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Friday, November 11, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - buy 1 get 1 free coupon

  I ate lunch at the Miller Lane location Ruby Tuesday today.  Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, and wasn't able to get photos or scans this time around.  I decided on the Parmesan Shrimp Pasta for $13 on their lunch menu.  This is described as "Tender, spicy shrimp are seasoned and sautéed, then served over penne pasta in Parmesan cream sauce and accented with diced tomatoes."

  I evidently wasn't paying enough attention to the description when I ordered, otherwise I would probably have noticed the word "spicy" in there.  When I ordered, I thought this would essentially be cheesy pasta with shrimp.  It turned out that the shrimp was covered with some sort of creole inspired spiciness.  It didn't burn, but it did make my eyes water a bit, and certainly cleared out my nose.  However, I'm notoriously sensitive to spicy food, and although I would have preferred less seasoning, this wasn't too much for me, and so I doubt that it would be a problem for most folks.  I finished and enjoyed every bite.

  Also, I came across this coupon, which we could have used today.  It is buy one get one free at Ruby Tuesday, good through the 13th.  Notice that there are some limitations on the coupon.

Vandalia, Centerville and Troy locations
telephone: 937-454-0535
hours: Sun 10-10, Mon.-Thur. 11-11, Fri. & Sat. 11-Midnight

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Lost in Translation?

  Wow - I came across this yesterday at a dollar store in the SE Dayton area.  Although I certainly watched the show as a kid, I've never before seen anything branded with the Lassie trademark.  Perhaps the show is still really popular down there in Brazil, where this candy originated.  I think something was lost in translation when they put the caption "Lassie Flavored" on there!  Don't hand these out for Halloween Trick-or-Treating, or you might make the kids cry!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thanks for your clicks - they help feed the hungry!

  Have you ever wondered what happens to the Google Adsense pennies earned when you kind folks click advertisements on this website?

  At least half (50%) of it goes to charity.  This year I've picked as the recipient.  Your clicks have helped provide 300 dollars worth of help to destitute folks in Honduras.  What I truly like about the Heifer project is that they don't just hand out food once.  Doing that helps a bit short term, but doesn't do anything to help solve the long term problem.

  Instead, Heifer helps people with education, tools and animals.  Yes, animals!  They provide everything from bees to apple trees, sheep to hens, and the training to properly raise them.  Over time, a single apple tree can provide a lot of food for a family.  Bees can provide honey, hens give eggs, and sheep provide wool.  The animals also reproduce, which means that the size of the flock can increase.  All of these can not only make the difference between a family going hungry, but with a little work the family can sell some of the eggs, honey, etc., lifting the family out of poverty.

  Most of us here in the U.S. can regularly enjoy going out and enjoying a variety of restaurants.  However, lots of folks across the world struggle just to have enough to eat.  Before you go out to eat the next time, I'd like to invite you to help take part in this program.  Your clicks have already helped the folks down in Honduras, and I thank you very much for that.  I'd like to challenge you to go a step further, however.  Would you be willing to donate the amount you might spend on eating out the next time to help change a family's future - even if it is just $10?

  If so, please take a moment to look over some of the current giving opportunities.  Thank you very much!

Select a specific outreach:

Donate a particular animal:

According to BBB wise, 79% of donations go to programs, 15% to fundraising, and
6% to administrative.  Heifer has helped over 13 million hungry families since 1944.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Marion's Piazza - 46% off this week

  If you are new to the Dayton area, or somehow have only enjoyed pizza from a national chain previously, consider trying out Marion's Piazza.  Marion's is a small local chain of pizza places, complete with arcade.  Marion's was a go to place for various TV personalities in the 60's & 70's when they visited Dayton, and on the wall you will likely recognize some of them.  I would go into more detail, but I reviewed Marion's just last year.

  I got to enjoy a couple of pizzas at Marion's yesterday, when a group of folks met there after church.  I'll admit that normally paying almost $30 for a couple of pizzas puts them out of my everyday price range.  However, once a year Marion's has a huge "percent off" sale to celebrate their anniversary.  This year, the savings amounts to 46% off up to two pizzas, with coupon - almost half off!  It was great seeing the price on the receipt go from $29.xx (with tax) down to about $15.

  In the past they have had this sale on one day only, which meant that you had to be willing to brave up to 3 hour long lines in order to enjoy the big discount.  This year Marion's is trying something different.  Instead of just offering the discount on a single day, they are allowing folks to come in on several.  The discount is available, with coupon, from Sunday the 14th through Thursday the 18th.  I'm happy to report that my wait time yesterday was about 7 minutes to place my order, and a grand total of about 20 minutes before we got our pizza.  The place was pretty busy, but there were a few open tables.  Be prepared to bus (and perhaps even wipe down) your own table, because some folks leave all of their things behind at the table, and the restaurant staff is a bit overwhelmed.

  Since we had too much pizza to eat in one sitting, I boxed up the pizza.  I noticed that they have an interesting guarantee:

  If you buy your pizza and it is burned, undercooked, doesn't seem to have enough toppings, or for whatever reason you just don't like it after trying it, they will make you another one, free of charge.  However, you have to call them right away, on the same day.  Plus, you can't have eaten more than 1/4 of the pizza - no eating all but one piece, then calling to say you weren't satisfied with it.  I'm glad to see them placing this prominently on every box.

  Keep in mind that Marion's is CASH ONLY - no credit cards.  They also have one line for ordering pizzas, another line for picking up your order, and a third line to order drinks, so that may be a bit different than what you are used to.

website: (including store locations)

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Company 7 Barbecue

  Company 7 Barbecue could easily be filed into my "round tuit" file - meaning that I've meant to get around to it for quite a while.  I actually first visited the place way back before it opened, in early December of last year.  I was just going to leave a note, and found the doors open.  I went inside and got a quick tour before anyone had eaten there.  Although I meant to drop by for a meal several times, this was the first time that it worked out.

  One of the things that impressed me the most was that diners are greeted with a choice upon entering.  In a hurry, and need to be served quickly and with minimal wait and service?  Then go through the quick service line, which reminds me a lot of a cafeteria lunch line. (the food has still been slow barbecued for hours and hours, ahead of time)  Do you have plenty of time and desire full service?  If so, head over to the smaller bar area, which has the feel of a sports bar, complete with big screen TV's.  This area is bright and the music is louder.

  The service here is excellent - when one of our drinks was drained, they noticed almost immediately, swooped in and refilled it, without us having to wait or even ask!  I love the "six alarm" numbered regional barbecue sauces.  While you might think that they progressively have more heat, only number 6 seemed to have much pepper heat.

  The place has a firehouse theme, which works well considering that this is a barbecue place.  The family that owns it had several generations as volunteer firemen, and also made emergency responder equipment as a family business.  Barbecues were common at the firehouse, and after they sold the family business, they decided to open up a firehouse themed restaurant.  A couple of their barbecue sauces have placed as high as #2 at national barbecue cookoffs.

  I ordered a large beef brisket, with a side seafood salad and side of sweet potatoes.  I decided to start out with the sweet potatoes, which were fantastic, and did the name justice!  They were so creamy and tasted like they had plenty of brown sugar.  Afterwards, I felt like I didn't really need any dessert.  I then proceeded to the seafood salad, which had just a bit of crunch.  It had just a tad more salt than I am used to, but I think perhaps I have just been paying a bit more attention to my salt and sugar intake.  Really, it was some of the best seafood salad that I've had, and I didn't expect that at a barbecue place.

  The large beef brisket was sliced into about 5 slices per inch, with a nice sized serving.  When I attempted to pull pieces off with my fork, the meat came apart in large, succulent flakes.  It was fun trying out the various barbecue sauces on the meat.

  The facility is also very clean and tidy, and has an arcade. (I enjoyed a game of air hockey)  I noticed that they have an open mic night Friday evenings, and on Saturday evenings they have a live band.  They also have a weekday lunch special Mondays through Fridays from 11 to 2, for just $5.50.  This includes a sandwich, chips & pickle spear.  You have your choice of smoked sausage, sliced turkey, pulled chicken, sliced beef brisket or pulled pork.  This would be a very inexpensive way to try out some of their selections.

hours: Sun. 11-7,   Mon.-Thur. 11-9,   Fri. & Sat. 11-10
address: 1001 S. Main St. (route 48) Englewood  (SW corner intersection Main & Wenger Rd.)
telephone: 937-836-2777

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

$100,000 Build a Better Burger contest

  I thought I would pass this along, in case any of you would like to win $100,000 in cash.  If you think you have a creative, original recipe for a burger that not only tastes but looks good, then why not enter?

  Enter the contest by clicking under "Enter Your Recipe Here".  Even if you don't win, they have over 5,000 different burger recipes in their database, so it might be something interesting to try on your grill.  If you enter and win, please let us know!

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Ponderosa - new breakfast buffet

  When I think of buffets, I usually think of Ponderosa first.  This is probably because, through high school at least, Ponderosa was the buffet/steakhouse we visited more than others.  There used to be Ponderosa Steakhouses all over the place - western Xenia, main street in Dayton, Springfield, down near the Dayton Mall, and elsewhere.  When I was in college, I actually wrote an economics paper about John Kluge, who owned Orion Pictures and the Ponderosa chain at the time.

  A lot of folks don't realize this, but the Ponderosa chain was founded in 1963 by Dan Blocker, who played "Hoss" Cartwright on Bonanza. (company headquarters were located in Dayton, Ohio in 1965)  The ranch on the show was called the Ponderosa, and that is where the restaurants get their name.  The early restaurants capitalized on their connection to the show.  Walls featured pictures of horses and the wild west, while servers dressed to fit the wild west theme.  At one point, the chain had grown to 600 restaurants.  Like Ryan's Steakhouses, many of the Ponderosa restaurants have disappeared, likely falling victim to higher food costs, changing eating trends, and several "mega buffets" such as Golder Corral.

  Even so, there are still a couple of Ponderosa restaurants in the Dayton area: one in Englewood just off of Main Street, and another in the Beavercreek area on Airway Road.  I recently heard that the Englewood location has added a breakfast buffet, and the Airway location will be adding this over the summer.  Evidently just about everybody seems to think there is enough of a breakfast demand to add breakfast choices.  We will see if this market gets oversaturated.

  We got some coupons directly from the company in a mass mailing of coupons, so we decided to try out the breakfast buffet.  Unfortunately, they would not honor their own coupons - one of which offered discounted kids meals with each adult buffet purchase.  Their reasoning seemed to be that they were willing to discount the more expensive lunch and supper meals, but not the less expensive breakfast one.  That seemed very strange to me.  Why would you be willing to sell the more expensive meal for a dollar or two (kids discounted meal), but not the less expensive one?  Anyway, the experience left a bad taste in my mouth, so we went and ate elsewhere that week.  Just keep in mind, if you have coupons, even coupons that the company sends to you, they may construe ways not to honor them.

  I went back about a month later, when I was no longer annoyed over the coupon issue, and finally got around to trying their breakfast buffet, which was only $5.  I was not impressed with the eggs, which were quite bland and tasteless - almost reminded me of a yellowish, pale tofu.  There was a mixture of hash browns and eggs that had a buttermilk flavor that I enjoyed a bit more.  Bacon was a surprise, nice and crispy, so I went back for seconds.  I only wish that it had been smoked and peppered bacon, instead of the honey variety.  The sausage didn't have enough "sow" or enough sage.  What I mean by that is that it was one of the fattiest sausage links I have ever had anywhere, and seemed to be more lard than meat.  I did not get seconds, and feel that they need to offer some leaner choices.

  The buffet also has muffins, bagels, various breads, pancakes and cereals.  If your ticker is in good shape, you might even be adventurous and try their sausage and gravy.  The selection is actually pretty decent for 5 bucks, and I think they would have to charge a couple of dollars more to throw in much else.  I couldn't resist getting a delicious looking danish, and was surprised when it turned out to be almost as tasty as a homemade apple pie!  If you're not interested in that, they have almost half a dozen varieties of fresh fruit as well.

Final Verdict: Ponderosa's breakfast buffet is a pretty good value, but don't go expecting lean meats.  This would probably be a good choice for an informal group trying to keep costs down, but wanting to eat out without waiting in line or for the food to be prepared.  In other words, a good choice if you have kids.  This is a good step for Ponderosa in trying to diversify their menu.  On the downside, the interior of the Englewood location looked rather tired - water spots on the ceiling, and rust on the pillars outside.  It could definitely use a remodel.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Dairy Queen

  I recently visited Dairy Queen for the first time in a while.  There was (and still is) one out on the edge of the small town where I grew up, on the main street going through town east to west.  It was hard to go through town without going past it, which means they picked a good spot for their store.  We probably went there 2 or 3 times a month, usually for milk shakes, cones or a Mr. Misty icy drink. (grape, kiwi strawberry or a mix of all the flavors were my favorites)  I also remember after a visit to the veterinarian, we would take our dog Frisky to the Dairy Queen nearby, and get her a 15c tiny cone.  Ah, those were the days.  Of course, that really just makes me feel old, because I don't think much of anything is under a dollar any more, much less 15 cents.

  Anyway, I found myself at a local Dairy Queen and decided to indulge myself for once with a strawberry milkshake.  I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to strawberries and milkshakes.  I grew up on a farm that raised several acres of strawberries, so I know what good fresh picked ones taste like.  I've also made plenty of milkshakes, some using both home grown strawberries and homemade ice cream.  Maybe it is partly because I've been avoiding dessert for a while, but this strawberry milkshake was pretty darn good.  It was a bit thick, though, to the point where I wasn't sure why they give you a straw, and not a spoon.  I had to ask for a spoon so I could enjoy it.  That being said, though, it was very flavorful, and I could definitely tell there were quality strawberries in there.

  As the weather warms up, I may be tempted to finally try one of their Blizzards!  Speaking of them, I hear that if you sign up for the "Blizzard Fan Club" here, you'll get several buy 1 get 1 free offers through the year:

  If you're up in the NW Dayton area, anywhere around Brookville, you can get 5 $10 gift certificates to the Brookville Dairy Queen for just $25, and a few bucks for shipping.  Good deal if you think you'll spend $50 on ice cream over the summer, or if you just want several $10 gift certificates to give as gifts.  You can get this offer here:

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Buy 1, Get 1 free coupon Logan's Roadhouse

  Here is a Buy 1, Get 1 free offer from Logan's
Roadhouse.  There is 1 down by the Dayton Mall
area, and another in Beavercreek.  Offer is good
only for Easter and the Monday after.
The other two coupons are good through May 5.


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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Burkey Family Restaurant, near Hara Arena

  I'm fairly decent at making eggs, french toast, pancakes and such, so I normally eat breakfast at home.  However, sometimes I just feel like having somebody else make it for me, so we went out for breakfast.  We decided to give Burkey Family Restaurant our business this morning.  As you might guess from the name, this is not a chain.

  Just about the first thing you'll see when you go in the door are the pies and cakes.  They have lots of them behind glass there, tempting you.  I resisted this time, because I'm trying to lose a little weight.

  Interior is clean, and there was no background music playing.  Bathrooms were decent.  While we were there, there were perhaps 4 other tables occupied in the late morning.

  Although I almost picked one of the breakfast specials, such as the breakfast burrito for $4.75, or "Elmo's Mess" just because of the funny name, I decided to try "Rob's Deluxe" because it offered a variety for $7.95.  Specifically, it had choice of pancakes or French toast, choice of ham, bacon or sausage, home fries and two eggs.  I selected French toast and sausage.  Mrs. Dayton Dining picked the cheddar cheese, broccoli & bacon open face omelette with toast for $5, plus a coffee.  She said that the omelette had a lot of cheese, and the bacon gave it excellent flavor.  She also said that the coffee was good.

   Food arrived after about a 10 minute wait.  My French toast was a bit thicker than I'm used to.  I believe this was because they used something along the lines of Texas Toast to make it.  There was nothing wrong with it, it just wasn't exactly what I'm used to when I do it at home.  The sausage patties were seasoned well, and had a good sage taste.  The home fries were pretty much potatoes sliced like quadruple thick potato chips.  They were fine, but a bit dry.  I think I would have enjoyed some garlic butter or olive oil drizzled over them, along with some spices such as mild curry.  I had the 2 eggs over easy, and used some of the home fries to mop up the runny centers.

  They also have an all you can eat Sunday Brunch, from 8a to 1p, for $7.95.

Location:  670 Shiloh Springs Rd  Dayton, Ohio 45415  (just to the east from Hara Arena)
Hours: Sunday 7a -8p, Mon.-Sat. 7a-9p
Telephone:  (937) 275-7127

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Free $20 Domino's Pizza gift certificate!

  I view this hands down as the single best food deal I've gotten in the mail in the past year.  I recently got this postcard in the mail:

  Yep, an insurance company in Englewood, Boord-Henne Insurance, mailed these out, advertising $20 in free Domino's Pizza to anyone who sends in their current house insurance policy.  You don't have to buy anything - just call them with the details about your policy, fax it in, or send it as an email attachment.  I went with the latter option - scanned our annual house insurance statement and sent it as a jpeg file attachment.

  Within a day, I had an offer to provide about 50% more coverage on the house for roughly the same price.  That wasn't quite what I was looking for, so I ended up with a more customized quote offering me about 14% in savings over my current policy. (~19% with an Ohio Farm Bureau Membership discount)

  Like I said, you don't have to buy anything.  It took me a bit longer to get in to pick up my $20 gift certificate, and so this ended up surprising me in the mail yesterday:

  Obviously, I've covered up the certificate #, and added the "Sample" captions, but this lets you see exactly what you will get for your time.  I probably spent a grand total of 5 minutes scanning in the insurance page, then sending off the email to  I can't guarantee that you will have yours mailed to you, but they did that with mine without me asking them.

  Note that these are only valid at Dayton area locations.

  Of course, in addition to the free pizza, you may very well realize significant savings on your house insurance.  I was able to achieve 14% savings, WITHOUT the automobile discount, compared to another company that was supposedly giving me a discount for having my car insurance with them as well.

  How many pizzas could you buy over a decade saving that kind of money?  For me, the answer is 96.  Yep, taking advantage of the free gift certificate and switching over the insurance will net me the equivalent of almost 100 free pizzas over the next 10 years!

  If you take advantage of this, or end up saving a boatload on your insurance, please do me a big favor and click on one of the ads over on the right side of the page to say thanks.  I'd also love to hear back from you, so feel free to leave some comments!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Taco Bell - Pacific Shrimp Taco

  Are you old?  Do you like to dance?  Taco Bell has something for you!  That's right, now Taco Bell is offering a free glass of pop to all seniors.  (I'm assuming that high school and college seniors need not apply)  Yep, nothing better than sugar water (essentially cotton candy in a cup) to put some pep in your step, and get you off your feet and dancing!

  Ok, in all seriousness, it is nice that they are offering something free to the older folks, but couldn't it have been an actual food item off the value menu?

  I paid a visit to one of the many local Taco Bell locations a few days ago, since I had a coupon for a free crunchy seasoned beef taco with any purchase.  Unfortunately, the coupon said no photocopies, so I can't provide a printable scan here.  The coupon itself was interesting because of how it seemed to stress the fact that it was 100% beef with seasonings.  Of course, you can't be 100% beef if part of the mixture is seasonings.  I'm guessing that the coupon was damage control to help shape public perception after the recent lawsuit filed by some folks who believe they can prove that Taco Bell is only using about 50% beef in their beef tacos.

  Hey, free is free in any case, and I hadn't eaten at a Taco Bell in some months, so I gave them a try.  In addition to the crunchy beef taco, I ordered a Beefy 5 layer burrito, as well as a new addition to the menu - the Pacific Shrimp Taco.  The latter is an interesting mix - seafood and Mexican.

  The beef taco was crunchy and beefy, with loads of lettuce, tomato and cheese that elevate it a bit above the unremarkable.  Adding some sauce makes it a decent choice for a buck.  The Beefy 5 Layer Burrito, also a buck, is a fantastic deal, however.  I think it has become my new favorite on their value section of the menu.  It has loads and loads of cheese, and I think it is about twice as hefty as the taco as far as filling you up.

  I had mixed feelings about the Pacific Shrimp Taco.  That's it in the right rear section of the food photo.  Although the advertising seems to show a crunchy taco, and my receipt definitely shows that I purchased what I wanted, I received something with a soft wrap.  I'm thinking now that I probably got the Pacific Shrimp Burrito put on my tray by mistake.  Unlike the marketing photo, the shrimp were buried so deeply that I thought perhaps I had been given a completely different item, but I finally found them.  The taste was excellent, with ranch sauce and quite a bit of tomato bits.  However, I felt it was perhaps a bit overpriced at $2.80, because it was not very filling.

  One of the more interesting discoveries I made while visiting was in the sauce department.  For about the last decade, I've never used any of the sauces when I ate at Taco Bell.  I guess I already think of the food as spicy, and evidently I was thinking that there wasn't any reason to add more spices.  However, this time I was looking at the sauces and decided to try Salsa Verde and Fire Roasted.  Surprisingly, I very much liked both!  Neither was hot at all, but they had excellent flavor.  The Verde has a tangy sweet taste, while the Fire Roasted has an appropriate smoky tomato flavor.  Good job to these guys for coming up with a couple of sauces I would like to have at home.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Larosa's Pizzeria

  Back in 2002, the regional chain Larosa's opened its first Dayton area location in Centerville.  Today there are 5 locations in the Dayton area.  The focus is on pizza, but they also serve hoagies, pasta, soup and salads.

  Prices tend to be a little higher than most area pizza places.  I had never been in a Larosa's previously, so I was curious how the quality and experience would stack up to some of the other places I've visited.  The restaurant was very clean, neat and well lit inside.

  We ended up ordering a couple of pizzas, plus a Philly Cheese Steak sub, (hoagie), which I was able to add on to our order at a small discount - $5 instead of $5.99.  I was very impressed with the hoagie, which was one of the better tasting hot subs I've had.

  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of our pizzas before we ate them, so I have no close up to offer this time.  The pizza experience here was decidedly mixed for us.  Toppings were a highlight, with excellent quality, freshness, and especially quantity.  No skimping on toppings in this place!  However, the crust was another story.  1 of our two pizzas was fine, with a decent, crunchy crust.  The second, for whatever reason, had loads of oil on the tray which had soaked into the bottom of the pizza, making the whole thing a soggy mess.  I have no idea why they would have put globs of vegetable oil on the pan like that, but the resulting sogginess of the crust was very, truly disappointing.  This is not to say that we didn't enjoy the pizzas.  We were hungry, we ate more than half of that they gave us, and we took home the rest to eat later.  If this ever happened to me again, though, I would definitely ask them to take the soggy pizza back and make it again.

  Because of this incident, I hesitate to recommend Larosa's.  I think we would have to eat there again to see if this sort of thing happens often.  As it stands right now, I would probably give Larosa's a conditional 6.5 out of 10 review, with the rating going up a notch if the "crust incident" didn't repeat itself on a followup visit.  If any of you have eaten at this establishment, I would be very interested in hearing if you have had a similar experience here.


Larosa's Pizzeria
5 Dayton area locations
hours: Sun.-Thur. 10:30am to 11pm    Fri. & Sat. 10:30am to Midnight
how it got started:

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Arby's Angus Three Cheese & Bacon

  I made a quick stop at a local (Englewood) Arby's store to try out their new Angus Three Cheese & Bacon sandwich.  I'm not sure exactly whether to call it a sandwich or a sub - I guess it is actually both.  It comes in at about 9 inches in length, so it is not exactly a foot long.  I also took one home and weighed it, and it was a grand total of 9 ounces.

  These are being sold for $4.99 each.  Normally that would not entice me at all, because Subway has an increasingly wide variety of foot longs for 5 bucks.  However, Arby's is also sending out buy 1 get 1 free coupons, which lowers the cost of this sub to a more palatable $2.50 each, so I decided to give it a try.

  The Angus Three Cheese & Bacon is filling enough.  If you have a big appetite, you might need to add another of the sandwiches from their value menu.  You can tell from the photo that the color of the roast beef varied quite a bit.  At first I wondered if the meat had all been cooked through completely, but then I figured that natural, non dyed beef does vary in color from cut to cut.  It is NOT all a uniform dark red color, like you see at some of the local supermarkets.

  Yes, I could taste some cheese in there, but it was not a huge amount of the flavor.  It certainly wasn't slathered on like the photos imply! The bun was buttery tasting, and I have to admit that I really wasn't expecting the almost overwhelmingly strong taste of black pepper.  Now I certainly enjoy the taste of black pepper, especially when I fry up some bacon at home.  I don't remember where it was, but once I had bacon that had been marinated in some sort of black pepper, and I loved it.  Now I think I would miss it a bit if my bacon didn't have some on it.

   Speaking of bacon, I could definitely tell it was in there, but again, not a lot.  I guess when I do get around to making BLT's at home, which is rarely these days, I end up using quite a lot of crunchy bacon.  I didn't feel anything crunchy in there when eating this.  That would have made my day- finally finding a place with crunchy bacon on a sandwich, but I guess I'll keep looking.  There was plenty of the roast beef, of course.  I couldn't tell any difference between the "Angus" variety on this sub, and the regular roast beef sandwich I ate right afterwards.  However, I did add a little bit of their "horsey" (horseradish) sauce, and a bit of their barbecue sauce, to slightly lessen the overwhelming black pepper flavor.

  With the coupons, it is a decent, though not spectacular deal.  I found myself wishing that there were more toppings, such as lettuce, banana peppers, tomato, etc.  It seemed a bit barren as far as toppings go.  (I think I've been spoiled by Subway)  One thing I know for a fact is that if you love a strong black pepper taste and beef, you will enjoy this sub.  If you're not a big black pepper fan, you might want to try a different sandwich.

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