Eating out in Ontario

Posted on: Sun, 03/02/2008 - 9:46am
Janet76's picture
Joined: 02/13/2008 - 08:09

Hi Everyone, I was wondering if there are any places in Ontario that you feel safe going out to eat, other than the fast food places. My oldest just had his 4th b-day but we didnt go anywhere for supper (i wanted to, hubby didnt want to risk it). My 9 month old is the one with the allergy. So i thought that if we just wiped down the high chair and told them peanut free we would be okay. But it does scare me a little since the epi-pen is an over dose, and who knows what that could do.
Any ideas, or had any great experiences anywhere - we are in the Barrie area.

Posted on: Tue, 03/04/2008 - 4:17am
OriJuice's picture
Joined: 03/04/2008 - 10:50

You really can't be sure anymore. I have had good experiences at places like Swiss Chalet, Montana's, Charcoal Steakhouse. Really it's all in being VERY specific to the staff, making sure that they don't cook with peanuts, nuts or peanut oils of any kind (A lot of restaurants are changing their policies regarding oils, and many keep peanuts/nuts in individual packages now). Having had an allergy my entire life I can honestly say that you can only do so much to protect yourself/children from peanuts as most places use them or have them within the vicinity. Every time I go out to eat; I always take risks and I know this. It's a matter of being prepared for what can happen that will help the most however.

Posted on: Tue, 03/04/2008 - 5:14pm
I Care's picture
Joined: 10/13/2002 - 09:00

Is your child PA or PA/TNA only?
Swiss Chalet (you have to be careful there with their desserts and even simply the ice cream you can get the waitress to check to see what ice cream that particular franchise is buying).
When I lived closer to your area (I think), we could eat in a Mom and Pop restaurant in [i]relative[/i] safety.
Pizza Pizza.
I know, none of them sound too thrilling, do they?
We still really enjoy, as a family, Swiss Chalet.
We went to Barrie a couple of times (when I lived closer to there) and we ate McDonald's both times.
What I like about the chain restaurants or fast food places is that usually you can check out their menu on-line.
Now, I'm back in Toronto, and I tell you, things aren't much more exciting choice wise - although there is a great Falafel place I love to go to and I can go safely there with my PA/TNA son - again, as long as he doesn't get a dessert. Also, with that place, the kids want McDonald's, so they get that, and I travel a bit further down to get my Falafel.
The one town I lived in northwest of Barrie, I think we ate in all 3 Mom and Pop restaurants there - just really really careful to ask the questions we felt needed to be asked.
janet76, if you ever want to get in touch with me off-the-board, for any reason, I'm at [email][/email]

Posted on: Tue, 03/04/2008 - 5:18pm
I Care's picture
Joined: 10/13/2002 - 09:00

A good ? to raise might be: what questions do you ask when you go to a regular restaurant and see what tips you get.

Posted on: Thu, 03/06/2008 - 3:27am
Janet76's picture
Joined: 02/13/2008 - 08:09

We only know about peanuts. Hasnt been tested for tree nuts yet.
Thanks so much for your ideas. I love going out to eat, my husband no so much so I think he is using this as a reason not to go out. I don;t want to keep my kid in a bubble, but i also want him to be safe, since he is so little. And has yet to actually have a reaction, Im not sure how he will react - not that i want to see that either.
So i guess just calling b4 hand and asking the kitchen staff, and taking my wipes with me. There doesnt seem much else to do, except to stick to McDonalds and Wendys - and Im already sick of that LOL
Thanks so much ICare - I will be in touch.

Posted on: Thu, 03/06/2008 - 5:20am
chuser's picture
Joined: 07/21/2003 - 09:00

We have had good experiences at Boston Pizza, they have an ingredients list for all their products and list for cross contamination. At the location we eat, they let me go thru the list. I have heard as well Tuckers Marketplace is good for allergies, however I have never eaten, so I cannot recommend them.

Posted on: Thu, 03/06/2008 - 1:16pm
I Care's picture
Joined: 10/13/2002 - 09:00

LOL, but not really, about your DH using PA as an excuse not to eat out. Swat!
My son is a really picky eater, as well as PA (and now TNA), but he even ate successfully last summer at Montana's.
We've had experiences where we've had to run from the place (I forget the restaurant, a chain, in Quinte Mall in Belleville), because there were peanut shells all over the floor and we hadn't checked ahead. Well, we had just moved to town and really didn't know where to go.
I think, PA only, you could try pretty much anything except Chinese or Thai.
That's why I'm thinking about you starting a thread about what questions do you ask when you go into a restaurant? We don't eat out a lot now and when we do, it's still the "tried and true" fast food or chains when I really don't think it has to be that way if you know what questions to ask.
Also, you're trying to find a comfort zone that fits for your family. You're early in diagnosis, and my soul, your son is young and hasn't had a reaction. So, it's a lot to figure out all at once and truth be told, you don't have to, you know?
Previous to diagnosis, did you and your DH (and son) eat out a lot? Where did you go?
There is also a [b]great[/b] support group in Barrie - if you check the Support Groups forum and about 7 or 8 years ago, it should be there. The leader, at that time, was an amazing woman.
You'll get it figured out. Don't worry. You just can't figure it all out at once.

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