How do you handle BREAD at restaurants?

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 4:05am
Mom2K's picture
Joined: 09/06/2007 - 09:00

Not sure if this should go here or in the restaurant thread....

So how do you determine if the bread at a restaurant is safe? For example, DD often has grilled cheese and she also likes to dip the bread basket breads in olive oil.

Do I ask the restaurant where (what bakery) they get their bread from and go from there?

In general do you allow your PA/TNA allergies to eat bread at restarants?

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 4:22am
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

I have a broader comfort zone than many of you, and I usually don't eat bread in a restaurant.
I will have a hamburger in a restaurant but only if I can read the bun ingredients first.
Safeway Premium Potato Hamburger Buns have peanut flour in the ingredients.
[This message has been edited by Adele (edited September 10, 2007).]

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 5:37am
Donni's picture
Joined: 11/06/2000 - 09:00

DS doesn't touch or eat the bread or order anything with bread outside of home. DS is allergic to peanut, tree nut, sesame seed and chickpea.

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 5:52am
MommyMegan's picture
Joined: 12/07/2005 - 09:00

I've been scared OUT of eating burgers, because of the risk of x-contamination..

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 5:57am
TNAmom's picture
Joined: 11/29/2005 - 09:00

My daughter is TNA only, and she does not eat restaurant bread. We just feel too uneasy, not being able to confirm if it is a may contain.
We sneak a couple of bread pieces from home, and she enjoys dipping that in the olive oil.

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 6:01am
Mom2K's picture
Joined: 09/06/2007 - 09:00

Thanks for your most of you use homemade bread or generally are you OK with store bought bread if you can read the ingredients and maybe call the bakery to check.

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 6:12am
niche's picture
Joined: 02/05/2007 - 09:00

Thanks for posting I liked the tip on bringing bread from home to restaurants. For some reason it never occured to me. I do have to say I think my comfort zone is pretty tight but I am not comfortable buying bread at the store other than sandwich bread from big name bakeries like wonder. Oh, I also buy frozen dough. This is due in part to the fact that my DS had a reaction to a store baked french bread with no nuts listed on the label and no warning of any kind. Then I read on this site that bakeries don't always wash the pans between cooking say cookies and then the bread for example.
DD 1 ??????

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 6:13am
journstep's picture
Joined: 07/30/2007 - 09:00

I also have a broader comfort zone than many of you. I don't eat bread in restaurants routinely but do sometimes as long as there are no blatant nuts, seeds that look like nuts, or other nut-containing items in the same basket. This, of course, is after having told the server that I am TNA/PA and asking him/her to inform the kitchen. So far, I've mostly had well informed servers, and no one truly clueless, so it's been ok. If I felt unsafe, I wouldn't eat it. I don't generally eat dessert except in a place I know is nut free. I find that more risky for cross contamination than bread or anything else.
(relatively recent adult onset non-ANA TNA/inconclusive PA)

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 6:17am
Sarahb's picture
Joined: 01/22/2007 - 09:00

If we ever go to a restaurant again I'll let ya know! LOL.
No he would not eat the bread.

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 6:18am
Mom2K's picture
Joined: 09/06/2007 - 09:00

Just to add...when I say "store bought bread" I meant something like Arnold or the store label bread (i.e. sliced wheat bread), NOT those you buy at the grocery store bakery, I figured those were a no-no.
How do people feel in general about the "on the shelf" bread that has an ingredient list?
Although I don't think DD would like a slice of wheat bread when we are having nice forcaccia (sp?) or italian bread.

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 7:31am
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Joined: 02/01/2007 - 09:00

We only eat Berlin Natural Bakery bread (it is a spelt, health food brand but we would eat others if we found any that were made in sesame-free environments) or homemade or from this one restaurant that makes the bread in a totally separate food prep area away from the other food with clean gloves, right in front of customer's eyes! I called companies for 2 years before I found that Berlin Natural Bakery bread is made in a sesame-free environment. Other brands that I called, and I called most out there!, are made on equip that processes sesame bread. Many places told me their non-sesame bread is baked on equip that is *littered* with sesame seeds (the pans have tons of sesame seeds on them from loaves that were made previously! Given that sesame is as potent as peanut, using these other mainstream breads is NOT an option I choose. If we didn't deal with sesame allergy I know there are brands that would be OK for us--free of DS's other allergens and free of X-contam.
Best wishes finding lots of "safe" brands and also finding restaurants where you *can* eat the bread. If you call ahead of time you might find some places. Be warned that I heard that some restaurants will send workers out to local stores to buy bread when they run out so this could happen in a restaurant even if you check ahead of time so it is good to check again before eating!


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