Bob Evans is marketed as a farmhouse style casual restaurant that specializes in breakfast and family meals. You’ll find lots of traditional comfort foods on the menu, including slow-roasted turkey and pot roast dinners, sausage gravy breakfast bowls, and starchy sides such as green beans and ham, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes and gravy.
Bob Evans also has a full bakery, and they make their own pies, cookies, and breads. As you can see, it’s not always easy to eat low-carb here, which is why we recommend sticking to your keto plan and eating at home whenever you can.
The temptation alone is enough for most low-carb dieters to cave! If you find yourself in a pinch and Bob Evans is your only option for food, then you can use these suggestions to help keep your low-carb diet on track.
Tips For Ordering At Bob Evans
If you’ve ever been inside a Bob Evans restaurant before, then you know that they don’t do anything modestly. Their cookies are the size of your head and they proudly brag about their made-from-scratch biscuits that are four times the size of a traditional biscuit.
Low-carb dieters need to be extra careful when ordering here. Forgetting to customize your meal could result in a disastrous stomach ache or being kicked out of ketosis.
Keep in mind that eating low-carb is not always the same as eating strict keto.
Bob Evans makes a lot of their food from scratch, but they use lots of breads, sauces, and other ingredients that are off limits for low-carb and ketogenic dieters.
Just like most fast food and chain restaurants, don’t expect the meats, eggs, cheeses and vegetables to be organic, pasture-raised, or antibiotic-free. This is why you’ll want to prepare your meals at home using ingredients that you know are safe.
If you find yourself in need of a meal at Bob Evans, then we recommend trying to make it for breakfast where you can get some eggs, bacon, and sausage. It seems like all of the dishes at Bob Evans come with a biscuit or some equally starchy carb on the side, so you’ll need to be careful when picking these out.
Follow these tips to keep it low-carb at Bob Evans.
#1. Go here for breakfast if you can
Bob Evans is open from 6 AM until 9 PM every day. As we mentioned above, your best bet is to go there for breakfast because you can get farm fresh eggs or create your own omelet.
If you make it here for breakfast, then build your own omelet with spinach, cheese, bell peppers, onions, or mushrooms. Ask for a side of meat such as bacon, sausage, or ham in place of toast and hash browns.
If you’re eating low-carb, then you can enjoy a side of fresh fruit with your meal. But if you’re keto, then you’ll want to skip out on the fruit and stick with meat instead.
Note: Some restaurants add milk to their eggs and omelets to make them fluffier, so be sure to order your omelet without this to keep the carbs and sugar down.
#2. Go with a chicken Cobb salad as your second choice
If you need to eat here for lunch or dinner, then we suggest going with a chicken Cobb salad that contains grilled chicken, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, and blue cheese on top of a bed of lettuce.
You’ll be able to get some vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants from the vegetables while keeping it low-carb. Just be sure to ask for olive oil and vinegar instead of blue cheese dressing.
#3. Order an individual plate
Bob Evans likes to sell packaged meals such as their farmhouse feast that feeds four to eight people. This could be a good option if you need to have Bob Evans cater a party for you, but keep in mind that the dishes won’t be very low-carb friendly.
For example, their premium farmhouse feast contains turkey, ham, corn, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, cranberry relish, pumpkin bread, macaroni and cheese, and pie. You might be able to eat the ham and turkey on a low-carb diet, but that’s it!
This might save you a few bucks, but you won’t be able to customize your meal as much and you could accidentally eat something you shouldn’t. Always order an individual plate at Bob Evans so that you can choose the preparation and sides you want.
Specifically, you’ll want to make sure your meat is grilled and not fried, and your sides are as low-carb as possible. You’ll also want to make sure your plate doesn’t come covered in gravy or sugar-laden sauces.
What To Order at Bob Evans For Every Meal
We’ve looked over every dish on the menu at Bob Evans and put it into one of two categories.
The first list contains safe foods that you can eat on a low-carb or ketogenic diet. The second list includes foods that you should avoid.
Be sure to follow the directions when ordering to make sure you avoid any hidden sugar or traps that could kick you out of ketosis or leave you with a terrible stomach ache from eating something you shouldn’t.
Here are the best low-carb foods to eat at Bob Evans and how to order them:
- Double meat farmers choice breakfast (hold the hash browns, grits, fries, pancakes, and French toast)
- Everything breakfast (hold the hollandaise sauce, hash browns, and biscuits)
- The rise and shine (order this without the hash browns, grits, fries and bread; ask for double meat)
- Classic breakfast (hold the French toast and pancakes)
- Sirloin steak and farm fresh eggs (hold the hash browns, grits, fries, and bread)
- Sunshine skillet (hold the gravy, fries, and biscuits)
- Border scramble omelet (hold the fries, ranch sauce, and bread; choose bacon, ham or sausage as your side dish)
- Western omelet (hold the bread and hash browns)
- Goat cheese veggie omelet (hold the hash browns)
- Early bird (hold the biscuits)
- Sunrise value menu breakfast (hold the hash browns, grits, fries, and biscuits)
Burgers and sandwiches (order all sandwiches and burgers without the bun and sauce; ask for a side house salad without croutons made with oil and vinegar in place of fries):
- Bacon cheeseburger
- Steakhouse burger (no A1 sauce)
- Handcrafted deli turkey sandwich (no mayo)
- Slow roasted pot roast (only order this sandwich if the pot roast is dry and has not been slow cooked in sauce; do not order if it contains sauce)
- Shaved ham and swiss melt (hold the caramelized onions)
Salads (for all salads, hold the bread that accompanies each dish):
- Chicken Cobb salad (ask for oil and vinegar instead of blue cheese dressing)
- Cranberry pecan chicken salad (hold the cranberries; ask for oil and vinegar instead of Italian dressing)
- Herb-rubbed turkey and dressing (hold the gravy, bread, and cranberry relish; order a side house salad with oil and vinegar dressing and steamed broccoli as your sides)
- Grilled to perfection chicken (order this without the bread; get steamed broccoli and a side salad with oil and vinegar dressing as your two sides)
- Grilled salmon (order this without bread; get steamed broccoli and a side salad with oil and vinegar dressing as your two sides)
- Salmon with tomato salsa (get steamed broccoli and a side salad with oil and vinegar dressing as your two sides)
- USDA Choice Sirloin (hold the bread; ask for steamed broccoli and a side house salad with oil and vinegar dressing as your two sides)
- Sirloin and shrimp (only order this dish if you can get the shrimp grilled and not fried; ask for steamed broccoli and a side house salad with oil and vinegar as your two sides)
- Savor-sized herb-rubbed turkey and dressing (ask for no gravy, cranberry relish, mashed potatoes or bread; get steamed broccoli and a side house salad with oil and vinegar instead)
- Slow-roasted turkey and dressing (hold the dressing and gravy, cranberry relish, and bread; order steamed broccoli and a side salad with oil and vinegar as your side dishes)
- Grilled chicken breasts (hold the sauce and bread; order steamed broccoli and a side salad with oil and vinegar as your side dishes)
Foods To Avoid at Bob Evans
The following foods made our “do not eat” list because they contain added sauces or gravy, or are too hard to order low-carb. We recommend going with one of the dishes on our safe list instead.
- Sriracha bacon biscuit bowl
- Sausage gravy biscuit bowl
- Salsa scramble biscuit bowl
- Fruitful farmer (you could order this without the French toast, fruit, hash browns, grits and fries; or you could just order meat and eggs)
- Farmer’s choice breakfast (you could order this without the hash browns, grits, fries, pancakes, and French toast; or you could just order meat and eggs)
- Pot roast hash (we recommend staying away from the pot roast as the meat was probably slow-cooked in sauce and cannot be ordered dry)
- The homestead breakfast (you could order this without the sausage gravy, bread, hash browns, grits and fries, or you could just order meat and eggs)
- Ham biscuit benedict (you could order this without the biscuits, hash browns or fries, but we are unsure of what ingredients are in the hollandaise sauce at Bob Evans. We recommend making your own hollandaise sauce at home to ensure you’re getting a low-carb sauce)
- Country fried steak and farm fresh eggs (get the sirloin steak and eggs dish instead, which is grilled and not fried)
- Biscuits and gravy
- All foods from the griddle, including all pancakes, waffles, and French toast dishes
- Country biscuit breakfast
- Golden cornmeal mush
- Wildfire chicken salad (you could order this without the corn, tortilla strips, ranch dressing, and wildfire sauce, or you could just order a grilled chicken salad)
- Avoid all soups
- Fork-tender pot roast (this dish would be OK to order if the pot roast has not been cooked in sauce; if it has, do not order or try to customize)
- Homestyle bone-in fried chicken (order the grilled chicken instead)
- Homestyle fried chicken tenders
- Potato crusted flounder
- Great Alaskan cod
- Bob Evans wildfire meatloaf
- Down-home country fried steak
- Savor-size chicken and noodles deep dish dinner
- Heartland pot pie
- Slow-roasted pot roast (only order this dish if the meat has not been slow-roasted in sauce)
- Chicken and noodles deep dish dinner
- Country fried steak
- Homestyle fried chicken tenders
Bob Evans is a farmhouse-inspired restaurant that likes to use a lot of sauces and comfort foods to fill its menu. You can find ways to eat low-carb here, but we don’t recommend it. Eating at home is always your best option because it allows you to control what and how much you eat. Ordering the wrong dish at Bob Evans could kick you out of ketosis and sabotage weeks or months worth of hard work that it took you to get there.
If you find yourself a Bob Evans, try to order breakfast. You can customize your own omelet using meat, cheese, and low-carb veggies. Almost all of the dishes at Bob Evans come with bread or biscuits, so you’ll want to hold the starchy sides.
The best lunch or dinner options include a Cobb salad with oil and vinegar dressing, a sandwich without the bun and sauce, or a roasted turkey dinner minus the gravy and paired with steamed broccoli. You’ll want to watch out for the words “glazed” and “crispy” and stay far away from their bakery section!
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