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

Bob Evans

Verywell / Christian Alzate

Bob Evans is 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, plus you can often enjoy a full meal for $15 or less.

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.

What to Order & Avoid at Bob Evans
 Most Nutritious Option Least Nutritious Options
Pot Roast (Family Meals) Wildfire Meatloaf (Family Meals)
Original Farmer's Choice (Breakfast Combos) Double Meat Farmer (Breakfast Combos)
Sunshine Skillet (Omelets & Skillets) Pot Roast Hash (Omelets & Skillets)
Brioche French Toast (Hotcakes) Buttermilk Hotcakes (Hotcakes)
Grilled-to-Perfection Chicken (Turkey & Chicken) Homestyle Fried Chicken Tenders (Turkey & Chicken)
Farmhouse Grilled Chicken (Burgers & Sandwiches) Rise & Shine Burger (Burgers & Sandwiches) 
Lemon Pepper Sole Filets (Steak & Seafood) Sirloin & Shrimp (Steak & Seafood)
Cup of Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup (Soups & Salad) Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad (Soups & Salad)
Carrots (Shareables & Sides) Bread & Celery Dressing (Shareables & Sides)
Banana Nut Bread (Bakery & Desserts) Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Topped With Reese's, One Slice (Bakery & Desserts)
Chicken & Noodles (Kids Menu) Plenty-O-Pancakes (Kids Menu)
Hot Tea, Decaf Coffee (Beverages) Hot Chocolate (Beverages)

Most Nutritious Option

The healthiest choice at Bob Evans is a soup and salad combination, specifically the farmhouse garden salad and a cup of hearty beef vegetable soup.

Family Meals

Designed to remind you of comfort foods from your youth, classic family meals at Bob Evans mirror typical homestyle favorites you might have eaten over Sunday meals with your family. With six servings, these family-style meals are meant to be shared and nutrition values below represent a single serving.

✓ Fork-Tender Pot Roast

The fork-tender pot roast family meal 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.

✗ 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 per serving.

To save calories, carbohydrates, and sodium, consider ordering the down-home country fried steak family meal for 540 calories, 34g fat, 11g saturated fat, 39g carbohydrates, 21g protein, and 970mg sodium per serving.

Breakfast Combos

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.

✓ Original Farmer's Choice

For traditional breakfast entrees, choosing egg whites, hickory-smoked ham, and brioche French toast in the original farmer's choice 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 940 calories for one three-hotcake serving. The brioche French toast is actually lower in calories and fat.  

In total, you'll consume 1,000 calories, 27.5g fat, 9g saturated fat, 138g carbohydrates, 48g protein, and 2,480mg sodium.

✗ Double Meat Farmer

The double meat farmer with freshly cracked eggs, a double serving of sausage links, and hotcakes totals 1,780 calories, 98g fat, 32g saturated fat, 174g carbohydrates, 55g protein, and 2,980mg sodium.

Lower your calorie intake by choosing egg whites over scrambled eggs and ham over sausage links or patties.

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.

✓ Sunshine Skillet

The sunshine skillet, which includes an omelet shell, sausage, gravy, cheddar cheese, and home fries, has 760 calories, 59g fat, 16g saturated fat, 27g carbohydrates, 30g protein, and 1,410mg 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. 

✗ Pot Roast Hash

The pot roast hash includes an eggs, pot roast, home fries, cheddar cheese, and green onions. With freshly cracked eggs and biscuits, this entree has 1,300 calories, 86g fat, 33g saturated fat, 81g carbohydrates, 51g protein, and 3,240mg sodium.

Hotcakes

The hotcakes portion of the menu contains a selection of pancakes and French toast that gives you sweet breakfast options.

✓ Brioche French Toast

The brioche French toast contains two slices of brioche French toast, butter, syrup, and powdered sugar for 840 calories, 25g fat, 8g saturated fat, 136g carbohydrates, 19g protein, and 840mg sodium.

The meal comes with a choice of meat, so select the hickory-smoked ham or turkey sausage links for an additional 100 or 140 calories, respectively.

✗ Buttermilk Hotcakes

Meanwhile, a serving of the buttermilk pancakes (four come per plate) with butter and syrup comes out to 1,150 calories, 28g fat, 9g saturated fat, 209g carbohydrates, 17g protein, and 1,910mg sodium.

It also comes with a choice of meat and the sausage links or sausage patties will add the most calories — 320 each — to your meal.

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.

✓ Grilled-to-Perfection Chicken

The grilled-to-perfection chicken breast meal includes two chicken breasts and a choice of two sides. You can choose from any of the following sides:

  • Coleslaw
  • Bread and celery dressing
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Cornmeal mush with butter
  • French fries
  • Green beans with ham
  • Hashbrowns
  • Homefries
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Mashed potatoes and chicken gravy
  • Mashed potatoes and country gravy

On its own, the two grilled chicken pieces will provide 270 calories, 4g fat, 1g saturated fat, 2g carbohydrates, 55g protein, and 1,040mg sodium.

To keep the calories in your meal low, choose the green beans and carrots sides for 120 additional calories.

✗ Homestyle Fried Chicken Tenders

The homestyle fried chicken tenders meal includes three pieces of chicken, two sides, and dinner rolls. The tenders alone provide 640 calories, 36g fat, 13g saturated fat, 46g carbohydrates, 34g protein, and 1,260mg sodium.

Beware of sides, as well. The bread and celery dressing, as well as the French fries, are your highest-calorie sides, providing 340 and 330 calories, respectively.

Burgers & 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.

Bob Evans burgers, meanwhile, 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.

✓ Farmhouse Grilled Chicken Sandwich

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.

✗ Rise & Shine Burger

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, 77g fat, 26g saturated fat, 102g carbohydrates, 51g protein, and 1,580mg sodium.

As an alternative, consider the bacon cheeseburger, which 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.

Steak & 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.

✓ 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.

✗ Sirloin & Shrimp

The sirloin and shrimp meal includes a 6-ounce sirloin steak and three fried shrimp alongside cocktail sauce. The meal, prior to adding any sides, has 710 calories, 36g fat, 11g saturated fat, 39g carbohydrates, 53g protein, and 1,960mg sodium.

Soups & 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.

✓ Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup, One Cup

A cup of hearty 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.

✗ 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.

Shareables & 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.

✓ 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. 

✗ Bread & Celery Dressing

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

For a more nutritious starch side, select the mashed potatoes and gravy instead for 210 calories, 14g fat, 7g saturated fat, 19g carbohydrates, 3g protein, and 830mg sodium.

Bakery & Desserts

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

✓ Banana Nut Bread

A serving of the banana nut bread contains two slides and 410 calories, 22g fat, 5g saturated fat, 37g carbohydrates, 5g protein, and 540mg sodium.

✗ Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

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.

If you're craving a sweet pie slice, consider ordering the double crust apple pie instead. One slice has 530 calories, 24g fat, 10g saturated fat, 77g carbohydrates, 3g protein, and 410mg 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

✓ Chicken & Noodles

The chicken and noodles main entrée has 150 calories, 6g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 14g carbohydrates, 10g protein, and 540mg sodium. You're able to choose your side here, so opt for the fresh steamed broccoli (30 calories) or green beans and ham (30 calories).

✗ 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.

✓ 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.

✗ 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 gluten-free, low-fat, low-sodium, or vegetarian diets.

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
  • Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup
  • Grilled Chicken Dinner
  • Fresh Steamed Broccoli

For a hearty low-fat meal, order a bowl of the beef vegetable soup. The entire serving contains only 5g fat.

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
  • Lemon Sole Dinner
  • Fresh Steamed Broccoli
  • Carrots

Stick to a low-sodium dinner by ordering the lemon sole dinner dish. It contains 680mg sodium.

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:

  • Eggs (Egg Whites, Scrambled Eggs, Freshly Cracked Eggs)
  • Brioche French Toast (served with butter and syrup)
  • Hotcakes (served with butter and syrup)
  • Baked Potato
  • Macaroni and Cheese

It's possible to dine on a vegetarian diet at Bob Evans by sticking to the breakfast menu (eggs are a nutritious vegetarian option) or selecting a number of vegetable dinner sides.

Gluten-Free

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

  • Fresh Berry Oatmeal
  • Southwest Chicken Salad
  • Golden Cornmeal Mush
  • Meat Sides (Bacon, Sausage Links, Ham)
  • Side of Fruit

Keep gluten-free by ordering either the oatmeal — it's a warm and filling breakfast option — or the southwest chicken salad for lunch or dinner.

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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