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Arby's just lost a customer. Price of the ham, egg, and cheese sourdough combo with a large sweat tea on...

11-16-2011 = $4.81

versus

11-21-2011 = $5.23

40 cents? Their food is not THAT good. You all might just want to check the prices of the places that you all go to. Chances are, the prices went up.

Liberty's Edge

Eh, inflation happens.


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You couldn't pay me to drink a sweat tea!


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Freehold DM wrote:
You couldn't pay me to drink a sweat tea!

BURN HEATHAN!!! BURN!!!


houstonderek wrote:
Eh, inflation happens.

Sadly I agree, but 40 cents? Maybe 5 to 10 cents, but NOT 40 cents.

Liberty's Edge

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Freehold DM wrote:
You couldn't pay me to drink a sweat tea!

Yeah, that's one southern thing I can't get into. My iced tea preference is unsweetened with lemon.

The Exchange

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houstonderek wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
You couldn't pay me to drink a sweat tea!
Yeah, that's one southern thing I can't get into. My iced tea preference is unsweetened with lemon.

BURN HEATHAN!!! BURN!!!


Sweat tea, eh?

Salty.

Dark Archive

Who in their right mind would even drink tea?

Liberty's Edge

Sharoth wrote:
houstonderek wrote:
Eh, inflation happens.
Sadly I agree, but 40 cents? Maybe 5 to 10 cents, but NOT 40 cents.

Here's the thing (speaking as someone who had to reprice an entire menu when I was managing a deli), the cost of a menu item is generally three to four times the cost of the ingredients. Ideally, food cost is 30% or less of an item's retail cost. The remaining 70% of the cost covers overhead and profit. And, ideally again, 30% of the item cost is profit, although it usually works out to being 10% or less.

Usually, if you have a good "bargain" on a menu, it's what we call a "loss leader", an item that we either break even on or lose a little so we can make money on the items that accompany it (like a drink or a side item). You can get away with a couple of those on a menu, but not many.

Chances are, the price went up because their suppliers are charging more for something, or their overhead went up. Restaurants rarely raise prices just to raise them, there's usually an underlying reason for the increase.

When the minimum wage went up a few years ago, everyone raised their prices to keep the profit margin the same. It happens.


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bigkilla wrote:
Who in their right mind would even drink tea?

Hey, it sure beats that burnt brown water that some of you all drink. Bleh. Coffee.

Silver Crusade

Iced tea?

Iced?

No no no, you've got it all wrong. Tea should be prepared with a teapot, brewed for at least three minutes and then poured into fine bone china cups (with saucers of course). Milk should then be added and sugar if required. If desired you can have a biscuit (a cookie for our American friends) or two or perhaps a scone if your tastes run that way.

At no point does ice or lemon come into the equation.

The Exchange

Oh um sorry about that.

Yeah fast food is not only more expensive, the service has gotten lousy. Combine that with the fact that if I take my time and get the ingredients, not only is it cheaper but it tastes better too.

The Exchange

FallofCamelot wrote:

Iced tea?

Iced?

No no no, you've got it all wrong. Tea should be prepared with a teapot, brewed for at least three minutes and then poured into fine bone china cups (with saucers of course). Milk should then be added and sugar if required. If desired you can have a biscuit (a cookie for our American friends) or two or perhaps a scone if your tastes run that way.

At no point does ice or lemon come into the equation.

Milk is not meant for tea. ugh.

Ice, maybe a little lemon. Just a touch of sugar. It can be drank in a wide variety of cups or glasses. Preferably large glassware. Tea cups are just....wrong somehow.


FallofCamelot wrote:

Iced tea?

Iced?

No no no, you've got it all wrong. Tea should be prepared with a teapot, brewed for at least three minutes and then poured into fine bone china cups (with saucers of course). Milk should then be added and sugar if required. If desired you can have a biscuit (a cookie for our American friends) or two or perhaps a scone if your tastes run that way.

At no point does ice or lemon come into the equation.

~sighs sadly~ And this is why we had the Boston Tea Party. Someone had to show those Brits how to make REAL tea! ~wicked smile~ Just come on down to the South and we will show you how to make tea strong enough to put some hair on your chest, boy. ~winks~


FallofCamelot wrote:

Iced tea?

Iced?

No no no, you've got it all wrong. Tea should be prepared with a teapot, brewed for at least three minutes and then poured into fine bone china cups (with saucers of course). Milk should then be added and sugar if required. If desired you can have a biscuit (a cookie for our American friends) or two or perhaps a scone if your tastes run that way.

At no point does ice or lemon come into the equation.

I beleive the correct phrase is 'plus one thousand', sir. Dashed good show. Teach these heathens the proper way to drink tea. Of course it must be Earl Grey. Darjeiling at a push.


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Sharoth wrote:
FallofCamelot wrote:

Iced tea?

Iced?

No no no, you've got it all wrong. Tea should be prepared with a teapot, brewed for at least three minutes and then poured into fine bone china cups (with saucers of course). Milk should then be added and sugar if required. If desired you can have a biscuit (a cookie for our American friends) or two or perhaps a scone if your tastes run that way.

At no point does ice or lemon come into the equation.

~sighs sadly~ And this is why we had the Boston Tea Party. Someone had to show those Brits how to make REAL tea! ~wicked smile~ Just come on down to the South and we will show you how to make tea strong enough to put some hair on your chest, boy. ~winks~

And that's why we let you go, old boy. Iced tea in the Empire? The very idea is both horrifying and preposterous.

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Captain Brittannica wrote:
Sharoth wrote:
FallofCamelot wrote:

Iced tea?

Iced?

No no no, you've got it all wrong. Tea should be prepared with a teapot, brewed for at least three minutes and then poured into fine bone china cups (with saucers of course). Milk should then be added and sugar if required. If desired you can have a biscuit (a cookie for our American friends) or two or perhaps a scone if your tastes run that way.

At no point does ice or lemon come into the equation.

~sighs sadly~ And this is why we had the Boston Tea Party. Someone had to show those Brits how to make REAL tea! ~wicked smile~ Just come on down to the South and we will show you how to make tea strong enough to put some hair on your chest, boy. ~winks~
And that's why we let you go, old boy. Iced tea in the Empire? The very idea is both horrifying and preposterous.

You, um have not had an empire for some time now.


Crimson Jester wrote:
Captain Brittannica wrote:
Sharoth wrote:
FallofCamelot wrote:

Iced tea?

Iced?

No no no, you've got it all wrong. Tea should be prepared with a teapot, brewed for at least three minutes and then poured into fine bone china cups (with saucers of course). Milk should then be added and sugar if required. If desired you can have a biscuit (a cookie for our American friends) or two or perhaps a scone if your tastes run that way.

At no point does ice or lemon come into the equation.

~sighs sadly~ And this is why we had the Boston Tea Party. Someone had to show those Brits how to make REAL tea! ~wicked smile~ Just come on down to the South and we will show you how to make tea strong enough to put some hair on your chest, boy. ~winks~
And that's why we let you go, old boy. Iced tea in the Empire? The very idea is both horrifying and preposterous.
You, um have not had an empire for some time now.

Or so we woulkd have you believe, you traitorous Yankee.

Silver Crusade

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The sun does not set on the British Empire because God does not trust an Englishman in the Dark!


I can tolerate a lot from you darn Yankees, stuck-up Britannians, and faux Southerners. But disparaging genuine homemade Southern iced tea?!

Thems' fighting words!

And Freehold... Lucky Day (Alton), Dusty Bottoms (Joss), and I will be coming to go all Three Amigos on your a**.

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FallofCamelot wrote:
The sun does not set on the British Empire because God does not trust an Englishman in the Dark!

That is what my Scottish co-worker says. Regularly. While disparaging such things as what you guys call football, but we call soccer, and cheering on a real football team. Why he likes the Broncos I can't tell. Of course he watches as little as possible of American TV, simply because we have this thing he calls "bloody damn commercials." I usually just use the time for a bathroom break. Didn't notice that there was anything on TV at the time.

Silver Crusade

We have commercials too y'know. Only the BBC doesn't carry them.

And football? Pah that's not a game for a true Englishman. Give me Cricket any day! The sound of willow upon leather in the afternoon, that's the sport of gentlemen!

This 90 minute "Football" nonsense is mere childs play. No, give me a proper Test Match, lasting 5 days and at the end a glorious rearguard action to earn a draw. That's a real game.


Bluebell Golden Nostrils wrote:

I can tolerate a lot from you darn Yankees, stuck-up Britannians, and faux Southerners. But disparaging genuine homemade Southern iced tea?!

Thems' fighting words!

And Freehold... Lucky Day (Alton), Dusty Bottoms (Joss), and I will be coming to go all Three Amigos on your a**.

bring it, you overgrown Shetland pony! I'll make a blanket out of your hide!


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FallofCamelot wrote:
...Pah that's not a game for a true Englishman. Give me Cricket any day! The sound of willow upon leather in the afternoon, that's the sport of gentlemen!...

Ah, yes, give me a good game of Brockian Ultra-Cricket anyday. Not quite as viscerally satisfying as an old-fashioned game of old skool Krikket, but those days seem to be sadly gone.

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

It is best to equally mix black tea and coffee in in a tea cup and add 2-3 heaping teaspoons of unrefined cane sugar crystals. It was my favorite drink when I was in Ethiopia.

Shadow Lodge

I prefer to add red (undutched) cocoa to Turkish coffee. Milk, of course, is to be avoided at all costs, because only babies can digest milk.


Sharoth wrote:
FallofCamelot wrote:

Iced tea?

Iced?

No no no, you've got it all wrong. Tea should be prepared with a teapot, brewed for at least three minutes and then poured into fine bone china cups (with saucers of course). Milk should then be added and sugar if required. If desired you can have a biscuit (a cookie for our American friends) or two or perhaps a scone if your tastes run that way.

At no point does ice or lemon come into the equation.

~sighs sadly~ And this is why we had the Boston Tea Party. Someone had to show those Brits how to make REAL tea! ~wicked smile~ Just come on down to the South and we will show you how to make tea strong enough to put some hair on your chest, boy. ~winks~

While I do admire your attempt at trying to educate the rest of the world about true taste and refinement I have to point out that you are wasting your breath.

Only those of us fortunate enough to be graced with being Southern understand how to properly enjoy tea as it should be.
Standard recipe involves no less than 1 heaping cup of sugar per gallon of tea.
~milk in tea! That just don't sound right~


In the South it isn't Sweet Tea unless it is sweet enough to give a hummingbird a diabetic coma. ~grins~

Steven, I actually like milk in my tea. Provided it is tea that I brew myself that is for just one cup of tea. BUT, having said that, sweet tea is truely a divine creation.


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houstonderek wrote:
Stuff ending with: It happens.

Pizza delivery is worse, 20% food costs is too high! We had to maintain 15% or lose any bonuses. That WAS back in the insane days of 30 minutes or its free, though. Going away from such policies has relieved that pressure has allowed the % to rise. And don't think you're getting over on the pizza place by using a coupon, you DID come in, didn't you? We had a lunch buffet, all you can eat! Best idea EVER. 400 customers every week day at nearly $8 a head (I calculated the cost at about $1.50 in food and bottomless drink per person) of which we cleared $4 after all costs for power, labor, etc., meant $8k a week (!) for the owner in profit and $800 (half) of my sales commission each week. If he hadn't been cheating on his shrew of a wife, and got caught, I'd still be there.


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Why did I have to see this thread? Now I'm thinking Arby's. Damnit...


as for the original post. As long as they keep their chocolate turn overs on the dollar menu Arby's will have a steady custom from me.
I like the other stuff they serve but the turnovers fresh from the oven is heaven.

Liberty's Edge

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Steven Tindall wrote:

as for the original post. As long as they keep their chocolate turn overs on the dollar menu Arby's will have a steady custom from me.

I like the other stuff they serve but the turnovers fresh from the oven is heaven.

Jamocha shakes for me. I'm a sucker for just about any coffee/chocolate combo.

Liberty's Edge

Bwang wrote:
houstonderek wrote:
Stuff ending with: It happens.
Stuff ending with: I'd still be there.

Yeah. Pizza is easier to do that with, the dough and the sauce and a sprinkle of cheese are low cost items. If you can pull 50% as a profit that's pretty tight. It's a little harder with regular fat food, especially franchise deals where you have to buy from the main company (McDonald's and Subway are like that, off the top of my head). The deli was a real pita keeping stuff under 30%. Thumann's corned beef and pastrami are the best, but they're expensive (like $6.99 a pound wholesale). Boar's Head ain't cheap either. People b&#&&ed when a half pound Reuben went from $7.99 to $11.99, but even $11.99 (when you figured in the kraut, cheese, bread, and home made Russian dressing) was about 40% food cost. We only made about 8% profit on that sandwich, and it was our best seller, but I couldn't go much higher and still sell them. But if I had kept them at $7.99, we would have kept losing a few thousand dollars a month.

What can you do.


Sharoth wrote:
In the South it isn't Sweet Tea unless it is sweet enough to give a hummingbird a diabetic coma. ~grins~

I can attest to the validity of this having spent 16 years in MS/GA. Although in southerners defenst tea is one of the few things they havent figured out how to fry so they have to do something to make it horrible for your body.

Edit: Those obesity rates arent going to keep themselves high!

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Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
Sharoth wrote:
In the South it isn't Sweet Tea unless it is sweet enough to give a hummingbird a diabetic coma. ~grins~

I can attest to the validity of this having spent 16 years in MS/GA. Although in southerners defenst tea is one of the few things they havent figured out how to fry so they have to do something to make it horrible for your body.

Edit: Those obesity rates arent going to keep themselves high!

It has been tried. We just do not like it, like the Chinese do, in the south.

Dark Archive

I noticed the same thing, some places where I live have gone up. One average it seems about 5-10 cents per dollar it was before. Other places like Micky D's and Taco Bell haven't changed in price, least here local yet.

For example out where my mom lives 2 hours away from where I live. I stopped by a Taco Bell and the taco's there went from 89 cents what they are where I am still and what they use to be out there to now being 99 cents each.


Crimson Jester wrote:
Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
Sharoth wrote:
In the South it isn't Sweet Tea unless it is sweet enough to give a hummingbird a diabetic coma. ~grins~

I can attest to the validity of this having spent 16 years in MS/GA. Although in southerners defenst tea is one of the few things they havent figured out how to fry so they have to do something to make it horrible for your body.

Edit: Those obesity rates arent going to keep themselves high!

It has been tried. We just do not like it, like the Chinese do, in the south.

Silly man, Tea doessn't come from leaves. It comes from luzziane tea bags. ;-)

Silver Crusade

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Freehold DM wrote:
You couldn't pay me to drink a sweat tea!

Why stop there?

You couldn't pay me to eat at Arby's.


I like milk in tea sometimes.

Liberty's Edge

Captain Brittannica wrote:
FallofCamelot wrote:

Iced tea?

Iced?

No no no, you've got it all wrong. Tea should be prepared with a teapot, brewed for at least three minutes and then poured into fine bone china cups (with saucers of course). Milk should then be added and sugar if required. If desired you can have a biscuit (a cookie for our American friends) or two or perhaps a scone if your tastes run that way.

At no point does ice or lemon come into the equation.

I beleive the correct phrase is 'plus one thousand', sir. Dashed good show. Teach these heathens the proper way to drink tea. Of course it must be Earl Grey. Darjeiling at a push.

Q: Where the hell does darjeeling come from? Who the f@#& knows?

And the answer come back to ya: Squeezed out of miracles, that's what.

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Freehold DM wrote:
You couldn't pay me to drink a sweat tea!

Definitely not from Georgia.

Liberty's Edge

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I like my caffeine accompanied by LOTS of sugar. Pop, tea, coffee, whatever.


Being something of a traveler, I've found myself fond of English tea, Southern sweet tea, and all points in between.

However, I at one point began to fear the specter of DIABEETUS based on pure sugar volume alone in the enjoyment of said latter beverage.

My solution? A non-commercial sugar/stevia blend. Specifically, KAL brand Pure Stevia Extract, not as a sugar substitute, but rather as a sugar ENHANCER. Stevia can be used by itself, but has a slower onset time than sugar, and if used in excess produces a rather unpleasant licorice-y aftertaste of severe bitterness.

But if you combine it with sugar? It's like Nitrous Oxide for your sweet-detecting tastebuds! 1/8 teaspoon of stevia, plus 1/4 - 1/2 cup of sugar for a gallon of sweet tea, and not only will it taste better than using a straight 2 cups of sugar, but you don't have to worry about looking like a refugee from PeopleOfWalMart.com!

(seriously, it's good stuff. Ratio works good for Kool-Aid, homemade lemonade, and a whole lot more!)


I went to Arby's just last night and slurped down a bunch of crap that was totally no good for me. It was freaking delicious.

Then I went to Starbucks and got myself a piping hot Chai Tea - which, for you uninitiated types, is made with milk, milk, and more sweet milk! (Though lately I've been enjoying it more with soy.)

After that, I relieved myself in all of your teapots.

Greetings from California! (Where we add whatever we want to whatever kind of tea we feel like and will even put avocado on a hot dog if we want, thank you very much, New York.)


FallofCamelot wrote:
...The sound of willow upon leather...

Hey, who let the BDSM crowd in here?

;P


stormraven wrote:
FallofCamelot wrote:
...The sound of willow upon leather...

Hey, who let the BDSM crowd in here?

;P

...did I miss something?

No?

Bah.


stormraven wrote:
FallofCamelot wrote:
...The sound of willow upon leather...

Hey, who let the BDSM crowd in here?

;P

I was already here?

It's not my fault the description of willow on leather made me think of a certain redhead from a show about a vampire slayer and an alternate universe where she was a vampire in leather, thus willow upon leather.

don't blame me , I'm a gamer we have over active imaginations!!


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Celestial Healer wrote:
You couldn't pay me to eat at Arby's.

That's a job description?! Please, someone pay *me* to eat food. Please, gods? I want that job! XD


When I want to treat myself to a fast food dinner I get a Superstar combo from Carl's jr and then drive next door to the Arby's and get a Jamocha shake.

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