Review: Turkey Bacon Florentine Sandwich from Arby’s

Most people think roast beef when Arby’s comes to mind, but to me they’ve never really stood out with their roast beef sandwiches.  Not that I have anything against their roast beef, I just feel that Arby’s excels in other areas that don’t seem to get a lot of attention.  Arby’s has a great fish sandwich, great desserts like the Jamocha shake and a menu of Market Fresh sandwiches that have definite staying power.  The latest entry into the Market Fresh line is the new Turkey Bacon Florentine Sandwich which is available in select locations.Arby's Turkey Bacon FlorentineArby’s describes their new Turkey Bacon Florentine Sandwich like this:

What happens when you take thinly sliced turkey and add crisp pepper bacon, fresh spinach leaves, drizzle with bacon dressing and top with fresh tomato and onion on honey wheat bread? You get a turkey sandwich you want to gobble right now.

With the new Turkey Bacon Florentine Sandwich, you’ve got a bunch of familiar ingredients found in the Market Fresh line.  The turkey, pepper bacon, tomato, onion and honey wheat bread can all be found in the Turkey Ranch & Bacon Sandwich that remains one of my favorites.  Where the Turkey Bacon Florentine makes its stand-out taste and style is with the addition of spinach leaves and bacon dressing.

The slices of oven-roasted turkey are the base to this rather large and filling sandwich.  It’s not a slippery, slimy bunch of congealed turkey pieces thankfully and they’ve got that drier carved-out texture I prefer.  They turkey is sliced in store daily so that helps out knowing its not been pre-sliced months ago and sitting in a vat of other deli meats.

Turkey Bacon Florentine Arby's 2The pepper bacon is a little crunchier than I prefer, but Arby’s still manages to be one of the better tasting bacon places in the fast food world.  They came in 3rd place in our bacon poll. There’s no cheese to be found and that’s not a bad thing because I feel it would get lost in this sandwich. The bacon and bacon dressing dominate the flavors overall and adding cheese would just add more unneeded calories and fat. At 700 calories and 25 grams of fat already, there was no need to pile any more on with the overkill of cheese.  I would’ve preferred the bacon dressing to be a little less like runny salad dressing and more like a thick dipping sauace consitency.  A thicker bacon dressing would’ve worked a lot better for me.  The bacon dressing was tasty, but came off as too sour as it didn’t balance itself well across the sandwich and ended up collecting areas.

Turkey Bacon Florentine Arby's 3The sliced tomato and crisp rings of red onion provided a cool crunch and helped balance the moisture since the crusty bread edges are just way too thick.  I found myself tearing off some pieces of the crust of the honey wheat bread as I tend to do with Arby’s Market Fresh sandwiches.  The fresh spinach leaves were piled on generously and I was happy to see a green veggie in my sandwich other than the typical lettuce.  I felt a little better knowing that I got some vitamins during my lunch.  The sandwich has 35% of your daily value of Vitamin A, 20% DV of Vitamin C, 30% DV of Calcium and 60% of your daily Iron.   With that said, this sandwich has 2080 milligrams of sodium so that’s approaching an entire days worth.

Arby's Turkey Bacon Florentine SandwichIn a growing line of Market Fresh sandwiches, the Turkey Bacon Florentine is worthy of a limited-time spot.  There are minor issues here and there that could have been addressed to make it work better for me.   The bacon dressing needs some adjustments and the honey wheat bread needs to be changed completely.  At a price of over five dollars for just a sandwich alone, it’s more than I’d like to spend when I’m in the mood for fast food.  The Turkey Bacon Florentine still gets points for having fresh veggies, great turkey and bacon, and for giving spinach a shot over the usual lettuce.

Pros: Turkey sliced in store daily. Very filling. Pepper bacon. Abundance of fresh spinach leaves, sliced tomato and onion.

Cons: $5.39 for the sandwich alone. Bacon dressing is overly tangy and runny. Too much thick, dry crust on the honey wheat bread.

Taste: 7.00/10
Value: 5.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.25/10
Price: $5.29

Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
334 grams
700 calories
25 grams of fat
2080 milligrams of sodium
79 grams of carbs
6 grams of dietary fiber
43 grams of protein

15 comments on “Review: Turkey Bacon Florentine Sandwich from Arby’s

  1. SmoledMan says:

    What the hell is this crap? I can make a sandwich like this at home!

    • M86 says:

      Uhhh, you can make any fast food item at home.

      • Manavee says:

        This is an often repeated mantra, but is it really true?

        For sure, I can make a burger at home. But can I make a Mcdonald’s burger? Can I make McDonald’s fries? Can I make a Sausage mcGriddle? Can I make a Five Guys burger or fries? Can I make Popeye’s fried chicken?

        I might be able to make approximations of those things, but it would probably take a fair amount of effort as well as trial and error.

        However, with the Turkey Florentine, I can buy all of the ingredients with very little effort on my part (other than going to the store), slap them together and probably get a very close approximation of the sandwich.

        • MP says:

          You obviously can, and with much less sodium & better ingredients. But it’s all about convenience. But things I can’t replicate, like Arby’s roast beef, KFC’s original recipe, Taco Bell’s Lava Sauce or their hot sauces, Long John Silver’s batter, Dunkin Donuts, White Castle’s patties, Wendy’s cheap Crispy Chicken Sandwich and their old fries: things made in a factory of exclusive recipes and supplies & why I’m stuck going back. If anything, I really enjoy finding copycat recipes & making them myself & improving them. A real Big Mac is executed poorly & is crap. Same concept but single layer & better meat makes all the difference.

  2. JF says:

    i might try this. i can’t remember that last time I had Arby’s. The last two comments are BS. You don’t like them, that is ok. But specify what you had/don’t like. The other response about making things at home, maybe you can, maybe yuu can’t.

  3. Alex K. says:

    …how can it be that there are THAT many calories and grams of fat!?

  4. Lancaster says:

    Honestly, I’ve always been a fan of Arby’s turkey. The last thing I ordered from their now-closed location in Berlin, CT was the Grand Turkey Club and it was excellent for a fast-food turkey sandwich. If they raised their roast beef to the same level of quality, I bet people would take notice…

    • Ryan says:

      I agree with you on the roast beef, but I wonder if that would be too risky considering the classic roast beef “favorites” they have. Maybe a new sandwich that uses new roast beef and the rest stay the same… just to test it. That would be a good idea. Taco Bell did an entire chicken change and had a lot of angry fans so maybe they shouldve tested it in one specific product instead of making an entire switch.

    • CB says:

      Didn’t they already try that a year or so ago with the Angus roast beef? I tried it once and thought the regular roast beef was way better.

  5. Raymond says:

    Does anyone know of a close approximation to the Market Fresh bread that can be bought in stores? As Ryan says, the edges are a little thick and dry but dammit I love that bread anyway. I’d go to Arby’s just to buy loaves of it, if I could.

    This sandwich looks good and I do like the use of spinach. Good point about the lack of cheese being a good thing. I’m just not sure I would choose this sandwich for $5.29 over the awesome pecan chicken salad for $4.49. Okay, maybe once.

  6. CulinaryZerg says:

    Why doesn’t Arby’s change it’s bread? It’s TOO thick by 50%!

    Their flagship “Market Fresh” sandwiches have hundreds more calories than their most decadent sandwiches, including King’s Hawaiian w/ cheese, Large Beef & Cheddar, 3 cheese angus, bacon swiss chicken, etc. Really???

    I think 80% of the potential customer base for a “market fresh” sandwich on whole wheat bread with fresh veggies and lean meats won’t get near this calorie bomb.

  7. MP says:

    It still looks like turkey roll to me. Arby’s is a deli with a deep frier. Bread & dressing/mayo is where most of your calories are coming from, but you know that. Funny how the “fresh” & “healthy” things turn out to be worse than the standards. It’s all a bunch of marketing buzz words.
    I could see eating half of this salt lick in a sitting & getting two meager meals out of it & pairing it with my own veggies & fruits.

  8. Todd says:

    Just seconding what others have already said…the bread is entirely too thick!

  9. Ashley says:

    So I work in an Arby’s, and can totally understand the comments on the bread. To be honest, the thickness of the bread makes it difficult to cut the sandwiches after they’ve been prepared. And as for the amount of calories and whatnot, out of all of our sandwiches, the Turkey Ranch and Bacon has the most calories. Generally if I decide to have a TRB, I’ll end up getting it in a wrap. My only problem with the wraps is the fact that they have a tendency to tear in the middle or wherever I happen to be holding it.
    I’m actually really glad I came and read the reviews here, cause I’d like to find ways to improve the customer’s experience if I can. I really don’t know if it will help or do anything, but I am definitely going to mention to my manager something about the thickness of the bread. Hopefully she’ll be able to do more about it than I can. 🙂

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