3/13/07 | Arby’s 4 for $5 Coupons
[ Currently Eating: Leftover Yakisoba ]
If you know me by now, you know that falling off the wagon (or the apple cart, or whatever it’s called nowadays) is a regular thing here at Cheap Eats. All this concentration on healthy food left me feeling bummed and blue. So I decided to make an exception for at least one lunch for the week, where I get to eat basically anything.
And that way I won’t bore everyone’s socks off as well, writing pages on how delicious and cheap various vegetables can be. Hooray!
I hadn’t gone to Arby’s in a bit so I hit the drivethrough. The title of this post might be a little misleading – there IS no 4 for $5 Roast Beef sandwich coupon. Or at least if there is, you usually don’t need it. Though I think you might need the coupons for 3 for $5 Beef ‘n Cheddar sandwiches. The tricky thing is that Arby’s does EVERYTHING in their power to hide these specials on the drive-through menu and the menu inside the restaurant.
Of course, on the outside of the restaurant there is an enormous sign saying “4 for $5″. Catch all the suckers and then get them to shell out bucks for the more expensive alternative items. I don’t mean to be bagging on Arby’s only, since every other fast food restaurant does it too. It’s just good biz sense I guess. For instance, the 99 cent menu at the drive through for Jack in the Balpha is in the lower right hand corner where it’s difficult to see.
One time, I remember I asked my cashier to tell me “all of the specials” that they were currently running at Arby’s. I asked because I didn’t see any of the usual specials up on the menu. He looked at me like I was a deep fried frog stuffed full of goat cheese and parsnips. Yeah.
I think I’ve talked before about how Arby’s sandwiches have really shrunk in size. Yep, Shrinkage is the real deal and not just for swimming pools. Still, at a buck and a quarter each, I would almost always rather eat their sandwiches than a McDonalds hamburger any day. There is no way I can get through four of their sandwiches as well, so I often save one or two for a snack later on. I put it in the magical toaster oven and it comes back to life quite nicely.
One thing I like about their plain roast beef sandwiches is that the default way they are served up is without any sauce or anything on them. This is nice because it lets you control how much of their Arby’s Sauce you would like to slather on it. They also have the Horsey Sauce if you desire, but I always pass on that. In addition, a big slice of tomato or some lettuce improves the sandwich immensely.
OK, now the negatives about their Roast Beef. The #1 thing I find wrong with it lately is that it is WAY too salty. I know part of it is for preserving the meat, but still, they need to cut down the salt. And that’s not just my new Health Inspector talking. I find that dousing the salt with a few slices of lettuce and tomato in the sandwich improves things, but without those it becomes difficult to eat straight up.
The second thing is the appearance. I know that roast beef is supposed to be grayish pink in color, but something about the way it looks is just unappetizeing. Yeah, yeah – I’m complaining over a dollar 25 sandwich. I could also go for less “slices” of beef if they were cut slightly thicker. Actually, does anyone know how they do their sandwiches nowadays? I think a long time ago they used to really cut the meat into slices right there at the restaurant using something like a deli slicer. Or maybe I’m thinking of another restaurant.
Anyhow, at this price, it still is a pretty good deal if you’re going to split a 4 pack of sandwiches with a friend.
Price: 4 for $5
Found At: Arby’s
Cheap Eats Score: 7/10