Bob Evans

Posted on: Sun, 03/23/2003 - 7:27am
beansmama's picture
Joined: 10/03/2002 - 09:00

My inlaws were in town for the day and wanted to take us to lunch. We went to Bob Evans, and the first thing I did was ask to speak to the manager.

I asked if he could tell me what their foods were cooked in, and explained that my daughter is PA. He said that they use no peanut oil for cooking, but did advise me that all desserts are exposed to nuts since some of them contain nuts. This was good info to give.

Bren ended up having pancakes....and wouldn't eat them, she only wanted her milk. Poor thing has a cold.

But anyhow, I just wanted to mention that.

Kris [img][/img]

Posted on: Sun, 03/23/2003 - 10:42pm
AJSMAMA's picture
Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

I remember reading on here a while ago that Bob Evans uses peanut flour in the breading of their nuggets. I will try to find that post. Like I said this has been a while ago, so this may have changed.
Jaime [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 11/19/2004 - 11:47pm
SaraO's picture
Joined: 02/18/2003 - 09:00

I spoke to the Bob Evans head office last week about their mashed potatos in the grocery store because my daughters pre-school class is having a Thanksgiving feast this Tuesday. She informed me that they would be safe for her to eat, that there are no nut products of any kind in the potatoes and that there are no worries of cross contamination. I also asked her about the restaurant as we have eaten there many times...(my daughther eats eggs and bacon only) and she said she will send me a list of all child meal ingredients as well as a list of everything on the menu that contains peanuts/nuts. She said that all Bob Evans Restaurants cook in soybean oil. I will try and post that letter when I get it....hope this helps.

Posted on: Mon, 12/13/2004 - 12:29pm
ajmommy's picture
Joined: 12/13/2004 - 09:00

I recently went to Bob Evans here in Manassas, Va with my daughter(not PA). I asked the manager what kind of oil they used
because my son was recently diag. with PA and other nut allegies too. He told me that they use peanut oil...which would explain why my son got so sick when we used to eat there. My son has a seziure and migrane due to PA- so no matter what their site says, I have been asking locally to be safe.

Posted on: Wed, 03/23/2005 - 1:30am
momma2boys's picture
Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

We ate at Bob Evans last week, for the last time. They are nut obsessed. They have two new nut breads, and they have too many desserts with peanut butter. Most of the kids desserts had p.b.or nuts, and I could just see kids making a mess with it! We were nervous wrecks.
We decided it just isn't worth the risk or anxiety.

Posted on: Wed, 03/23/2005 - 3:30am
SaraO's picture
Joined: 02/18/2003 - 09:00

I agree, they do have several things with nuts, but we eat there every couple of weeks. We have spoken to the manager and called the home office. The home office sent out a booklet of all the items they serves and the ingredients in these items as well as all of their grocery store daughter loves the grocery store mashed potatos and hash browns. After talking to the local staff and manager- we feel comfortable at our Bob Evans....I am sure it would depend on your experience, comfort levels, and the response of the individual restuarant.

Posted on: Mon, 06/27/2005 - 4:53am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

I'm sending out a "thank you" letter to the zone office for the particular Bob Evans we've eaten at the last several times. (Different meals each time). I took names. [img][/img] Everyone seemed genuine and willing to accommodate.
Among some of the pleasantness: The manager was beyond patient. He directly supervised the preparation of our meals and brought back product for us to directly read labels. We had similiar support from the waitstaff we had in particular. [i]and not one person rolled their eyes.[/i] nada. not once.
This particular Bob Evans is within 20 miles of where we camp and our family soooooooooo looks forward to the occassional drive into a "big city" to eat mid-trip. [img][/img] Side note: cubs were [i]all over[/i] the gift shop. *I* purchased the red, white, and blue tealight candle holders. We now have *another* beanie [i]bear[/i]. Youngest just keeps buying the same construction set [i]over and over and over[/i]. [img][/img]
General Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form. Just describing my own personal, highly individual, and unique situation. Individual Mileage May Vary. Who knows, maybe my cubs are "cured" of food allergies and I don't even know it.........

Posted on: Sun, 06/10/2007 - 8:30am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Bob Evans Lafayette does it again!!!
We always go out for dinner once during our summer get aways at our Indiana summer home.
One of our favorite stops is the Lafayette Bob Evans off of I-65.
It's neat, the staff are friendly, efficient, and the manager is always willing to accommodate my childrens' allergies. This particular manager was no different than some of the others we've met on different shifts. [img][/img]
Our waitress was knowledgeable, maybe a bit too knowledgeable, since when we ordered, it went a bit like this:
Us: We've been here before, but our children both have food allergies, and we might need to see some ingredients, have the manager oversee the preparation of their meals with the chef, or lookup some ingredients. Care will have to be taken to avoid cross contamination with any items they are allergic to.
Server: Our computers have an "allergy alert" and we don't "cross contaminate" here.
Us: We will still need to speak with the manager.
Me: I understand the "policy" that [i]might[/i] be in existence, but I waitressed myself for over 12 years, [i]and I know what goes on in the kitchen[/i].
Server: I worked for a major food distributer and there were TONS of standards that had to be followed [i]to the "T"[/i]. (again, paraphrased)
Hubby: I'm a paramedic, and I've seen that these allergies can surprise you, can we talk to the manager?
Me: (thinking "oh, yeah??") I worked in hospitals and [i]it's pretty similiar to my waitress experience[/i]. [img][/img] [img][/img]
Hubby: I was going to say I worked at NASA, but I haven't, but I did stay at a holiday in express last night......
(I saw the "palms up" hand sign and a bit of frustration in her body language as she was talking with him, but there was no "attitude" when they both came over to the table.)
Long story short, both were very accomodating, and my boys loved the open face pot roast sandwich on Texas toast with baby glazed carrots, biscuits and all the soda they could handle.
The only thing I regret was not giving her a "slush" tip for the great service. I thought we were in for a rocky start, but maybe the allergy was just a bit intimidating for her (despite her words to the contrary) until she found the manager willing to oversee everything. We left twenty percent, but I think an extra bit of "slush" in the tip would have been appropriate. [i]I'll have to ask for her next time[/i] and make it up then. [img][/img]
General Disclaimer: No advice, might just be our dumb luck. Our individual Mileage. i don't even know if there is an "allergy alert" or if it is policy not to "cross contaminate". You know? But it works for us. Some people might even have already written Bob Evans and every last item on their menu off their list for a whole host of very valid reasons. What do I know? I do not guarantee the currentness, content, applicability, or accuracy of the link in this post.
Anywhoooo. There is a Mimi's Cafe (owned by "Bob Evans"??) nearby. I'm soooooooooo interested. Looks delish. I'll have to investigate. Maybe there is a thread on it already.

Posted on: Mon, 06/18/2007 - 11:38pm
smokinblack's picture
Joined: 05/31/2007 - 09:00

One more good word about Bob Evans restaurants. We stopped at the Bob Evans in Carlisle PA last evening. The wait staff was more than accommodating and pleasant. We initially ordered one meal for my daughter, but the cook wasn't comfortable with the clarity of the ingredients in the prepackaged butter it called for. So, he prepared her a fresh mac and cheese meal with fruit for her. They took their time, were sincere, and provided us with a very quality experience.

Posted on: Thu, 06/21/2007 - 9:55pm
seanmn's picture
Joined: 10/01/2003 - 09:00

I just read that Bob Evans died, he was 89.

Posted on: Wed, 07/04/2007 - 12:28pm
SaraO's picture
Joined: 02/18/2003 - 09:00

Well, Bob Evan's has always been a favorite of my families but a few weeks ago we went there (as often we did) and felt comfortable after many good experiences. I don't know what happened and was never able to figure out what caused a slight reaction but my daughter got a very worried look on her face and said her mouth was itching and she was starting to cough! The only thing she ate was a dinner roll...her food had not arrived yet, I mentioned her allergy to the server so not to give us any other breads in the basket. We don't know if the basket had nut bread residue?, if the server touched something then touched the rolls?, we have not figured it out but have also not been back since. Lucky for us we were near a local hospital, we went to the ER they took her back right away and watched...the itching and cough subsided without any epi pen use! Thanks goodness....just wanted to pass on the info. Great restuarant and we love it but might want to pay attention to the little was a reminder to us!


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