I should have known that I was setting myself up for disappointment. The inexplicable very long wait through the drive-through that evening should have been my first indicator that the Arby’s 5 Strip Ultimate BLT was not going to live up to my tempered expectation of a fast food sandwich.
I was correct; the BLT from Arby’s was a true let down. Whereas Arby’s has produced some very good Market Fresh Sandwiches, their BLT did not even come close to some of their other Market Fresh Sandwich offerings. The one highlight to the sandwich was that the bacon was generous and flavorful, but that is where the goodness stopped. What makes a BLT (Bacon Lettuce Tomato) sandwich so good is the perfectly balanced combination of those three primary ingredients combined with the bread and mayonnaise. Unfortunately, there was little presence of the tomatoes and those slices are better described as shaved versus thick cut with the “ripe” tomatoes being the mealy cardboard textured tomatoes that are more often than not served in fast food restaurants. With the absence of the tomatoes, the bread which was not toasted was too dominant.
This is not the first time that a fast food restaurant’s “limited time offering” has failed to deliver the minimum hope and expectation. I am not looking for gourmet food at a fast food restaurant, but I am looking for more than disappointment. I am hoping that I have learned my lesson and when eating at Arby’s will stick with the time tested Market Fresh Sandwiches and stay away from their “limited time offerings” such as the 5 Strip Ultimate BLT and the Reuben.