Macaroni Grill

Posted on: Thu, 12/16/1999 - 5:56am
oogabooga's picture
Joined: 12/16/1999 - 09:00

We ate at Macaroni Grill this week, the first time in a while. We ordered the fried mozarrella appetizer because our son loves it. Well, we try to make it a habit to ask about cooking oils every time we eat out, even if we are familiar with the restaurant. Fortunately, we were on the ball and asked, because they have switched to peanut oil. Beware of fried foods at this chain. They do use Canola oil when preparing the pasta though, so thankfully the cheese ravioli we ordered our son was safe. Always ask. We've had several "close calls" with restaurants switching to the trendier (and deadlier for our son) peanut oil.

Posted on: Thu, 12/16/1999 - 9:23pm
Christine's picture
Joined: 02/03/1999 - 09:00

I've been to Macaroni Grill many years ago with my son (who had the pizza). When the kid's dessert came it was HEAVILY sprinkled with peanuts. They were all over the place. So we don't go there anymore. I can only imagine what the prep area in the kitchen must look like after I saw that dessert.

Posted on: Fri, 12/17/1999 - 9:23am
EILEEN's picture
Joined: 04/06/1999 - 09:00

Good lord, I had counted this as an OK place. Now what? My son only eats the macaroni cheese and so far has had no problems. We have never tried anything else and I won't now.

Posted on: Sat, 12/18/1999 - 12:20am
MaryLynn's picture
Joined: 06/25/1999 - 09:00

We were at a Macaroni Grill just a few weeks ago and they were not using peanut oil for frying and the mozzerella sticks were a safe food, we got to read the lable directly off the package.
I also noticed that all of the food prep areas are separate, so as long as we refrain from dessert I am not overly concerned.

Posted on: Sat, 12/18/1999 - 3:01pm
Chris PeanutAllergy Com's picture
Joined: 04/25/2001 - 09:00

Always post the whereabouts of the restaurants you are talking about.
This will help to find out many things, such as if there is something we should be aware of. One thing we may learn for example is that we may need to look into a restaurant chain to find out if their individual restaurants operate differently. This knowledge would help us to identify the situation so we could address it with the company and also benefit through our own knowledge which would help us to stay safe.
Stay Safe,

Posted on: Fri, 12/24/1999 - 11:53am
oogabooga's picture
Joined: 12/16/1999 - 09:00

F.Y.I., the Macaroni Grill we went to is in Wheaton, Illinois.

Posted on: Sat, 12/25/1999 - 11:50am
MaryLynn's picture
Joined: 06/25/1999 - 09:00

we hit a Macaroni Grill in Ann Aarbor Michigan.

Posted on: Sun, 12/26/1999 - 5:36am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

My family ate at the Macroni Grill in Annapolis MD today. My multiply food allergic son had plain bowtie pasta and the waffle french fries fried only in corn oil. We discussed with waiter and manager to make sure before ordering. Everything when smoothly son who is allergic (peanut,treenut, egg, shellfish, sesame seeds, etc.) He doesn't eat the bread as it is shipped in ready to bake and they couldn't check on egg-contamination. My non-allergic son's plain pasta did have a little of things appeared to be from my dish (tomato, mushroom and garlic) I informed them of this just as a FYI) Seems maybe a spoon might have rested in his bowl before his pasta was added. My husband and I have decided not to order anything with his allergies in them. Witch is earier know that son has outgrown allergies to soy, chicken, and potato. I usually bring other safe food with me. About 3 years ago a friend ate at same place and had peanut reaction after eating a baked potato (rubbed with peanut oil).
Take care,

Posted on: Tue, 03/15/2005 - 4:26am
Joesmom's picture
Joined: 07/15/2004 - 09:00

I called today to check out Macaroni Grill and spoke to their corporate offices. They have advised anyone with PA or TNA to NOT eat anything fried. They are not (supposedly) using peanut oil in the fryer, BUT are frying a dessert dish that contains chopped up snickers in the same fryers used for fries, chicken, and mozzerlla sticks.
As for the pizza and pasta, they said they only use olive, canola or soy oils.
I have never taken my son here before, and am trying to map out places to eat when we are on vacation. I'm not sure how I feel about Mac Grill right now.

Posted on: Wed, 03/16/2005 - 4:10am
Beth's picture
Joined: 03/06/1999 - 09:00

Dessert Ravioli
Crumbled peanuts, caramel and rich chocolate ganache wrapped in golden-fried pastries. Served with vanilla ice cream and topped with caramel sauce. $4.99
This is from their web site dessert menu. This is scary enough for me to stop going there.

Posted on: Wed, 02/22/2006 - 4:47am
stephbillalec's picture
Joined: 02/22/2006 - 09:00

We recently ate at the Macaroni Grill in Burlington, MA. The waitress said to avoid all fried foods. They don't use peanut oil but the same fryer is used for everything and they have one dessert which contains peanuts and is deep fried. Also, the bread is not made there but comes from "a facility that also processes peanuts..."
DD, who is PA, had spaghetti with a giant meatball and all was fine!



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