Posted on: Thu, 07/15/2004 - 4:20am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

Just wanted to share Denny's response to the letter I posted on this thread:

From: [email][/email] []
Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2004 9:54 AM

Subject: Denny's Allergen Information

Thank you for your interest in our company.

I have also seen what the NRA has prepared regarding allergens. It is a
very nice comprehensive presentation on allergens.

In regards to your question on allergen awareness training for our
employees/managers. All of our managers/persons in charge must go through
a serve safe program. There is a segment in serve safe which deals with
allergens. We also send out to every restaurant updates to our allergen
listing with information for the servers and other staff. However, I
believe that with the ever increasing awareness of allergens, It is not
enough. We are currently looking at providing additional training to our
other restaurant staff to take them to the next level of knowledge.

Could you send that link to the NRA powerpoint program again. I can't find
it in my files.

If I can answer any further questions for you please feel free to e-mail me
at the above address or I can be reached by phone at 864.597.7396.

Thank you.

Margaret Grant R.D. L.D.
Nutrition Administrator
Denny's Restaurants



Posted on: Mon, 11/22/2004 - 1:05am
Sandy's picture
Joined: 05/27/2002 - 09:00

We went to Denny's for breakfast. The food was good and so was the service. We did stay clear from all desserts. They have nuts.

Posted on: Wed, 06/08/2005 - 2:06am
bethc's picture
Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

Denny's website has some pretty good details on which items contain peanuts, tree nuts, and hydrolyzed vegetable protein.

Posted on: Mon, 10/17/2005 - 1:22am
Sandy1's picture
Joined: 09/17/2005 - 09:00

We were going to take our son to Denny's for his birthday tonight. I just called to make sure it still was peanut free.
They said that they have crushed nuts on the dessert bar, and us many kinds of nuts in the preparation of their foods. She recommended that I do not come.
It wasn't like that last year. I'm glad I checked.

Posted on: Sat, 08/05/2006 - 12:54am
MimiM's picture
Joined: 10/10/2003 - 09:00

Hi. Just wanted to say that after reviewing the menu, we decided to give Denny's a try again after several years. My kids each ordered the Junior Grand Slam. I mentioned my older one's PA,TNA to our waitress. She said that the only things that had nuts were desserts and they are kept in a completely separate area from the regular food. Also that the nuts are kept in containers.
The kids got paper bags that contained paper versions of "Guess Who" and "Candyland" as well as coloring materials. There were also these "fusion" packets which are basically little powdered sugar packets that you add to your drink and it turns it a certain color (lovely) [img][/img]. The kids added it to their milk which turned it pink. They were thrilled!
The food actually came out fairly quickly and it was hot and fresh (must be a new thing for Denny's!). Anyway, no reaction at all.
We had been to Denny's years ago a few times with our PA/TNA son. We never had any reactions until the last time. He had gotten the smiley face pancakes and after eating about 1/2 of it, got a little bit pink on his chin. A very minor reaction (if that) but I figured it was probably from the cherries or the whipped cream since these may be also used for desserts.
Since things went O.K. this time (and we didn't let him get anything with the cherries or w.c., we'll probably go back some time. There are very few safe breakfast options near us.

Posted on: Sat, 08/05/2006 - 6:30am
lj's picture
Joined: 01/26/2006 - 09:00

I brought my PA/TNA son for lunch there last week.
Their pancake mix is a "may contain tree nuts", so we could not have those.
Their waffle mix was fine and we had no problems. I have to say the help there was very good - they bent over backwards for us!

Posted on: Sat, 08/05/2006 - 7:56am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

dont' know if my comments are pertinent or not. I mean, the only time I ever hung out at Denny's was at 3 a.m.
[i]years ago....[/i]

Posted on: Sat, 08/05/2006 - 8:31am
gw_mom3's picture
Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by lj:
Their pancake mix is a "may contain tree nuts", so we could not have those.
Their waffle mix was fine and we had no problems. [/b]
Do you worry about the 'may contain' pancakes being cooked on the same surface as other foods? I had called a restaurant a few years ago (not Denny's but something similar) and was told they have walnut pancakes that are cooked on the same griddle as other items such as eggs, bacon, etc. so we didn't consider that safe. These actually had walnuts, though-they were not 'may contains'.

Posted on: Sun, 08/06/2006 - 1:30am
MimiM's picture
Joined: 10/10/2003 - 09:00

When I looked at the menu there were no pancakes that had any nuts at all.
However, I did not realize about the plain pancakes being a "may contain". I just looked at the allergen statement on the website and it does say that. Hmmm. I wonder if I should call and find out if that is up to date and if so what it means (i.e. is it a blanket CYA statement because something with nuts is made on the other side of the facility or is it shared lines?). I do not knowing let him have "may contains" although going to any restaurant that has anything with nuts could technically be a "may contain".
...alas another grey area in the vast existance of peanut allergy life! [img][/img]
Edited to add:
Thanks for bringing that to my attention lj!
[This message has been edited by MimiM (edited August 06, 2006).]

Posted on: Sun, 08/06/2006 - 12:22pm
lj's picture
Joined: 01/26/2006 - 09:00

The pancake mix itself was a "may contain", not the method of preparation. That's at least how I understood it.
Since I ordered him a waffle instead, I assumed (and maybe I should not have) that it was made in a waffle iron and not on the griddle with the pancakes so I felt it was safe.

Posted on: Mon, 08/07/2006 - 12:46am
MimiM's picture
Joined: 10/10/2003 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by lj:
[b]The pancake mix itself was a "may contain", not the method of preparation. That's at least how I understood it.[/b]
I understand what you were saying. I was responding to gw mom3's concern about walnut pancakes being made on the same griddle. I always check to see if they make any other type of pancakes that have nuts but Denny's didn't.
It's just too bad about the fact that the mix itself is a "may contain'. The confusing part is that my son ate these the other day without any problems and with the exception of that one reaction (which was more likely the toppings used), he had never had any problem eating them before. Not that I'm rationalizing him continuing to eat their pancakes though. It's just frustrating.
Do you ever sometimes wish that you didn't know it was a "may contain" when everything had been fine before? Sometimes I think that ignorance is bliss!
Maybe my son would like to try the waffle next time! [img][/img]


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