This week, I reached out for a Garlic Butter Steak Sandwich, one of two new Petite Filet Steak Sandwiches at Arby's, the "We Have the Meats" sammie chain with 3,596 restaurants across the U.S. and around the world.
Arby's has been trending up in recent years with high-quality, creative, piled-high meaty sandwiches. These steak sandwiches show Arby's at its best, and Arby's best is really, really good.
Here's the Garlic Butter Steak Sandwich breakdown: thick slices of petite filet steak, pepper bacon, leaf lettuce, tomato, and roasted garlic butter spread on a toasted ciabatta bun. Stop me when you hear something that's not terrific. (Okay, maybe this sandwich could lose the lettuce.)
Total calories: 520. Fat grams: 24. Sodium: 1,760 mg. Carbs: 42 g. Dietary fiber: 2 g. Protein: 33 g. Manufacturer's suggested retail price: $6.89 for the sandwich, $9.69 for the meal deal with curly fries and soft drink.
First thing, yes, this is real steak and the slices are thick, juicy, and tender. There are a whole bunch of nice little touches here. The steak is cooked to medium, pink in the middle. Most meat or chicken you get in a drive-thru chain has been cooked to well done and beyond, so the chains don't have to worry about nasty food poisoning problems.
The ciabatta bun is toasted till it's crunchy brown on the inside, firm on the outside. Arby's slathers the garlic butter on both top and bottom of the bun. And man, does the garlic aroma pop when you open the box. It's strong stuff. The pepper bacon is just right, crispy yet steering clear of jerky.
If I could freestyle, I'd put a squirt of Arby's iconic Horsey Sauce on this sandwich. I love me some horseradish with steak or roast beef.
I don't like to make comparisons in these reviews, but Arby's steak slices are, well, freshly prepared actual steak … nothing like the "steak" you get at Taco Bell or especially Subway where meat has been sitting in a paper tray for hours getting all dry and no thank you.
The other Petite Filet Steak Sandwich in Arby's latest release is Steak & Bacon Melt Sandwich. It's all in the name, a heavy-duty meat treat with 620 calories and 32 fat grams. It costs the same $6.29 for the sandwich and $9.69 for the meal deal.
Ken Hoffman reviews a new fast food restaurant item every Wednesday. Have a suggestion or a drive-thru favorite? Let Ken know on Twitter.