Review: The Big Nasty from McAlister’s Deli
Hangovers. We all get them unless we abstain from alcohol or have some sort of remarkable self-control that allows us to stop at one or two drinks. I have never heard of such a thing myself, and I want no part of it if it turns out to exist in real life. Normally, my post alcohol regimen consists of water, aspirin, several more hours of sleep and then a trip to McDonald’s. Two Double Cheeseburgers (add Mac sauce), a medium fry and a large Coke or two will knock it out. It works for infections, poor vision and stubbed toes too. Ask your doctor. I deviated from my standard remedy in favor of The Big Nasty from McAlister’s Deli.
The Big Nasty:
Over a third of a pound of tender, USDA choice Black Angus roast beef served open-face on a toasted baguette with gravy and cheddar-jack cheese.
First things first: I love McAlister’s. The staff is without fail the friendliest I have yet to experience. They are always ready with a genuine smile and a refill. Speaking of refills, you cannot beat their sweet tea, no way no how. The food is fresh and delicious with many options to satisfy even the most particular of customers. Here we go. The Big Nasty smells amazing and is most inappropriately named. There is nothing nasty about this sandwich except maaaaybe the price, but the size of the sandwich and the inclusion of a side makes $8.69 seem quite reasonable. That little con is easily offset by Free Tea Thursday at my local store. My favorite part of The Big Nasty was the roast beef. I was amazed at how flavorful the meat was. To throw out a few adjectives: juicy, savory, tender, the word succulent even comes to mind. The beef is obviously of a higher quality.
The thick gravy was poured on heavy and had a country/homestyle taste, with a surprising kick of spice and perfect consistency. It did have a tiny hint of artificial aftertaste, but that did not last beyond the first bite. The baguette would have done well with a thorough toasting prior to being served, but still kept a solid density and soaked up the extra gravy like a champ. The cheddar-jack cheese was a subtle, but welcome addition, rounding everything out nicely and adding distinct flavor without being overpowering.
All in all, this was a great buy. Bursting with flavor, The Big Nasty satisfies. I even liked the way the meat felt while chewing. I usually refrain from artificial words but the meat and bread on this sandwich just felt… substancey. A very filling meal, even when you discount the side of mac and cheese. This was a very substantial meal without being too heavy to enjoy as a lunch option and it will cure your hangover. If gravy laden sandwiches are your thing you certainly cannot go wrong here.
Pros: All ingredients were tasty and of rather high quality.
Cons: May be a bit pricey for some. Bread could have used a toasting.
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.00/10 (You will need a plate, napkins and utensils)
Price: $8.69 with a side
Overall GrubGrade: 9.00/10
More Info: McAlistersDeli.com
Fat 24 g
Saturated Fat 9 g
Cholesterol 135 mg
Sodium 2940 mg (Yikes)
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 5 g