Restaurants in Toronto, Canada

Posted on: Mon, 06/26/2006 - 12:55am
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Anyone know of peanut-free restaurants (or allergy-aware restaurants) in Toronto, Canada?

Posted on: Mon, 06/26/2006 - 3:19am
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Hi Grace's mom. As a rather social 19 year old living in Tdot, I know a ton of places that are safe for PA and TNA. Some of my favs
Jack Astors: the chain has locations all over, the one in toronto is directly accross from union station. Although there are nuts in the kitchen, they only use them as a garnish on certain dishes so they are safe with anything on the main lines, and they go above and beyond to make you feel safe. I would recomend the fajita's, steak, or nachoes. Also they dont use any nut oils so anything deepfried should be good.
The Keg: Again the chain has locations all over, all though the 2 nicest ones in my opinion are the keg mansion on jarvis and the keg at church and front st. Thier kitchen is NUT FREE, the only nuts are in the bakery as part of the deserts. The garlic mashed potatoes are to die for.
Montana's: Much cheaper fare, which has been safe for me. They do have nuts in the kitchen but as long as you stick to the roasted chicken, steak, nachoes, etc. you should be fine. The staff is very accomadating.
now for some non-chain fare
Tortilla Flats: Augusta and Queen St. W. (closest major is bathurst and queen W). The best mexican restaurant in the city has a nut free kitchen. Everything is fabulous, and the servings are huge. Go on wednesdays for 2 for 1 fajitas.
Duffs Wings : Bayview Ave (closest major is Bayview and Eglington) The BEST wings bar none, anywhere. No nut oil is used so the fries are safe, they have a kids menu, and the owner is always on site to answer questions and is very accomadating (his nieces are PA as well). Do not get the Honey Garlic wings as there is a may contain on the sauce, but everything else is safe. Tuesdays is cheap wings night, and be warned, at anytime around dinner there will be a half-hour-45minute wait. but its worth it. (there are also locations in Buffalo) Google the name to find the exact location.
also some general tips on toronto eating
most places, you will prbably be safe with the most simple fare, so burgers, wings, nachoes, etc. I eat at several little bars that make this safe for me, and if you ask the same im sure they can as well. Also avoid any place that has a strong thai presence on its menu, since they usually cant guarantee a nut free meal. Also be very stongly worded when you describe your childs allergies. The places i recomended are familiar with allergies, but ive had problems at other restaurants where they think im just intolerant or picky.
I hope all goes well! Bon appetite!

Posted on: Thu, 06/29/2006 - 1:15am
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Thanks sherlock! Your suggestions are much appreciated!

Posted on: Wed, 07/12/2006 - 2:27am
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I don't consider Jack Astor's safe at all. Last time I checked, they had peanut shells all over the bar floor, not to mention residue on the ground in the dining section. They also use nuts in some of their dishes -- too much of a risk for my comfort zone.

Posted on: Wed, 07/12/2006 - 2:23pm
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Lots of safe places in toronto...anywhere in particular you are going to be...downtown? other?
If you want a chain restaurant like Jack Astors but safer, try East Side Marios who gave up their peanuts in the bar area due to many allergies. Swiss Chalet (bbq chicken chain...very good) Made in Japan Japanese fast food and many others.

Posted on: Thu, 07/13/2006 - 12:07am
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Grace Mom and sherlock, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
sherlock, I walk by Tortilla Flats often and I have never thought to go in and ask if they're PA safe or not (mostly because I'm an idiot [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) Next time, I will, thank-you.
Grace Mom, I know that erik posted about a PA safe Chinese food restaurant a couple of years ago for me here - you would have to double check.
I guess I would have the same ? as redtruck really and that would be, are you going to be in a particular part of the City?
I'm trying to remember where erik has posted some information about restaurants because I know it was quite helpful to me - not that I went - but just to know that they were "out there". I think Il Fornello was on his list as well.
We're still basically at the stage where we eat at "the chains". McDonald's seems to be our "be all and end all" (so much so that this week I think I've decided that I, personally, am not eating there anymore and may even stop eating red meat - whole other story - but the kids can still eat there). Pizza Pizza. Swiss Chalet.
I eat in a few falafel places throughout the City (so, Lebanese food? - but nothing fancy as far as dining out) - they usually have walnuts in baklava but no peanuts around.
Are you dealing with PA only or TNA as well?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2006 - 2:52am
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Caterina2, I haven't been to a Jack Astor's in years. Do they still have the peanut buckets in the bar area? I thought that barbarian practice would have stopped by now (dropping shells on the ground is barbaric enough without dealing with a pa).
Be careful at Swiss Chalet, as the ceasar salad dressing is NOT safe. If you check their website, they have a list of allergens and the ceasar salad dressing is listed under peanuts. So Ceasar salads are not safe, neither is the grilled chicken ceasar salad, the plum sauce is not safe either, the vegetable stir fry, the vegetable stir fry with grilled chicken breast, as well as ALL desserts.
Harvey's lists their plum sauce, jams and pancake syrup as not safe for pa.

Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2006 - 3:33am
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I'm going to have to go check the swiss chalet website becuase my pa/tna dd has eaten most of those items (except the desserts except the skittles they give out).
I just checked and you are correct....funny she has been eating those items occassionally!

Posted on: Thu, 07/20/2006 - 1:35am
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We just got an updated allergy listing at our Swiss Chalet the other night while dining there and were disappointed to see that the Cesar Salad dressing was no longer safe. But that is easily isolated in the kitchen so our meal was fine and we will continue to eat there. Swiss Chalet is one of the restaurants that participate in the Food and Restaurant association's allergy aware training.

Posted on: Thu, 05/10/2007 - 6:35am
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does anyone have any updates on this or info on fun spots to eat kinda late (on a friday night)
I've never been to Toronto before, but I'm heading out for a big exclusive alterna-models "gala" and i'm not about to decline my spot on the guest list lol
I'm sure that the food there won't be anything I would feel comfortable touching, so when it's done sometime stupidly late (or before it starts, meaning eating at like 8:30 or 9), can anyone recommend anywhere safe and hopefully NOT a chain? We'll be downtown-- somewhere kind of lively would be GREAT, or else just recommend a good falafel spot [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Thanks in advance!

Posted on: Mon, 06/26/2006 - 3:19am
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Hi Grace's mom. As a rather social 19 year old living in Tdot, I know a ton of places that are safe for PA and TNA. Some of my favs
Jack Astors: the chain has locations all over, the one in toronto is directly accross from union station. Although there are nuts in the kitchen, they only use them as a garnish on certain dishes so they are safe with anything on the main lines, and they go above and beyond to make you feel safe. I would recomend the fajita's, steak, or nachoes. Also they dont use any nut oils so anything deepfried should be good.
The Keg: Again the chain has locations all over, all though the 2 nicest ones in my opinion are the keg mansion on jarvis and the keg at church and front st. Thier kitchen is NUT FREE, the only nuts are in the bakery as part of the deserts. The garlic mashed potatoes are to die for.
Montana's: Much cheaper fare, which has been safe for me. They do have nuts in the kitchen but as long as you stick to the roasted chicken, steak, nachoes, etc. you should be fine. The staff is very accomadating.
now for some non-chain fare
Tortilla Flats: Augusta and Queen St. W. (closest major is bathurst and queen W). The best mexican restaurant in the city has a nut free kitchen. Everything is fabulous, and the servings are huge. Go on wednesdays for 2 for 1 fajitas.
Duffs Wings : Bayview Ave (closest major is Bayview and Eglington) The BEST wings bar none, anywhere. No nut oil is used so the fries are safe, they have a kids menu, and the owner is always on site to answer questions and is very accomadating (his nieces are PA as well). Do not get the Honey Garlic wings as there is a may contain on the sauce, but everything else is safe. Tuesdays is cheap wings night, and be warned, at anytime around dinner there will be a half-hour-45minute wait. but its worth it. (there are also locations in Buffalo) Google the name to find the exact location.
also some general tips on toronto eating
most places, you will prbably be safe with the most simple fare, so burgers, wings, nachoes, etc. I eat at several little bars that make this safe for me, and if you ask the same im sure they can as well. Also avoid any place that has a strong thai presence on its menu, since they usually cant guarantee a nut free meal. Also be very stongly worded when you describe your childs allergies. The places i recomended are familiar with allergies, but ive had problems at other restaurants where they think im just intolerant or picky.
I hope all goes well! Bon appetite!

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