safe chain restaurants in IL

Posted on: Sat, 03/22/2008 - 5:57am
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Does anyone know of any safe chain restaurants in IL?? We tried Outack Steakhouse and that went well.
We called Fridays, but learned that many of their foods contain nuts so I think we'll steer clear of that place. I'm wondering about Chili's, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, & Giordano's.

Posted on: Tue, 03/25/2008 - 2:55am
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chilis is a no-go for many. their actual chili contains peanut butter, and most feel that is WAY too great of a cross-contam risk. i dont care for chilis to begin with so i can happily avoid. we love olive garden because they dont have nuts on the menu and they are always knowledgeable and cooperative with us!
the search function will pull up tons of threads for the chain restaurants, i found the olive garden ones really helpful!

Posted on: Mon, 03/31/2008 - 10:02am
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I would _love_ if Giordano's was safe. Or any other delivery pizza place for that matter...
No Papa Johns near me. Domino's has that Oreo pizza. Pizza Hut is a no go. There has got to be one out there.

Posted on: Thu, 04/03/2008 - 1:47am
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Chris,
We get Rosati's delivered every Friday, and my PA son has eaten it for years with no problem. We have a friend with a PA daughter, and Rosati's is the only pizza that her parents allow her to eat. Rosati's is a big chain in the burbs, I'm not sure if its in the city. Let me know if you find out about Giordano's, love that place! We live in a rural area now so there's not one close to us. Rosati's stuffed pizza is pretty good though, I just tried that last week.

Posted on: Thu, 04/03/2008 - 1:13pm
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why isnt the oreo pizza safe? xcontam?

Posted on: Thu, 04/03/2008 - 11:08pm
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Yah, from their website [url="http://www.dominos.com/home/menu/ingredients.jsp"]Dominos Nutritional Info[/url]
[b]White Icing[/b]: Water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch. Contains less than 2% of Each: Soybean Oil, Cellulose Gel, Mono and Diglycerides, Polysorbate 60, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Titanium Dioxide. Freshness Preserved with Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate
This pizza products listed above, when made with approved Domino's Pizza ingredients and portions, will provide the nutritional composition as indicated. Information may vary slightly depepnding on location and supplier base. Contains Soy, Wheat [b](Product is manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and tree nuts.) [/b]
The same people that made the Oreo thing also made the pizzas, albeit in different pans.
I have called my local Domino's and they said they have stopped carrying it, and assure me that there are no peanut/treenut products in the building, but when I asked if the Oreo pizza was a concern he said no--so I don't think they put too much thought into the answer. I haven't called corporate since they are closed by the time I get home from work, but if they have stopped carrying it and its been gone a while, I'll probably give them a shot.
Any info other people have would be appreciated.

Posted on: Sat, 04/12/2008 - 5:10am
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I'm from the Chicago suburbs. I've had no problem at many chain restaurants...I just make sure I warn the waiter and make sure they are receptive to the allergy. California Pizza Kitchen is extremely careful, as is Max and Erma's. I've had no problems at Olive Garden. In terms of pizza, Papa John's is great, as is Gino's East. I think the safe part comes in not necessarily having a completely peanut free restaurant, but really receptive and careful cooks and wait staff.

Posted on: Fri, 04/18/2008 - 8:43am
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once domino's sent me a letter in print that all of their products were safe. in two weeks time they started up with that oreo cookie thing and a lunch time pizza with chocolate chip cookies they warmed in the ovens. no warnings.....no head's up they were doing this. i have not eat any since.

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2008 - 6:35am
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We went to a great restaurant this weekend with my PA/TNA son who is 4. If any of you have small children and live in the Western burbs of Chicago- I would highly recommend it. It is called All Aboard, and it is a train-themed diner in Downers Grove. They actually have a train that delivers your meals, and games for the kids. It is the first restaurant that we had ever been to that has "peanut-free" signs on their menu. It was great to not have to worry so much, and nice to see that their are restaurants that are peanut free!

Posted on: Mon, 05/05/2008 - 6:37am
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So I had REALLY been craving pizza, and yet to find one I trusted. Since someone above mentioned Gino's East, I decided to look into them and was bummed out when I saw that, while their Suburbs locations are completely safe, their city locations have a walnut pesto.
Anyways, like I said I was craving it, so I decided to call and talk to a manager. They say that the pizza's a prepared in the morning before all other food is cooked, and then cooked by different people at night. Not sure if this means I'm safe, but I've had it a few times now without incident (each time I've asked that they don't cut it).

Posted on: Thu, 06/26/2008 - 3:15am
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I just calle Gino's East and they said they have peanut oil.

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