My friends spend their Friday nights at fancy, uptown places like LaBodega and Figlio’s and Lidia’s. But come Friday night, in my opinion, it doesn’t get any better than Bob Evans, Merriam, KS.
Sure, the company at my favorite hot spot may not be as swanky as that of the others. But the food is phenomenal and the price is just right. The two of us can get out of there with full bellies and a $20 ticket – including tip – every time. I like the Frito Chili Salad with Avocado Ranch dressing, side of homemade blueberry bread; and Rick eats the Bob Evans Pot Roast Sandwich (I have to trade him blueberry bread for pot roast sandwich bites – he’ll have it no other way). But we have yet to try anything on their menu that isn’t fantastic.
And you might be interested to know, this particular location recently overcame some major hurdles. When we first moved to the area 2-3 years ago, we liked to hit the place up for breakfast every now and them (their pancakes completely trump IHOP, in my opinion). But the service slid so far downhill that we swore off the place and didn’t return for about 6 months.
In a random phone call that I had with the new manager about a year ago – for work-related purposes – I learned that the establishment had been suffering from very poor management issues, which in turn led to horrendous staffing issues, which in turn led to the awful service that was being delivered for a period of time. This new Nazi-manager gal was sent in from corporate to whip everybody into shape, and she’s done a real fine job.
So now the land of Bob Evans Merriam, KS is a happy place to be again.
The corporation, itself, is doing a ton of things right. They’ve launched a strong social media presence that is represented by Twitter, Facebook and three – yes, three – different blogs. Their website is sexy and easy to navigate. They’re not your run of the mill senior citizen breakfast hut, no sir.
Rockin’ website. Slammin’ menu. Oh, and did I forget to mention the table-side magician on Friday/Saturday nights?