Safe Fast Food ?

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By aidansdaddy on Fri, 02-24-06, 21:24

Hi folks, We are visiting USA next week, and I am trying to find out whether any of the main fast food chains are "nut free", or at least "allergy aware". I am thinking pizza, burgers, etc...any info most appreciated, as we are out of our depth over there!
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By Daisy on Fri, 02-24-06, 22:05

What part of the country? Many restaurants are regional.

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By Adele on Fri, 02-24-06, 22:07

Hello aidansdaddy,

Where will you be in the U.S.? Some fast food restaurants are found everywhere, but some are regional.

Burger King is ok. If you go to burgerking.com, and click on 'nutritional info' - you'll find the allergen web page. Everything is safe for PA except for the desserts that are manufactured on equipment that processes peanuts & tree nuts.

McDonalds is also reasonably safe but it depends on your comfort level. Ionly buy Egg McMuffins there. It's also a great place to get tea as McDonalds uses steaming hot water even if it is just in a styrofoam cup....and you can buy a small container of milk if you use it in your tea.

McDonalds does have packaged peanuts that are given to the customer in a sealed packet when you order ice cream.

Subway is iffy. Technically their sandwiches are safe but some Subways sell peanut butter cookies. I've watched peanut butter cookies crumbs drop all over the paper used to wrap sandwiches.

In & Out Burgers (great hamburgers) are safe - last I checked....but you should double-check. But it may be found only in the western states. I believe Baja Fresh (Mexican food) is also safe but better check. Again, may be found only in the west.

I think all the fast food restaurants have web sites.

Enjoy your trip!
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By aidansdaddy on Fri, 02-24-06, 22:36

Hi, thanks for those hints..We are having an Amtrak train tour, including New York, Chicago, Seattle, LA, and San Diego..from looking at Pizza Hut, they seem pretty much "nut free"?
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By solarflare on Fri, 02-24-06, 23:28

In LA, definitely check out In-N-Out Burgers. There are a lot of them down there.

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By ajgauthier on Fri, 02-24-06, 23:38

if you are in California, Rubios is safe for PA and tree nut allergies. You can ask to see the boxes/labels that the food comes in and they have a great website with nutritional info --- even the churros are safe!

See Nutritional Info and Allergen Info at the bottom for their PDF versions:

[url="http://www.rubios.com/menu.html"]http://www.rubios.com/menu.html[/url]

Also - La Salsa is also safe (as far as I've found)

[url="http://www.lasalsa.com/home.htm"]http://www.lasalsa.com/home.htm[/url]

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By ajgauthier on Fri, 02-24-06, 23:39

oh - and for pizza...Papa Johns is considered safe (it's been said on here that some Pizza Huts use peanut oil to glaze their pans, varies by franchise)

[url="http://www.papajohns.com/menu/faq.htm"]http://www.papajohns.com/menu/faq.htm[/url]

has an allergen statement...

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By aidansdaddy on Sat, 02-25-06, 08:57

My thanks to you all for your information. On the topic of peanut oil, here in the UK it seems to be accepted wisdom that refined (processed) peanut oil is "safe", but that "cold pressed, natural, unrefined," oil will contain reaction causing proteins. Can anyone tell me whether the peanut oils used in America are all unrefined?
Ed.
ps, any more eating ideas most appreciated!

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By Becky's Mum on Sat, 02-25-06, 09:49

Hi Aidansdaddy

Just wanted to say hi, we're also from Nottingham (Hucknall). Peanut allergy is still quite new to us, Becky was diagnosed last July at the age of 13. This site has been our salvation!

Have a great trip.
Jayne

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By Adele on Sat, 02-25-06, 15:02

aidansdaddy, generally the peanut oil in the U.S. is refined but you can't count on it as unrefined peanut oil is also available.

My allergist told me 'peanut oil is ok' then on the next visit he told me to avoid it. Most of us here at PA.com avoid it.

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By patsmommy on Sat, 02-25-06, 15:39

If you look on pizza hut website they say that they do not use peanut as a norm, but to check with each resturant because they can. does that make sense? anyway, we have eaten at them before and as a matter of fact my sonis going to party today where pizza hut will be served so I called that pizza hut. the manager told me that they do not use peanut oil in the store but is calling the main office to make sure the sauce do not have peanut or nut oils inthem and will cal me back.

also nyc has a bakery now that is nut free I never went to it but here is the link
[url="http://www.babycakesnyc.com/index.html"]http://www.babycakesnyc.com/index.html[/url]

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By aidansdaddy on Sat, 02-25-06, 21:04

Thanks again for all your help, and greetings to Beckys mum. Quite funny to send a message halfway round the world and get a reply from 2 miles up the road! I see you don't list your email, but if you care to contact via my email I would be happy to share thoughts on local issues?
Ed.

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By Lori Jo on Tue, 02-28-06, 03:10

Welcome and have a great trip!
I just have to add my two cents and strongly recommend Rubio's just based on how tasty their food is. It is a quintessential southern California food, especially their fish tacos. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I lived in San Diego for 5 years and it was my favorite fast food. That was prior to DD and her PA, though, but I am glad to hear it is considered safe by at least one member here. My stomach is rumbling just thinking about it!

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By gw_mom3 on Tue, 02-28-06, 20:22

Despite the lack of this info on their site, every Burger King we've been to has peanut butter pie (which is much worse than just being on shared lines) but it is in a sealed box so there shouldn't be a problem.

I agree about in-n-out. Not only safe but they make the best burgers! I only wish they had them here in Indiana. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] Sadly, this is one of the things that gets dh and I all excited about driving out west. lol.

I don't trust McDonalds. I don't know if the ones here have the peanut packets but they do have flurry toppings (including butterscotch) all over the place. Last time I went it was all over the counter and an employee just swept it off with her hand and came over to take our order. Needless to say we haven't been back. I wish ours were like the ones in Canada that have safe toppings.

I have heard, but not gone, that Chipotle Mexican Restaurant is safe. We do go to Taco Bell with no trouble-our local one even quit selling the choco taco recently.

I want to thank everyone for the Rubios info. We'll be going to California soon and love to have extra options for eating. Right now we're sticking with BK, in-n-out, taco bell, wendys (grudgingly)...I think that's it. Oh, Carl's jr. is supposed to be safe except for the cookies.

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By Driving Me Nutty on Wed, 03-01-06, 04:03

Quote:Originally posted by aidansdaddy:
[b]Hi, thanks for those hints..We are having an Amtrak train tour, including New York, Chicago, Seattle, LA, and San Diego..from looking at Pizza Hut, they seem pretty much "nut free"?
Ed.[/b]

In Chicago, you have to try a Chicago-style deep dish pizza. My favorites (and safe, but do double check with the local managers) are Giordano's and Pizzeria Uno. My sister has lived all over the U.S. and we have to ship them to her b/c she can't find any that compare (no offense to those not in Chicago [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img])

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By ajgauthier on Wed, 03-01-06, 04:07

Quote:Originally posted by gw_mom3:
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I have heard, but not gone, that Chipotle Mexican Restaurant is safe. We do go to Taco Bell with no trouble-our local one even quit selling the choco taco recently.

I want to thank everyone for the Rubios info. We'll be going to California soon and love to have extra options for eating. Right now we're sticking with BK, in-n-out, taco bell, wendys (grudgingly)...I think that's it. Oh, Carl's jr. is supposed to be safe except for the cookies.

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I've never had a problem at Chipotle, but I've also never inquired about the specifics in their marinades. I go there all the time.

Rubios is awesome :-)

Adrienne

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By gw_mom3 on Wed, 03-01-06, 04:23

I looked at the information for Rubios. We are avoiding shellfish and they have shrimp burritos so we will probably avoid them after all. Plus my younger two don't like mexican food at all.

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