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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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