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SolRo - 2013-07-07

Only in cartoons could a person do something as physically impossible as get hungry enough to eat Arby's.

THA SUGAH RAIN - 2013-07-07

I've never been so hungry that I could eat at Arbys. I don't even know what their menu looks like other than different sizes of roast beef sandwiches.

lordyam - 2013-07-07

all dressed with cheese and gravy and nothing else, none of that rabbit food on my meat

Aelric - 2013-07-07

As a former Arby's worker, I feel I should step up and defend the idea that Arby's is the most disgusting shit on earth. Before the internet became what it is, I would tell people what the meat really was before it's chemical change into a solid through heat and people did not believe me, but I figure it's common knowledge now. Image searching 'Uncooked Arby's Roast Beef' and finding the worst image is the accurate one.

Aelric - 2013-07-07

For the record, even though I got free food, I only ate fries when I worked there.

SolRo - 2013-07-07

They had arby's at my high school as an option once in a while. This was the only time I've tried arby's. It was also the only time I was thankful for the delicious cuisine of regular public high school lunches.

THA SUGAH RAIN - 2013-07-07

Oh yeah? http://www.snopes.com/food/ingredient/arbys.asp

Cena_mark - 2013-07-07

I worked at Arby's and had no problem with the food. I've always loved Arby's. Stop hating.

SolRo - 2013-07-07

An endorsement any company would gladly pay for you to retract.

Nominal - 2013-07-07

What exactly are we comparing Arby's to? Other fast food?

I like the food itself but the service is always universally awful. I remember one in a mall food court where the workers would just disappear out back and leave the whole thing unmanned most of the time. Other locations weren't much better.

Urban legends, Aelric? For real?

Aelric - 2013-07-07

Honestly, snopes is wrong in this case. The meat really is gel, and I gain nothing from lying about it. It's not just a layer of 'broth' in the bag, it's gelled meat, like what you get on the bottom of the pan from a pre-cooked safeway turkey, except that is the whole thing. Believe me or don't. I know it is a bag filled with barely reconstituted meat parts, easily separated by passing your hand through it gently before it's cooked because I've dropped it on the floor and had to clean it up and throw it away before. It MAY be real meat, but that doesn't account for the real form of said meat.

Aelric - 2013-07-07

And if you don't believe me, by all means, eat up. You deserve such tasty food, after all.

Toenails - 2013-07-07

They have a nice and tasty Pecan Chicken Wrap. My only gripe with them is they are like a buck and a half overpriced on every menu item.

Oh except when they do their fish sandwich special during Lent, those things are amazingly great deals.

Old_Zircon - 2013-07-07

I know someone who worked at taco bell and he confirmed that, at least back in the late 90s, every ingredient except for the vegetables was shipped dehydrated and mixed with water in buckets every morning. the sour cream might have been the other exception but I don't recall him saying it was.

Snopes is wrong a lot.

Old_Zircon - 2013-07-07

The Taco Bell was in Florida (outside Miami) too, for what that's worth. There may be differences in state laws about how dessicated and weird the ingredients can be.

Louis Armstrong - 2013-07-07

As a former Arby's worker myself, I gotta jump on this thread.

Yes, Aelric is totally correct in what the meat is. And yup its disgusting raw, slightly less disgusting cooked. That being said the chicken tenders where decent and every once in a while, the beef and chedder on an onion bun is a must have craveing.

Before I left that job I was being considered for management. I left before it happened, but I remember the new owners of the franchise(bought out from the old owners) where trying to get us to believe that the only way we could compete with McDonalds or Burger King we had to believe that the salty gel block of beef bits was fortified by SCIENCE! to make the top end cut of an actual roast beef become expanded by the gel meat and make every bit of sandwich like that better cut. And thus we were the HIGH END luxury fast food dining experience.

Xenagama Warrior Princess - 2013-07-07

Honestly, I never understood what the hate over Arby's food was about until I read these comments above. And this was the company that overtook Rax in the restaurant market.

Even though I barely remember Rax. Nobody remembers Rax.

Got to say though, I am a sucker for their curly fries.

glasseye - 2013-07-07

Fast food isn't food.

RocketBlender - 2013-07-07

There's a lot of words in this chain, and glasseye's are the only ones that make sense.

Aelric - 2013-07-07

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rUDpcOD1AE4/UBx4qGlVQGI/AAAAAAAABPA/KoYR n2z6EYw/s1600/DSCF0977.jpg


Albuquerque Halsey - 2013-07-07

enjoy what?

Aelric - 2013-07-07

PoeTV puts spaces in the link. find them and get rid of them. That is a picture of what I've been talking about.

Again, enjoy?

Spaceman Africa - 2013-07-07

Yeah that's definitely some uncooked meat alright.
I've never eaten at Arby's, so I've never really understood the amount of vitriol Arby's in particular gets. There's no way the origins of its food is any worse than McDonalds or Burger King.

THA SUGAH RAIN - 2013-07-07

Yeah that's what ground beef looks like.

Aelric - 2013-07-07

Fair, Spaceman. I worked at both McDonald's and Wendy's as well and it was all horrid. I guess that to me, the revultion I felt towards the gel bag beef was also based on working is such a shittily run place. I recall waliing into the freezer and seeing my married owner making out with the toothless manager, the topless corporate golf party that all the male managers bragged about and the female managers took weird pride in whoring themselves out during and nasty scar I got from the deli slicer (luckily only a scar). But, factually speaking, I'll maintain that their gelled meat reconstituted into roast beef is in fact disgusting. Never meant this to be a soapbox, though I'm a tad drunk tonight on my side of the world. You like like Arby's, eat up.

SolRo - 2013-07-07

Maybe you got a bag that wasn't boiled long enough at the plant to set up the "meat" into a solid.

You can tell if the original 'meat' product was a paste at some point by the presence or lack of marbling in the cut. A cut with haphazard marbling was 'glued' together from pieces or trimmings (sometimes not a bad thing if good cuts are used and consistant shape is the goal).

Aelric - 2013-07-07

I was the morning cooker 4 days a week. It was my job to throw two of those things in as soon as the oven warmed up before we opened. It wasn't some fluke bag. It was all of them. But I give up. Again, by all means, defend it and eat up. I'm drunk and tired and don't want to talk about it anymore.

freedoom - 2013-07-07

a lot of deli meat is prepared this way and is still sold as "ham" or "turkey" or whatever because it is still ham and turkey. I think they do this to get a uniformed shape for packaging and portioning. I try to avoid it when purchasing deli meats by not buying the cheapest ones.

Caminante Nocturno - 2013-07-07

Saying Arby's is worse than other fast food is like trying to find the healthiest-looking bowel movement in a public restroom.

SolRo - 2013-07-07

But Arby's is that stall that about 10 people used without flushing, all of them with diarrhea.

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2013-07-07

No, that one belongs to Taco Bell.

cognitivedissonance - 2013-07-07

I'd eat at Arby's before I ate at Carl's Jr.

Just sayin'.

Sudan no1 - 2013-07-07

It's just bland as fuck unless you put "Horsey Sauce" on it, and then you have the tang of horseradish and rancid mayo in your nostrils for the rest of day.

THA SUGAH RAIN - 2013-07-07

YUM! http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-x1GMFdjFRRk/T2LNV_DGaMI/AAAAAAAAANo/saa0 ZhHT2zE/s1600/arbys.jpg

Sudan no1 - 2013-07-08


Racketeer - 2013-07-08

I absolutely love Arby's, no matter how unsettling the raw meat looks like. When we start implementing vat-grown meat widely, that's what we'll end up with. Yum!

Mister Yuck - 2013-07-08

I wonder how much money this joke cost Arby's. I saw this episode when I was extremely young and it pretty much is my only impression of the chain. Well, this joke and that image of raw meat. Thanks Aelric!

fatatty - 2013-07-08

As far as fast food goes, they're probably the best despite their scary ground beef roast beef. Their chicken and turkey seem to be decent quality and not ground versions.

I have to say I'm also a fan of the Arby's sauce. But I guess that means I like dumpster food or something.

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