No surprises in this fast food sandwich stop
By Mike Sanford. GLOB Editor
I was out in the SW13th St. area again today with the intent of trying a quick lunch stop and have a good sandwich for lunch.
I have lived in Gainesville for very long time and to my best recollection I have probably only eaten one Arbys roast beef sandwich while in Gainesville. So I was excited about experienceing the magic that kept this small fast food stand open for so many years.
Pulling into Arbys I noticed there was a line of customers inside ready to place their orders. There were several hospital staffers crossing 13th St. heading toward the same lunch destination that I was.
Yep, I must be in roast beef & cheese fast food heaven.
I went inside and took my place in line. Standing there I looked at the menu board and I could see all the sandwiches were made in small, medium and large sizes. In the silence of every one waiting for their lunch I blurted out the obvious, "What makes the large sandwich different?"
The manager behind the counter was quick to reply that there was more meat on the large sandwich.
The large cheddar cheese, roast beef sandwich was the answer to my lunchtime protein needs. A mountain of thinly sliced roast beef and cheddar cheese piled very high on a soft onion roll.
Add an order of tasty, golden brown, curly fries to the order and it is easy to see why this sandwich stand has been in business for so long, and in one place, the entire time.
The curly fries were a home run. I don't know how they spiral cut those potatoes -- where ever that might happen -- but there were very good.
The sliced roast beef and melted cheese sandwich was at best average. The paper thin sliced beef was ample but I thought the cheddar cheese could have been more generously applied to my sandwich creating a magical melted cheese and meat extravaganza.
I could taste the roast beef flavors in the sliced meat, however, there was also a lot if salt added to this sandwich marriage to the point of taking away from the other flavors of the sandwich.
Maybe it was because this was my second fast food lunch stop this week. perhaps my attitude about franchise food did not allow me an objective perspective for this food stop.
What ever the reason this Arbys lunch could only be labeled unremarkable.
The Pluses and Minuses of Arbys
Arbys (+) indicators: Excellent curly fries. I could drive through Arbys just to pick up an order of these spuds.
Arbys (-) indicators: I don't know, I had high hopes for Arbys, my lunch outcome was disappointing.
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- Phone Number: 378-6555
- Address: 1405 SW 13th St. Gainesville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: 13th St
- Web Site: Arbys
- Latitude: 29.637482
- Longitude: -82.338891
Patrick Wednesday, 15 June 2016 12:35 Comment Link
Where is the 'We have the meats' sandwiches and pics ? Needs that thank you
Pam H. Thursday, 14 October 2010 10:08 Comment Link
My family and I eat Arby's roast beef sandwiches quite often. We have yet to get one that wasn't *exactly* like the one before. They have their roast beef preparation down to a science. We never order the cheese sauce as it IS quite salty; we opt for plain sandwiches and add the less-salty horsey sauce. Their fries are indeed delicious, and always hot. They also have killer turnovers and, at only $1 each, they're very affordable. You can take home a full meal with dessert for 3 people for about $16 ... not bad in today's economy.
Ron Schmidt Thursday, 14 October 2010 07:53 Comment Link
I haven't been in an Arby's in a long time. I have always had food borne illness concerns with then because of the way they had that meat sitting under the infra red light for hours (which would not give even temperature control). I am curious if they still do that.
Lisa R Tuesday, 10 August 2010 20:22 Comment Link
always love a good Arby's roast beef sandwich!