One nationwide fast food chain claims “we have the meats,” but now they’ll actually let you sink your teeth into a thick cut of venison without having to shoot, clean, and haul out the animal yourself. And it’ll be available starting on Saturday, Oct. 21.
Last year, Arby’s tested out the sandwich at select restaurants, which quickly sold out of the hot, new item, according to Fox 11 News. The 17 locations offering the sandwich were in Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. It also made it on a New York menu, according to Mic.
In a new release, the company stated, “The positive response to our limited offering of venison last year was so widespread and passionate that we knew we had to find a way to offer it nationwide.”
While promotional photos of the sandwich look unbelievable as a fast food offering, Arby’s does claim the item rocks a 5.5-ounce venison steak and costs less than $6. Pictures people have taken of the test sandwich do make the meat slab look pretty thick.
The venison comes from red trailed deer meat imported from New Zealand since selling game meat is heavily restricted in the U.S. In sandwich form, it comes marinated in salt, pepper, and garlic. Mmmmm. It’s topped with crispy onions and lightly slathered in juniper berry sauce, harkening to the woodsy intentions of its upbringing. In fact, it was specifically tested in hunting regions.
"Hunters hunt the meats, and we have the meats, so it makes sense for us to connect with them and offer a sandwich that they can’t get at any other restaurant chain," said Arby’s chief marketing officer Rob Lynch, according to the Christian Science Monitor.
Would you try one? Arby’s recommends that when the sandwiches start hitting customers’ fast food trays in 3,300 restaurants on Oct. 21, you’d better give yourself some extra time if you want to sink your teeth into it.
Chief Marketing Officer Jim Taylor said, “If people are interested in trying the sandwich, the only way to guarantee they can get one is to get there when we open or a little before and make sure they are in line, just like the folks last year,” according to USA Today.
But not everyone who has tried the deer sandwich is a fan. The New York Post’s Steve Cuozzo, who referred to it as the “Bambi burger,” shot it down with a scathing review.
“It’s the least-palatable dish I’ve had since they slipped me giraffe at the Carnivore restaurant near Nairobi, Kenya, 30 years ago,” Cuozzo wrote.
He said he found the meat difficult to chew through and possessing a taste reminiscent of a used cigar. He also likened the juniper berry sauce to a “cheap citrus marmalade” and called the entire meal “an embarrassment to the animal kingdom."
But that’s just one food critic’s opinion. Meanwhile, a very elderly couple just became victims of the California wildfires, which are wreaking mass devastation in the Golden State’s wine country.