Review: Angus Cool Deli Sandwich from Arby’s

Despite Matt Groening’s insistence that eating at Arby’s is weird, I continue to go back, time and again.  I’m a fan of their roast beef, especially when slathered in the signature Arby’s Sauce, so when they announced a series of “Angus” roast beef sandwiches I was definitely intrigued.  Normally, when someone tries to improve on their mainstay item, it’s a flop (see “New Coke”,  “McDonald’s Arch Deluxe”, and now “Dave’s Hot and Juicy Cheeseburgers”).  Surprisingly, Arby’s has pulled it off.  I’ve now tried two of the offerings from their Angus line and have been pleased with both of them.  The Three Cheese and Bacon Sub was well conceived and, consequently, I have ordered it on several occasions.  The second offering I’ve now tried is the Angus Cool Deli Sandwich and, again, Arby’s hit their mark.

The Arby’s website describes the sandwich as such:

Inspired by classic sandwich shop subs, the Cool Deli sandwich is lean Angus Beef served cool. Topped with crisp lettuce, tomato, red onion, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, dressed in vinaigrette and popping with banana peppers and pickles.

First of all, I’ve never been served a fast food sandwich that actually looked like the picture in the advertisement, until now.  This was easily the best “presentation” I’ve ever seen at a restaurant where you pour your own pop.   Much of what made for great presentation, also made for great sandwich eating; namely, the even distribution of ingredients.  There wasn’t a pile of tomatoes at one end and a hunk of beef at the other.   Secondly, there was an excellent balance of taste in this sandwich.  The Angus had a rich beefy flavor with a light peppering.  This was offset by a bit of red onion and banana peppers.  This is the first sandwich I’ve had that understood the flavor these two ingredients bring is meant to be an accent, not the main attraction.  Too often, restaurants think that if they have red onion or banana peppers they have to pile them on or the customer will think they are being chincy.    Stop turning my burgers into an onion sandwich with a hint of beef.  It’s the other way around.  Finally, someone has grasped this concept.  I think my whole sub had maybe three thin rings of onion and maybe a half-dozen small slices of banana pepper.  It was great.

I will admit that the first two bites of this sandwich were a bit dry since the end of the sub roll, which was lightly toasted stuck out past the piles of beef and they mayo and vinaigrette weren’t oozing out the end which actually makes for good grubbing on the go.  If there’s anything wrong with this sandwich, it’s that the bun can be a bit much, but as I said, only the first two bites were a problem, after that, the generous portions of sub stuffing were more than enough to offset the dry, but tasty bun.

Pros: Presentation. Balance of ingredients. Generous portion.

Cons: Dry bun was a little much.

Taste: 9.25/10
Value: 7.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 9.00/10
Price: $4.99

Overall GrubGrade: 9.00/10

More Info: Arbys.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories 640, 35 g fat (8 sat), 80 mg Cholesterol, 1740 mg Sodium, 47 g Carbs

6 comments on “Review: Angus Cool Deli Sandwich from Arby’s

  1. Adam says:

    I had this last week on the flatbread, which is actually VERY good. Sweet but with a bit of what tasted like flax, I like that it had the whole grain thing going for it, but they seem to be unable to fit as much beef in it. If you’re looking for something a bit lighter I suggest holding the mayo and dressing and asking for a packet of Arby’s low-fat Italian.

  2. Manavee says:

    Nice review. I also thought it was really good.

    It comes in a wrap too, which I liked even better than the sandwich (a bit more even distribution of toppings, as well as less breadiness to the bread).

  3. Billy says:

    I too was surprised how good this was. I mean, $5.10 is nuts for a fast food sandwich this small, but it’s delicious. The banana peppers and vinaigrette are essential to the sandwich.

    For people who really want to try this sandwich a few times, I’m about 80% sure the first time I got this sandwich, they messed up and put on the creamy sauce from the 3 Cheese Angus instead of mayo. And it was DELICIOUS.

  4. Chefprotoss says:

    Grubgrade needs more murray and this sandwich needs horsey sauce.

  5. kikurage says:

    This sandwich is in disorder, but looks good.

  6. Bekah says:

    I worked at an Arby’s a million years ago.
    It’s still my favorite fast food stop.
    I think that says a lot.
    Nice review!