One of the main distinctions is with an Evo Flattop you can control the heat and thus the cooking process. Cooking with grates allows the foods and their juices to fall into the fire and become fuels which ignite thereby changing the chemistry and timing of cooking.
The Evo Flattop is also like a giant cast iron sauté pan. Because of its size and uniform temperature, the cooking surface can do the job of many sauté pans at the same time, allowing one or more people to cook more than one dish at the same time. While open flame appliances tend to scatter guests, an Evo invites family and friends to gather around and share in the creation of a meal.
A cast iron pan is perfect for blackened catfish and seared steaks. Evo’s flattop cooking surface works in the same way. In addition to blackening, searing and sautéing, the Evo’s flattop has a multitude of recipe possibilities, including making flatbreads, steaming vegetables and seafood, and even smoking salmon. So to say Evo is just a grill or griddle is a major understatement, since its direct and indirect cooking versatility allows many culinary techniques.