"Angus Cool Deli sandwich wrap." Even the name is a mouthful. Arby's invited me to try their new sandwich, available either wrapped in a whole grain flatbread or as a sandwich on a conventional bun. So I headed off to my local Arby's to give the new sammy a test drive.
The wrap - wrapped
The wrap - unwrapped
I deliberately did not read up on this sandwich ahead of time, preferring to be surprised. The first thing that threw me (and that I completely overlooked in the obvious name) is that this sandwich is served cold. Similar to the market fresh sandwiches, the Angus Cool Deli wrap is a well-balanced combination of tastes. Aside from the beef, there is lettuce, tomato, red onion, Swiss, banana peppers and pickles (diced, not sliced), mayo and a sub vinaigrette. As you can see from the image below, there was a bit too much mayo on my wrap.
In fact, there was so much mayo it actually drowned out the taste of the vinaigrette. Next time, I'd probably opt for no mayo and see if it's really even necessary. Deleting the mayo would shave 160 calories and a whopping 17g of fat right there. The sandwich comes standard (assuming by-the-book construction and according to Arby's website) with 620 calories in the wrap configuration, 36g of fat, and 1640mg of sodium. If sodium is a worry, don't try reconfiguring this sandwich. The flatbread alone is 410mg. Kudos, however, go to Arby's for offering a multi-grain alternative to a standard white bun. More restaurants should follow Arby's lead here.
Aside from the spreads, the chopped pickles were a fun surprise - something you might do if you made the same sandwich at home. Also, the sandwich is easy to hold in one hand and eat, with sturdy flatbread holding everything in check. All in all, it the Angus Cool Deli sandwich wrap is a fine and tasty addition to the Arby's menu, something you won't easily find at another fast food restaurant.