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 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.
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.
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.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.50/10
Price: $2.99 (4), $4.29 (6)
Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10
More Info: Arbys.com
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