Review: Three Cheese Steak Sandwich from Arby’s
Only nine days have passed since I wrote, “Fast food steak isn’t easy to get right.” I’m not going back on that statement since it likely was no easy task, but Arby’s has figured out a way to get it right. I think Arby’s has really separated itself by offering up a higher quality fast food experience over the last few years. The latest example of Arby’s standing above and beyond so many other fast food restaurants is with their new Three Cheese Steak Sandwich. This is easily the best fast food item I’ve had this year.
Here’s how Arby’s describes their new Three Cheese Steak Sandwich:
Arby’s stacked natural Swiss cheese, Cheddar cheese and Gouda cheese on top of tender slices of Angus steak. That’s why it’s called the Angus three cheese and steak sandwich. On account of the three cheeses. And the steak.
Sometimes I crave a cheesesteak or any type of steak and cheese sandwich experience that can only be found at a local sub shop or fast casual chain. Having a very worthy substitute from the convenience of a fast food drive-thru window is something that I thought I’d never find. Arby’s has succeeded in filling that empty spot.Arby’s uses USDA Choice top round beef with a black pepper seasoned rub. It’s tender without being overly juicy, has an excellent chew, and a perfect steak sandwich texture. The marinade consists of garlic, onion and black pepper. I’ve found previous steak sandwiches at Arby’s to be a little more packed with steak (spilling out in all directions) than this one was, but the balance was spot on with the rest of the ingredients so I can’t complain. The steakhouse peppercorn sauce is creamy, tangy, and applied just enough to complement the sandwich and not go overboard to take away from the rest of the ingredients. I usually find cheese get lost in a lot of fast food sandwiches so having a trio of cheeses really made a strong impact with the Three Cheese Steak Sandwich. The flavors and textures of the three cheeses blended together to create one hybrid of a nutty, sharp, smoky cheese taste that worked perfectly with the Angus steak. I could have used a few more crispy onion strings in my sandwich to maintain a better crispy crunch, but that’s what happens sometimes if you wait over twenty minutes to dive in. My side order of steakhouse onion rings seemed to help me forgetAt a price of $5.39, it’s a standard “premium” fast food item that is worth every penny. As I’ve said before, if the product is filling and satisfying, it’s worth the premium price. Most fast food places have spots on their menus reserved for the premium-priced items that just give you a big portion without the quality and Arby’s doesn’t skimp out with their quality. If you’re looking for a really good steak sandwich for under six bucks and don’t want to get out of your car, the Three Cheese Steak Sandwich from Arby’s is your best bet.
Pros: Angus steak. Trio of cheeses makes a strong impact in taste and texture. Ingredient balance. Quality.
Cons: I love the onion strings so I'd be happy with more of them.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 9.25/10
More Info: arbys.com
Calories - 650
Total Fat - 36 grams
Saturated Fat - 15 grams
Cholesterol - 115 milligrams
Sodium - 1750 milligrams
Carbs - 44 grams
Fiber - 2 grams
Sugars - 7 grams
Protein - 42 grams