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Arby’s Begins Testing Brunch Sandwiches At Select Stores

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Arby’s has always been my go-to fast food chain when I just want to indulge my palette on some meaty vices. Between their brisket and roast beef, I’m usually down to sink my teeth into some meaty sandos whenever the craving surfaces. Never once did I consider that Arby’s would offer something to help with my more frequent breakfast cravings, however.

Chewboom revealed the addition of two new fast food Brunch Burgers: The Bacon, Ham & Egg Brunch Sandwich and The Brisket, Avocado & Egg Brunch Sandwich.

Ham, freshly cracked egg, cinnamon-sugar bacon, a potato cake and French Toast sauce rounds out the ingredients of The Bacon, Ham & Egg Brunch Sandwich. The Brisket, Avocado & Egg Brunch Sandwich boasts egg, potato cake, cheese, and an avocado spread.

Chewboom reports that the sandwiches are currently being tested at select Arby’s locations in Ohio. Hopefully these massive brunch beauties get a national release. Good lord.

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Fast Food Health Plant-Based What's New

Arby’s Is Making A ‘Meat Carrot’ As A Middle Finger To The Plant-Based Meat Industry

With Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods, and more dominating the news waves with their plant-based meats, it was only a matter of time before someone came in with a counter to that trend.

Arby’s has finally added their two cents to the conversation. Instead of making meat out of vegetables, however, they’re making vegetables out of meat as a middle finger to those trying to do the exact opposite.

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The meat peddler’s latest innovation is the Marrot, a “carrot” made entirely out of turkey. To get the desired shape and color, Arby’s wrapped turkey breast segments in cheesecloth, cooked them sous vide for an hour, rolled them in carrot powder, then roasted them for another hour, adding sprigs of parsley to give them that full carrot look.

By doing this, Arby’s claims they’re “taking a hardline stance as the champion of meats,” according to a press release, while showing that if plants can act as meat, meat can do just the same back to it.

They do look exactly like carrots, but what’s more mind-boggling is that by doing this, Arby’s managed to make meat more nutritious. Typically, a quarter pound of turkey contains 11 International Units (IU) of Vitamin A, not even a percentage of the recommended daily value. However, these Marrots contain 70% of the required daily value of Vitamin A, a massive spike compared to just plain old turkey.

Arby’s might actually be onto something big here as a result. Ninety percent of all Americans miss out on the recommended vegetable intake every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By giving them the vegetables they need (carrot powder, for example) in a form of food they love (meat), it could actually help boost vegetable consumption. Of course, that’s exactly what plant-based meat producers are trying to do anyway, but in a more sustainable fashion.

Could these faux carrots be a way to provide more nutritious pieces of meat to carnivorous consumers? Or, is their usage of plants to make meat better for you just proving what the plant-based industry has been showing us for a hot minute?

In either case, it’ll be interesting to see if this prototype ever gets a market test or launches nationwide in the near future.

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Adventures Fast Food What's New

Arby’s Unleashes Massive King’s Hawaiian Sandwich Lineup

Arby’s just launched a brand new lineup of King’s Hawaiian sandwiches that combines tall stacks of meat with some serious heat.

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The biggest of their new sandwiches, the Big Kahuna, has a base layer of fried chicken, and then stacks pit smoked ham and smoked brisket between the King’s Hawaiian bread roll. Their flavors then get accentuated with the fire of a pineapple habanero sauce. All of that is then topped off with swiss cheese, lettuce, and tomato.

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Also in the lineup, is the Sweet & Spicy Luau Chicken sandwich, which is like the Big Kahuna but without the brisket.

The third of the new sandwiches is a Smokehouse Brisket sandwich with brisket, smoked gouda, crispy onions, mayo, and barbeque sauce.

Each of these sandwiches is encased by a King’s Hawaiian bun, adding a sweet softness to the massive piles of meat inside.

In keeping with the Hawaiian theme of the new lineup, there’s also an exclusive $6 trip Arby’s is offering to go try them. The daylong trip consists of a flight from LAX to Hawaii, a couple of stops to try the sandwiches in the Aloha State, and then a flight back to LAX that night. Tickets will be available on a special Arby’s website starting on Friday, April 12, at 12 p.m. EST. They’re $6 each and are available on a limited first-come, first-serve basis.

Regardless of whether you go on the trip or not, all of the sandwiches will be available at Arby’s locations nationwide for a limited time.

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Fast Food What's New

Arby’s New Mega Sandwich Crams Five Different Meats Inside

At Arby’s, few sandwiches can meet the sheer scale and heft of the secret menu Meat Mountain. Their newest, however, is one of the few that has the potential to rival the colossal sandwich of legend.

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Called the 5 Meat Mega Stack, this new limited-time feast comes loaded with a bounty of different proteins. Buttermilk fried chicken, pepper bacon, pit-smoked ham, roast turkey, and roast beef are all crammed inside with mayo, cheddar, tomato, and iceberg lettuce.

It’s not nearly as overstuffed as the 9-meat, 2-cheese Meat Mountain, but it comes pretty close to matching it in terms of both size and ability to satiate our appetites.

The 5 Meat Mega Stack is now available at all participating locations nationwide.

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Fast Food

Arby’s Massive Curly Fry Stuffed ‘Arbynator’ Sandwich Is Launching Nationwide

Late last year, Arby’s tested out an absolute skyscraper of a sandwich. Called the ‘Arbynator,’ this roast beef behemoth was packed with up to a half pound of meat, cheese sauce, and a mountain of curly fries.

Apparently, reception to the Arbynator was positive enough that they decided to bring it back for a nationwide launch.

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Starting on November 19th, you can find the colossal creation available in three different forms: Classic, Double, and Half-Pound. It’s packed with curly fries, cheddar sauce, Arby’s sauce, and Horsey sauce, making it a sandwich as saucy as it is stacked.

Those looking to secure this roast beef feast for themselves have until December 23rd to score the Arbynator.

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Fast Food What's New

Arby’s Will Start Serving Up Duck Breast Sandwiches, A Fast Food First

Arby’s has pushed the limits of what meats can be used in fast food, especially with their wildly popular drops of venison burgers the past couple of years. In another fast food first, the meat purveyor will now serve up whole duck breast sandwiches for a limited time.

Arby’s has been promoting the new release via not-so-subtle posts on Twitter that involve duck hunting within their restaurants. It is a first for the chain, and for the fast food industry, which has yet to see a duck item come from such a major player.

According to their official website, on Saturday, October 20, 16 different locations around the country will start selling the Seared Duck sandwiches.

Each one features a whole duck breast, smoked cherry sauce, and crispy onions on a signature Arby’s bun.

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Here are all 16 Arby’s locations offering up the duck sandwiches, according to the Arby’s site:

Cambridge, MD – 2731 Dorchester Square

Summerville, SC – 329 N Main St.

Wyomissing, PA – 2741 Papermill Rd.

Atlanta, GA – 4415 Roswell Rd.

Pearland, TX – 11233 Shadow Creek Pkwy.

Kalispell, MT – 1210 US Highway 2 W.

Great Bend, KS – 3413 10th St.

Lincoln, NE – 5540 O St.

Marshall, MO – 1191 Cherokee Street

Jonesboro, AR – 723 E Parker Rd.

Lafayette, LA – 3333 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy.

Onalaska, WI – 3210 N. Kinney Coulee Rd.

Carson City, NV – 1122 S Carson St.

Brigham City, UT – 774 South Main Street

Chico, Ca – 2485 Notre Dame Blvd.

Happy Valley, OR – 10499 SE 82 Ave.

The duck sandwiches will be available in “very limited quantities” while supplies last, so you’ll want to get to the different locations fast to try the duck out for yourself.

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Sonic Drive-In Was Just Sold To Arby’s Owner For $2.3 Billion, Creating A New Fast Food Powerhouse

Sonic Drive-In is now under the same company that controls Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings, as it was just sold to Inspire Brands for a staggering $2.3 billion.

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The sale takes Sonic out of the publicly traded-market and makes it a privately-owned fast food chain, as Inspire Brands is under the control of private equity firm Roark Capital. According to CNBC, that gives the business a fast food empire of more than 8,000 restaurants valued at $12 billion total.

For Sonic fans, though, going from public to private marks a major turning point for the drive-in chain. As a private company, they can focus more resources on growth and innovation, something Inspire Brands wants to happen. Sonic has diversified itself in the tech and food sectors of fast food, with the mushroom-packed Signature Slinger and their app’s revolutionary order speed turning heads this year.

Inspire hopes to take Sonic’s customizable menu to a new level, and while it is already quite malleable, it’ll be creative new items and growth in technology that’ll help Sonic grow even further in the coming years.

Sonic can also leverage its new partner to grow and expand its presence to cities and states it isn’t in yet. They currently have about 3,500 locations in 44 states, but they can use their resources to expand to all 50 much more quickly. This would make them a bigger threat and competitor to companies like McDonald’s, especially with the fact that Sonic can process several customers at once, thanks to their unique technology and restaurant model.

Thanks to their innovations over the past year, Sonic is presenting a refreshing take on what the old school drive-in can be. And now, they have the backing and partners to bring that model to even more people and use it to challenge some of the industry’s biggest names. It’ll be interesting to see just how competitive Sonic becomes in the coming years.

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For One Day, Arby’s Is Paying For Fans To Get FREE Actual Sandwich Tattoos

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Every brand has its hardcore fans who will go above and beyond to profess their love for the company. This could be in the form of collecting memorabilia, getting the company to help them get married, or even tattooing the logo on them somewhere.

Arby’s is giving those who want it the chance to do the latter of those three on their dime, as for one day only, they’ll cover the charges on your themed tattoo.

The sandwich chain has partnered up with tattoo artist Miguel “Uzi” Montgomery to give Arby’s fans a free tattoo of popular Arby’s menu items — all designed by Montgomery himself.

Below is a flash sheet of tattoo designs guests can choose from.

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The one-day promotion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Port City Tattoo in Long Beach, CA. From 11am to 8pm, the artists at Port City will be working to ensure that everyone who comes in will get their free Arby’s tattoo, though it will be limited to one tattoo per customer.

Arby’s and Montgomery created the sandwich-inspired designs as a way to give fans a way to express their love of sandwiches. They actually look pretty sweet, too.

Not too long ago, Domino’s Russia had a similar promotion (albeit reversed) where they asked fans to get a tattoo of their logo for the promise of free pizza for life. Unfortunately, they had to cut that campaign short due to the overabundance of folks willing to ink themselves for free pizza.

Still, it seems Arby’s is taking a more straightforward approach to getting their branding on fans. No promise of 100 sandwiches a year for 100 years, just a free (well-designed) tattoo. If you’re in the Long Beach area next Saturday, and want some free ink, pop your head in to Port City Tattoo. Arby’s will also be serving free sandwiches during the event.