Hello there! Does anyone know any restaurants that are

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2018 - 7:45am
GreenMachine22's picture
Joined: 01/30/2014 - 14:43

Hello there!
Does anyone know any restaurants that are great at accommodating peanut/tree nut allergies? I haven't eaten out a lot because I'm scared of what might happen. I just picture the worst scenarios in my head...better safe than sorry right? Thanks for the help!

Posted on: Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:05am
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Joined: 06/21/2013 - 11:03

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When you have a peanut allergy (or any other food allergy), dining out can be scary. Hopefully these tips can help you have confidence when dining out.
Do some research before making a final decision on a restaurant. You can find the allergy policies of many restaurants online. You can also use AllergyEats, a website that allows food allergic individuals to rate and review restaurants.
Call potential resturants and speak with the restaurant manager, who will let you know if they can accommodate you and alert the staff. During the phone call, ask about their allergy policy and if they have a list of ingredients for each dish.
After you’ve decided on a restaurant, bring hand wipes to clean surfaces that may not have been thoroughly cleaned. You should also bring your medication just in case.
Even if you’ve eaten at a restaurant or chain before, make sure to always call ahead and be prepared.
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Posted on: Sun, 02/02/2014 - 9:28am
rudy117's picture
Joined: 01/06/2014 - 19:38

It is possible to eat out. We've just begun to eat out at several new places. The reaction of your server will be invaluable as you ask for assistance regarding the allergy. If s/he appears confused or annoyed, don't be afraid to pack it up and find another place to eat. A lot of restaurants have nut products but the risk is low due to the nuts being prepackaged. I will tell you of the places we have found "safe" for my severely peanut/treenut allergic daughter, but never, EVER take my word for it-do your own research. A lot of places will have a book with all allergens listed. This makes it much easier/safer. Also pay attention to the risk of cross contamination. A place that serves nuts that need to be prepared on site is much riskier than nuts prepackaged.

Posted on: Sun, 02/02/2014 - 9:46am
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Joined: 01/06/2014 - 19:38

We have eaten at the following restaurants with a reasonable amount of safety. Obviously don't take my word for it, do your own research to assess the safety. Some do serve items with nuts but I have determined for my own purposes the risk of cross-contamination relatively low. For example, Wendy's salads have prepackaged nuts on the side reducing the risk to other foods such as burgers.
Wendy's, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Arby's, KFC, Fazoli's, Little Caesar's, Papa John's, Chipoltle, TGIFriday's, Chili's. Always, ALWAYS do your own research as we haven't eaten at all of these recently and sometimes menu's and products change. Good luck

Posted on: Sun, 02/02/2014 - 9:46am
rudy117's picture
Joined: 01/06/2014 - 19:38

We have eaten at the following restaurants with a reasonable amount of safety. Obviously don't take my word for it, do your own research to assess the safety. Some do serve items with nuts but I have determined for my own purposes the risk of cross-contamination relatively low. For example, Wendy's salads have prepackaged nuts on the side reducing the risk to other foods such as burgers.
Wendy's, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Arby's, KFC, Fazoli's, Little Caesar's, Papa John's, Chipoltle, TGIFriday's, Chili's. Always, ALWAYS do your own research as we haven't eaten at all of these recently and sometimes menu's and products change. Good luck

Posted on: Sun, 02/02/2014 - 12:17pm
kmc's picture
Joined: 06/04/2012 - 12:21

We have found Carrabba's to be the most allergy friendly chain restaurant--even in different cities and states. Whenever we go to any new restaurant, I always call the day before at a time that is not busy for them and speak to the manager. I ask about potential allergens and make sure they can accommodate us. I also bring in wipes to clean the table and chair that our son sits in. I speak to the manager and sometimes the chef when I arrive. Be sure to bring a card listing your allergens that you can give the chef and make sure they understand what cross-contamination is (many do not). Most importantly, bring your epi-pens, just in case. Over time you will find restaurants you can trust. Good luck!

Posted on: Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:36am
jenchichi's picture
Joined: 11/07/2012 - 11:53

Raising Canes, Dominoe's pizza, Burger King, McDonald's, Red Robin are ones I have had luck with so far. I just called The Amazing pizza machine since we are going there and they said they have no nuts in their facility.

Posted on: Sun, 02/09/2014 - 10:46am
dkdkdk's picture
Joined: 08/04/2013 - 20:23

I have been told at the Burger King at the mall that they do use peanut oil.

Posted on: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:11am
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Joined: 11/12/2013 - 08:51

Check out www.nutfreenyc.com
for allergy friendly and allergen-free restaurants in nyc, boston, philly, and more cities.

Posted on: Tue, 03/11/2014 - 3:13am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Definitely check out AllergyEats, a food-allergy restaurant review site started by a parent whose children have food allergies.

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2014 - 3:19am
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Joined: 03/13/2014 - 10:03

P.F. Chang's, hands down. They are the best! Cheesecake Factory is also pretty good.
Avoid Outback! My p/tn daughter found a cashew in our cheese fries. Thank goodness she was looking at her food before putting it in her mouth! Management was very unsympathetic or concerned. So, we don't eat there anymore regardless of the location.

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2014 - 3:33am
Pamela S Hughes's picture
Joined: 02/16/2014 - 13:37

Call before you go to be sure they don't use peanut oil - higher risk of cross-contamination in the kitchen if they do. Also, we always ask for the manager because they will be sure all is taken care of in the kitchen and with wait staff (usually :)..
Chili's has a nut free/ peanut-free print-outs and are well versed in food allergies. Also Applebees!

Posted on: Wed, 03/19/2014 - 6:57pm
saramy's picture
Joined: 03/20/2014 - 01:51

Oh, there are so many allergies like you, I also very roots are allergic to it, I think it is best to call and speak with menu restaurant. Wishing you delicious meals.

Posted on: Thu, 04/03/2014 - 2:56pm
tep55's picture
Joined: 02/28/2009 - 19:30

Thi may fall more into a "Traveling with PA Bucket" but the Walt Disney World sit-down / formal restaurants are sensational!
I have taken my family to WDW on several vacations, stayed on property and purchased the meal plan (this is known as "feeding the mouse"). When you make your sitdown dinner reservations (only 6-months in advance) you let them know you are a PA / TN sufferer. At every location the chef would come to our table to talk with me, advise me regarding any foods that are off-limits, typically make recommendations and assure me my food will be prepared carefully. From a vacation ease of mind perspective - I never feel safer.
You do need to be careful at the walkup locations at WDW but that's no different than anywhere else you go - you must keep your guard up and make great choices.

Posted on: Tue, 04/08/2014 - 3:10am
jusmith's picture
Joined: 02/10/2014 - 12:48

AVOID FUDDRUCKERS!!!!!! Dangerous!!!1 As parents of children with allergies we should join together to boycott restaurants that have no consideration for food allergies. I have asked Fuddruckers to reach out to the network for educational classes with RUDE response. Don’t let this happen to you! My daughter who attends college in DC went into Fuddrukers & asked what she could eat she has a peanut & tree nuts allergies? The cashier & Manager suggested a salad, NEED I SAY MORE, she almost died. Lets choose those who are responsible.

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:00am
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Joined: 04/14/2014 - 08:44

Ooi I also do that with that disgusting. I also imagine spending Furniture frightful. ga leather and said it all. Here I worry all those who will eat and use it. I recommend the imagined safety enforcement stops for everyone

Posted on: Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:45am
Pkvvclark's picture
Joined: 02/07/2014 - 16:54

Where are you? The Lobster Boat in NH is. TOTALLY PA free even the desserts!

Posted on: Sun, 05/11/2014 - 5:10am
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Joined: 12/09/2011 - 23:32

Cafe gratitude has locations throughout California. It's a vegan restaurant that uses tree nuts but no peanuts because of the high health risk they pose (the mold on peanuts, which affects practically every peanut, is cancerous), and it's a wonderful healthy restaurant with food that makes u feel happy and good (all local organic ingredients). That's my favorite restaurant. Also, authentic Italian, Japanese and Greek food never contains peanut ingredients so those are safe bets. Authentic French food is also generally peanut-free. Stay away from chain restaurants, never eat at a Thai or Chinese restaurant, and stay away from any restaurant with employees who have poor English speaking skills (unless you are fluent in the language the employees speak and can communicate your concerns effectively). California cuisine also generally uses no peanut ingredients. The nicer the restaurant, the more helpful the employees will be with helping to accommodate you. I stay away from any restaurant that uses any peanut ingredients or any peanut byproduct ingredients. And never order food with any tree nuts or dried fruits, as most of them are made in facilities tha also use peanuts. There are restaurants that are safe, just make sure to do your research and make sure that the employees are friendly and helpful in accommodating you! I used to never eat at restaurants until I learned that there are safe places out there :)

Posted on: Sun, 05/11/2014 - 1:04pm
Pamela S Hughes's picture
Joined: 02/16/2014 - 13:37

PF Chang is amazing! My PA son is so severe, we are very careful - PF Chang has a full PA guide and the Manager and wait staff were so attentive to our needs. It was our first time ever to an Asian cuisine restaurant and was a huge step, so sweet (plus the good was so good).
Stay away from East Coast Wings - I already checked before about peanut but the menu has several new items now. When I explained that our son had a life-threatening peanut allergy and asked if they had started using peanut oil or peanut in any new items, I asked if they could check and let us know. She came back and said (verbatim)' "We really don't know." That's a first. I have never gotten that answer. The people who work there checked and they don't know. I could've delved more but what's the point - my trust was already void. I like their food for people with no allergies, but the service at this one spot has always been lacking. Really nice people but lacking.
Golden Chick fast food is peanut free. Not healthy but a yummy PAsafe treat. :)

Posted on: Mon, 06/02/2014 - 7:31am
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Joined: 10/14/2009 - 09:32

We live in NY and 99 Restaurants have been great for us. They have a print out allergen list on their website and have special computers that will log your allergy. Just tell your server--the computer log works in every part of the restaurant and supposedly red flags meals that aren't safe, even for the cooks in the kitchen. They also donate to FARE every year too.

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