Fast Food Review: Arby’s Deep Fried Turkey Sandwich

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With Thanksgiving on the way, restaurants and fast food places across the country are getting into the spirit by offering up dishes that somewhat resemble your favorite Turkey Day delights.

Arby’s has gotten into the game with a pair of Deep Fried Turkey Sandwiches, which will be sold at all stores through the end of November. The sandwich comes in two varieties, Club and Cajun. Today we are reviewing the Club.

Now, when the thought of a deep fried turkey sandwich came to mind, I imagined pieces of turkey that golden brown and crispy on the outside, while being juicy on the inside. As you can see in the picture above it’s…not really that way. It just looks like thick-cut turkey with really no crust or way of knowing that it is actually deep fried.

In fact, by crazy and daring fast food items, this ends up being a pretty tame entry into the niche food market.

The Club (didn’t even need a membership to get it!) comes with all the standard items that a regular club sandwich does, tomato, lettuce, bacon, cheese and mayonnaise. Lots of mayo. I mean, if you hate mayo or don’t like a bunch of it, you’re going to want to tell them to not put any on or go light.

Seriously, look at how much mayo was on this thing.

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The first bite into the sandwich good, and it…basically tasted like a club sandwich. It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t something so amazing that I had to stop everyone around me (my fiance and our cat) and make them try it. It was perfectly fine and didn’t really seem like something you normally get from a fast food place.

It’s a club sandwich. If you like a club sandwich, you will like this sandwich, it’s as simple as that.

I pulled a piece of the turkey out of the sandwich just to try on its own, and it was pretty good. It was juicy, thick-cut, and actually would have made a good sandwich on its own. The bacon was fine, the cheese was fine, the mayo was too heavy, but you know how places are when it comes to applying mayonnaise to sandwiches, so that may have influenced this review some, but even taking that into consideration, it’s a perfectly fine sandwich.

If we’re being honest, it was a bit underwhelming, but not because it was bad in any way. When you see something new come along like a deep fried turkey sandwich, or a crispy chicken quesadilla, you’re kind of expecting more from a fast food place in terms of creativity and taste. This didn’t offer that.

If you’re wanting a crazy sandwich that is something you’ve never had before, this isn’t it. But, if you want a perfectly fine club sandwich with pretty decent turkey on it, this isn’t a bad option to have.

OVERALL: 3 out of 5.

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