are mozzarella sticks other than cheese sticks with breading on them?

    $2.99 for 4? I don’t think so homey.

  14. Heather says:

    T.G.I FRIDAYS has the best mozzarella sticks. They have a seasoned breading on them. You can also get them in the freezer section of your grocery store (although they aren’t quite the same).

  15. Raiders757 says:

    Even Friday’s couldn’t beat Bennigan’s, but they are damn good.

    Really, the best you can do these days, is to bread up some string cheese at home, and deep fry it. It comes out perfect, and is much cheaper than the frozen crap. Try it sometime. All you need is a good dipping sauce. I make mine homemade.

    Bear, you own a pizza shop. Do you not serve fried cheese?

  16. I don;t like any of the Sidekickers. Arby’s should just offer their curly fries, they’re actually good. I make my own Mozz cubes at home. I add fresh rosemary to the flour and that puts it over the top.

  17. Justin says:

    The sidekickers are too expensive.

  18. cress says:

    These look exactly like the Apple Sticks I would get for lunch in high school. Anyone know what I’m talking ’bout?

  19. Bekka says:

    These are my favorite mozzarella sticks in the whole world! Although they advertise the marinara as hot, it is always handed out cold at my local Arby’s. Something about the hot mozzarella sticks and the cold marinara sucks me in every time.

  20. Sinjjin says:

    These are my favorite fastfood mozzarella sticks in the whole world too! And I’ve been to Italy… The marinara it is always handed out HOT at my local Arby’s. Warm by the time I get it home. Great breading. Cheese in a mozzarella stick should be a bit solid if its handheld!

  21. Shannon says:

    The mozzarella sticks at Captain D’s are usually hot and gooey. I believe they are cheaper too.

  22. Mattitude says:

    Arby’s Mozzarella Sticks are probably just a hair better than what you can buy frozen at the store,in other words,I would only get these if I was in the drive thru and it was late night after the bar

  23. Li Sung says:

    These are my favorite snack food during my lunch break! Yes I agree $3 for 4 cheese sticks is pretty spendy. Then again everything at arbys is spendy.

  24. […] in terms of flavor, I really can’t get behind them. Oh well. I guess there’s always Mozzarella Sticks to try, right?Pros: Change-of-pace side. Breading is both crispy and crunchy. Plenty of sauce […]

  25. Kristy says:

    I love the Arby’s cheesesticks. They are thicker (which I love!) and the coating has more of a crunch than other fast food places I have gotten them at. They are my favorite.