Friday, May 5th, 2006 (Cinco de Mayo!) around 9 PM
The Place: Arby’s
I love Arby’s. It has always been one of my top 3 favorite fast food restaurants (along with Wendy’s and Jack in the Box, if I had to choose). Since there are multiple Arby’s locations in Bloomington, we decided to go to one that neither of us had been to before, located at 3601 W State Road 46. But I have to give you a warning: If you try to go to this particular Arby’s, it is farther than you think. It is not where Google Maps, Google Earth, Mapquest, or Yellowbook says it is. So we had a little adventure trying to get there. To help explain, here’s a map. (Link rot has destroyed the original map. -Erik, May 2014)
The green is where Google maps says that the address of the Arby’s is, but the red is where we actually found an Arby’s restaurant–a difference of 1.6 miles.
Now 1.6 miles isn’t really that far, except when it seems like you are in the middle of absolute nowhere. There was absolutely nothing at the point where Google thinks that the Arby’s is. If it had been another mile down the road, we would have turned around before we had gotten there. The phone book says that this location is in Bloomington, but I think they are dreaming. According to the boundaries that Google sets for the city of Bloomington, this Arby’s misses by a few miles. Oh well, I love Google even with it’s faults, and this Arby’s is still much closer than most of the places we would’ve be willing to go to in Phoenix.
They said they weren’t closing for another hour, but half of the chairs were already up. Still, we felt comfortable enough to stay there for almost an hour just talking and enjoying eachother’s company, with no pressure from the staff to get out.
In case you don’t know (Erik didn’t know, so don’t feel too bad), Arby’s sounds like R.B’s which stands for Roast Beef. But is it really roast beef? There is something about it. It doesn’t taste like any other kind of roast beef I’ve ever had, but for some reason it tastes sooo good. It makes me not even care if it is real roast beef or not. And I like that they now have different sizes of the roast beef sandwiches. You can choose from Regular, Medium, or Large. I opted for the Medium that day. Erik got a Beef ‘n’ Cheddar Combo with curly fries to share, and we also decided to try their new Market Fresh Roast Beef Gyro. The sandwiches were yummy as usually. I had never tried the Arby’s Sauce, at least not in a long time, so I thought I’d check it out. It is basically BBQ sauce, which was good, but I didn’t think it belonged on my roast beef sandwich. And of course the curly fries were great. (Kira is crazy. Arby’s sauce is awesome. -Erik, May 2014)
We were a little skeptical going in about the gyro. It was their regular roast beef with some gyro spices, tomato, lettuce, onion, and white gyro sauce (usually called tzatziki, or something like that), all in a pita. We got it without the onions, and I only ate some without tomatoes. I thought, how could a gyro made with roast beef be any good? But you know what? I liked it. It wasn’t authentic or anything, but I would consider getting again. The sauce was a mild, but the pita was good and soft. Somehow their “roast beef” almost works in a gyro. For some reason Arby’s tends to make things taste good that you wouldn’t expect them to.
Some lady and some guy were the two main people working there. The fries weren’t ready for a few minutes, so the lady was nice and brought them to our table when they were done. Yay hot fries. The other guy working there had all gold teeth. He was nice, too.
They do things right. We were trying to figure out if it would be cheaper to order a combo with the gyro or with the roast beef. But it turns out that it would be exactly the same. They just add $2 to each sandwich to make it a combo. Smart people. At other places it ends up being a few cents cheaper one way or the other. But nope, not here. I think our total was around $12 for 3 sandwiches, 1 fries, and a drink. Not too bad.
I’ll say it again, Arby’s one of my favorite fast food joints. And the adventure getting out there was fun, too.
How often would I go back?
Once a week. (what’s this?)