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kozel

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Arby's question Sat, 09/15/07 9:50 AM (permalink)
I don't go to Arby's all that much, just when I am traveling. I've noticed the last few times that the 'help yourself' bar is gone and sauce or ketchup is the only thing available. There used to be a place to get pickles or raw onion and the like and it's not offered any more. What's the deal?
 
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    Quartz

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    RE: Arby's question Sat, 09/15/07 11:22 AM (permalink)
    They're probably not getting enough Patronage (which they don't deserve not to get any) and had to make cut backs.
     
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      Julie

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      RE: Arby's question Sat, 09/15/07 1:20 PM (permalink)
      mmm Arby's is the best roast beef sandwich

      From their website, now that is a delicious sandwich

      http://www.arbys.com/menu/?cid=177&id=2604

      Around here we still have a fixins bar, but I just like the roast beef sandwich plain
       
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        PapaJoe8

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        RE: Arby's question Sat, 09/15/07 1:48 PM (permalink)
        I think they may have little packs of onion and relish.
        Joe
         
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          Michael Hoffman

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          RE: Arby's question Sat, 09/15/07 3:20 PM (permalink)
          quote:
          Originally posted by Julie

          mmm Arby's is the best roast beef sandwich

          From their website, now that is a delicious sandwich

          http://www.arbys.com/menu/?cid=177&id=2604

          Around here we still have a fixins bar, but I just like the roast beef sandwich plain

          You're joking about Arby's roast beef sandwich being edible, right?
           
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            felix4067

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            RE: Arby's question Sat, 09/15/07 6:05 PM (permalink)
            I've never in my life seen pickles or onion at an Arby's. Our local ones have a serve yourself station with four sauces, but they've taken away the packets because people were taking too many. If you serve yourself, you have to put your sauces in little paper cups. They will give you packets at the counter, but not very many.
             
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              FlippyTheRed

              RE: Arby's question Sun, 09/16/07 8:20 PM (permalink)
              As a former Arby's employee, I can't remember ever having condiments other than Arby/Horsey sauce and maybe Ketchup.

               
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                ces1948

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                RE: Arby's question Sun, 09/16/07 8:56 PM (permalink)
                Must be a regional thing, we've never had a fixins bar around here that I'm aware of (N.E. TN)
                 
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                  Greymo

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                  RE: Arby's question Sun, 09/16/07 8:58 PM (permalink)
                  quote:
                  Originally posted by felix4067

                  I've never in my life seen pickles or onion at an Arby's. Our local ones have a serve yourself station with four sauces, but they've taken away the packets because people were taking too many. If you serve yourself, you have to put your sauces in little paper cups. They will give you packets at the counter, but not very many.


                  Believe it or not................My granddaughter wanted to go to Arby's for their spicy curly fries. Of course, I went along with it.
                  While there, I watched a man take a container from his pocket and fill it with the Horsey sauce.............It took him quite a while and employees were watching, but not a word was said.
                   
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                    drpep

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                    RE: Arby's question Sun, 09/16/07 9:37 PM (permalink)
                    Never heard of the "help yourself bar".
                     
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                      BT

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                      RE: Arby's question Sun, 09/16/07 11:54 PM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by FlippyTheRed

                      As a former Arby's employee, I can't remember ever having condiments other than Arby/Horsey sauce and maybe Ketchup.




                      Ah, but can you remember when Arby's served actual, genuine roasted steamship round of beef (not the formed/compressed stuff they have now)?? They did, you know--and back then I LOVED their sandwiches. Now, I still like them because I put so much horsey and Arby sauce on them that's all I can taste and the "beef" is purely a structural platform to hold the sauce.
                       
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                        Michael Hoffman

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                        RE: Arby's question Mon, 09/17/07 12:43 AM (permalink)
                        I remember when you went to Arby's and they sliced it to order. Actual roast beef, that is.
                         
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                          kland01s

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                          RE: Arby's question Mon, 09/17/07 7:18 AM (permalink)
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

                          I remember when you went to Arby's and they sliced it to order. Actual roast beef, that is.


                          Yup, I remember this too. Pretty good back then, 1970's I think.
                           
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                            David_NYC

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                            RE: Arby's question Mon, 09/17/07 10:17 AM (permalink)
                            I don't remember a fixins bar during my peak patronage of Arby's back in the 80's.

                            I'd like to ask the OP if he is perhaps confusing Arby's with Roy Rogers? That chain still has a fixin's bar, at least out at Shirley, Long Island, NY. The only other chain I remember with a fixins bar around here is Nathan's
                             
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                              Michael Hoffman

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                              RE: Arby's question Mon, 09/17/07 1:03 PM (permalink)
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by kland01s

                              quote:
                              Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

                              I remember when you went to Arby's and they sliced it to order. Actual roast beef, that is.


                              Yup, I remember this too. Pretty good back then, 1970's I think.

                              If memory serves I first had an Arby's roast beef sandwich in Florida in 1969. I think they changed to the pulverized and re-formed imitation of roast beef they use now in the '70s.
                               
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                                KOK

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                                RE: Arby's question Mon, 09/17/07 1:26 PM (permalink)
                                quote:
                                Originally posted by David_NYC
                                I don't remember a fixins bar during my peak patronage of Arby's back in the 80's.

                                I'd like to ask the OP if he is perhaps confusing Arby's with Roy Rogers? That chain still has a fixin's bar, at least out at Shirley, Long Island, NY. The only other chain I remember with a fixins bar around here is Nathan's
                                My thoughts exactly. Roy's is making a comeback in the Frederick, Md area and has the fixin's bar. I also have NO recollection of one at Arby's.

                                Thanks,

                                Kevin
                                 
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                                  Pigiron

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                                  RE: Arby's question Mon, 09/17/07 1:40 PM (permalink)
                                  quote:
                                  Originally posted by Julie

                                  mmm Arby's is the best roast beef sandwich

                                  now that is a delicious sandwich


                                  Well, it is mostly beef, but is most certainly not anything close to a "roast". "Delicious" is a matter of opinion. My description would be "disgusting" (granted, I haven't eaten in an Arby's in over a decade).

                                  ARBY'S ROAST BEEF INGREDIENTS: Trimmed Boneless Beef Chunks (Minimum 70%) Combined With Chopped Beef For a Maximum of 12% Fat. Contains up to 9.0% of a Self-Basting Solution of Water, Salt, Sodium Phosphate.
                                   
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                                    kozel

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                                    RE: Arby's question Mon, 09/17/07 5:17 PM (permalink)
                                    Nope, not confused with Roy's place David. I've never been to a Roy's. We do frequent trips back and forth to Pittsburgh and sometimes stop at Arby's in Carlisle (81 to the Pike) or one nearer to Allentown (off 78). We started doing these trips in the late 90's while the son-in-law was in school. After graduation they moved to the Hudson valley for about 5 years and now are back in Pittsburgh (Mt Lebanon) so we're doing the trips again. I recall the fixin's from the earlier trips I think. There is a local place in Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn with a similar sandwich. They had a fixin's bar and I was used to putting onion on a roast beef and cheese sandwich and was pleased that I had the same opportunity at the Arby's in PA. BTW, the place in Brooklyn is Roll n Roaster and their roast beef is the real thing like Arby's used to be, I guess.

                                    http://www.rollnroaster.com/index.html
                                     
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                                      Pigiron

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                                      RE: Arby's question Mon, 09/17/07 8:03 PM (permalink)
                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by kozel BTW, the place in Brooklyn is Roll n Roaster and their roast beef is the real thing like Arby's used to be, I guess.

                                      http://www.rollnroaster.com/index.html


                                      Roll N' Roaster is AWESOME. I was very excited when they opened a branch on 3rd Ave and 11th Street in Manhattan, right in my neigborhood. It only lasted about a year, I was never quite sure why they failed. It was generally crowded and there's about a billion college students in the area.

                                      To paraphrase the late Lloyd Bentsen: Arby's is no Roll N Roaster.
                                       
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                                        David_NYC

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                                        RE: Arby's question Mon, 09/17/07 9:33 PM (permalink)
                                        OK, I think we are making some progress here. Kozel narrowed down the Arbys' to Pennsylvania. Someone over at Slickdeals, registered as living in Pennsylvania, also posted recently that the onion and pickle bar is gone at his Arby's. Now, all we need is a former Arby's employee in Pennsylvania to spill the beans on why the fixin's bar really was removed.

                                        I'm surprised Roll and Roaster is not on the rosters of Roadfood places. One problem is that they are in a dead end - Sheephead Bay, Brooklyn. I used to go there when visiting a friend who used to live in the neighborhood. Also felt I got good value for money.
                                         
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                                          kozel

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                                          RE: Arby's question Tue, 09/18/07 7:19 AM (permalink)
                                          quote:
                                          Originally posted by David_NYC


                                          I'm surprised Roll and Roaster is not on the rosters of Roadfood places. One problem is that they are in a dead end - Sheephead Bay, Brooklyn. I used to go there when visiting a friend who used to live in the neighborhood. Also felt I got good value for money.


                                          Actually they are on Emmons Ave; just a hop off and back onto the Belt Parkway. If roast beef isn't your desire, there's a ton of sea food places there.
                                           
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                                            PapaJoe8

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                                            RE: Arby's question Wed, 09/19/07 11:56 AM (permalink)
                                            Has anyone tried any of the Arby's stuff that is not made w/ the roast beef? Like the BLT or....????.
                                            Joe
                                             
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                                              SurrealGourmet

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                                              RE: Arby's question Wed, 09/19/07 1:00 PM (permalink)
                                              I just had lunch at Arby's yesterday. Our's has a self-serve sauce bar (arby sauce, horsey sauce 3 pepper sauce and ketchup)and a bar that has onions, pepperoncini's, onions, jalapenos and pickles.
                                               
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                                                Scorereader

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                                                RE: Arby's question Wed, 09/19/07 1:56 PM (permalink)
                                                quote:
                                                Originally posted by PapaJoe8

                                                Has anyone tried any of the Arby's stuff that is not made w/ the roast beef? Like the BLT or....????.
                                                Joe


                                                Yeah. I've had their market fresh sandwich. For fast food, it's not bad. Certainly, much better in flavor than their roast beefs or a McD/BK/Wendy hamburger.

                                                But, "Market Fresh" is just an ad campaighn, the sandwiches are high in calories and fat - making them not too much better healthwise than the roast beef sandwich. But, they don't taste like crap, so when Arby's is the only choice, I say go for the Market Fresh sandwiches.

                                                 
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                                                  RibRater

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                                                  RE: Arby's question Wed, 09/19/07 2:08 PM (permalink)
                                                  quote:
                                                  Originally posted by PapaJoe8

                                                  Has anyone tried any of the Arby's stuff that is not made w/ the roast beef? Like the BLT or....????.
                                                  Joe




                                                  i'm a blt'aholic and arby's, while not great, is a very good blt. a blt and the stuffed jalapeno's is usually what I order when i go(at the drive through of course ;-)


                                                   
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                                                    janifer

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                                                    RE: Arby's question Fri, 09/21/07 7:56 PM (permalink)
                                                    MH, You are oh so right about the Arby pseudo meat. I remember back when the chain was first starting out in NE Ohio (Youngstown, if my memory stretches back correctly) and they would dangle the roasted piece of actual beef from a chain in an enclosed glass case on the counter, spinning as if on a vertical rotisserie. The places had hardly any seating area & the place would smell wonderful -- especially when you came in from the cold in the winter.

                                                    About 10 years after I moved to the FL panhandle they opened an Arby's. I was ecstatic! Couldn't wait to get an RB & potato cake!! Took my first bite and was aghast; absolutely could not finish the sandwich, but I did eat the potato cake. So sad that Julie thinks Arby's RB's are good; she was obviously born too late.

                                                    As a passenger on a trip last year to Western NC I found myself at Arby's. Since I'd skipped breakfast to get an early start ... I figured I'd make do with a Coke and whatever fried potato they offered but I was drawn in by the "Market Fresh" corned beef reuben placard in the window and it wasn't bad. Not the best I'd ever had but tolerable and certainly better than any burger McD has to offer.


                                                     
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                                                      ces1948

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                                                      RE: Arby's question Fri, 09/21/07 8:24 PM (permalink)
                                                      Their "Market fresh" sandwiches aren't bad. I've always liked the potato cakes and get them no matter what else I may order.
                                                       
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                                                        Michael Hoffman

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                                                        RE: Arby's question Fri, 09/21/07 8:36 PM (permalink)
                                                        quote:
                                                        Originally posted by janifer

                                                        MH, You are oh so right about the Arby pseudo meat. I remember back when the chain was first starting out in NE Ohio (Youngstown, if my memory stretches back correctly)

                                                        Your memory does, indeed stretch back correctly. Arby's began in Youngstown.
                                                         
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                                                          db1105

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                                                          RE: Arby's question Fri, 09/21/07 8:40 PM (permalink)
                                                          I though the question would be what is arby's beef made of.
                                                           
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                                                            David_NYC

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                                                            RE: Arby's question Fri, 09/21/07 9:57 PM (permalink)
                                                            HAHAHA,

                                                            Hi db,

                                                            Pigiron already posted the answer to that question a bit further up on this thread:

                                                            ARBY'S ROAST BEEF INGREDIENTS: Trimmed Boneless Beef Chunks (Minimum 70%) Combined With Chopped Beef For a Maximum of 12% Fat. Contains up to 9.0% of a Self-Basting Solution of Water, Salt, Sodium Phosphate.

                                                            Maybe the Feds should formalize a new food definition such as: "Beef Product, up to 20% Liquid Solution Added". This gives the consumer a fighting chance. He now knows he is looking at swill.
                                                             
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