Peanut Shells at Steakhouses?

Posted on: Mon, 01/23/2006 - 5:43am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We are planning a trip to Florida in April and I've just been reading through some of the literature thats been mailed out to us. I've come across several adverts for steakhouses where peanut shells are tossed onto the floor. Sorry to be so dim, but is this common practice and why would any restaurant want such a mess to clear up everyday. Am I missing the point here? Please put me out of my misery!
Thanks, Jayne.

Posted on: Mon, 01/23/2006 - 6:15am
gvmom's picture
Joined: 08/24/2005 - 09:00

I have no idea why an establishment would do this. It does seem stupid to me -- I'd hate to work there and have to clean up all that! (then add the FA issue to it)
I did have a friend once who called me after she & her family got home from going out to dinner. She had thought of stopping by on the way home with her DH & kids, but the timing didn't work out. She then went on to tell me how great the restaurant was, how much fun it was -- the kids had a great time eating the peanuts and just tossing the shells on the floor (I of course was mortified - with my eyes bugging out - on the other end of the phone). She then did the "yeah, you should go there - it was great" and I then reminded her of my son's allergy (great memory this friend had). Anyway, she then was in the OMG phase -- cause what if they all had come over here after being there with all the peanuts & shells (on their clothes, shoes, hands, etc.)!!!! Exactly!!!! Just one more way to help you feel safer in the world -- now you need to screen where people eat before they come to your house.

Posted on: Mon, 01/23/2006 - 6:52am
my2boys's picture
Joined: 01/26/2005 - 09:00

The steakhouse you are refering to is The Roadhouse Grill. There is a warning in the front door that if you are allergic to peanuts, not to enter. I live in South Florida, and there are many other restaurants for you to go to - we have all of the major chains. I just avoid this restaurant and any Asian-fusion themed one.

Posted on: Mon, 01/23/2006 - 6:58am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Thanks for your replies. Must be fun if you're not suffering from p/a. Still wouldnt like to clean up the mess though!

Posted on: Mon, 01/23/2006 - 7:29am
MommyMegan's picture
Joined: 12/07/2005 - 09:00

In Iowa it's called Texas Roadhouse. I've asked about it on here before and I guess there's huge signs that warns PA's. I don't see the fun in it, either. Ugh.

Posted on: Mon, 01/23/2006 - 7:52am
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

In Texas we actually have quite a few other eating establishiments that do this. It's part of the atmosphere--casual. These places tend to be a bar & grill type place.
I don't know what it is in our (American only???) culture that delights in the shelling of peanuts and throwing the shells on the floor. I am utterly disgusted by this. See my bowl game thread from January 1, where it was hard to walk in the football stadium for fear of tracking peanut protein with us wherever we went. Perhaps in the future we should put little paper shoe covers on and throw them away upon leaving the stadium/circus/etc. Never mind the restaurants that do this---we won't go there.

Posted on: Mon, 01/23/2006 - 4:17pm
krasota's picture
Joined: 04/24/2000 - 09:00

I grew up doing this in country gas stations in the winter. The shells provided traction on slippery concrete floors. Granted, getting to the gas station involved sloshing through snow or ice (or riding a tractor to the station), so we were all huddled around the kerosene heaters, cracking peanuts and tossing the shells.
Indiana winters are cold and windy. I miss them. I miss the peanuts, too. *sigh*

Posted on: Mon, 01/23/2006 - 7:05pm
Tom's picture
Joined: 01/22/2006 - 09:00

There's a chain around here called Lonestar. They used to have buckets of peanuts at the table, and you were supposed to throw the shells on the floor. Obviously I couldn't go there. I was told that they stopped that because of the pa problem completely. What a moronic thing to do to begin with.

Posted on: Tue, 01/24/2006 - 5:11am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Becky's Mum, yes, sorry to tell you that it *can* be a common practice. Heaven knows why. I call these places "eateries". I was at one Saturday night called Montana's (owned by Kelsey's - another eatery) and there wasn't a peanut in sight.
However, in our old town, we would pass by another one of them, I forget what it was called, and you could see the peanuts on the window sills even.
Also, our first week-end when we moved to Belleville, we were going to the show but I think we were going to eat first and my DH and MIL took the two kids into East Side Mario's while I went to buy movie tickets. At any rate, my PA son noticed something "crunching" underneath his feet. Peanuts everywhere. They all fled.
More and more of the chains of these places, here in Canada at least, are NOT doing this, but yes, I've seen it done.
(Now I'll go to pick up the kids from school trying to remember the name of the eatery with the peanut shells on the window sills).
Best wishes! [img][/img]
"That was Polanski. Nicholson got his nose cut."

Posted on: Tue, 01/24/2006 - 5:21am
Daisy's picture
Joined: 01/16/2006 - 09:00

Hi Becky's Mum,
What part of Florida will you be visiting?
Any other allergies besides PN?

Posted on: Tue, 01/24/2006 - 5:55am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Just PA but avoiding tree nuts too. We'll be based in Kissimmee, our friends have a holiday home there, but plan on travelling around. Tampa, Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach and Miami have been mentioned so far.
Thanks everyone for all the info.


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