Review: Turkey Rachel from Arby’s

It’s been a while since I reviewed a Market Fresh deli-style sandwich from Arby’s and I think it’s because we’ve covered most of them.  There’s finally a new entry as Arby’s just introduced the Turkey Rachel… an offshoot of sorts to your standard Reuben.

Turkey Rachel 1Arby’s describes their new Turkey Rachel sandwich like this:

Do you love turkey? What about coleslaw? Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese? We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but the new turkey Rachel might be your sandwich soulmate.

The ingredients of a Turkey Rachel seem to vibe with me better than a Reuben sandwich since I’ve really got to be in a certain kind of mood to even consider corn beef and saurkraut.   Turkey Rachel 2The turkey is sliced from marinated and roasted 100% whole breast meat.  It’s decently flavorful and plenty moist and tender.  The fact that the turkey does clearly have a more natural taste and quality than some sectioned and formed loaf of junk is a definite plus.  I did find it challenging to get more than a subtle feel from the roast turkey because the sandwich is highlighted by some other stronger flavors.  This isn’t an issue with the sandwich, it’s just typical of turkey I guess… but maybe a little more turkey would’ve been helped in this area (but then there’s no room for the higher priced Rachel Double Stack on the menu is there?).  A nice helping of Arby’s new housemade coleslaw makes for a little crunch of shredded cabbage and carrots while still adding some sweet creaminess.  The mix of creamy dressing, tender sliced turkey, and a light crunch from the coleslaw gave the Turkey Rachel a great freshness and texture balance.  There’s some complementing tangy flavor from the Thousand Island dressing that works with the sweetness of the coleslaw dressing.  Thousand Island dressing can liven up most sandwiches in my opinion.

Turkey Rachel 3I found the big eye Swiss cheese to be just OK.  While it’s the perfect kind of cheese for this sandwich and there was a great, gooey melt to it, the sharpness was too mild. Maybe a sandwich without tangy dressing would make Swiss cheese pop more, but the Turkey Rachel packs way too much flavor from its sauces that other ingredients don’t stand much of a chance.  It was nice to have something other than the overly bready and coarse crust ends from the thick honey wheat bread found on the majority of Market Fresh sandwiches.  Like the Reuben, the Turkey Rachel uses marble rye bread and it’s a nice change.  While the marble rye wasn’t as toasty as I’d like and a little on the tame side with its flavor, it still had just enough of a robust taste to be a standout over honey wheat. As far as value goes, the Turkey Rachel is priced around the same as most Arby’s premium sandwiches.  I bought mine for $4.99 and the small combo price was available for $6.99.  Also it’s worth pointing out that the Turkey Rachel is no lightweight sandwich at over 11 ounces and it packs 720 calories and a hearty 40 grams of protein.

Turkey Rachel 4I enjoyed the Turkey Rachel and found it to be well-balanced and tasty.  Coleslaw and Thousand Island dressing in a turkey sandwich really livened it up and it’s a nice alternative to the classic Reuben.  Available for a limited time only, the Turkey Rachel might be worthy of a repeat buy before it’s off the menu.

Pros: Quality fast food. Sweetness and crunch of the housemade coleslaw. Tangy Thousand Island dressing.

Cons: A little extra turkey would’ve helped the value score for a $4.99 sandwich. Swiss cheese needs to be sharper to be noticed in this sandwich.

Taste: 8.00/10
Value: 5.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $4.99

Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
Serving Weight - 322 grams
Calories - 720
Total Fat - 33 grams
Saturated Fat - 7 grams
Cholesterol - 85 milligrams
Sodium - 1850 milligrams
Carbs - 66 grams
Fiber - 5 grams
Sugars - 11 grams
Protein - 40 grams

12 comments on “Review: Turkey Rachel from Arby’s

  1. Snackeroo says:

    Great review! This looks and sounds way better than a lot of other ‘fast food’ choices out there.

  2. Jack N. Box says:

    Grr…it’s CORNED beef, not corn beef.

  3. MP says:

    $5?!! Nope.
    The only Market Fresh sandwich I ever liked was the French Onion Beef & Swiss on marble rye. That was a thing of beauty. If I remember, it had roast beef, caramelized onions, onion mayo & Swiss cheese. I think this pre-dates Grub Grade. About 10 years ago.

  4. Chad says:

    I am a man that loves California Rubens (or Rachels) but had this today and boy was I disappointed. Let me explain:

    I eat a lot of Arby’s, it is my #1 go to.. and I particularly enjoy the Roast Turkey and Swiss Market Fresh sandwich. I honestly have been wanting Arby’s to release a Racehl, I have thought that would be great for a long time.. but this thing, ugh.. no good. First off, the sandwich is incredibly limp. With no lettuce, no toasted bread, and no real solids.. just colesale and turkey, the sandwich is mushy. I want some crsip-ness, this just is a disaster.

    Second, the coleslaw was overly bland and creamy. I know turkey is a fairly boring meat, but it was holding its own against this mush of a slaw. Too much mayonnaise perhaps? No good.

    Second, the cabbage was essentially minced.. sub-centimeter in size, just completely overpowered but the dressing. Imagine McD’s sized onions bit sized cabbage… it needs longer, broader cuts.. give use something to chew on!!

    All in all, I couldn’t have been much more disappointed.. 3/10, may eat again but at a different store.

  5. Tony says:

    With beef prices at an all time high this dumb bird is sneaking into all of our favorite sandwiches.

  6. scram says:

    Not a fan of rye. I do love their honey wheat, which you seem to “frown” upon. I will try this, though.

    • Ryan says:

      If the honey wheat had a little less bark I’d love it. Sure I can easily just tear it off some or avoid it, which I do, but if I have to be critical for review purposes, it’s worth mentioning.

    • JJ says:

      Interesting. I don’t care for their honey wheat. Sometimes, it’s er, lumpy, or something. Anyway, rye is my favorite bread. I would rather have it on all their sandwiches.

  7. Jonathan Wayne says:

    Arby’s tends to make very good sandwiches for a fast food restaurant so I will give this a try.

  8. rusty says:

    It’s 720 calories!

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