Which Restaurants Should Be Absolutely Avoided?

Posted on: Wed, 01/09/2008 - 11:49am
CatsMom's picture
Joined: 01/09/2008 - 06:31

My 2yr old dd has just been diagnosed with peanut/wheat/egg allergies. The Allergist said to stay away from Chic-Fil-A, but didn't mention any others to avoid at all cost. You, as parents, what have you found. We already know to stay away from Texas Road House because they serve roasted peanuts and people are expected to throw the shells on the floor.

Also, does anyone use the disposable placemats when eating out? I got some the other day and some disinfectant wipes, but we haven't been anywhere really to use them.

Posted on: Wed, 01/09/2008 - 12:22pm
psufan1996's picture
Joined: 06/03/2007 - 09:00

My 2 year old is peanut allergic only. We avoid chinese food and thai food because the risk of cross contamination is too great. We also do not go into ice cream places, such as Baskin-Robbins. As for other restaurants, what we usually do is call ahead and ask to speak to the manager. Once we get to the restaurant, we speak to the manager or chef again and make sure they understand the allergy. We even made one place bring us a jug of their oil to verify (it was a chicken wing place and I did not trust the teenager at the register). You will find a lot of useful information here.

Posted on: Wed, 01/09/2008 - 10:40pm
PAMomInPA's picture
Joined: 04/04/2006 - 09:00

Along with Chick-Fil-A, ice cream shops, Chinese restaurants and anyplace with loose peanuts, the only place we strictly avoid right now is Subway. I know a young girl died after eating there and I can see exactly how it happened. I've watched as gloved workers touched the cookies (peanut butter and they have one with macadamia nuts) and then, without changing gloves, started refilling (using same gloved hand) all of the toppings (lettuce, tomato, pickles, etc). Everything was contaminated. I already avoided that place with my son but I have seen others think it was safe if they had the server change gloves, get a fresh wrapper, etc but it isn't.

Posted on: Thu, 01/10/2008 - 1:37am
CatsMom's picture
Joined: 01/09/2008 - 06:31

There are so many things to think about..things I guess we just never dreamed of. My husband and I were talking about it all last night and it's amazing the things that I need to keep in mind. We like to go to the mall as a treat...Chick-Fil-A is the most popular restaurant...Knowing about the cross contamination, I won't even let her play in the mall play area of ride the Corrousel.
I guess taking the disinfectant wipes and using the disposable place mat things are a wise decision when we go to malls.

Posted on: Thu, 01/10/2008 - 4:28am
PAMomInPA's picture
Joined: 04/04/2006 - 09:00

Well, Chik-Fil-A uses peanut oil which is questionable as to whether it would cause a reaction from ingesting, so probably a much less risk for a contact reaction from cross-contamination than something like peanut butter. This depends on how sensitive your child is.
We avoid peanut oil and of course you should be cautious wherever you are as far as contact reactions from cross-contamination but I think you could still enjoy the mall as much as any other public place.

Posted on: Thu, 01/10/2008 - 5:25am
wenrace's picture
Joined: 08/20/2007 - 09:00

we totally avoid the original pancakehouse... they use peanut oil in all their pancakes and seems like all is cooked in the same pans. I even e-mailed the company...this was the response I received back:
> As the father of two small children (one of whom attends a > school where no nuts of any kind are allowed on campus) I offer the > following. This is not about our business, but about the > possibility of expanding your dining opportunities, and of course > I/we do not recommend anyone take a chance with their loved on the > say so of the purveyor of the offending item. But maybe there is > reason for question/research.
> As I have come to understand the issue, a highly refined peanut > oil has no proteins, an essential component of allergens related to > peanuts (and maybe all allergies for all I know). We have since > our inception in 1953 had no reported incidence of reaction at any > of our now more than 100 restaurants nationwide. It has to be more > than luck! We have even had customers who, upon learning we use > peanut oil, insist that it something new or they would have had > reactions to the food they had eaten for many years. They are > incredulous when we tell them it is just the menu warning that is new.
>Yours truly,
>Jonathan W. Liss
>General Counsel & Chef

Posted on: Thu, 01/10/2008 - 9:56am
Helensmom's picture
Joined: 09/08/2007 - 09:00

I am a Baker and have worked in several restaurants. To be honest, everywhere should be off limits, if you really think about it, but that would make you crazy.
Some restaurants do a better job than others for sure. But that also should not stop you from going places, you just need to ask and question things.
That being said, we for sure don't go to places that allow peanuts on the floor, like Texas Roadhouse
We went to the original pancake house before we knew about Helen's allergy and she has had the pancakes with no problem; now I am not sure if we'll go back, if we do I would feel fine with letting her have oatmeal but probably not anything else.

Posted on: Thu, 01/10/2008 - 11:02pm
PeanutFreeInMD's picture
Joined: 04/23/2007 - 09:00

"Five Guy's Burgers & Fries" also has loose peanuts out as snacks for customers. We don't go there! Also, we walked out of "Hard Rock Cafe" in Baltimore just this week after reading the menu that listed every children's option, but one, as potential for nut being in it. No thank you! DS was very disappointed because he is really into music right now (learning guitar) but not worth the risk!

Posted on: Tue, 01/22/2008 - 4:12am
cookingqueen's picture
Joined: 08/28/2006 - 09:00

Longhorn steakhouse-- just went in the other night- without my son- and they have big bowls of peanuts on the bar and bar tables. I didn't see the restaurant tables, I was picking up takeout. yuck, I won't be back. I would have liked a sign out front on the door warning about the peanuts!

Posted on: Mon, 01/28/2008 - 5:36am
phoenixrizing69's picture
Joined: 12/21/2007 - 10:54

I had a life threatening allergic reaction to the nachos I ate at Applebee's in July. Spent the night in the hospital because of it. Good thing my boyfriend, other staff members, and camp director knew what to do. I have not stepped into an Applebee's since.

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