is peanut oil commonly used in restaurants?

Posted on: Sat, 06/17/2006 - 3:58am
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

I don't often come to the restaurants section at but I did today and noticed today that several commented on restaurants that use peanut oil to fry in and for other uses. I hate to admit that I sometimes just assume peanut oil is not used (especially in the "standard" places we eat in often). Now i am getting concerned and will be sure to ask more often when we go out to eat.

A perfect example...Buffalo Wild Wings. We just got one here and took our girls there recently. It wasn't that good, imo, but the girls did eat chicken strips and I would have fainted if I had known they were fried in peanut oil. Even IF peanut oil is usually safe (due to heating or something???), I would never knowingly let my PA kids consume anything prepared with it.

I find myself forgetting to "re-ask" at places that we've grown comfortable with; kind of like how I sometimes grab packages of cookies or whatever that I "know" are safe. I have to remind myself often that it's good to check even when I'm "sure", just in case something has changed on the label.

How prevalent is peanut oil and can anyone think of any popular restaurants that we might frequent that use it?

Posted on: Sat, 06/17/2006 - 5:15am
princesshinmighty's picture
Joined: 04/27/2002 - 09:00

One that sticks out in my mind is Chik-Fil-A...
I rarely check at the restaurants that I frequent most often, since I had already checked there before - unless it's a different franchise location or a place I haven't been in years. I've gotten most of my family and friends in the habit of calling ahead to places we're scheduled to go to - that way we can ask the manager/chefs and not a "flakey" waitstaff person who's just interested in the tip you leave.

Posted on: Sat, 06/17/2006 - 8:29am
SallyL's picture
Joined: 02/20/2006 - 09:00

I don't know. I haven't come across any place yet that uses peanut oil. I think some peanut oils are supposedly ok since they have none of the protein. Is it cold-pressed? I don't know. I don't trust any of it.
I'm in Canada. I heard though that it is more common in the States, but I haven't come across any yet!

Posted on: Sat, 06/17/2006 - 8:30am
CorinneM1's picture
Joined: 06/20/2002 - 09:00

From our experience more places in the South (Georgia, the Carolinas, Florida) seem to use peanut oil more. 99% of the time in Chicago (where we are from) the answer to the frying oil is pure veggie oil.
When we visit family in the Southern states, I would say more than not, at least in again in our experience they use it.

Posted on: Sat, 06/17/2006 - 11:08am
ajgauthier's picture
Joined: 04/13/2005 - 09:00

hi -
If you do some research online -
cold pressed peanut oil IS BAD, there is a lot of peanut protein in it and IS NOT safe for PA.
highly refined peanut oil is up in the air. Supposedly the process removes enough peanut protein so that it is ok for PA. Some on here trust it, some don't. Some have eaten food that's been fried in highly refrined peanut oil and have been fine, some haven't been fine.
As far as restaurants, yes, Chicka Filet uses peanut oil. Some on here report they've eaten there without incident. I personally don't eat there b/c the smell of those restaurants bothers me, I just can't get over it.
I do traveling for work and have the experience of finding restaurants that use peanut oil. I *always* ask what oil they fry in, specifically "what kind/blend of vegetable oil" and always have the server/manager/chef go in the back and look at the container for the label and warnings. There are restaurants that use peanut oil --- some fish and chip places, I found a hotel restaurant in Washington DC that did, obviously some chinese food places, 1 Mexican restaurant, and some scattered others. It's possible, and I think it's something to ask about b/c "you never know" and "you never know" is the PA person is sensitive enough to react to highly refined peanut oil.
30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Sat, 06/17/2006 - 12:04pm
falcon's picture
Joined: 07/03/2004 - 09:00

A number of years ago, I found that a snack shack at a zoo nearby (Stone Zoo, MA) used peanut oil. Not sure if they still do. And this year, down in the Florida Keys at Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, the food place on site used peanut oil for the french fries.

Posted on: Sat, 06/17/2006 - 11:06pm
notnutty's picture
Joined: 03/15/2004 - 09:00

We have bumped into it frequently. One restaurant nearby us uses it because they make their own potato fries (thin wedges). We visited a pizza place a few weeks ago and we left because the restaurant said they cannot guarantee peanut oil is not in the sauce. Then recently BWW. I actually thought it would be the standard...we use 100% veggie oil response...but nope, peanut oil.
We normally do not eat out very often, but we have our house on the market and the showings seem to always take place over the dinner hour. Maybe that is why we have bumped into peanut oil issues more often lately.

Posted on: Sun, 06/18/2006 - 12:02am
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

I agree with Corinne, I find peanut oil more often in restaurants in the South.
The restaurant in the Southern Hills Marriot in Tulsa, OK use peanut oil in the hotel kitchen. Also Gilligan's Restaurant south of Charleston, S.C. on the Savannah Highway. I think Gilligan's is a chain - so the others probably use PN oil also.
I've found that many restaurants don't have a clue what kind of oil they use - and will tell me I can't eat there because they aren't sure. Sometimes, I ask them to read the label - and it's almost always canola oil.

Posted on: Sun, 06/18/2006 - 12:02am
DRobbins's picture
Joined: 07/19/2001 - 09:00

This isn't addressed to anyone in particular, but I just want to remind everyone: Please don't forget that the answer of "100% vegetable oil" does not mean peanut oil isn't being used. While vegetable oil is usually a combination of corn and soybean oil, it can also contain other non-animal oils, including peanut. So don't accept the answer of "100% vegetable oil" without pressing further.

Posted on: Sun, 06/18/2006 - 1:58am
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

thank you, drobbins. i had never even looked at it that way. after all, how many people have assured me there were no peanuts in a facility.......just peanut butter?????? sometimes people don't fully understand the question(s) we ask at restaurants, parties, etc. i had never considered that peanut oil would be considered a type of veg oil for many people or that it could be used in combo. with other types of oils.

Posted on: Sun, 06/18/2006 - 3:22am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

We have run into peanut oil at asian and mexican restaurants. In one case, DD had been eating tortillas cooked in peanut oil and had no reaction. It must have been refined oil, but we decided to stop going there since you never know when they'll change to a different brand of oil that isn't ok.
[This message has been edited by Momcat (edited July 09, 2006).]


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