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Posted on: Fri, 10/10/2008 - 12:12pm
debbie14's picture
Joined: 02/22/2008 - 21:29

Hi, We live between Hopkinton and Marlborough- we eat at the Chateau on RT9 in westborough, Papa Ginos in Westboro & marlboro, China Taste in Marlboro, The 99 restaurants(but not with the new menu yet!!) Chin Due on rt 9 in the house but my little guy did not want try anything, Pleasant pizza in Marlboro. Sergio restuarant in Marlboro. The Olive Garden in Marlboro,Bertucci's in both Marlboro & Westborough but it has been awhile my guy loves the rolls. JP"s in Westborough so affordable!!!!! We dont eat at UNO"S pizzeria THEY SERVE PEANUT CRUSTED FRIED CHICkEN and we did not trust them. Vinny T in shrewsbury but its been awhile 6months. I still try to eat in more than before because I trust myself more the some one else and my ds eats better at home. Good luck . Deb

Posted on: Mon, 10/13/2008 - 4:37am
Ivycosmo's picture
Joined: 09/18/2007 - 09:00

My son is airborne allergic as well. Blue Ginger does not serve nuts at all. Ming Tsai will not serve them because of his PA son. I think it would be very safe.

Posted on: Sat, 02/28/2009 - 2:57pm
Laifong's picture
Joined: 07/12/2004 - 09:00

Blackers Bakery (formerly Bodavi Bakers) in Newton is still advertising itself as nut free and dairy free. I spoke to the owner who confirmed that they don't use any nuts and that they also don't use anything with a "may contain" warning. They do use sesame and poppy seeds, and I think I saw something with coconut.

Posted on: Sun, 03/01/2009 - 10:26pm
jenniferbfab's picture
Joined: 05/04/2008 - 12:43

I hear mixed things about Blackers.

I know one person who buys their water challah every week for their egg allergic child and it works great for them. I received a message from a Food Allergy Buzz reader saying that her child ate a cookie from there and had a reaction. When she contacted Blackers, she reports that they checked the package (I think she said it was choc chips) and it was a "may contains". I visited there once and did not see any signs or any mention of it being nut free, though the Boston Globe mentioned it. Here is the link to the Globe's article: http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/articles/2008/12/31/less_is_more/

I am not sure what to think about Blackers yet. It does seem that Cakes for Occasions (Danvers) and A & J Bakery (RI) are more focused on the nut-free thing. My impression (could be wrong!) is that Blackers is not nut-free by design but more by coincidence or happenstance.

Posted on: Wed, 03/18/2009 - 12:39pm
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Joined: 03/15/2009 - 21:46

Welcome to the Massachusetts burbs Newallergymom! I'm very familiar with Hopkinton, use to live in Framingham and am now up on 495 in the Bolton/Stow area.
Unfortunately there isn't a lot out this way. There is Marlboro as others have suggested. Worcester might be a good option for you. And then Framingham would more than likely be the best given the amount of choices.
I have to put a vote in for Blue Ginger as well. I have a 6 and 4.5 yr old and they were surprisingly family friendly. We did an early dinner on a Sat night. Most couples don't eat out till 7. It was all families when we went. They made a special order dish of salmon, mashed potatoes, and green beans for my allergic son.
I have had pretty good luck with chain restaurants as well as long as we order something pretty safe and generic.
I don't know if things have changed but Bertucci's used to put pine nuts in their red sauce. A woman once had a reaction. We only get their Silano pizza which is a white sauce pizza.
I'd stay away from Melting Pot. They couldn't give me a firm answer on any of their ingredients.
Being in the burbs, we really don't eat out that much with the kids anymore.
Good luck!

Posted on: Wed, 03/18/2009 - 6:54pm
MissBoston's picture
Joined: 03/19/2009 - 01:17

Hi Newallergymom, I'm from the Upton/Mendon area and went to school in Framingham. I have a severe peanut allergy and I can honestly say that I haven't had any serious incidents while eating out. (Which we do a lot) I've never had a problem with Bertucci's, although sometimes they have peas in their sauce. Another good restaurant, (which sometimes has beans on their menu, they change seasonally) is Tomasso's in Southboro, off of Rt. 9. Being in the Hopkinton area, there's Fresco's in Mendon, their prices aren't bad, it's a little towny and small, but very decent food. Across the street from there is Alicante, which I only when to once, its Meditteranean, so I'd be cautious. There's also a new Chipotle in Framingham in Shopper's World! What I would suggest to you, is get an opentable account, (http://www.opentable.com/start.aspx?m=4 ) and if you know you are going out to dinner, you can find restaurants in the area, and look at their websites to see their menus. You can also make reservations on line, which turn into points...and help earn free meals!!! Have you ever heard of Mike's Pastries?! Also, if you are as addicted to Dunks as I am, always check your order when you get it before giving it to your kids!!! Good Luck!

Posted on: Thu, 03/19/2009 - 11:19am
jenniferbfab's picture
Joined: 05/04/2008 - 12:43

I must add that I have mixed feelings about Red Robin now. We went to the one in Foxboro and they were very discombobulated. My son had something off of the peanut allergy menu and ended up getting hives around his mouth. Maybe other locations are more with it,

Posted on: Mon, 06/22/2009 - 5:49am
Mom2K's picture
Joined: 09/06/2007 - 09:00

I'd ask at your Bertucci's again. My DD is peanut/tree nut and egg allergic and we eat at Bertucci's all the time because we've been assured that there are no nuts in sauce, pizza etc.
I don't think they even have nuts for the salad. I think one or two desserts might have nuts but those are made elsewhere.
I believe someone in NH died several years ago after eating their pesto (or maybe they had pine nuts in the red sauce), and they stopped having nuts around. Of course, ask your local Bertucci's.

Posted on: Mon, 06/22/2009 - 5:57am
Mom2K's picture
Joined: 09/06/2007 - 09:00

I'm going to put in my two cents with resaurants that we find to be allergy friendly:
Legal's Seafoods (We've been to Copley Place and Chestnut Hill in the past few months). Inform your waiter and they will check for you, typically the manager brings out the food and assures us it is allegen free
Bertucci's - I buy their pizza dough (and ask for rolls) and we eat there all the time. We've been assured there are no nuts/nut oils in the restaurant, aside from a few desserts that are made elsewhere. My DD eats pizza/pasta/salad/rolls without issue
Charley's in Chestnut Hill - they were very allergy aware/accomodating. I informed the waitress and she also sent the manager over. The manager came back to tell me the scoop on the bread for the grilled cheese etc. We were comfortable eating there.
Cafe Nicolas for pizza (Newton Center and Brookline).
I've also heard Blue Ginger is fantastic in regards to allergies. I've been there without my DD (4 years old) and if I thought she'd eat a meal there I'd go there ;)
I'm going to try Papa Razzi and Joe's American Bar and Grill next since they are owned by the same parent co. as Charley's.

Posted on: Mon, 06/22/2009 - 2:49pm
jenniferbfab's picture
Joined: 05/04/2008 - 12:43

It's interesting about Bertucci's. I live closest to the one in Canton, MA, and neither the restaurant nor Bertucci's HQ gave me a very reassuring answer re: peanuts/nuts, so we avoid it. I am sure it varies from location to location, like so many chain restaurants. I must admit, though, before we knew about my son's allergy, we ate there every once in a while and never had a problem.
Jennifer B


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