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Food Review: Arby's Deep Fried Turkey BLT

By Mike Thayer

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Arby's has put their seasonal turkey sandwiches back on the menu for a limited time.

Arby's Deep Fried Turkey
Somebody at my neighborhood Arby's doesn't know how to spell 'fried'

They're being marketed as Deep Fried turkey sandwiches and are available in three varieties:  Deep Fried Turkey BLT, The Gobbler and Cajun Deep Fried Turkey.

Here are the descriptions from the Arby's website:

Deep Fried Turkey BLT - With crispy Bacon, shredded Lettuce, Sliced Tomatoes, Mayo, Cheddar Cheese and crispy, delicious Deep Fried Turkey, this sandwich is a gift for all the Deep Fried Turkey fans.

The Gobbler - With Cranberry spread over the delicious Deep Fried Turkey, topped with Bacon, Swiss Cheese, Tomato, Mayo and Lettuce, the Gobbler might make you wonder if Thanksgiving should’ve been a month-long celebration.

Cajun Deep Fried Turkey - If you love turkey, you are going to love the Deep Fried turkey. If you love the Deep Fried Turkey, you are going to love the Cajun flavor we added to it. If you love the Cajun flavor then you are going to love that we made a sandwich out of it. And who doesn’t love a sandwich?

I went with the Deep Fried Turkey BLT on this occasion.

Hyped as a BLT, it's really just a turkey club sandwich, which is what Arby's called it last year, The Deep Fried Turkey Club.  But what's in a name?....  The marketing is clear, Arby's is pushing the Deep Fried angle.... but it's not quite on the up-and-up, the turkey isn't truly cooked with a deep fry, it's actually oven roasted turkey breast, only put in the fryer for sandwich prep. 

So how was the sandwich you ask?

Arby's Deep Fried Turkey BLT
Nice meat to bun ratio
The turkey was actually pretty nice despite the implied play on Deep Fried.  The bird was juicy and had a good amount of flavor, but in anticipating some fried crispiness in the turkey skin, I was a bit disappointed, it was soft and chewy.  The bacon was crisp though, which was complimented by a real slice of cheddar cheese (not the processed stuff like you get on the Beef 'n Cheddar) which was melted just right.  The lettuce and tomato was fresh and the toasted star-cut bun wrapped it all up quite nicely, a tasty bite after bite experience.
Arby's Deep Fried Turkey BLT
Juicy, flavorful turkey, but skin not crispy
The sandwich, cost me $5 and some change and is a repeat buy.  While not a true deep fried turkey cook, the turkey is however a very enjoyable step above ordinary oven roasted bird.  I give the Arby's Deep Fried Turkey BLT four out of five stars.  I'm looking forward to sampling Arby's other turkey sandwiches, which for some reason I didn't get around to doing so last season.  Given how good the Deep Fried BLT was, it's a must do this year.
4 stars
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