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river_boater 11-04-2016 09:57 PM

Arby's Venison--gone in 15 minutes
Arby's announced a few weeks ago that they would be offering venison in certain markets, mainly so-called "deer hunting" states.

Well, Minnesota is one of them, and it sold out in 15 minutes.

bjm9818 11-04-2016 10:33 PM

They should go to Hammerheads or Game in Louisville. Awesome venison burgers!

Arby's can't do roastbeef right, why would you ever think of getting venison there.

jpcanning 11-05-2016 03:06 AM

"Now we have to ask ourselves is it really Venison "

I think that it must be mixed with beef.:rofl::rofl:

cphilip 11-05-2016 08:37 AM

If I am not mistaken, the word Venison is rather broad and generic. Most of us think of Deer of some sort like White Tail. But it can encompass about any wild game in its original definition. I do not know what species Arbys is using. But I like it. Im a big fan of Whitetail deer meat. Delicious. Wish they would serve it here in SC. Id buy it.

Thalasso 11-05-2016 09:08 AM

There using road kill

Buoy Scout 11-05-2016 07:16 PM

I heard it was deer meat imported from Australia because it's illegal to sell domestic deer meat? Could that be right? (Not a hunter, clueless here).

semperfifishing 11-05-2016 07:24 PM

Jim Myers / The Tennessean

Apparently Nashvillians really cotton to the idea of deer steak on a bun. The Arby's on Rosa Parks Blvd. sold out of venison sandwiches on the first day, effectively ending the promotion that was scheduled to continue through Nov. 3. The Nashville store was the first in the country to offer this special.

"We stuck a nerve, in a good way, with hunters," said Luke DeRouen of Arby's, confirming that the Nashville location went through more than 250 sandwiches in 5 hours. "Some people drove from an hour away to try it," he said.

The promotion now moves to Atlanta later in the week and then on to Wisconsin and Minnesota.


Arby's meat parade just added another performer. Meet the limited-edition venison sandwich, on sale today through Nov. 3 at only 17 of Arby's more than 3,300 locations.

Nashville drew one of the lucky spots (2044 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.) because of the state's hunting tradition. There was no mention if our "road kill bill" was a deciding factor.

First off, let's be clear. This is not Uncle Buck's weekend bag limit from the Cumberland Plateau. The USDA won't let you sell wild-harvested animals.

This venison comes from Down Under, more specifically free-range, farm-raised red deer from New Zealand, which is exotic, to be sure, but disappointing that Arby's couldn't find a domestic purveyor. Price and volume likely had a lot to do with it.

"Everyone thought we we were going to serve shaved venison," said Luke DeRouen, Arby's senior director of brand communications, who was in town for the sandwich launch. Instead, the company chose 5.5-ounce cuts of top and bottom round steak.

Now for something I never thought I would write about a fast-food restaurant. According to DeRouen, the steaks are cooked sous vide (vacuum-sealed and slow-cooked in hot water baths) at 135 F for 3.5 hours, shipped to the restaurants for reheating and served with a Cabernet sauce seasoned with crushed juniper berries and crispy fried onions on top.

Arby's adds venison to their meat parade, but just for a short promotion. (
This is part of a promotion to meld Arby's "We have the meats" slogan with "It's meat season" to attract hunters as a unique demographic group. The store is even wrapped in a camouflage motif.

Nashville's Arby's restaurant on Rosa Parks Blvd. sold out of venison sandwiches on the first day of a four-day promotion. (Photo: Courtesy of Arby's)
Arby's is limiting the sale to two sandwiches per customer, and after only an hour and 15 minutes this morning the MetroCenter store had already sold 100. At that rate, they likely won't make it though the promotion's end on Thursday.

Corey Smith, a local lunch customer, thought he would plunk down five bucks for a sandwich and give it a try. "It has good flavor, but it's a little tough," said Smith, who's no stranger to venison with a family of hunters.

The Verdict: To be fair, most steak sandwiches are a bit toothsome, and I was pleasantly surprised to find this one more tender than expected. The flavor was good, and the tangy sauce worked to balance the meat, which had just a hint of gaminess.

RyanL11 11-05-2016 07:25 PM

Michigan has a handful of locations selling it. I'm not sure I want venison from Arby's...

Stand By 11-05-2016 10:18 PM

Arby's already makes me fart. Now venison? Roll down the windows.

river_boater 11-06-2016 12:39 PM

I wasn't able to try it, but I have had their pork-belly sandwich several times.

It's incredibly good.

OReely 11-06-2016 03:25 PM

When I first heard of this, I figured it'd be like the McRib at Mickey D's - ground meat mush formed to shape. Surprised it's an actual piece of meat. I avoid all fast food so I still don't think I'd eat it.

akky 11-06-2016 11:46 PM

[QUOTE=bjm9818;9646246]They should go to Hammerheads or Game in Louisville. Awesome venison burgers!

Attended SPI at U of L, man I do miss me some Hammerheads!

Seefood Man 11-07-2016 05:16 AM

Looks and sounds great. Now all they have to do is serve it in a camo bag.

El Faster 11-07-2016 09:42 AM

Cooked sous vide. I bet it's juicy as all get out.

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