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Arby's Is Bringing Their Venison Sandwiches Back — & Adding Elk Too

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Oh, deer — venison is making an appearance on the Arby's menu again

These days, we’re seeing all the chains fighting over variants of chicken tenders or spicy dipping sauces, but no one is really doing anything that out there. Except, that is, for Arby’s.

Last year, Arby’s test-launched a limited-edition venison sandwich in five states. It was so popular that it's returned, and now you can get it everywhere.

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Starting Saturday, Oct. 21, the sandwich is available nationwide, but in limited supply. That day, they will also launch a limited-edition elk sandwich, available in three restaurants in the popular elk-hunting states of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

“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 Restaurant Group Inc., said in a press release. “On October 21, we want hunters and meat enthusiasts across the country to visit their local Arby’s and enjoy this amazing sandwich. It’s a perfect example of the level of innovation coming from our teams and our commitment to creating experiences that guests can only get at Arby’s.”

The Arby’s venison sandwich is made up of a thick-cut venison steak and crispy onions topped with a juniper berry sauce on a toasted specialty roll. The venison is marinated in garlic, salt and pepper and then sous-vide for three hours, which Arby’s says leads to “juicy, tender perfection.” The juniper berry sauce is a cabernet steak sauce infused with juniper berries.

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The elk sandwich features a tender elk steak topped with blackberry-port steak sauce and crispy onions on a toasted specialty roll and will be available in these three restaurants: Thornton, Colorado; Casper, Wyoming; and Billings, Montana.

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