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My senior mom and I had to run around on errands today and while we were out, we stopped for lunch at a Bob Evans restaurant. We've eaten there twice and really enjoyed ourselves both times. They have so many interesting options on their menus. My mom popped on her compact reading glasses, checked it out, then had the hardest time deciding between a vegetarian omelette or biscuits and gravy. The biscuits and gravy won. I, on the other hand, went basic with burger and fries (yup – I was BAD with the fries! And enjoyed them thoroughly! 🙂 ) Their pumpkin pie was absolutely delicious – creamy, moist, and sweetly irresistible! We ended up walking out with a whole one as well!
I was already very impressed with their friendly service and their yummy food. As I stood waiting to pay, though, I noticed something that impressed me even more! At the hostess' podium they had regular menus in a holder on the right. Because of where I was standing, though, I could also see a holder on the left. In that holder was a simple yellow booklet that was entitled something to the effect of, "Braille and Large Print Menu!" What a treasure for any customer dealing with very low vision problems – including severe aging eye changes!
I asked the hostess if all the Bob Evans restaurants had one or more of those, and she stated they are all supposed to. Now I'm wondering what other restaurants – chains and/or independents – also offer something like that. I've never thought to ask as we don't have that need at this moment. But I'm definitely going to let you all know, along with a dear friend dealing with macular degeneration symptoms, that it's well worth asking if they also have menus in braille or very large print, just like the Bob Evans restaurants!
And MEGA KUDOS to the Bob Evans restaurants chain (and their sister chain, Mimi's Cafe) and any other restaurants offering this wonderful service to their customers. It's such a blessing for them and a big help to all of us in the Sandwich Generation when we are out and about! If you know of any other restaurants that do this, we'd love to hear about them. Just leave a note in the comments. Thanks 🙂
P.S. By the way – perfect for the Sandwich Generation caring for elderly parents and grandkids – the Bob Evans website has fun activities for grandparents and their grandchildren, along with the option to sign up for their free email and get a yummy coupon! Yup – I signed up for mine. With holiday company coming, I know we'll get good use out of it. 🙂