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.