It's meat season, folks, and get ready to be excited. Unlike other fast-food restaurants who are focusing on healthy options and smaller portions, Arby's is unabashedly focusing on what heartland diners want the most: meat. With the opening of hunting season, that can only mean one thing--Arby's venison and elk sandwiches.
You might remember our excitement last year when select Arby's locations released venison sandwiches and after such a positive response from customers, Arby's restaurants in six states had the soon-to-be iconic sandwich as a kick-off to hunting season. Some said it took the thrill out of the hunt, but most meat enthusiasts disagreed, saying it was the perfect example of how fast food chains can incorporate wild game into their menus.
October 21, 2017
This year, it's back and Arby's has a special surprise for us. Starting Saturday, October 21, Arby's will release their special venison sandwiches in all 3,300 restaurants across the country! Deer meat for all, indeed.
Arby's Facebook page proudly reads: "Venison is back. 10.21.2017. Every restaurant. When we run out, we run out." And they're serious about the running out part. Last year, a camouflage-covered Nashville Arby's sold 100 of the 250 total sandwiches available for the three-day promotion went in the first 15 minutes, and the rest didn't last longer than five hours.
If you're lucky enough to live in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, you'll have access to a limited-edition Elk Sandwich as well.
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The venison sandwich features a 5.5-ounce, thick-cut venison steak topped with crispy onions and a juniper berry sauce. The special edition elk sandwich (served in select states where elk hunting is popular) is similar to the venison sandwich but is topped with a blackberry port wine sauce, similar to a port steak sauce.
Arby's Chief Marketing Officer Jim Taylor says they went after elk this year after its popularity has grown amongst hunters and wild game enthusiasts. Taylor warns that they're likely to sell out quickly with their limited supplies, so those interested should arrive just when they open (or a little before).
We Have the Meats
If it surprises you that Arby's would have venison and elk on the menu, you might want to take a closer look at the fast-food chain. Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. President Rob Lynch admits they got "caught in the rut of being just a roast beef place," but the company is really all about high-protein, big meat sandwiches.
The "we have the meats" campaign seems to be working - while their competitors are struggling to increase profits with sliced apples and kale options, Arby's is sticking to its strategy and offering customers what they want most. Brisket sandwiches, gyros, and Certified Angus beef steaks are just the beginning - in addition to special hunting season sandwiches, Arby's offered limited offerings like smoked turkey legs for the "Game of Throne's" season finale and a special hand-made, thinly sliced Italian porchetta sando.
Arby's venison sandwiches are available nationwide, but the elk sandwich is only available at the following restaurants. Which begs the question: how far are you willing to drive to get one?
Arby's Locations with the Limited Offering Elk Sandwich
200 East 144th Ave., Thornton, Colorado 80023
2607 CY Ave., Casper, Wyoming 82604
2834 King Ave. W, Billings, Montana 59102
Are you ready to head to your local Arby's to try the venison sandwich after last year's smashing success? Who knows how long supplies will last!