Sandwiches For Good

Restaurant chain debuts in Dallas with mix of sandwiches and altruism

Restaurant chain debuts in Dallas with mix of sandwiches and altruism

Even Stevens sandwich
Even Stevens does sandwiches and a little something extra. Photo courtesy of Even Stevens

A Salt Lake City-based sandwich shop with a mission is coming to Texas. Even Stevens Sandwiches will open its first Texas location in Richardson. A spokesperson confirmed that the restaurant would be opening later in 2017, but did not divulge an address. The company specializes in sandwiches, but with a charitable bent: For each sandwich sold, they make a donation to local non-profits.

The first Even Stevens opened in Salt Lake City in 2014. There are now 15 locations across Utah, Arizona, and Idaho, plus a newly-opened branch in Denver. According to its website, Even Stevens currently supports more than 40 different non-profit partners in local markets.

Founder Steve Down runs a variety of companies, most of which also claim to include in a charitable component, such as Falls Event Center, a chain of venues for weddings and other parties.

Even Stevens' sandwich menu includes standards such as a Reuben and a Cuban, but often with a gourmet spin. A roast beef sandwich comes with Gouda and onion marmalade. The turkey sandwich has "cran-peno" jelly, tomato spread, and cucumber. A banh mi sandwich can be ordered with pork belly or mahi mahi.

The grilled cheese sandwich has white cheddar and cream cheese, with garlic and roasted jalapenos. A "pot roast dip" sandwich has turkey pot roast with Swiss cheese.

There's a vegan sandwich with red pepper hummus, tomato spread, avocado, cucumber, and arugula on ciabatta bread; and that vegan favorite, jackfruit, the Asian fruit whose toothsome texture makes it a popular vegan stand-in for shredded meat. At Even Stevens, they do a jackfruit "carnitas" with pepitas, guacamole, cilantro, and pickled onions on a sweet bun.

Their bread options are wide and varied: from multi-grain to French bread to rye to baguette to sourdough. And all of the sandwiches are $9 or less.

They do three salads including a BLT-themed chopped salad, and one with chicken and beets. Their hours include breakfast as well as lunch and dinner, and there are a half dozen breakfast items including a breakfast burrito, an egg sandwich on a Hawaiian bun, and stuffed French toast.

A snacks and bites section has pretzel sticks, baked mac and cheese, Brussels sprouts, tomato-basil bisque, and two kinds of tots, served with aioli or else a $4.95 nachos-style tots plate topped with cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and avocado.

There is coffee in the morning, plus beer and wine, and live music on weekends.