Every fast-food restaurant wants to tap into the golden
goose chicken that is Chick-fil-A’s ever-booming chicken sandwich business. Every choke-n-puke from KFC to Popeye’s to McDonald’s is boasting of how good their chicken sandwich is so I thought, why not review some of them? Today I’ll start with Arby’s Chicken Bacon and Swiss.
According to the ever-reliable Wikipedia, Arby’s has been around since July 23, 1964. Unfortunately, the roast beef chain hasn’t built the best reputation for its beef (or is it, beef-flavored?) sandwiches:
Despite Arby’s questionable reputation for roast beef, it’s been slinging chicken sandwiches for decades and no matter how mediocre their beef may be, the chicken sandwiches have traditionally been some of the better ones for fast food. Today I decided to give the chicken, bacon, and swiss a try.
I ordered a #11 which comes with a soft drink, fries, and of course, the chicken sandwich. Somehow I fell for the upcharge and got a side of hot cheese dip for the fries. Here’s what Arby’s has to say about their sandwich:
Chicken breast fried to perfection and topped with crispy pepper bacon, Swiss Cheese, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard. Served on a toasted star top bun. Your stomach will thank you for your generosity.
If you want the nutrition information, go to the link above (trust me, you don’t want to know). Now, for the sandwich itself. The bag contained the proverbial metric shit ton of napkins and trust me gentle eater, you’ll need it because this thing is packed with lettuce, tomato, cheese, bacon, and mustard. And Arby’s doesn’t cheap out on the chicken either. The chicken patty is a good size crispy white meat filet that has a good flavor. It’s hard to zero in on the chicken because there’s so many other ingredients, but it’s a good sandwich. It’s definitely worth giving it a try.
Is it as good as Chick-fil-A’s traditional chicken sandwich? No. On a scale of 1-5 (with Chick-fil-A being 5), I’d give it a solid 4. Of course my rating could change after the sandwich goes through my gastrointestinal system.