Arby's is bringing back a specialty menu item that Midwesterners love deer-ly.
Last year, the fast-food chain debuted a venison sandwich in six major deer hunting states, including Minnesota.
Being the only venison sandwich in fast food, it was a risk – that totally paid off. The sandwiches sold out faster than a speeding bullet (okay maybe not that fast, but many locations sold out of them before noon).
Meat lovers who missed out last year will have a second chance when the venison sandwich returns for a limited time on October 21 – this time at every Arby's restaurant in America, the chain announced in a news release.
“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,” Jim Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer of Arby’s said in the release.
What's in it?
Deer meat, obviously. Arby's describes it as thick-cut venison steak that's marinated in garlic, salt, and pepper, and then sous-vide for three hours to "juicy tender perfection."
And there are some fancy accoutrements in the form of juniper berry sauce and crispy onions. All of it is piled on a toasted specialty roll.
People really seemed to enjoy it last year, though some remarked that it was a bit dry.
Arby's didn't say how much the sandwich will cost, but we're guessing it'll be about five bucks.
If you like deer, how about elk?
"What other meats can we weird people out with?" we imagine Arby's culinary team asking.
With the venison sandwich available nationwide this time around, Arby's says it's already searching for the next bold limited-edition meat to add to the menu.
They decided on a limited-edition elk sandwich, which is also coming out this month, the release says. It's topped with a blackberry port steak sauce.
But Minnesotans game enough to try it will have to travel to one of three popular elk hunting states – Colorado, Wyoming, or Montana – to snag one.
Maybe next year.