Oct 20, 2011

Review: Arby's - Ultimate Angus Philly Sandwich

Arby's new Ultimate Angus Philly Sandwich is Arby's take on the classic Philly cheese steak and comes with roasted, thin-sliced Angus beef complemented by fire roasted onions and green bell peppers, a garlic aioli spread, and Swiss cheese on a toasted roll.

The price is $4.99 per sandwich.

If you're looking for a more traditional cheese steak, this isn't it. For one, green bell peppers, garlic aioli and Swiss cheese aren't typically found in a traditional cheese steak (but aren't unheard of either).
I didn't care for the Swiss too much; while it lends a bit of creaminess, it's mostly lost in the mix. A more traditional Provolone or even slices of White American cheese would have been preferable. I didn't really taste much garlic aioli either.

The Angus is actually a good stand-in for steak and is flavorful, tender, and juicy and the veggies add a bit of dimension to the sandwich.
I'm a fan of the Arby's toasted rolls; they're well toasted and have irregular nooks and crannies as well as a bit of crustiness.

Overall, if you're expecting a Philly, you'll probably be disappointed by Arby's Ultimate Angus Philly Sandwich. But if you're in the market for a mostly meat and cheese sandwich, it's a good but not overly interesting sandwich.

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Nutritional Info - Ultimate Angus Philly Sandwich (289g)
Calories - 610 (from Fat - 270)
Fat - 30g (Saturated Fat - 9g)
Sodium - 1670mg
Carbs - 49g (Sugar - 4g)
Protein - 40g


  1. Haha exactly. I get that people like their local food, but it's not that sacred. And it's been said over and over and over. We get it. Not authentic. So just eat what you like and relax already.

  2. nothing more annoying than these people.  like on serious eats when someone eats a po boy in like iowa or something, they are like NOT A PO BOY OMG

  3. This one was delicious. mine came in a box, but I loved it personally. Can't wait to get another...

  4. Always nice to hear from the cheesesteak police. Maybe you should file a lawsuit.

  5. Stop using the phrase "Philly" or "Philly sandwich."  There's no such thing as "a Philly."  They made that up.  There are cheesesteaks, and "Philly" can be applied as a modifier to "cheesesteak," but it is not a standalone sandwich name.

    Also, none of this is right.  The meat, the cheese, even the bread; none of these things go on a real Philly cheesesteak.  Disgraceful, Arby's.

  6. "aioli"

    Isn't that a slang term used by indigenous Hawaiians for Anglos that moved onto the Hawaiian Islands?

  7. I took two bites and spit it out and went on line to make sure the staff did not poison me. Yuck

  8. Philly is indeed a specific type of steak sandwich. I am not sure why everyone gets so defensive when asked to use the terminology correctly. Every had a Chicago style pizza? Every order one but receive NY style? I'm not even defending Philly steaks, I think they are bland. I like cheesesteak with many toppings, so its helpful to know if someone is selling me Philly style... Then I can avoid it.

  9. Mario The PlumberSunday, December 30, 2012

    Am I the only person that looks at that top picture and sees a dead dinosaur head ( Yoshi noooooo....)?? Maybe its the drugs......

  10. Well, I doubt it would have occurred to me... but now that you mention it I can see it...


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