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The Best & Worst Menu Items at Bob Evans

Not sure what to order from the comfort food chain? We had a registered dietitian analyze the menu and choose the best and worst menu options.
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Bob Evans is known for serving up tasty homestyle comfort food around America, but the casual farmhouse restaurant's menu goes far beyond the breakfast staples that are served all day long.

That said, we checked in with Kelli McGrane, MS, RD, of the food tracking app Lose It!, to educate us on some of the best and worst items available at Bob Evans. To our surprise, some of the healthiest and unhealthiest options span far beyond just breakfast, as some of the hearty lunch and dinner items made our handy list. Use this helpful breakdown to help make smart decisions while ordering at the country living-style chain.

Here are the worst and best items you can order from the Bob Evans menu.

Breakfast Combos

Best: Fresh Fit Farmer

bob evans fresh fit farmer Courtesy of Bob Evans
540 calories, 15 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,600 mg sodium, 63 g carbs (3 g fiber, 20 g sugar), 37 g protein

McGrane shared that this option "is your best bet with 37 grams of lean protein and a reasonable 63 grams of carbs from mini multigrain hotcakes and fresh fruit." However, the meal is still high in sodium, so "you'll still want to watch your salt intake the rest of the day."

Worst: Double Meat Farmer

bob evans double meat farmer Courtesy of Bob Evans
2,360 calories, 91 g fat (26 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 3,720 mg sodium, 234 g carbs (6 g fiber, 41 g sugar), 55 g protein

While two cracked eggs with three sausage links, bacon, homefries, and hotcakes sounds delicious and filling, it's, unfortunately, your worst option. Between the number of calories and sodium, you're better off skipping this option.

"It packs over 2,000 calories—as much as most of us need in a single day—and half of those are from the hotcakes alone," McGrane noted. "This order also provides 26 grams of saturated fat, which is more than the amount of saturated fat you should have all day."

Hotcakes & More

Best: Belgian Waffle Breakfast with Hickory Smoked Ham

bob evans waffle breakfast Courtesy of Bob Evans
730 calories, 27.5 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 2,330 mg sodium, 100 g carbs (0 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 23 g protein

This savory combo may be the lowest in calories, but McGraine pointed out that "it's still high in sodium and overall carbohydrates, so you'll want to eat a little lighter the rest of the day."

Worst: Double Blueberry Hotcakes with 2 Sausage Patties

bob evans double blueberry hotcakes Courtesy of Bob Evans
1,410 calories, 49 g fat (20 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 2,530 mg sodium, 205 g carbs (6 g fiber, 78 g sugar), 36 g protein

The Multigrain Hotcakes may be the highest in calories, but McGrane warned that they aren't the only item to worry about.

"The Double Blueberry Pancakes (1,090 calories) packs the most sugar, coming in at 78 grams—that's as much as a small cookie dough blizzard from Dairy Queen," she shared. "The addition of sausage patties will add an extra 320 calories—the same as a small meal—plus as much saturated fat as a McDonald's hamburger."

Turkey & Chicken

Best: Grilled-To-Perfection Chicken with Carrots and Green Beans

bob evans grilled to perfection chicken Courtesy of Bob Evans
490 calories, 15 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 2,005 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (5 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 74 g protein

Keep this low-carb option as healthy as it is by skipping the dinner rolls that come with it. "This would add 380 calories and 50 grams of carbs (about the same as three slices of bread or one medium bagel)," McGrane said.

Worst: Homestyle Chicken Tenders with Bread & Celery Dressing and Baked Potato

bob evans fried chicken tenders Courtesy of Bob Evans
1,310 calories, 63 g fat (22 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 2,380 mg sodium, 139 g carbs (9 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 47 g protein

While this crispy chicken sounds comforting and yummy, McGrane said that "one order contains more than half a day's worth of calories and more than the daily sodium recommendation."

Even worse, in addition to having as much saturated fat as one should have in a day, she pointed out "this combination also packs 135 grams of carbs, which is the same as two french toast bagels from Einstein Bros. Bagels."

Beef

Best: Bob Evans Meatloaf

bob evans meatloaf Courtesy of Bob Evans
740 calories, 51 g fat (19 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 1,420 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (4 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 30 g protein

The meatloaf may be low in calories, but "it's still relatively high in saturated fat and sodium, so it's not something you'd want to eat on a regular basis," McGrane said. So be sure to make this one a sometimes choice, even though it is the best option in this category.

Worst: USDA Sirloin with Bread & Celery Dressing and Baked Potato

bob evans usda choice sirloin Courtesy of Bob Evans
1,420 calories, 81 g fat (25 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 2,440 mg sodium, 110 g carbs (9 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 74 g protein

You may think a large piece of red meat is the right choice, but the saturated fat in this dish "is the same as a double bacon cheeseburger from Shake Shack," McGrane says. Yikes!

Seafood

Best: Grilled Salmon with Green Beans with Ham and Carrots

bob evans grilled salmon filet Courtesy of Bob Evans
480 calories, 29 g fat (6.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 690 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (5 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 352 g protein

In addition to being low in calories, McGrane said this clean piece of fish is a "healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids," thanks to the salmon. But she has one tip to keep this meal good for you.

"Skip the dinner rolls to avoid an extra 380 calories being added to the meal," she said.

Worst: Great Alaskan Cod with Bread & Celery Dressing and Baked Potato

bob evans cod Courtesy of Bob Evans
1,690 calories, 83 g fat (24 g saturated fat, 16 g trans fat), 2,780 mg sodium, 182 g carbs (13 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 53 g protein

When tacking on dinner rolls, this fried meal contains 1,690 calories, which, according to McGrane, is as much as some of us need in a day. But that's not the only reason why you should stay far away from this meal option.

"But what's most shocking is that this combination contains nearly 200 grams of carbs, which is the same as two orders of Fettuccini Alfredo at Olive Garden," she said.

Burgers & Sandwiches

Best: Handcrafted Deli Turkey Sandwich

bob evans handcrafted deli turkey sandwich Courtesy of Bob Evans
980 calories, 35 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,910 mg sodium, 124 g carbs (12 g fiber, 17 g sugar), 41 g protein

This delicious blend of slow-roasted turkey, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, roasted tomato mayo, marble wheat bread, and yes, even with French fries, is the lowest item in saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium, McGrane pointed out. You can feel fine enjoying this meal, as long as you're smart about it.

"Still, with almost 1,000 calories for the meal, this is another one where it's best to split with a friend or take half home for tomorrow's lunch," she said.

Worst: Double Steakhouse Burger

bob evans double steakhouse burger Courtesy of Bob Evans
1,350 calories, 78 g fat (26 g saturated fat, 4.5 g trans fat), 2,270 mg sodium, 88 g carbs (7 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 65 g protein

With two Angus beef patties, hardwood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, deli pickles, onion, a brioche bun, and French fries, it should come as no surprise that one order will cost you more than half a day's worth of calories and your daily sodium limit.

"It also contains 47 grams of saturated fat, which is as much as four Whoppers from Burger King," McGrane said.

Farmhouse Sides

Best: Green Beans with Ham

bob evans green beans with ham Courtesy of Bob Evans
30 calories, 15 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 460 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (2 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 2 g protein

Even though the green beans are healthy, the ham in this side dish contains a lot of sodium, so that is something to keep in mind. For a lower sodium option that's still less than 100 calories, McGrane said it's also a good idea to go with the carrots, "which are high in beta carotene and a good source of fiber."

Worst: Bread & Celery Dressing

bob evans bread celery dressing Courtesy of Bob Evans
340 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,000 mg sodium, 42 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 7 g protein

This comforting and hearty side, unfortunately "contains a meal's worth of calories and nearly half of your daily sodium needs," McGrane said. You're better off skipping this option.

RELATED: The easy way to make healthier comfort foods.

Soups & Salads

Best: Cup of Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup

bob evans vegetable beef soup Courtesy of Bob Evans
120 calories, 2.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 620 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (2 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 7 g protein

Loaded with carrots, corn, potatoes, celery, onions, and tomatoes all in a savory tomato broth, this soup is the lowest in saturated fat compared to the other soups on the menu, McGrane says.

Worst: Regular Chicken Cobb Salad

bob evans chicken cobb salad Courtesy of Bob Evans
1,000 calories, 71 g fat (24 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 2,390 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (5 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 72 g protein

In addition to having twice as much sodium needed in a day, the Chicken Cobb Salad, filled with grilled chicken, bacon, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, cucumbers, blue cheese, fresh greens, and blue cheese dressing "has the same amount of saturated fat as two Whoppers from Burger King," McGrane said.

But that doesn't mean you should order the Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad instead!

"It has 39 grams of sugar, which is about the same as a slice of Bob Evans' Strawberry Supreme Pie," she said. Restaurant salads are often not as healthy as you may think…

Desserts

Best: Two Slices of Banana Nut Bread

bob evans banana nut bread Courtesy of Bob Evans
420 calories, 22 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 540 mg sodium, 37 g carbs (2 g fiber, 31 g sugar), 5 g protein

While this is one of the better dessert options, McGrane said that "with 420 calories and 31 grams of sugar—the same as three glazed donuts — try to stick with just one slice and either share the other or bring it home for another day."

Worst: Cinnamon Pull Aparts

bob evans cinnamon pull aparts Courtesy of Bob Evans
900 calories, 35 g fat (13 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 570 mg sodium, 135 g carbs (54 g fiber, 65 g sugar), 10 g protein

To our surprise, the pie options are not the unhealthiest on the menu: this soft, buttery bread dessert is.

"One order comes with two pieces and adds up to a shocking 900 calories, the same as the Fork Tender Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy," McGrane said. "In addition to being high in calories, these two cream cheese-frosted bites have 65 grams of sugar (the same as four Lofthouse Frosted Sugar Cookies) and 135 grams of carbs, which is more than most of the pasta dishes at Olive Garden."

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Samantha Faragalli Younghans
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