Dec 29, 2015

Review: Arby's - Loaded Curly Fries

Arby's Loaded Curly Fries feature an order of seasoned Curly Fries with warm cheddar cheese sauce, chopped pepper bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, and a drizzle of parmesan peppercorn ranch sauce.

I went and bought an order for $2.99.

These come in a fairly deep bowl, similar in size and shape to a KFC Bowl, rather than wide shallow dish like you'd get with nachos. It's not the ideal set up for keeping the fries crispy, especially since the bowl is sealed with a plastic lid with only a tiny hole to vent any steam. Fortunately, I ate this at the restaurant so the fries remained relatively crispy.

Compared to the recent topped fries from Jack in the Box, Arby's Loaded Curly Fries give you a good deal more of everything for just 50 cents more ($2.99 versus $2.49).

There was a good cheese and bacon to fry ratio. The cheese sauce was warm, creamy, and very mild. The shredded cheese really didn't contribute any additional flavor that I could make out though.

The bacon was plentiful, crispy, and chopped in tiny rectangular strips. It wasn't too salty and added a nice smoky, porky quality.

The departure from the standard bacon, cheese, and potato combination is the parmesan peppercorn ranch sauce. It offered fairly strong herby, tangy parmesan notes but not much in the way pepper. It wasn't drizzled very heavily but was readily detected throughout. While the extra cheesiness was nice, I didn't really appreciate the tanginess and even judiciously applied, combined with the cheese and bacon, it overpowered the flavor of the fries a good deal.

Overall, Arby's Loaded Curly Fries were nice enough as far as the quality and taste of the fries, bacon, and cheese goes but I'd prefer it without ranch and maybe with some green onions for that loaded potato skins effect. I'd also not recommend getting them to-go if you like your fries crispy.

Nutritional Info - Arby's Loaded Curly Fries (233g)
Calories - 700 (from Fat - 420)
Fat - 46g (Saturated Fat - 9g)
Sodium - 1990mg
Carbs - 57g (Sugar - 2g)
Protein - 14g

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