I would like some help with safe places to eat!!

Posted on: Fri, 08/22/2008 - 9:09am
danni's picture
Joined: 08/22/2008 - 16:01

I am a 20-year old who developed a nut allergy when I was 15-years old. Although I have only had 2 serious reactions that have landed me in the hospital it still leaves an impact on me today. My last reaction two years ago was when I ate a Subway sandwich which must have been cross contaminated with their cookies.

I still get panic attacks every once in a while when I eat at new places but I would like to hear from other people with the allergy what places work good for them.... seemings how I know nobody else with a nut allergy.

Thank you.

Posted on: Fri, 08/22/2008 - 4:18pm
Szj's picture
Joined: 08/22/2008 - 23:05

You're not alone - we have 2 kids with peanut allergies and must be careful,
I dont know where you are, but we just opened and ice cream store that is truly 100% peanut and nut free.
Alot of people have come and returned for ice cream cakes for their kids becuse we are safe and we prove it with all allergen reports.
The store is located in Brick, NJ and called Mr. Creamees's Ice Cream, located at 2060 route 88 east.
If you dont live nearby - please spread the word. Thanks

Posted on: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 1:45pm
andreandanne's picture
Joined: 11/07/2007 - 14:11

You just described me. I, too, found out when I was 15. And I am 28 now. I keep a list, and pride myself on its growth. My DH is a foodie. But he's been WONDERFUL about supporting me as I try a new place. I get very nervous. EVERY TIME WE EAT OUT (even at safe places) he knows my nervousness signs... I get very quiet, he can see me "testing" my swallowing, etc. But he talks to me, talks me through it, etc. and just puts my mind at ease. It's so good for me.
I'm wary to name places since everyone has different comfort zones, but most of the places I've found serve no peanuts/tree nuts at all and tend to be local instead of chains.

Posted on: Thu, 09/04/2008 - 6:25am
JenniferT's picture
Joined: 06/24/2008 - 08:30

Our dd is PA and we've been very lucky with Outback Steakhouse and Chipotle (fast food). Neither place serve foods with peanuts. Beyond that, we've gone to local places and just ask a ton of questions before ordering.

Posted on: Sat, 09/13/2008 - 2:39am
Mrsdocrse's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

Not sure where you live... we go to the 99 restaurants... They are very allergy aware. However they recently added a asian chicken sald to the menu that is topped with peanuts. *sigh* hoever they said that theya re very care ful it and it is only prepared in one place in the kitchen.
good luck

Posted on: Fri, 10/10/2008 - 4:44am
Ra3chel's picture
Joined: 01/21/2008 - 12:28

At this point, I pretty much always call new restaurants ahead of time and ask to speak to a chef or manager. I also try to check out menus online if I can--if they make enough with peanuts or peanut sauce, I won't go there.
Subway is NEVER EVER EVER safe. It has one of the worst records of cross-contamination in the restaurant industry.
Sushi is my default restaurant safe-food, but double-check for peanuts or peanut sauces on the menu, especially if the place advertises itself as "pan-Asian" or "fusion."
Atlanta Bread Company has pretty strict company rules about dedicated equipment / cross-contamination, so while they do serve peanut butter, they're fairly aware and reasonably safe.
Italian restaurants tend to be good bets, because there's very little in the cuisine that contains peanuts or tree nuts, and the default cooking oil is olive. Be sure to ask whether they make their tomato sauce in-house, though (yes = probably safe; no = probably not), and steer clear of pesto.
Avoid Mexican food--mol

Posted on: Mon, 03/02/2009 - 11:52am
tep55's picture
Joined: 02/28/2009 - 19:30

I have had my PA (almonds & tree nuts, too) since birth (1955) and have a pretty decent handle on the restaurants to avoid. Here's a short list...
Sonic Drive In - had a severe reaction from a milk shake several years ago. Cross contamination is a common occurance given how their food is prepared.
Dairy Queen - will only purchase a vanilla cone - watching how they make shakes, malts, etc using the same blender just doesn't look right.
Thai Restaurants - multiple peanut uses and not worth the risks - I have never set foot in one!
Chinese Restaurants - always ask "what kind of oil to you cook with?" and decide from there. Advise them I have a PA and ask no-one at the table order "pao" anything. (my wife and kids know this already.)
Applebee's - just recently had an encounter where a Chicken Caesar salad had several almond slices in it and after the Manager poorly apologized, told me they keep the almonds next to the croutons in the kitchen. Could not believe what I was hearing! Sent an email to Applebees corporate and no response - have not been back since!
Chik-Filet - don't go there, they cook in peanut oil! (BTW - What is it about micro breweries and peanut oil? Simply don't go to them anymore.)
If the restaurant has peanuts on the floor - don't go there.
Weird Reaction to Beer - I have experienced severe reactions to Harp Ale and a Sam Adams Seasonal brew I tried at their brewery in Boston (May '06). I am thinking these are related to my almond allergy but difficult to reverse engineer.

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