?\'s about \"local\" restaurants??

Posted on: Sat, 04/19/2008 - 5:14am
MtnDoo's picture
Joined: 04/18/2008 - 07:42

We live in an area with *no* chain restaurants at all. We're in a small ski town and there's an ordinance against big chain restaurants, etc... So, my question is, how do I find out what restaurants are safe to eat at??? Aside from avoiding obvious peanuts and peanut butter based dishes...and peanut oil? The allergist we saw said to avoid Thai, Indian, etc... stuff like that. Does that include Chinese food? Pizza? Mexican? Italian? Steak & Seafood type places that may have pb pie on the dessert menu?

This is really for my 4 yo dd, by the way. She's allergic and typically (pre-diagnosis) eats things off the kids menu-chicken fingers, burgers, grilled cheese, mac n cheese...

Posted on: Sat, 04/19/2008 - 5:40am
phoenixrizing69's picture
Joined: 12/21/2007 - 10:54

Chinese is a major YES to avoid. A lot of Chinese places use nuts in their sauces. Mexican it all depends on the individual restaurant, some places use ground nuts in sauces to thicken them up and use peanut oil to fry tortilla chips, (that is how I had my first anaphylactic reaction). I have never had a problem with pizza, but steak restaurants be careful, they may have open containers of peanuts as a free appetizer.
Hope this helps!

Posted on: Sat, 04/19/2008 - 2:40pm
niche's picture
Joined: 02/05/2007 - 09:00

Yes with restaurants I now call ahead and ask for the manager. If I am thinking my son will eat chicken nuggets for example I ask about the oil coating etc. If I am thinking he will have a hamburger I ask if they cook anything on the grill with nuts - like a nut crusted fish or something. If i can't call ahead I ask the server questions and I send back a chef card which tells the person cooking what my son is allergic to
Chinese places are a definite problem. We eat out once a week or so without my son I never order anything with nuts in the description. One time in a fancy restuarant my salad come out with a cashew in it. and most all other times I have encountered unexpected peanuts or nuts in my dishes have been Chinese, thai or japanese places.

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2008 - 10:58am
Mrsdocrse's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

I agree call ahead. Or call in the non busy part of the day like 9 or 10 am before the restaurant opens.. speak with the manger. tell then when you plan to come in. ask what they have on the menu. If there are no " peanuts " in the dishes onthe menue and they don't use peanut oil or flour.. the kids meals are probably ok. But I always check. When you go out if you like the place thank them for taking extra time to answer questions.. tell them you will be back and then go back often! get to know the local restaurants and the waitstaff. If find once they get to know you you make a connection and they are more likely to put a face with the issue and be care and check twice. KWIM?
Good luck!

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