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Monday, August 17, 2015

It's The Coffee, Stupid!

This is influenced by Bob Evans. Bob’s is an Ohio-based company that’s been seeing its regulars and repeat business shrink in its restaurants lately. David sent me an article from the Columbus Dispatch about it. They are changing the menu and getting back to fresh and wholesome basics in their food. It’s their thought that improving everything will improve the bottom line.

Bob Evans AWESOME Sausage Gravy!

I’ve had Bob Evans’ breakfast food And let me tell ya, they don’t need to improve the food! They make a variety of wonderful sweet breakfasts and the best, BEST, sausage gravy this side of the Mason-Dixon line. They cite losing breakfast market share to IHOP and Cracker Barrel. Those are two restaurants with great breakfast food, comparable but not better than Bob Evans. What Bob Evans lacks is that IHOP's coffee isn’t fabulous, but acceptable and it’s pretty good at Cracker Barrel. Bob Evans’ coffee is the WORST! I’ve written complaints to Bob Evans about their awful coffee before. Of the three restaurants, the local Bob Evans is closest to us, but we eat breakfast at Cracker Barrel or IHOP more because I don’t like to have breakfast without my morning coffee and I won’t drink the coffee at Bob Evans.

Think about it. You go out for breakfast and you’re seated. The first question the host or wait staff asks is if you’d like coffee. You’re drinking the coffee before your breakfast comes to the table and you’ll finish your last cup before taking the check up to pay it. It’s the only part of the meal that is there and on your taste buds for the entire visit. Bad coffee will drive people away much faster than food that’s a cut under gourmet. But they’re changing all the food. I hope the change the coffee and make it a ton better too because if they don’t change the coffee I won’t be coming in for the new breakfast items…unless I can bring a cup of to-go Cracker Barrel coffee with me when I visit.

What are your thoughts on sit-down breakfast out? What restaurant has the best coffee? What’s your favorite breakfast dish?

I started it with Bob Evans Sausage Gravy and Cracker Barrel coffee.


Edna B said...

I tend to agree with you about the coffee issue. I don't go out often, but when I do, I want good coffee with my meal. If the coffee is lousy, I eat elsewhere. Breakfast is one of my favorite times to eat out.

I used to enjoy iced coffee at Dunkin Donuts mornings on my way to work. One day I tried the iced coffee at McDonalds and found that I love it. The hot coffee is very good too. I don't do Dunkin Donuts for coffee any more.

How are you holding up with the hot weather, Nani? Pogo and I have been wilting under it here in the East. I'm hoping that when Autumn gets here, it lasts for a long time. Obviously I'm dreaming, but it helps to think positively.

Pogo is out in the pantry barking at everyone as they come home from work. He's hoping that each new person is Joe, but unfortunately for him Joe is not home yet. It's not Joe so much as the turkey treat that Pogo is waiting for, only he will only take it from Joe. Go figure.

I need to get busy here now. You have a fabulous day my friend. Hugs, Edna B.

seamhead gypsy said...

BE's breakfasts are ordinary at best. And the coffee is average to mediocre.