What to Eat at Bob Evans: Healthy Menu Choices and Nutrition Facts

Bob Evans

Verywell / Christian Alzate

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Bob Evans started as a humble establishment—a small 12-barstool diner in Rio Grande, Ohio more than 70 years ago. Today, you’ll find Bob Evans locations in 18 states, offering a robust menu for all three daily meals. Known for its numerous breakfast offerings and diner-plate dinners, you can find nutritious items on the Bob Evans menu and stick to your dietary needs.

With grilled protein and vegetable side choices, you can load up on vitamin-rich meals without starchy carbohydrates. The establishment also offers hearty soups and fresh salads for heart-healthy meals.

What Experts Say

"Bob Evans is known for its nostalgic, homestyle favorites, which tend to be loaded with salt, calories, and saturated fat, and come in very large portion sizes. However, the restaurant also offers a variety of nutrient-dense dishes that may be suitable for a variety of dietary needs. Selecting menu items made with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, and enjoying them in small portion sizes can make dining at Bell Evans a nutritious experience." —Eliza Savage, MS, RD, CDN

Navigating the Menu

Bob Evans offers diner-type items, from breakfast dishes with build-your-own egg entrees to nostalgic "Dinner Bell" plates with your standard chicken fried steak and pork tenderloin with your choice of sides, such as mashed potatoes, vegetables, or coleslaw.

Most of the Bob Evan’s menu contains a high amount of sodium, and this establishment isn’t known for its healthy fare. To stay on track with your dietary needs, you should stick to grilled chicken, turkey, or egg dishes for protein, as well as grilled broccoli and farmhouse garden salad or vegetable soup for your sides.

Rather than order a greasy breakfast, a cup of steel-cut oats and fresh fruit or a couple of farm-fresh boiled or cracked eggs as a side will keep your calorie count and saturated fat level down.

Most Nutritious Option
  • Pot Roast (Family Meals)

  • Cup of Oatmeal (Breakfast)

  • Western (Omelets and Skillets)

  • Herb-Rubbed Turkey and Dressing Savor Size (Turkey and Chicken)

  • Farmhouse Grilled Chicken (Sandwiches)

  • Bacon Cheeseburger (Burgers)

  • Lemon Pepper Sole Filets (Steak and Seafood)

  • Cup of Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup (Soups and Salad)

  • Carrots (Farmhouse Sides)

  • Double-Crust Apple Pie, One Slice (Bakery and Desserts)

  • Chicken & Noodles (Kids Menu)

  • Hot Tea, Decaf Coffee (Beverages)

Least Nutritious Option
  • Wildfire Meatloaf (Family Meals)

  • 4 Multi-Grain Hotcakes (Breakfast)

  • Three Meat and Cheese (Omelets and Skillets)

  • Heartland Chicken Pot Pie (Turkey and Chicken)

  • Slow-Roasted Pot Roast (Sandwiches)

  • Burger, Rise and Shine (Burgers)

  • Great Alaskan Cod (Steak and
    Seafood)

  • Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad (Soups and Salad)

  • Bread & Celery Dressing (Farmhouse Sides)

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Topped With Reese's, One Slice (Bakery and Desserts)

  • Plenty-O-Pancakes (Kids Menu)

  • Hot Chocolate (Beverages)

Healthiest Option

The healthiest choice at Bob Evans is a soup and salad combination. For salads, the Farmhouse Garden Salad contains 180 to 260 calories, depending on your salad dressing choice (which ranges from 60 to 130 calories). A cup of hearty beef vegetable soup contains 120 calories and includes two saltine crackers.

For breakfast eaters, the oatmeal made with Quaker steel-cut oats is the healthiest option, and it comes with brown sugar and milk. If you want an additional side, fresh-cut fruit adds only 60 calories and no fat.

Family Meals

Designed to remind you of comfort foods from your youth, family meals at Bob Evans mirror typical homestyle favorites you might have eaten over Sunday meals with your family.

Most Nutritious Option

Fork-Tender Pot Roast

The fork-tender pot roast includes slow-roasted meat, onions, beef gravy, and carrots to create a hearty dish. This popular entrée contains 270 calories, 16g fat, 6g saturated fat, 17g carbohydrates, 14g protein, and 540mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Wildfire Meatloaf

The wildfire meatloaf includes the Bob Evans wildfire sauce, meatloaf, and haystack onions, It contains 660 calories, 43g fat, 13g saturated fat, 42g carbohydrates, 28g protein, and 1,060mg sodium.

Breakfast

One of the most popular categories on the menu, Bob Evan’s breakfast offerings often create repeat customers, and they are served all day for those pancake-for-dinner enthusiasts. Most of the breakfast fare is high in sodium and includes high-fat/high-protein sides, such as eggs, sausage links and patties, ham, and bacon.

For traditional breakfast entrees, choosing egg whites, hickory-smoked ham, and one pancake will offer the smallest amount of calories and fat within the Bob Evans “Choice” meal category. In addition, although the multi-grain hotcakes sound healthy, they come with butter and syrup—and a hefty 1,200 calories for one four-hotcake serving. Buttermilk pancakes are actually lower in calories and fat.  

Most Nutritious Option

Oatmeal, One Cup

One cup of oatmeal at Bob Evans comes with sweet toppings, such as brown sugar and milk, and as an added bonus, is gluten-free. The oatmeal has 150 calories, 2.5g fat, 1g saturated fat, 28g carbohydrates, 5g protein, and 180mg sodium.

If you prefer other toppings, dried cranberries add 40 calories per serving and honey-roasted pecans have 80 calories per serving. For additional protein, two egg whites as a side have 60 calories and no fat. 

Least Nutritious Option

Multi-Grain Hotcakes

A serving of multi-grain hotcakes includes four pancakes; a serving totals 1,200 calories, 31 g fat, 10 g saturated fat, 214 g carbohydrates, 18 g protein, and 1,910 mg sodium.

Omelets and Skillets

You can pick an omelet with pre-chosen ingredients or decide to build your own. For those who opt to create their omelets, the following ingredients are the most nutrient-dense:

  • Egg Whites
  • Baby Spinach
  • Diced Ham
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Red and Green Bell Peppers

Both the omelets and skillets come with your choice of two biscuits or banana nut bread. The nut bread has 200 calories less per serving than the biscuits, but you can also opt to skip it.

Most Nutritious Option

Western Omelet

The Western omelet, which includes an omelet shell, smoked ham, sautéed onions, red and green bell peppers, and cheddar, has 650 calories, 50g fat, 17g saturated fat, 11g carbohydrates, 40g protein, and 1,590mg sodium. This item includes a choice of two biscuits and margarine that contain 520 calories or banana nut bread that has 320 calories. Skipping the bread altogether will save on hundreds of calories and more than 30 grams of carbs. 

Least Nutritious Option

Three Meat and Cheese Omelet

The three meat and cheese omelet includes an omelet shell, sausage, ham, bacon, onions, tomatoes, provolone cheese, American cheese, and cheddar cheese. This entree has 1,210 calories, 94g fat, 34g saturated fat, 21g carbohydrates, 70g protein, and 3,400mg sodium, and includes the same choices of bread as the Western omelet.

Turkey and Chicken

Bob Evans serves Thanksgiving-style dinners, which if ordered in the small size, are actually nutritious options. Higher calorie comfort foods include the pot pie, fried chicken, and chicken tenders.

Most Nutritious Option

Herb-Rubbed Turkey and Dressing, Savor Size

The herb-rubbed turkey and dressing, savor size, includes an entrée of slow-roasted turkey breast, along with a number of traditional sides:

  • Mashed Potatoes and Chicken Gravy
  • Cranberry-Orange Relish
  • Bread and Celery Dressing

This entire meal totals 650 calories, 32g fat, 13g saturated fat, 67g carbohydrates, 23g protein, and 2,250mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Heartland Chicken Pot Pie

The Bob Evans chicken pot pie includes an entire large serving of the pie and coleslaw. This meal contains 1,430 calories, 87g fat, 30g saturated fat, 106g carbohydrates, 51g protein, and 2,390mg sodium.

Sandwiches

If you’re a light lunch or dinner eater, Bob Evans offers sandwiches as an alternative to their heavier dinner plates. The most nutritious protein options to include in a sandwich are grilled chicken and slow-roasted turkey. An excellent order is the half sandwich and a cup of vegetable beef soup.

Most Nutritious Option

Grilled Chicken

The Farmhouse grilled chicken comes with the following toppings: bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pickles, brioche bun, and honey mustard. You can choose between grilled or fried chicken. The grilled chicken has 670 calories, 34g fat, 10.5g saturated fat, 42g carbohydrates, 47g protein, and 1,780mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Slow-Roasted Pot Roast

The slow-roasted pot roast meal includes the following ingredients: carrots, onions, American cheese, sourdough bread, and pickles. The roast has 810 calories, 49g fat, 19g saturated fat, 47g carbohydrates, 44g protein, and 1,700mg sodium.

Burgers

Bob Evans burgers are made with 100% Angus beef, red meat known for its evenly distributed fat to create juicer burgers than regular beef. The burgers also come with your choice of one or two sides, with the most popular being French fries.

To cut calories, you can ask for broccoli and carrot sides, which allow you to fill up on vitamin-rich foods before diving into a less healthy burger.

Most Nutritious Option

Bacon Cheeseburger

The bacon cheeseburger includes an Angus beef patty, hardwood smoked bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, pickles, onion, and a brioche bun. One cheeseburger has 810 calories, 48g fat, 20g saturated fat, 47g carbohydrates, 46g protein, and 1,710mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Breakfast Burger, Rise and Shine

The rise and shine breakfast burger comes with an over-hard egg, bacon, bun, hashbrowns, beef patty, spicy maple syrup, and American cheese. It has 1,300 calories, 7 g fat, 26g saturated fat, 102g carbohydrates, 51g protein, and 1,580mg sodium.

Steak and Seafood

The steak and seafood meals come with a choice of the following two sides, calorie count included:

  • Carrots, 90
  • Broccoli, 110
  • Corn, 170
  • Green Beans with Ham, 30
  • Cornmeal Mush, 120
  • French Fries, 330
  • Hashbrowns, 220
  • Bob Evans Signature Coleslaw, 200
  • Bread & Celery Dressing, 340
  • Homefries, 250
  • Macaroni and Cheese, 250
  • Mashed Potatoes & Chicken Gravy, 210
  • Mashed Potatoes and Country Gravy, 170

For the lowest calorie and fat count, with the highest amount of nutrition, the green beans and ham and carrots are the best side options.

Most Nutritious Option

Lemon Pepper Sole Fillets

Lemon pepper sole fillets—the meal includes two sole fillets—have 380 calories, 18g fat, 2g saturated fat, 25g carbohydrates, 28g protein, and 680mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Great Alaskan Cod

The Alaskan cod meal includes a large cod fillet and tartar sauce. The fillet has 640 calories, 39g fat, 7g saturated fat, 39g carbohydrates, 32g protein, and 1,050mg sodium.

Soups and Salads

The salads and soups are part of the Bob Evans's menu that changes seasonally. There are berry salads and fruit plates for summer, and hearty, warm soups for wintertime.

The most nutrient-dense salad is the Farmhouse salad, one of the few vegetarian entrees available at the restaurant. The most nutritious soups are the beef vegetable and chicken & noodles.

Most Nutritious Option

Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup, One Cup

A cup of beef vegetable soup and two Saltine crackers have 120 calories, 2.5g fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 18g carbohydrates, 7g protein, and 620mg sodium. This might not fill you up completely, and you might want to consider ordering half a sandwich in addition to this soup for a combo meal.

Least Nutritious Option

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

The Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad, although it sounds healthy, actually contains 920 calories, 59g fat, 15g saturated fat, 55g carbohydrates, 47g protein, and 1,780mg sodium.

Farmhouse Sides

The sides range from healthier vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, and green beans (mixed with ham), to the hearty and starchy mashed potatoes and chicken gravy, dressing, macaroni and cheese, and hash browns.

If a dinner allows for two sides, choosing two servings of vegetables will allow for the greatest consumption of vitamins and minerals.

Most Nutritious Option

Carrots

Carrots—this simple farmhouse side has 90 calories, 4.5g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 13g carbohydrates, less than 1g protein, and 115mg sodium. 

Least Nutritious Option

Bread & Celery Dressing

The popular bread & celery dressing includes 340 calories, 15g fat, 5g saturated fat, 42g carbohydrates, 7g protein, and 1,000mg sodium.

Bakery and Desserts

The bakery and desserts menu is actually quite small, despite the comprehensive menu choices. You only have a pick of three pies: cherry, apple, and chocolate peanut butter.

For those with a sweet tooth, you could get a healthier dessert fix with fruit on hotcakes or a touch of syrup on a breakfast item.

Most Nutritious Option

Double-Crust Apple Pie, One Slice

One slice of the double-crust apple pie has 530 calories, 24g fat, 10g saturated fat, 410g carbohydrates, 3g protein, and 410mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Topped With Reese’s

One slice of chocolate peanut butter pie topped with Reese's has 680 calories, 41g fat, 20g saturated fat, 411g carbohydrates, 40g protein, and 2,510mg sodium.

Kids Menu

The children’s menu is divided into three categories, and listed below is the healthiest option in each:

  • Breakfast: Turkey Sausage Breakfast with Egg, Wheat Toast, and Turkey Link
  • Lunch and Dinner: Chicken & Noodles
  • Sides: Green Beans and Ham

Most Nutritious Option

Chicken & Noodles

The chicken and noodles main entrée has 150 calories, 6g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 14g carbohydrates, 10g protein, and 540mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Plenty-O-Pancakes

The pancakes with syrup and whipped cream contain 1,800 calories, 39g fat, 16g saturated fat, 326g carbohydrates, 32g protein, and 3,440mg sodium.

If a child orders a hotcake, this item includes a protein side, the healthiest of which is a sausage link. 

Beverages

  • Sodas
  • Coffee and Hot Tea
  • Juice and Milk
  • Iced Teas and Lemonades

The healthiest options are coffee, hot tea, diet soda, freshly brewed iced tea (unsweetened), Arnold Palmer, tomato juice, apple juice, and 2% milk.

Most Nutritious Option

Hot Tea and Decaf Coffee

Both the hot tea and decaf coffee contain 0 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g carbohydrates, 0g protein, and 10mg sodium. Note that adding milk, cream, and sugar will change these nutrition stats.

Least Nutritious Option

Hot Chocolate

The hot chocolate has 320 calories, 9g fat, 7g saturated fat, 55g carbohydrates, 4g protein, and 300mg sodium.

Diet-Specific Options

Despite this sodium-rich establishment, you can still find a nutritious meal at Bob Evans and stick to the following diets:

  • Low-Fat
  • Low-Sodium
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-Free

Low-Fat

Bob Evans customers who watch their fat intake for weight loss and cardiovascular health can look for the following items:

  • Egg Whites
  • Hickory-Smoked Ham
  • Turkey Sausage Links
  • Hearty Beef Vegetable
  • 1/2 Slow Roasted Turkey Bacon Melt
  • One Pancake
  • Fresh Cut Fruit
  • Coffee
  • Teas
  • Little Piggy Hotcakes
  • Chicken & Noodles
  • Grilled Chicken Dinner
  • Fresh Steamed Broccoli
  • Garden Salad
  • Green Beans & Ham
  • Carrots
  • Corn

Low-Sodium

Keeping your sodium count low when eating out is challenging, regardless of the restaurant. You won’t find a wide variety of items available to you at Bob Evans, but the following are fairly low in sodium:

  • Freshly Cracked Farm Fresh Eggs
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Fresh Cut Fruit
  • Coleslaw
  • Hearty Beef Vegetable
  • Bob Evans Sausage Links
  • Hash Browns
  • Cornmeal Mush
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Grilled Chicken Dinner
  • Fresh Steamed Broccoli
  • Garden Salad
  • Carrots

Vegetarian

You can consume meatless items at Bob Evans, although following a vegan diet in a restaurant known for breakfast items will be a much greater challenge.

Vegetarian options include the following:

  • Egg Whites
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Freshly Cracked Eggs
  • Brioche French Toast (served with butter and syrup)
  • Hotcakes (served with butter and syrup)
  • Biscuits
  • Banana Nut Bread
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Juices
  • Fresh Steamed Broccoli
  • Garden Salad
  • Baked Potato
  • Sundae, Caramel
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Macaroni and Cheese

Gluten-Free

Bob Evans has a variety of gluten-free options, such as the following:

  • Breakfast, Fresh Berry Oatmeal
  • Breakfast, Farm Stand Omelet
  • Salad, Southwest Chicken
  • Salad, Chicken Cobb
  • Salad, Cranberry Pecan Chicken
  • Salad, Wildfire Chicken - Grilled chicken
  • Salad, Garden
  • Corn
  • Sundae, Caramel
  • Sundae, Chocolate Fudge
  • Baked Potato
  • Coffee
  • Soft Drinks
  • Juices
  • Golden Cornmeal Mush
  • Bacon
  • Sausage Links
  • Ham
  • Side of Fruit
  • Side, Oatmeal (brown sugar, milk, dried cranberries)

Food Allergies and Safety

Bob Evans offers a comprehensive menu with a variety of foods that contain any of the following allergens:

  • Milk
  • Soy
  • Wheat and gluten
  • Peanuts
  • Egg
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

The website states that the establishment reviews all ingredients to keep customers informed of any potential allergens, but managers cannot guarantee that any item is totally free of allergens. You might also experience cross-contamination, as foods can contact one another during preparation, such as the use of a common fryer or countertop.

At Bob Evans, soybean oil is used for frying and grilling. Although soybean oil isn’t an allergen, a sensitivity to soybean is common and you should avoid any fried or grilled item if you experience such health issues.

To help protect yourself from allergens, you can perform the following:

  • According to the Bob Evans website, you should tell a manager if you have any allergies prior to placing your order.
  • You should ask for modifications. For example, ask for a salad free of cheese if you have a dairy intolerance. 
  • You can peruse the section of the Bob Evans website that lists allergens, which is updated periodically. In this allergen information, items marked with an “M” could contain an allergen, as they are processed in a facility or using equipment associated with a particular allergen. Items marked with a “C” contain coconut for those allergic. This website also offers a dedicated phone number you can call if you have further questions regarding allergens and food safety.

A Word From Verywell

As the home of “America’s Farm Fresh” (the restaurant's motto), Bob Evans focuses on a mission of providing farm-fresh foods to its customers. The establishment sources farms and prepares their menu items with simple ingredients to avoid offering foods packed with preservatives.

You will find eating at Bob Evans a challenge if you follow a low-sodium diet, as the majority of the breakfast items contain high amounts of salt. However, if you familiarize yourself with Bob Evans’s nutritional information beforehand, you can stick to a heart-healthy diet.

Ordering oatmeal for breakfast, filling up on farmhouse sides, such as carrots, broccoli, and green beans, and eating half a portion of a lean protein (for example, turkey, sole, and grilled chicken), you find nutritious alternatives to typical fried, diner-type foods. Consider sharing your order or taking half home to keep your portion in check.

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