If you want to know how much an Arby’s Roast Beef sandwich is supposed to weigh, just read our story.
What would you do if you got 30% less than you paid for?
We got “ripped off,” but got it resolved quickly.
We had just completed a Once-A-Month cooking day (read more here) where Annette (with help from the rest of us) prepares between 10 and 17 dinner meals which we store in the freezer for use later in the month.
On our “Once-A-Month” cooking day, Annette gets the night off from preparing dinner (after preparing so many meals, she deserves a break . . . right), so we decided to get Arby’s Roast Beef sandwiches.
What we paid for our Arby’s Sandwiches
We always use a coupon, but even so, we’ve watched the price rise appreciably over the past few years. It used to be that we could be four sandwiches for $5, now it’s two for $4.44. We bought eight sandwiches for $19.41 (that’s a lot for us to spend on a dinner for us and our kids).
How Much Meat is Suppose to be on An Arby’s Sandwich?
When Steve brought the sandwiches home and distributed them his curiosity got the best of him and he opened his sandwich to weigh the roast beef. We keep a small scale in the kitchen for weighing ingredients and portions.
A regular Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich is supposed to have 3 ounces of roast beef on it.
How Much Meat Was on Our Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwiches?
Steve put the bottom of the bun on the scale (to keep it clean) and zeroed out the scale. Then he carefully put the roast beef on the bun slice by slice. The scale moved slowly in half-ounce increments but stopped unexpectedly at only Two ounces (30 percent less than what is advertised).
Steve was amazed . . . incredulous even. He rechecked the scale and measured again. Two ounces again registered on the scale.
What Did The Rest of our Arby’s Sandwiches Weigh?
He was now on a mission!
Our order contained 8 sandwiches, but two had been consumed, so Steve weighed the remaining six sandwiches.
Here’s what he found:
- 2 ounces
- 2.5 ounces
- 2.25 ounces
- 2 ounces
- 2.5 ounces
- 2.25 ounces
We Received 25 Percent Less Roast Beef!
The six sandwiches weighed a cumulative total of 13.5 ounces instead of 18 ounces of roast beef—25 percent less than what we paid for.
What To Do When You Get Less Than Promised
Steve called the manager at the local Arby’s and to her credit, she was very concerned that we had been shorted. She offered to either replace the entire order or refund our money.
Since we were tired from a long day of cooking and didn’t want to head out again (and waste gas), we opted for a refund, which we picked up two days later when we were driving by the restaurant.
Trust But Verify
We love Arby’s—and their customer service in the face of a poorly prepared order was stellar.
Other Arby’s restaurants we’ve visited across the country have been fantastic.
It’s not their policy to cheat people, our situation was probably the result of a young worker who was negligent. At least that’s what we choose to believe.
Be Aware When You’re Shopping – Get Your Money’s Worth
But the point of this blog entry is that we need to constantly be aware of what we are supposed to be receiving when we place an order.
We’re not just talking about fast food orders;
- Grocery store: watch the checker so you don’t get double charged.
- Grocery Store: check your receipt that the price advertised is the price charged
- Online Order: Check the size, quantity, and condition
- Thrift stores (check the clothes you’re buying—seams, zippers, buttons, etc).
Part of managing your money well is getting your money’s worth, so keep your eyes peeled . . . and your scale near your table.
What Ingredients are in Arby’s Roast Beef?
Many people wonder what Arby’s puts in their roast beef to make it taste so good. According to their website, the ingredients are pretty simple: (source: Arbys Nutritional info .pdf )
Roast Beef: Beef, Water, Salt, Sodium Phosphates.
The Sesame Seed Bun: Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Yeast, Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Wheat Gluten, Contains 2% or less of the following: Salt, Dried Malt, Dough Conditioners (contains one or more of the following: mono and diglycerides, ethoxylated mono and diglycerides, calcium peroxide, azodicarbonamide, calcium stearoyl lactylate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, DATEM, ascorbic acid, calcium iodate, soy lecithin, enzymes), Yeast Nutrients (contains one or more of the following: calcium carbonate, ammonium chloride, ammonium sulfate, calcium sulfate, monocalcium phosphate, carbamide), Dextrose, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Caramel Color, L-Cysteine, Propylene Glycol, Diammonium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Wheat and/or Corn Starch, Corn Grits, Soy Flour, Potato Flour, Milk, Calcium Propionate and/or Potassium Sorbate (preservatives).Topped with Sesame Seeds.
Arby’s Nutritional Info
If you want the nutritional content of an Arbys Sandwich, this is what we found:
- Calories: 360
- Calories from Fat: 120
- Cholesterol: 50mg
- Sodium: 970 mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 37g
- Dietary Fiber: 2g
- Added Sugars: 2.5g
- Sugars 5g
- Protein: 23g
A Mini-Documentary About Arby’s Meat Offerings
What Cut of Meat Does Arby’s Use?
Cos Callis on the website Cooking.StackExchange provided this opinion:
The “Arby’s we grew up on” was a Steamship Round. That is the entire “round primal” shown in the diagram. However, several years ago they went to a processed version in order to make production more uniform, I believe it is likely still ‘mostly’ round that has been pressed and shaped.
You are unlikely to find a steamship round on your grocer’s shelves, you will need to go to a butcher. The ‘whole round’ is usually only purchased for restaurants and caterers, it is the cut you are most likely to see in a ‘serving line’ (think Furr’s/Luby’s, etc.) as it is a very large piece.
Commercially the round is broken down into smaller cuts, tri-tip, rump roast, the eye of round, etc. for sale in the market. If you want to make it at home the closest you can probably get is an eye of round roast. You will definitely want to slow roast it in order to get it tender.
More Ways to Save on Fast Food
Check out these two pages:
- Restaurant Hacks – a list of great money-saving ideas for dining out
- Sonic’s Happy Hour – details on half-price deals at Sonic every day of the week
Have you ever had to go back to a restaurant because you were shorted on your order?