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Fast Food Review: New Roastburger from Arby’s

The Arby’s menu is expanding with some brand new items such as the recently-reviewed Roast Chicken Club Sandwich.  Arby’s looks to improve upon their roast beef sandwiches with a new burger-like offering.  Anything to take a bite out of the competition.  Claiming to be the “burger done better“, introducing the Roastburger from Arby’s.

Arby's Roastburger in box

There are 3 choices of the Roastburger to kick-off the debut: the All-American, Bacon and Cheddar and the Bacon and Bleu (check out the pic of the box above for a hint of what Roastburgers may be coming later…BBQ Bacon, BBQ Bacon Cheddar and Jalapeno BBQ Bacon).  First impressions with all 3: the Roastburger was a decent sized sandwich with a nice helping of sliced, lean roast beef.  The bun was also a pleasant surprise.  It’s not the limp bun I’m used to with Arby’s sandwiches.  This bun was a higher quality, sturdy specialty roll that was soft and fresh.  Good thing Arby’s made the switch with this bigger bun because it’s needed to support the heftier helping of roast beef. 

  • The All-American Roastburger consists of oven-roasted roast beef, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, ketchup, mustard and a special sauce.  Thoughts:  Plentiful, tasty, lean roast beef.  Nice bun.  Pickles and mustard didn’t work with this sandwich.  Fresh, ripe tomato was a nice touch.  Would benefit from some “Horsey” sauce (horseradish) instead of ketchup/mustard/pickles.  I guess the ketchup/mustard/pickles makes it more like a hamburger, but it doesn’t work as well as I’d hoped.  My second favorite of the 3.
  • The Bacon and Cheddar Roastburger is oven-roasted roast beef, a couple slices of pepper bacon, a slice of cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and raw onion.  Thoughts:  The lean roast beef is piled high.  Great pepper bacon but only 2 slices.  Sharp cheddar cheese goes well with the pepper bacon.  I recommend BBQ sauce with this sandwich.  My favorite of the 3.
  • The Bacon and Bleu Roastburger has oven-roasted roast beef, pepper bacon, bleu cheese spread, lettuce, tomato and onion.  Thoughts:  The thinly sliced roast beef is very lean and flavorful.  I’m not a big fan of the bleu cheese spread.  If you are big into bleu cheese, maybe you should give it a shot.  I’m not adverse to bleu cheese spread, but in this sandwich, I didn’t like it.  My least favorite of the 3.

Arby's Roastburgers CollageI have a feeling that the Bacon and Bleu Roastburger will be the least popular of the 3 Roastburgers.  It was my least favorite.  With that being said, I do think the Roastburgers are a well executed new menu item at Arby’s.  I would recommend you to make a few alterations to each Roastburger depending on your tastes.  I had all 3 sandwiches as they are.  Overall, at $3.79 for the sandwich alone and $5.79 for the combo, the Roastburger is filling enough to be a pretty good value.

  • Pros– Very good sandwich bun.  Roast beef is lean and plentiful.  Fresh lettuce, tomato, onion.  Tasty bacon.
  • Cons– Not all the ingredients work well together, I recommend you customize.  

Bacon and Cheddar Roastburger from Arby's

Taste: 8.50/10

Value: 7.75/10

Grubbing on the Go: 7.00/10

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GrubGrade: 7.25/10  All-American (Decent)

GrubGrade: 8.75/10  Bacon and Cheddar (Very Good)

GrubGrade: 5.75/10  Bacon and Bleu (Mediocre)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price: $3.79

Arbys.com

Nutrition Facts – All-American Roastburger

Calories – 420
Calories from Fat – 170
Total Fat – 18 grams
Saturated Fat – 6 grams
Trans Fat – 1 gram
Cholesterol – 40 milligrams
Sodium – 1390 milligrams
Carbs – 46 grams
Dietary Fiber – 2 grams
Sugar – 9 grams
Protein – 19 grams

Nutrition Facts – Bacon and Cheddar Roastburger

Calories -440
Calories from Fat -160
Total Fat – 18 grams
Saturated Fat – 8 grams
Trans Fat – 1 gram
Cholesterol – 55 milligrams
Sodium – 1450 milligrams
Carbs – 44 grams
Dietary Fiber – 2 grams
Sugar – 7 grams
Protein – 24 grams

Nutrition Facts – Bacon and Bleu Roastburger

Calories -470
Calories from Fat -210
Total Fat – 23 grams
Saturated Fat – 8 grams
Trans Fat – 1 gram
Cholesterol – 50 milligrams
Sodium – 1400 milligrams
Carbohydrates – 44 grams
Dietary Fiber – 2 grams
Sugar – 8 grams
Protein – 22 grams

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Fast Food Review: New Bacon Cheddar Gordita Crunch from Taco Bell

While Taco Bell can be hit or miss with their new limited time offerings, one thing is for sure, the value menu is a winner. The inexpensive variety of value menu items is something that Taco Bell does better than most fast food chains. I’ve been burned in the past with new, more expensive, “featured” items.  This one caught my eye.  A twist on the original Cheesy Gordita Crunch, Taco Bell now introduces the Bacon Cheddar Gordita Crunch.

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The original Cheesy Gordita Crunch made it’s debut in 2002. In my opinion, it remains one of the best “new” offerings in Taco Bell’s 40+ year history.  The new Bacon Cheddar Gordita Crunch boasts “Bacon and Cheddar make it better!” Well I’m here to declare…”not really”. The good thing is, the original is so fantastic, this new spin doesn’t hurt it too bad.

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The Bacon Cheddar Gordita Crunch switches things up from the original by adding bits of bacon to the cheese spackle that separates the hard shell from the gordita shell. Another added feature is the switch from pepperjack sauce to a zesty southwest cheddar sauce. The zesty southwest cheddar sauce was a flavorful, pleasant surprise. While I am a fan of bacon, I felt that the bacon was a little off-putting. There’s just a lot going on.  The only thing I would expect to get at Taco Bell where bacon was a nice addition, would be in past items such as the Chicken Club Chalupa. The chicken/bacon combo just works alot better than ground beef and bacon.  While definitely not bad, it seemed somewhat forced to add bacon.  I just don’t understand why the original Cheesy Gordita Crunch can’t make a triumphant return and become a menu standard.  It was a hit wasn’t it?

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There is a lot going on with the Bacon Cheddar Gordita Crunch from Taco Bell, maybe just a tad too much. All in all though, at a reasonably priced $2.69 it was satisfying and quite tasty.

  • Pros– Holds together a lot better than a hard shell alone.  Full of flavor.  Inexpensive.
  • Cons– The addition of bacon doesn’t work with ground beef like it does with chicken.  Leaves you missing the original Gordita Crunch.

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Taste:  8.75/10

Value:  9.25/10

Grubbing on the Go:  8.25/10

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GrubGrade: 9.00/10  (Exceptional)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price: $2.69

Tacobell.com

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Bacon Cheddar Gordita Crunch

Bacon Cheddar Gordita Crunch