It has just come to my attention that Bob Evan’s has a new gluten-free menu. They have had a select few gluten-free items in the past, but I have never seen anything from them as extensive as this new menu. The menu is dated 8/2012, so it has been updated within the past 6 months, which is always a concern. I can’t tell you how many times I have been handed a crinkled piece of paper with a few gluten-free menu items printed on it that is way out of date at several different restaurants. When that happens I get very nervous about eating at said restaurant and try to make a point to ask if there is a more current version available or add that restaurant to my list of places to avoid.
Bob Evan’s new gluten-free menu has multiple choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eggs, bacon, sausage and hash are all gluten-free, as are the grits and yogurt parfaits. The sandwiches of burgers or chicken come wrapped in lettuce as opposed to being plain on the plate. If you haven’t tried this option, it is very tasty! I love the cold, crisp lettuce against a steaming hot, juicy burger. All of the salad dressings are gluten-free making a dinner salad a great way to eat a healthy lunch or dinner. Dinner options include soup, turkey, salmon, chicken and pot roast with a wonderful selection of sides. Kids even have several meal options, including dessert, which is vanilla ice cream with a choice of topping.
Bob Evan’s has included this statement on the menu:
We have prepared this suggested list of beverage and menu options based on the most current ingredient information from our food suppliers and their stated absence of wheat/gluten within these items. Although we take precautions against cross-contamination, Bob Evans cannot guarantee a non-gluten item will not come into contact with a gluten containing item during the manufacturing process or during normal handling procedures.
Just like any other restaurant that doesn’t serve 100% gluten-free food, there is a potential for cross-contamination.
I haven’t eaten at Bob Evan’s since 2006 or 2007, right after I started the gluten-free diet. Now that I know there are so many options available, I can put this back on my list of places to try, especially when travelling. I think the biggest issue we have is not necessarily the places we have locally where we can eat safely, but when we travel. Bob Evan’s has many locations across certain parts of the US.