Arby's has a new breakfast menu only available at one location -- here's the one item that needs to go national
The recently opened Arby's in New York City isn't just the first to open in Manhattan in almost a decade. It is also the only location in the world testing a new, revamped breakfast menu.
While about 200 Arby's restaurants serve breakfast, only at the New York City location can customers purchase options such as a brisket biscuit, flatbread breakfast sandwiches, and breakfast sliders.
If the test goes well, Arby's may begin to serve some items at other Arby's locations that offer breakfast, the company told Business Insider.
To determine which of Arby's new breakfast offerings should go national, Business Insider decided to test the revamped breakfast menu.
The new menu is extensive, with biscuits, sliders, flatbreads, and sides.
We tried two of the four flatbreads: the Southwest Ham and Cheese and the Steak and Swiss. These had a ton of meat and two eggs per flatbread, but were both ultimately disappointing. The Southwest Ham and Cheese in particular didn't work — salsa and ham do not mix well.
The apple turnover is available at all Arby's, even those where breakfast isn't served. It's a great pastry — light, flaky, and not sickeningly sweet.
The brisket, egg, and cheese biscuit, made with Arby's Smokehouse Brisket, is a perfectly calibrated breakfast sandwich. It combines a buttery, flaky biscuit with salty, smokey brisket, complimented with cheese and eggs.
The potato cakes are essentially hearty hashbrowns. They're a bit thicker and less crisp than some other fast-food hashbrowns, but still solid.
The sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit is an Arby's breakfast sandwich classic, for good reason. It's a simple formula done well, with an especially impressive biscuit.
The ham and cheese breakfast slider takes the recently introduced sliders menu and adds an egg. What you see is what you get with this mini sandwich.
All in all, it is a surprisingly impressive and extensive breakfast menu. However, one item, currently only available in New York, stood out. The quality of the brisket biscuit shocked us -- and could be one of the best breakfast sandwiches we've tasted. If anything should go on Arby's national breakfast menu, this is it.
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