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In Praise Of @Arbys Denali-Style Meat Mountain Sandwich: Have you tried it?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, March 18, 2017

Arby’s promotional image of their “Meat Mountain” sandwich, a “secret menu,” hand-made custom sandwich which contains every meat and cheese offering they carry.


Arby’s has a sandwich called “Meat Mountain”…

…but it’s NOT listed on the menu!

In a manner of speaking, it’s been somewhat “under the radar” except to a few with specialized knowledge of it. It’s like a word-of-mouth menu item.

Apparently, it’s been around for quite some time, at least two, and very nearly three years – at least since August 2014.

Store associates will make it for customers who ask for it by name.

What is it?

A custom, hand-made, super-high protein, ALL-MEAT sandwich made with EVERY meat & cheese Arby’s sells.

The price is $10.

For that, you get a bun and, from the bottom up:
2 chicken tenders
1.5 oz. of roast turkey
1.5 oz. of ham
1 slice of Swiss cheese
1.5 oz. of corned beef
1.5 oz. brisket
1.5 oz. of Angus steak
1 slice of cheddar cheese
1.5 oz. roast beef
3 half-strips of bacon

AND… for a limited time only (because fish isn’t available on the menu year round), if you mention “Denali-style” during March, they’ll throw on a wild-caught Alaskan pollock fish filet FREE of charge!

Peter Wade of the website Fast Company, asked, “Is Arby’s “Meat Mountain” Worth Its $10 Price Tag?” In his August 26, 2014 article, using the online grocery delivery service Peapod by Giant Food to compare, he performed an analysis which showed it was indeed a bargain, when compared to purchasing all of the sandwich ingredients at a grocery store which would cost about $9.13 – and yielded a slight savings of 87 cents. When factoring in labor and convenience, he noted that “Arby’s is giving customers a decent deal.”

Here’s his breakdown:
2 chicken tenders ($1.00)
1.5 oz. of roast turkey (75 cents)
1.5 oz. of ham (75 cents)
1 slice of Swiss cheese (34 cents)
1.5 oz. of corned beef (74 cents)
1.5 oz. brisket ($1.31)
1.5 oz. of Angus steak ($1.41)
1 slice of cheddar cheese (34 cents)
1.5 oz. roast beef (96 cents)
3 half-strips of bacon ($1.07)
1 bun (46 cents)

Grand total: $9.13.

Arby’s “Meat Mountain” sandwich is a custom, hand-made “secret menu” item, and contains every meat & cheese offering the restaurant carries. Image by Flickr member “Mike Mozart” under (CC BY 2.0).

While the hand-made custom sandwich has never appeared on the menu, it was depicted on in-store promotional posters. Christopher Fuller, Arby’s Vice President of Brand and Corporate Communications, told The Washington Post‘s National Retail Reporter Sarah Halzack, in the August 25, 2014 edition that, “People started coming in and asking, ‘Can I have that?’”


Naturally, some will pooh-pooh the sandwich, feigning concern for the consumer, likely citing the sandwich’s caloric, sodium or fat content, as if eating the sandwich will suddenly and immediately have some instantaneous deleterious effect upon the eater’s health. And yet others will likely – though incorrectly – assert gluttony, which is accurately defined as habitual over-consumption of food, not merely consumption of one sandwich. Perhaps it could be thought of somewhat like the annual, national ritualistic over-consumption of food at Thanksgiving. More than likely, the novelty of the sandwich will be, or is limited to those who are merely curious, or may perhaps eat one meal daily.

Of note, Arby’s says they sell 300-400 Meat Mountain sandwiches daily.

And, by comparison, there is no other “fast food” restaurant that even comes close to Arby’s uniquely one-of-a-kind offering.

Undoubtedly, this appropriately-named Meat Mountain sandwich is bound to be a success of gastronomic proportions.

Bon Appétit!

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