List of \"good\" restaurants

Posted on: Fri, 03/16/2007 - 5:55am
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Hi - new to all of this - just got a PA Dx for my 19month old DD yesterday. Do any of you keep a list of restaurants you are comfortable going to that you could post? Thanks so much!

Posted on: Sat, 03/17/2007 - 12:24am
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This has to do with people's comfort zones.
You should always ask to speak with the manager and it helps to have a chef card to give them so they can check the ingredients for you.
We usually avoid desserts. They seem to be easily cross contaminated. That is our comfort zone though and others may trust the desserts after asking many questions. Please be sure to check the allergen information on websites when possible. There are usually some items that are not safe in each place.
My family has some restaurants that we trust. Chain restaurants: we trust McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and Outback. We trust some of our local restaurants after speaking with the management and asking many questions.
Here is a link to FAAN's chef card template (FAAN is the food alergy and anaphylaxis network):
[url="http://www.foodallergy.org/downloads/chefcardtemplate.pdf"]http://www.foodallergy.org/downloads/chefcardtemplate.pdf[/url]
Here is the link to an interactive version so you can type the allergens right on the card:
[url="http://www.foodallergy.org/downloads/ChefCard_Interactive.pdf"]http://www.foodallergy.org/downloads/ChefCard_Interactive.pdf[/url]
Here is a link to allergen info for Outback Steakhouse:
[url="http://www.outback.com/ourmenu/nutrition.asp#allergies"]http://www.outback.com/ourmenu/nutrition.asp#allergies[/url]
Here is a link to allergen info for McDonalds:
[url="http://www.mcdonalds.com/app_controller.nutrition.categories.allergens.index.html"]http://www.mcdonalds.com/app_controller.nutrition.categories.allergens.index.html[/url]
Here is a link to allergen info for Burger King:
[url="http://www.bk.com/wap/(bbq5lx45ekppgqivt5nhle2h)/allergens.aspx"]http://www.bk.com/wap/(bbq5lx45ekppgqivt5nhle2h)/allergens.aspx[/url]
Here is a link to allergen info for Wendys:
[url="http://www.wendys.com/food/pdf/us/allergen_list.pdf"]http://www.wendys.com/food/pdf/us/allergen_list.pdf[/url]
Finally, here is a link to FAAN's information on what you should know about food allergies. There is info on dining out. Scroll down to page 2.
[url="http://www.foodallergy.org/downloads/WhatYouShouldKnow.pdf"]http://www.foodallergy.org/downloads/WhatYouShouldKnow.pdf[/url]
I hope that helps.

Posted on: Sat, 03/17/2007 - 2:25am
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I agree with Lori that you should really call the restaurants you would like to go to. There are regional differences, and it's a comfort zone, management, restaurant practice kind of thing.
We do eat out. As a rule, we don't do Asian food, we have eat a lot of TexMex (live in Texas) but have a list of questions, including "do you use peanut flour?" and eat at others.
There are places we feel comfortable (and we ask every time about the oil) and places we don't. I've generally posted when I've found interesting info about a restaurant that I thought important to share.
I wish I could be more helpful. But you've come to the right place. It's a great resource.

Posted on: Sat, 03/17/2007 - 11:02am
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We are in Georgia North of Atlanta. We eat at Burger King, McDonalds, Applebees, Longhorns, PaPa Johns, and CiCi Pizza. I also forgot Zaxbys.
My ds is two and it's very hard especailly when we want to go eat with friends. Good luck to you.
Suzette

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2007 - 8:44am
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JRB - Where are you? We are in Hall County/Lake Lanier area.
As for restaurants...yes, I keep a list, but it keeps getting shorter!
We learned to never ever eat somewhere that even serves PBJ on the kiddie menu. I don't think they can control the PB in the kitchen. Tried it and learned our lesson.
We enjoy:
Cici's
Chuck E. Cheese
a local Mexican restaurant
DQ (owned by my family so we are very aware of dangers)
Mostly, we carry cheeseburgers and go where we want. No one complains when we explain that there is a great possiblity of an ambulance in front of their establishment if we allow dds to eat their food.
Good luck.
Patty

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2007 - 10:12am
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There are a lot of links to nutrition and/or allergen information for restaurant chains on the links mentioned this thread:
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum10/HTML/000886.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum10/HTML/000886.html[/url]
Once on the linked page (or here's the tinyurl link [url="http://tinyurl.com/2blwjr"]http://tinyurl.com/2blwjr[/url] ), scroll to the replies to find even more links to chains not included in the chart.
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Jana
[url="http://www.seattlefoodallergy.org"]www.seattlefoodallergy.org[/url]

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 7:26am
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Thank you so much for this chef's card link. I'm going to use it tomorrow night. I'm going to make one for my son too.

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