Casual Breakfast Review Rundown, Entry Number 1: Bob Evans

Breakfast is awesome. Well, it’s awesome when you’re hung over and need a pick-me-up at least. I usually avoid breakfast. I simply don’t have the time. Though when I do, I tend to skip over the fast food offerings and go to the local greasy spoon diner. Well, that’s the plan generally, but every once in a while I find myself at a corporate chain that offers eggs and pancakes. That isn’t always a bad thing. Just like your local offerings, they cook eggs and toast the same way. The other day whilst eating at one of these joints, I decided it might be a good idea to do do a rundown/ranking of the corporate breakfast chains. So for the next few weeks, sit back, relax and enjoy my trek through corporate breakfast madness. This is the Breakfast Review Rundown. If you’re traveling and have to choose between Denny’s and Cracker Barrel, hopefully this will come in handy.My criteria for these reviews is simple; I’ll be ordering over easy eggs, bacon, potatoes, and some kind of bread product. Obviously, that would be waffles from Waffle House, pancakes from IHOP, etc… price and lastly, do they have Tabasco Sauce, will round out my rankings. I don’t know about you, but for me, only Tabasco will do when it comes to eggs. The vinegary-funk is the perfect complement to the yolky goodness of over-easies. Hand me a bottle of Texas Pete and it will be a sad day. With all that said, let’s get into our first review: The Rise and Shine from Bob Evans.Bob Evans describes the Rise and Shine like this:

Our most popular breakfast. Two eggs, Bob Evans Sausage or natural hardwood-smoked bacon and hash browns, home fries or grits.

When it comes to corporate chains, Bob Evans is usually my go-to. So this review is the one that sets the bar. I went with over-easy eggs, hash browns, bacon, and fresh biscuits. There is something about over-easy eggs that makes me really happy. The fully cooked egg whites with decadent raw egg yolks gives that amazing rich taste of bone marrow or caviar. Not that they taste the same, but that I feel like a king when eating it. After sopping my toast in delicious yolk I have the desire to demand that my non-existant minions do some evil doing. Basically, raw egg yolk makes me want to pillage and plunder. It tastes like the cuisine of rich folk, but is available to all of us. I probably stand alone on that one… well the pillaging at least. Either way, Bob Evans always delivers solid, near perfectly cooked eggs.The bacon is par for the course. Bob Evans bacon is pretty good, but not great. I like overly salty, sweet, smokey and fatty bacon. This is regular, hum-drum bacon. It gets a rating of “Good Enough”.Same goes for the hash browns I received. While not bad, I’m pretty sure Waffle House does a way better job on the potato front. More on that in a later review. The biscuits here are fantastic. If Hardee’s is a 9.50/10 (take a closer look at Hardee’s biscuits), this biscuit is a 9.00/10. It’s a little dryer than Hardee’s offering but still flaky and topped with delicious butter and or margarine.At a price of $7.99, this breakfast is not going to break the bank, but not a super value either. If you’re pulling off the highway and need your breakfast fix, I’d give Bob Evans a recommendation as far as diner chains go. While not earth shattering, it’s solid; way better than a weak sauce sandwich from a fast food chain… and they have Tabasco. While your local omelet dive should be your first choice for early morning grub, you can’t really go wrong with Bob Evans.

Pros: Tabasco. Perfectly cooked over-easy eggs. Close-to-perfect biscuits. Children's menus with the crayon maze that amuses me. Root beer at 7:30 am.

Cons: Potatoes and bacon are just okay. Being up early enough to eat breakfast. Realizing how much I spent at the bar last night.

Taste: 7.75/10
Value: 6.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: NA
Price: $7.99

Overall GrubGrade: 7.75/10

More Info: http://www.BobEvans.com

15 comments on “Casual Breakfast Review Rundown, Entry Number 1: Bob Evans

  1. tehbull says:

    …damn you for even mentioning Hardee’s biscuits…I would cut all of the throats to get a Hardee’s in Chicago.
    Weirdly I’ve somehow never had Bob Evan’s, although I’ve seen plenty of them. If it is going to be a big chain, my choice will always be Waffle House. No definite reasons, just many times eating there as a child when riding along with my various trucker relatives. The truckers love Waffle House.

  2. maynardb61 says:

    Personally, I enjoy a good Tex-Mex style huevos rancheros breakfast I can get here in Texas. We do not have a Bobby Evans here. Do not have a Hardees either.

  3. SmoledMan says:

    OMG how many carbs in that breakfast? Just looking at the biscuit made my blood sugar spike.

  4. Manavee says:

    Wait, a Chefprotoss review? I just figured you were in jail or something.

    Anyway, this is a great idea for a review series. Living in the midwest, we don’t have many Waffle Houses, so whenever I travel to the South, I always try to go at least once. The hash browns there are the absolute best. I’m fond of the waffles, too.

    • Chefprotoss says:

      I was in hypersleep. Cryogenics have come a long way… I also now have a bionic arm. Not that I lost one of my other arms, but now I have three. Anyways, where the hell should I get breakfast this morning?

  5. RT says:

    I grew up in a part of the country where, due to geographical isolation, Bob Evans is considered the fancy, Sunday-brunch place. Now I live in the Chicago suburbs, which has a dizzying array of breakfast places with names containing puns on “egg.” Anyway, I actually love going back to visit the hometown solely because of Bob Freaking Evans. I think it is delectable, for both breakfast and lunch/dinner. I agree that Hardee’s biscuits are slightly better, but the combination of a BE omelet, home fries, and biscuit is hard-to-beat, twice-a-year carb fest.

  6. David Smith says:

    Its all about the sausage gravy there….

  7. Larry says:

    Good to see you back CP.

    Bob Evans food has always been a little generic for me. Boring. Not much flavor.

    But I’m with you on the chipped beef as long as it’s not out of a can.

    If you have to dine (sit down) corporate, iHop for pancakes, Waffle House for everything else. Cracker Barrel if there’s no Waffle House..

  8. Bill says:

    If I go out for breakfast it is not Bob Evans, it is Cracker Barrel, by far the best sit down breakfast

  9. That looks good. Bob Evans this week it is.

  10. Richard says:

    Since when does Bob’s have hashbrowns, ours only had homefries? Their homefries use butter substitute (think movie theater popcorn butter) and Lawry’s Seasoned Salt. I love those things.

    Also, when I worked there the bacon was Oscar Mayer at our location I believe.

  11. lz says:

    Choose between Denny’s and Cracker Barrel? It’s not even a choice as it must be CB.

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