How do you go to a restaurant

Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2007 - 6:19am
Sarahb's picture
Joined: 01/22/2007 - 09:00

Sigh...I would really like to take my DS somewhere besides Chuck E Cheese. Prior to PA he (3.5) loved going to restaurants. He loves people - being in a busy place - meeting new people - interacting.

I really don't know how to go about finding a place/meal that I feel safe with. When I call places I mostly get "oh yeah that's fine - just don't order any nuts". I have identified Domino's for pizza and a few fast food options but I would really like to go to a restaraunt. I know he would love to go back to Ruby's Diner but I am so worried.

What types of restaurants do you go to? Small family owned or large chains? How do you start to identify and assess the risk? I find it hard to get someone on the phone to understand the seriousness of my questions without being really witchy about it.

Any tips would be appreciated!


Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2007 - 6:27am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We go wherever we want to go! I call everytime we go before then I talk to the manager at the restaurant. If I am not comfortable I will feed him what I have in my bag. I always pack food for him. I have always done it. He usually will eat what I bring. He like it better. He turned 3 in the end of Jan. I know I can't always do this, but it works for now.

Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2007 - 6:33am
2BusyBoys's picture
Joined: 09/03/2004 - 09:00

What are your allergens?
We have found Outback, Red Robin and Red Lobster very easy to work with. You do have to ask specific questions or I have found I get blown off too.
Good Luck.

Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2007 - 6:54am
Sarahb's picture
Joined: 01/22/2007 - 09:00

Sorry ....he is PA only and we are avoiding egg for exzema but he has tested neg for egg and all tree nuts.
I pay a lot of attn at restaurants and they all seem so crazy - fast paced - messy etc.
Yes - I have heard Outback does a great job - but DH does not like Outback! LOL go figure. [img][/img]

Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2007 - 11:53am
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

I carry a 'Chef Card'. It explains peanut allergy and lists foods that I have to avoid. I wrote my own - printed it and had it laminated. It really makes life easier when you eat in a restaurant.
I'll see if I can find a 'chef card' thread and will raise it for you.
Hope this helps.

Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2007 - 1:01pm
SallyL's picture
Joined: 02/20/2006 - 09:00

My DD is PA and egg allergic and we often go to East Side Marios. I've found them to be really great about the allergy information. Some of the stuff on the kids menu has traces of egg I believe, but there are dishes that are safe and not cross-contaminated. I've been impressed with them each side.
I've heard Moxie's is great too- they have a manager come to the table to talk with you if you say you have a food allergy.

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