Iâ€™m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America. Here he is in Greencastle, Pennsylvania.
Greetings from Greencastle, Pennsylvania
N 39Â° 04.743â€™ W 076Â° 342.668â€™ Elev. 627 ft.
If you sail the Interstates for a living, eating fast food is an inevitability. Eventually you will be tired enough or hungry enough or it will be the only thing available or whatever. Itâ€™s going to happen. While I avoid fast food as much as possible, sometimes there are actually good things to be had, occasionally at a reasonable price.
Hereâ€™s an example:
Arbyâ€™s, the nationwide chain that built its business based on possibly the weirdest excuse for roast beef in the known Universe, actually does a couple of things right.
The first is its Three Pepper Sauce. They have it in most of its restaurants but itâ€™s only available in the pump dispensers; it doesnâ€™t come in packages. The stuff is fairly spicy and really tasty.
Depending on the price of a Jr. Roast Beef â€” they used to be a dollar everywhere but Iâ€™ve seen the price as high as $1.49; I wonâ€™t pay over $1.20 â€” Iâ€™ve been known to buy a couple of them just as an excuse to mix a little of the Arbyâ€™s Horsey Sauce (a faux creamed horseradish affair) with the Three Pepper Sauce.
By and large, though, the Jr. Roast Beefs are pretty paltry meat-wise. Curiously, some Arbyâ€™s serve Jr. Roast Beefs that are markedly more generous with the meat than others even though they all supposedly weigh the portion.
But the thing Arbyâ€™s is really doing right these days are Fish Sandwiches. I kept passing by and seeing either â€œTry Our Fish Sandwiches, 2 for $5â€ or â€œGet Hooked On Our Fish Sandwiches …â€ on the marquees. So I finally bit like a fish and, lo and behold, they are great. And here in Pennsyl-freakinâ€™-vania they only cost $4 for two. Because itâ€™s closer to the ocean?
The sandwich is a gigantic piece of cod, served on a sesame-seed bun with lettuce and tartar sauce. I would recommend getting them with extra tarter as the piece of fish is so big theyâ€™re a little dry otherwise. Of course, itâ€™s all a matter of taste. The fish itself is actually really moist, and it isnâ€™t greasy at all.
Overall I still find Arbyâ€™s to be kind of suspicious. In fact, Iâ€™m convinced â€” with no proof, of course â€” that Arbyâ€™s Roast Beef is actually constructed by Buddig, the company responsible for what can only be described as the weirdest luncheon meats ever devised by man or machine.
And evidently Iâ€™m not the only one that feels this way. There is an episode of The Simpsons â€” based on William Goldingâ€™s literary classic Lord of the Flies â€” where the Springfield Elementary kids become stranded on a tropical island. Starving, one of the twins (Sherri or Terri?) utters the classic line: â€œIâ€™m so hungry I could eat at Arbyâ€™s.â€ Ouch.
And so we roll.
Arbyâ€™s Roast Beef, nationwide
Tio Wally pilots the 75-foot, 40-ton(max) land yacht SS Me So Hungry. He reports on road food from around the country whenever parking and InterTube connections permit.
I ran across the same two for $4 deal in Sidney, Nebraska recently. While Sidney is nowhere near an ocean, it is a stone’s throw from Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outdoor Outfitter. I suspect there is a connection between the proximity of Cabela’s and price of fish sandwiches at the Sidney Arby’s, though I have no proof whatsoever, of course.