Monday, July 21, 2008

"Safe" Places to Eat with a Peanut Allergy

In preparation for an upcoming road trip, I compiled a list of some "safe" restaurants. (They are linked to their respective allergen information pages.)

Fast Food

*A & W's
*Arby's
*Burger King
*Hardee's
*KFC
*Jack in the Box
*McDonald's
*Long John Silver's
*Taco Bell
*Wendy's

Some of these places serve peanuts in their desserts. Even if a dessert does not have peanuts, I stay away from it due to the risk of cross contamination. Some of the salads contain tree nuts as well if that is a concern (we avoid them).

My rule of thumb for fast food is that if I can see their preparation area and it appears that the desserts are far away from the burger and fries prep area and cleanliness standards appear to be high, I will allow Tyler to eat there. I also recommend wiping the seat and table down before eating just in case.

Restaurants (always tell your server about the PA when ordering so the chef is aware)
*Outback Steakhouse
*Red Lobster ( I spoke with the manager at our local one)
*Red Robin (While I don't have a link w/ allergen info I have read in multiple places they have a peanut allergy menu!! We plan to try it out on our trip and I will post a review!!)

Again, stay away from desserts, even if they are appear peanut free.

Pizza
*Chuck E Cheese
*CiCi's
*Domino's Pizza
*Papa John's
*Pizza Hut

Stay away from desserts here, too.

Absolute No-No places for us:

*Chick fil a (fry in peanut oil)
*Chili's (multiple peanut desserts, plus they put PB in chili, which puts it way too close to food Tyler might eat.)
*Dairy Queen (sign at our local store states not to eat there if you are PA)
*Ice cream place of any kind (risk of cross contamination is too high)

If you know of other "safe" places, please leave a comment or send me an e-mail.


140 comments:

Anonymous said...

My understanding is that Chik-fil-a and like are not a problem due to the peanut oil (although I don't know bout the rest of the menu) as the cheaper peanut oil they use is heat extracted and the heat treatment destroys the protein that causes the reaction. It's the cold-pressed (typically gourmet) oil that can cause problems.

Any comment?

Robyn A. said...

Thanks for the comment on this. Yes, I have heard this as well. However, our allergist advised us to stay away from all peanut oil just in case the proteins are not completely broken down (which the heat is supposed to do). That is why we do.

I have heard stories of very allergic PA kids doing fine at Chick fil a. I just can't, in good conscience, allow my child to eat there due to the advice of our allergist. I would be a nervous wreck while he ate, expecting him to react at any moment.

Thanks for the comment! I love other's input on this blog!!

-Robyn

Jenny said...

Robyn, I'm with you. We avoid peanut oil absolutely and fried foods because you never know what kind of oil has been used.

We just don't want to take the risk.

Always ask in restaurants--I read a blog once that said there was peanut oil used in mashed potatoes! I wouldn't have guessed that one.

Jennifer B said...

Robyn--this is a really helpful post. Everyday people search for info on food allergies and fast food. You've made their hunt for info a little easier. That is great!

Jennifer said...

Robyn

I love your blog.... You have such great posts.

It is so hard eating out with food allergies. This is some great info. I have also tried to compile some info on my blog about eating out with food allergies.

http://peanutfreegallery.blogspot.com/search/label/resturants

Jennifer O.

paula said...

Thanks for all the info. Our 3 year old son has just been diagnosed with a peanut and tree nut allergy. We have always cooked from scratch so that is not a problem but eating out is daunting. The only place we have been to since is Bertuccis where they told me their pizzas are made away from all other food (and you can see them make the pizzas) but I am reluctant to eat in other places until I know some more about their allergy awareness.
Paula

Anonymous said...

My daughter is five now and wasn't given an epipen til she was almost three. Chik-fil-a is her favorite restaurant ..now I have learned and watched her reactions since being diagnosed that if it is left-over food, such as a fried turkey during the holidays (fried in peanut oil) she has weezing episodes within the day following, so we have banned that from the menu. However,if the food is hot there are no problems satisfying the theory the reactants are cooked off. My lifestyle hasn't changed since she has been diagnosed because I feel that since I didn't officially find out she was diagnosed until almost two years after her first and only reaction we shouldn't be nervous and counting her off from having a normal life. Since she has been able to talk(2yrs.old) she has been very aware that peanuts aren't cool for her to eat, and is very aware of them if she is offered.

Ann said...

CiCi's Pizza is safe for peanut allergic individuals.
http://www.cicispizza.com/Menus_Nutrition.asp
scroll all the down on their nutrition page where they have a great allergy statement. My daughter loves it because it's a place where she can also pick a dessert.

Karen said...

List of Nut Free bakeshops Canada and USA

List Nut Free Bake shops

Anonymous said...

My son with severe PA eats at Chik-Fil-A with no problems. I have always been told that refined peanut oil was safe, just not the cold pressed.

Anonymous said...

Why not Pizza Hut. My son eats the pizza without any problems.

Robyn A. said...

Hi "anonymous." I had the pizza info linked to a post I wrote a while back. I have edited it to include the reason if people don't want to read the other post. The problem is that they process their sauce and several of their meats in a facility with peanuts. The link with that info is http://www.yum.com/nutrition/allergen/allergen_ph.asp.

Hope that helps!!

gale said...

We actually don't trust Arby's. When they first started making the sandwiches and salads with the walnuts, I asked about avoiding cross contamination. They said they do nothing to avoid it. They use the same gloves on the walnut sandwiches as they do on all the other sandwiches. So we quit eating there. Maybe some Arby's are better than the ones here.

We also don't trust McDonalds. Our local ones have those flurry toppings including the butterfinger all over the place, and have no clue about food allergies.

My dd had a mild reaction after eating at Papa Johns. This was right after they started having the dessert, which we did not have, which is a 'may contain' for tree nuts. So Papa Johns is off our list now too.

Dana said...

Little Caesar's Pizza is also peanut-safe. The pizza dough and sauce are made on site. I checked with the local franchise and the corporate offices.

The only concern is the packaged cookies- these have a "processed in plant that also processes peanuts or tree nuts". These come to the store already packaged in little baggies.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing such great info! I am a 25 year old female with a peanut allergy and find it hard to eat out. Chipotle which is a chain burritto resturant provides allergen info and is peanut safe. Its a nice alternative tovburger and pizza places. Also there is a website for a company in Vermont called Nut Free Chocolates. Its always hard to find candy, especially chocolate that is safe to eat. The ship across the country and are reasonably priced. The company was started because the owners son had a nut PA.

Again, thank you!
-Kristin in MA

Anonymous said...

I saw this at the Taco Bell website: "Peanuts and tree nuts are not used at Taco Bell restaurants. May be used in common manufacturing plants." Also, the same company owns Pizza Hut and KFC (which also warns that their food, although has no peanuts, shared common manufacturing plants. So, my family avoids all three of them. Thanks for a great website! - M.

gale said...

To the latest anonymous (in case you come back to read this). The company that owns Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC (which btw is Pepsi) also owns Long John Silver and A&W.

jo said...

My son's allergist said that Chick Fil A is fine because of the type of oil they use. We have also had great luck with Red Robin. I inform the manager upon arrival. Also, Moe's Southwest Grill and Qdoba's are other places that we go.

Jenn said...

Hi! I'm 19 and I just developed a severe allergy to peanuts and all tree nuts about a year ago. I used to be absolutely addicted to everything with peanuts and tree nuts before, I'm not sure how it happened. But I work at Subway so I eat there all the time, and in down time I've read just about every ingredient label in the store (I've become obsessed with labels ever since I reacted to a poppy seed muffin). The only things containing peanuts or tree nuts are certain cookies. All cookies are baked on a different size sheet from the bread and tongs are used to grab the cookies. I can't really think of an opportunity for cross contamination since cookies are made before the store opens. I once had a reaction when I decided to eat a chocolate chip cookie, it was early on before I knew what I was allergic to, but I've never reacted to any of the actual food there. Not every store carries those cookies either, I'd ask your local store. And thank you so much for all the information on here, I always hate asking places if they use any peanut oil or anything like that. Its been incredibly helpful as I'm trying to learn how to live with this.

Anonymous said...

FYI - Five Guys, a burger joint, is an absolute no-no. They cook everything in peanut oil, give customers peanuts to munch on while they wait for their food, and are not shy about dismissing the PA-suffering potential customer. I would never support this establishment, even if my PA-son was not with me--purely for the moral of the issue!

Anonymous said...

Nice website, but please verify your information before you post it. Steak-n-shake does not fry in peanut oil according to their official website.

Robyn A. said...

Hi anonymous. Thank you for pointing out the fact that Steak and Shake has changed their menu. I have removed their information from our "no no" list.

If you will note, this post was dated in July. I can assure that I did verify the information in July, before I posted it, as I do each and every thing that I post. I spend a lot of time researching what I write and would never post anything based only on word of mouth.

Thanks again for the information.

Jane said...

Hi Robyn,
To all of the Canadians reading I will say that you should not be eating at: Baton Rouge (they fry everything in peanut oil) or The Keg because too many products are made off site. I have found Montanas, Kelsey's, East Side Marios and Jack Astors to be safe. Tim Horton's cookies are all cross contaminates and should NOT be eaten by people with allergies.

Anonymous said...

My son has multiple food allergies (peanut, soy, egg, etc.)I have found Chili's to be very allergy friendly. They have special menus available regarding specific allergens. We have eaten there many, many times and never had a problem.

Thanks, Susan Oakley

Anonymous said...

My husband and I have had great service for our son at Bertucci's. This restaurant came recommended from friends who also have a PA child. Apparantly they take it very seriously due to a death years ago.

Anonymous said...

I wish I could have the confidence you all seem to have eating out. I have a daughter who was hospitalized just after her 3rd birthday because a play date friend gave her goldfish crackers with cashews mixed in. We knew she was sensitive to lots of food allergies and everyone was under strict instruction, no nuts! But it happened anyway. She was in the hospital overnight after the paramedics brushed us off like it was no big deal, while I'm begging them to give her Benedryl. Our administration of Benedryl and extra Benedryl didn't help, but at the hospital they used tons more of it as well as other drugs to get her "out of grave danger" as the ER doctor told us. Of course now we carry an EpiPen for her. It was the scariest night of my life. I thought she was going to die. To this day (almost a year later) I can't comfortably eat in a restaurant with her. I fear for her life with every bite. I don't think people in restaurants get it, I don't think they truly understand how bad it can be. And maybe I'm a more untrusting person than most.... ? If you have any advice on gaining that confidence, please post. Thanks! -Linda

Robyn A. said...

Hi Linda. I am so, so sorry for your experience. I know we are very lucky we have never had an experience like yours. I am currently researching a post (or a series of posts) on parental anxiety. While I can say all the right things, you have to do what you feel right as a parent. I often joke that if something is out of my comfort zone, I will have a reaction if Tyler does not.

Even though it has been a year, I think it will get easier. Tyler had a reaction as 3.5 years. It was one of the hardest moments of my life but now I see it was one of the best things that could have happened to him. He understands his allergy now. I know he won't eat things I haven't approved and, now that he is older, I feel like he will communicate with me at the early stages of a reaction if he should ever have another one.

Thanks for the comment. Sometimes it just helps to hear someone say, "I understand." Really, I do. You just need to make the right choices for your daughter.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Robyn. I agree it was a blessing to have happened because now we know. And we feel so lucky that it happened in the presence of one of her parents because obviously we know her best. We feel so lucky it didn't happen at preschool where the teachers are stretched and distracted. We have been working with Molly so she knows about the allergies. And she was old enough to remember the episode. She is getting to the point where she will remind us to look at ingredients. So things are looking up and I know someday she'll be trustworthy, I just hope it is in time for public school kindergarten! Thanks again for your comments. You do have a great website. Keep up the great work. -Linda

Robyn A. said...

Sounds like Molly and Tyler are about the same age!! As I have written before, this allergy is really shaping who he is becoming and it is not all bad. He's a compassionate and responsible kid. I am so thankful for that.

I have enjoyed talking to you! Feel free to email me anytime.My email is on the right side of the blog.

jill said...

You can put steak N shake back on your no-no list. We tried to eat there last weekend and before we even stepped into the facility, there was a sticker on their door warning that "peanuts may be contained in any of their foods".

Thanks for a great site.

Luke said...

Hi, I noticed on the Pizza hut web site that their red sauce may contain peanuts and this was a year ago but I recently checked their site and since they have started using all natural ingredients they took the warning off so it looks like pizza hut is good to go now. Oddly enough I never knew about the sauce until last year because up until then I had eaten Pizza Hut just fine and I even asked whenever I ate at a new one and they always said not peanuts.
Luke

Robyn A. said...

Thanks for the info Luke. Unfortunately it appears they have only rearranged their nutrition information. If you look right under the "key" it says their products could be processed in a facility with nuts (both tree & peanut). Here is the link I am looking at http://www.pizzahut.com/files/pdf/UPDATED%20ALLERGEN%20LIST%2002.12.09.pdf

Darn! I really had my hopes up Pizza Hut was now safe. I love their pizza but I don't want to take any chances. Plus I'm just mad they can't make a safe product!!

Cheryl said...

Hi This is Cheryl from Indiana. Mother of three and grandmother of two.
I am so glad to find this sight. My son (our youngest child)is soon to be 20. Today he went through the testing procedure for allergies after having a severe reaction to "something" he ate. Turns out he is allergic to all tree nuts, peanuts, and soy. This is going to be extremely hard to adjust to for him because he lives on a college campus. Plus he is planning to study in Australia for a semester next fall. With this website I can give him a place to start looking for safe restaurants. He also has many environmental allergies but those are the least of his AND MY concerns right now. Thanks for the information

Robyn A. said...

Hi Cheryl. I am so sorry for your son's diagnosis. I can't imagine how hard it must be after not having an allergy for 20 years. My son was diagnosed shortly after staring on solids so he knows no different.

If you (or your son) ever have questions or need some emotional support, please email me (the address is on the sidebar).

-Robyn

Holly said...

My 10 year old son is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts and had his first reaction at 18 months. Before his allergy had been confirmed and before we were aware of their use of peanut oil, we ate at Chik-fil-a. He did not have a reaction but my allergist told me not to have him eat there again because it wasn't worth risk of him having a reaction. We haven't eaten there since.

Anonymous said...

H! Im 18 years old and have developed allergies to peanuts and some other things. One restraunt that i know uses peanut oil is Sonic!

Amanda

Robyn said...

Thanks Amanda. I am from Oklahoma City where the world headquarters for Sonic is. I absolutely love it!! We only have one in the entire metro Detroit area where I live now!

Sonic does not state this on their website (that I could find)so it may vary by each location. Thanks for the heads up!

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the mom who said most people who work in restaurants just don't get it, or don't care. I can't tell you the amount of restaurants we have been in where the managers look at you like you have 3 heads. I know I get very irritated when they can't even tell me what kind of oil they use in their kitchen. I mean...for pete's sake...you are the manager and you don't know? It's crazy. I can tell you one place we have gone is Busch Gardens in Virginia. The people in the kitchen actually brought out the containers that their cooking oil comes in. We were on the line to the food restaurant in Italy. It made us all feel a lot safer. My son is 14 and was diagnosed at 18 months with severe PA. It has been an adventure to say the least. I have also seen over the years, foods that used to be safe, no longer are. Vermont Nut Free is also a great company to order chocolate and fudge from. The owner has a PA son, same age as mine. They started the company because of him.
carolyn

Robyn A. said...

Great advice Carolyn. People like you that have been living with PA for so many years are an inspiration to me!! I agree managers who "don't get it" scare me to death!! There is no excuse for that!!

Thanks for the shout out to Vermont Nut Free. I have their brochure on my kitchen cabinet right now!

Anonymous said...

Robyn, we were just on vacation (family reunion ~ 18 people!) and went to a Houlihans for dinner. I was so pleasantly surprised to see notations on the menu for items that may contain nuts or were made with nut oils. Normally those little notations indicate things like, "heart healthy" or "low fat." I had never seen one that highlighted dishes that would be unsafe for PA folks! Unfortunately, the kids menu didn't have the notations, but the servers went back to talk to the kitchen and were able to answer all our questions. If you're traveling or have one nearby, check it out!

Take care, Lynn

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to share that Papa John's Allergen page has changed some info. from when you originally posted it to your site. It used to state that all products (for the exception of one dessert) are from peanut-nut free facilities. It doesn't state that anymore. Not sure if I would trust them 100% now after removing that statement.

Anonymous said...

Hi - my 12 yr old is going on a school trip to Niagara Falls next month - she's only EVER had 1 reaction in her life which was the initial one that diagnosed her with a Peanut/Nut Allergy - I've been prudent ever since lol - but she's going to the Rainforest Cafe and Perkin's Restaurant as part of this "trip" - I can't find ANY info on their menus anywhere online - I've left msgs for both places to get me a copy of their menu/ingredient lists but I was wondering - has anyone with a nut allergy eaten at either of these places and are they safe?

My 12 yr old is anaphlyatic to both peanuts and nuts - thanks!

great site btw!

Mom2Girls

motherof1 said...

i've had success at Red Robin also. to be safe, i always order my daughters fries WITHOUT the seasoning they add. (she doesn't need it anyways - plus then they're always fresh and hot when they first come out!)
i make sure to always inform my wait staff of her allergy and to warn the kitchen while making her order. (just a precaution.)
i try to do as much research as i can online prior to going out.
my mother took the time to write a bunch of restaurants headquarters to get an answer.
many did not want to take responsibility and gave vague answers or only redirected her back to their website.
KFC did firmly respond to her that their food is peanut free with the acception of their parfait frozen desserts which are prepackaged and do not come in contact with the food made there. so long as we stay clear of the desserts there, the food is fine.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I was looking into Red Robin to see about Peanut Allergies with it when I stumbled across this page.

I am a 26 year old teacher, and I have had fatal food allergies from the day I was born to Nut, Peanuts, Treenuts, Shellfish and Legumes. I've carried an Epi-Pen on me-and known how to use it-since before I knew how to spell it! This is a great reference page for those of us with such allergies-it never is fun to eat out when you have to grill the manager about their foods-but better safe then sorry.

I did not know about all you wrote on Chili's. I eat there often enough but tend to only get steak, veggies and their baked potato soup-plus their molten lava cake. This seems safe enough and I have never had a reaction to their food, though there are things on their menu that I have to avoid.

Some additional places that I know are safe for me to eat at are:

-Romano's Macaroni Grill (avoid deserts)

-Whataburger

-Boston Market (avoid deserts and some of the side items)

-Taco Beuno

-Long John's Silvers

-Wendy's

-Genghis Grill (they have peanut sauces and a buffet style before you cook your food-but if you speak to the manager they will special cook your food, cover it and can even get the ingredients from the back to avoid cross contamination.)

Just be sure to speak to the manager and inform them about the allergy before you sit down to eat of course-but with such an allergy it should be second nature to do so before eating anyways.

Some additional places to avoid are:

-Burger King

-Sonic

-Panda Express-really just avoid all Chinese resturants.

-Noodles and Co.


I'll be sure to keep a bookmark of this page and check back.

Good luck to your son, family and self! Peanut allergies are not fun at all-but more and more people are becoming aware of them and being cautious with them.

-K.C.

Anonymous said...

Oh! And one more place to avoid is Krystal's.

I walked into one of their stores while visiting family out of state and their manager was a total jerk. Completely dismissed my request that she check what kind of oils they cooked in (after giving me the all inclusive 'vegetable oil' answer). She wouldn't check what kind of oil it was-as the bottle was 'too heavy'. People like that with total disreguard for allergy suffers make me so irritated.

I contacted their regional managers on this-and yes they do use peanut oil on site, so it is a no-no to visit.

-K.C.

Dustin said...

I've had to avoid Chick-Fil-A for 10 years. I'm one of the few that still can't tolerate the refined peanut oil. My initial reaction was a Snickers bar, which I swear, I ate the previous day with no problem.

My second reaction was at a Chick-Fil-A, which we had to dial Whine-1-1 for and bring out the whabulance. My friend went back a week later, asked the manager if they were going to change anything, or at the very least, post some signs. The manager said it wasn't that big of a deal. If only I trusted lawyers...

So based on that... And my mortality, I refuse to ever go back.

Anonymous said...

My child does fine at Chik-fil-a. We have also talked to our child's allergist, who also has a child with a peanut allergy, and he said that it is because of the processing and that his child eats there regularly. Everyone has to do what they are comfortable with but we have eaten there numerous times before we found out and since we found out.

Amber said...

I was wondering why you should avoid Burger King. I had looked at their allergen info online in the past and saw only a couple of things that mentioned peanut stuff, so was wondering if someone could fill me in on that. My son is PA and we avoid nuts as well. The thing I'm really interested in is if there is any safe ice cream out there, lol. I found this site when searching for something (sunbutter I think lol) and now I'm gonna go check out more of it.

Michelle said...

Hello,

Thanks, All, for the advice and comments on restaurants. I am 31 and have had peanut/nut allergies since before I was two. I've had many, many exposures, many trips to the ER and many people doubting the existence of this allergy all my life. I am so allergic that I have reactions being near peanuts, peanut products or being in a place that cooks with peanut oil. I am finding it increasingly hard to find restaurants that are 100% peanut free. I ask at every restaurant, or even call ahead because I have had some of my favorite places change how they prepare food almost overnight, and yes, I am usually told they use "vegetable" oil or get strange looks.

Unfortunately I am not able to recommend any restaurants because I do not trust any of them 100%. I never eat out alone and I always carry my Benadryl and Epi-Pen. But thank you for listing some of the restaurants with which you've had experience. Hopefully someday more people will wake up and realize that this allergy can be much more than the cause of indigestion or upset stomach. Sometimes I'd just like to not have to cook!

Thank you,
Michelle

Anonymous said...

Oh Michelle, you have my sympathies. I've been lucky, my family is, except for me, all medical and we;ve been very very careful. I've never been comfortable going to fairs or carnivals, as I tend to start wheezing badly when I get a whiff of the roasting nuts that they sell. They've also started putting a few roasted/honeyed nut stands in the local malls. Its a shame they make me wheeze so badly to smell, because they do smell nice. *sigh*

Burger King I put on my list as, when they first opened one near my home town, I asked about their food and was told they used peanut oil with some of what they fry in.

It could have changed since then though-I've just avoided it for as long as I could remember.

-K.C.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this great site! Somebody fill me in as I am new to having a 4 year son who is severely allergic to peanuts. What is the deal with "vegetable oil?" Can vegetable oil contain peanut oil?

Anonymous said...

Auntie Anne's Pretzels is now a HUGE no no for us! Before we found out about my son's peanut allergy, we ate there several times (without incident), but now that we know, I'm checking all labels and paying close attention to where and what we eat.

I first checked the posted menu at Auntie Anne's and didn't see ANYTHING on the menu that even mentioned any kind of nut. Then I asked and the person at the counter (who was eating something himself - yuck!) said that they have an almond pretzel and pointed to it in the case. It was right smack in the middle of the entire case and would not have recognized it as having almonds on it by just looking at it. Glad I checked and we quickly moved on. Thanks for this great website.

Tricia said...

This is a great website, thank you!

2 restaurants to add to the NO NO list are Texas Road House and Lonestar. It might be quite obvious to some, but if you've never been there --avoid them. They have buckets of peanuts everywhere to crack open and eat and then you just throw you're shells on the ground.

My middle son is 2 and has multiple food allergies including peanuts. I've learned to automatically read a label, ask questions, etc. I do work as a waitress part time and I do agree with the past posters that some managers and servers don't know or don't care--not all, some. I've seen this first hand. They are very uneducated and have no clue how serious a peanut allergy can be. I've worked at my restaurant for over 3 yrs now and have educated a lot of my coworkers on peanut allergies and food allergies in general. Once I had a little girl with a peanut allergy and the poor thing looked nervous about eating out. Her parents said she had a bad reaction somewhere else. I told her about my little boy and that I understood. I even made our kitchen manager come out to the table and said everything would be safe. It was nice to see her smile! I wish all restaurants had protocol to follow and mandatory training on food allergies.

Best of luck to all!

Anonymous said...

How sure are you that Little Caesars is nut free? I am getting pizza for a church youth group and there are a few kids with peanut allergies. I definitely do not want somebody to have a reaction over something I brought in. I contacted the home office and they say that there are no peanuts or treenuts in the store, BUT they won't guarantee it.

Any help would be wonderful! Thanks!

Robyn A. said...

Hi Anonymous. I can understand your concern. The response that you received from Little Caesars is more of an issue of them releasing themselves from any legal liability if a reaction did occur. It stinks but most companies will give you this line.

We have eaten at Little Caesar's countless times with zero problems. But I would check with the parents of the children you are trying to feed and see how they feel about Little Caesar's. We all have our own comfort zones.

Anonymous said...

In Central and South Texas there is a Mexican restaurant chain called Taco Cabana and they are safe. We eat there about once or twice a week. The only item on the menu of concern is a desert that is prepackaged in a sealed container. It is served to the customer in the container still sealed. Hope this helps anyone in the Texas area.

Anonymous said...

Hi.. i just wanted to add that Jet's Pizza and Domino's pizza appear safe for person with PA. According to their allergy info on their websites.

Jaclyn said...

My daughter and I went to the restaurant in Nicholasville, Kentucky on October 8, 2009 and the manager refused to tell us which food had nuts in them. My daughter is allergic to nuts and has to stay away from them. Every restaurant that we have ever gone to will get the chef and ask him to tell us where the nuts are, but the manager said he could not do that. I told him if he could not do that then my daughter would not be able to eat anything. He just gave me a blank stare with no reply. I told him that in the past at this particular restaurant the chef would always come out and tell us what has nuts, and that if my daughter has an allergic reaction the restaurant would be responsible, but he seemed completely unconcerned as he replied, "I'm not going to get the chef. There's nothing I can do about it." Even the waitress was embarrassed. That's the last time that we will ever go to that Golden Corral.

Vonique

Anonymous said...

Hi,
You might want to look into the Burger King restaurant being safe. The onion ring batter contains tree nuts my son being allergic to both don't know if your son is. We avoid it because who is to say they didn't fry onion rings in grease and the fry my sons chicken nuggets in that same grease scary!

Anonymous said...

My daughter is 11 and she is allergic to 6 out of the top 8 allergens, plus sesame. We usually eat at Uno's because they have a computer in the front lobby where you can access all of their nutrition and allergen information. This is the best idea ever!! I've also found that people at the 99 Restaurants are very concerned - a manager will come over and go over menu options if you like. If your child has a peanut allergy, be careful of sesame, too. Our allergist said that peanuts & sesame have a similar protein, and sure enough, my daugher tested positive for sesame, too. Burger King serves many of their hamburgers on sesame seed buns, so if we eat there, we go for the little Burger Shots.

Anonymous said...

We ate a Rib Crib today and the manager was very nice and printed an allergen information sheet for me and everything on the sheet was peanut free.
Kimberly

Anonymous said...

Cold Stone Creamery is a great option for ice cream. If you say peanut free when ordering, they get the ice cream from a fresh batch in the freezer with a clean and sanitized dipper and on a sanitized cookie sheet (where they mix it instead of the marble). We have eaten there several times--no problems with our severe PA 21 mos old. She doesn't have any nut or other food allergies.

I'm also there with you on the peanut oil. Our allergist was said we can give items made in the same facility or on the same equipment (it's all about whether it was the first batch through or the last after cleaning), but gave a big no to peanut oil. The research was with ultra-refined peanut oil that many restaurants might not use.
-Janell

BLB said...

I saw that Outback was listed as "safe" here...I personally avoid it because a manager there informed me that they use peanut flour in their butter (the butter used on the mixed veggie side dish).

I have also found that Wendy's is "safe" among other restaurants I can't think of off the top of my head...listed on my blog http://peanutfreeworld.blogspot.com
Thanks for such a great site!! You have been a great resource!!

Miks and Rads said...

"Slice, the perfect food" (www.sliceperfect.com) is also a nut-free pizzeria in NYC. They have two locations.
They also have gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options as well!

Anonymous said...

I am wondering why someone put Noodles and Co. on here... is it because of the thai peanut dish they serve? I have always ordered the plain mac n cheese for my son and we've never had a problem.

Ann

Anonymous said...

Hi I'm 20 years old and I've been allergic to all nuts (except almonds) for my entire life. Watch out for T.G.I. Friday's, Five Guys Burgers, and some steak houses like Lonestar have peanut shell covered floors. Most restaurants are using some type of vegetable oils like canola now. I usually just ask the waiter to ask the chefs what they use when I get there. Applebees is safe except for some desserts like the apple pie. Bennigan's, Max & Erma's, P.F. Chang's, The Cheesecake Factory (some cheesecakes have nuts or peanut butter but the other ones are not contaminated), Uno's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Panera Bread, Cosi, McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Arby's, A&W, and Wendy's have all been fine for me. Some places like Noodles and Co. do have peanut dishes, but I've never had a problem there and I am highly allergic. I know there are plenty of other safe restaurants out there but I hope this helps!

Amanda

P.S. Make sure the kids know to avoid baked treats brought to school by other students! I've had a few bad accidents with chocolate chip cookies baked with peanut butter!
Also, you may not take this advice but I've been eating processed foods that say "May contain traces of peanuts" my entire life and have never had a problem. Companies just put that on there to cover themselves in the one in a million chance that something is contaminated.

Anonymous said...

Also, make sure that they get tested for other lentils (certain beans, peas, chickpeas, soy). I am allergic to these too.

Amanda

Sorwen said...

I just found this an want to make a comment for anyone else who stumbles across it like I did. I used to eat at Chick-fil-a, but had to stop a few years ago as they did change something about the oil they used. I never had a full reaction, but started getting sick any time I ate there (we have 3 locations here and had the problem at each). It really seems they are not using the quality of oil they used to and it may not be refined enough for some.

casey said...

we have had really good luck with p f changs. my 4 year old is anaphylactic to peanut and some tree nuts but tests positive for ALL tree nuts, including coconuts. they are VERY accommodating, just don't be in a hurry. one chef will prepare all of the food for the table in a separate wok, and it will come out on special plates that designate it to all of the staff that it is a special order due to food allergy.

we have also had good luck with benihanas. they do have sesame there however. thankfully we are not allergic to that.

Anonymous said...

We love Red Robin for our PA son, they have told us that they change gloves, etc and the food comes out on a specially colored dish designating the allergy alert.

We also trust Olive Garden as we had a PA waitress tell us that the only nuts are on the desserts and they are prepared off-site.

We don't go to Red Lobster because we had a clueless and uncaring manager tell us they didn't really want to serve us anything and we should call 1-800-lobster.
-LP

Anonymous said...

We have had a wonderful experience with Maggiano's italian restaurant. If you notify the server of the allergy, a chef will come to your table and talk to you before the meal. They seemed very knowledgable and even warned us to stay away from the bread or any breaded items which are made offsite in a bakery. The chef then prepares the meal separately to avoid cross-contamination. It is one of the few restaurants I feel comfortable taking my peanut and tree nut allergic daughter.

Anonymous said...

The Cheesecake Factory-is a No No. the last time i went the manger told me there was no safe food for me there! and the time before that i told the waiter that i was very allergic to peanut oil and to make sure it wasn't cooked in peanut oil, whats he do? brings me a side of peanut oil with my burger.

PF Changs has a great system! Maggiano's too!

Another good cookie to try is Lucy's-they sell them at some starbucks

I was at an event with my parents recently and they had made sure i got a special meal Peanut, tree nut and almond free, half way threw i looked at my mom and told her i know its not possible to be nuts cause you got me this special meal but i feel my throat closing so we left! i did have my Epi pen with us but didn't use it because i am afraid i'll use it when i dont REALLY need it. I did take benadryl which made me feel alot better. But untill tonight when i've been reading many bogs i firgured out what i ate that night lima beans. I never new lima beans and peanuts where so closely linked.

S.

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Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm a stay at home mom of 3 kids. A week ago, my youngest was just diagnosed with Peanut Allergy and Oranges, as well as dog allergy. He will be 3 come this August.
I had a feeling he was allergy to Peanuts. His first time with a Peanut, he gagged as soon as the peanut touched his tounge. I jumped up, removed the peanut. I waited but he was fine. I waited a month or two then tried a peanut cookie, the same thing happen. His gag was horrible. So I said no more peanut or peanut products until I know for sure. Family members just thought he just didn't like peanuts and was being picky.
My son also is highly allergic to dogs his face gets hives and swells so bad his eyes start to close. Besides this his nose bleeds were getting bad and he started to develop seasonal allergies. So I found an pediatric allergist at CHOP (Children's Hospital of PHiladelphia). This is where I found out for sure about his Peanut Allergy and also Oranges. I now have an EPI Pen.

I am trying to understand his peanut allergy, but I have to admit I am overwhelmed. Also I am surprise to learn everything that contains peanut or around peanuts products. Looking back he won't be plain M&M's, jelly bean or certain resturants French Fries or chicken nuggest.

Thank you for this site. I'm new to this allergy and need all the help I can get. I know some of the posts are older .. has anything changed.

Jennifer Conlon

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Anonymous said...

You've included Pizza Hut as a safe place to eat with peanut allergies. Pizza Hut is NOT safe for a child with a peanut allergy. Their sauce is made in a facility and that is noted on their site.

Anonymous said...

I want to give kudos to PF Changs in particular. They are amazing in terms of dealing with food allergies and start every meal by asking if anyone has any. What a treat for my peanut allergic 15 year old to eat chinese. He absolutely loves it. Also check out Rita's for ice cream treats. Another rare occurrence, but their menu with italian ice etc caters to lots of folks with allergies and to my knowledge they don't have peanut products on site. It's the only dessert place we go. Susan

Anonymous said...

Anyone ever been to the Wild Horse Saloon in Tennessee? Trying to find out if it's safe for my peanut allergic son travelling down there. Called and was told it should be, but thought I'd ask around to.

Anonymous said...

Here's the website to allergan info at Rita's. Some flavors are manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, but the majority aren't.

http://ritasice.com/uploads/documents/Allergen_Chart2.2010.pdf

Katie said...

This website has been a great resource for me. I am 25 and was diagnosed within the last year with peanut/tree nut allergy. You see a lot of resources mainly for children, but not a lot for adults who have recently been diagnosed. It has been a very difficult transition from eating whatever you want to all the sudden having to watch everything. Many people don't seem to understand how you can all the sudden be allergic. I have found they don't take you seriously. I recently called Dominos and their new Lava Crunch Cake is processed in a facility with nuts but it is packaged elsewhere and brought to the local stores. They cook it on screens but it is on foil and their tongs only touch the foil not the actual cake. I am ordering from them tonight so hopefully I will not have any problems.

Anonymous said...

McDonald's now has Reese's Peanut butter cups in their McFlurry's, so I have written them off as unsafe. So angry to lose one of our "safe" places, but I just won't risk the X-contam.

Beth

CrazyLady said...

My son has sever tree nut allergies and its so hard to find places I trust. We got a slushy at a chain gas station, he wanted green which was mango. I didn't know that mangos are directly related to cashews, it wasn't pleasent but he told immediatly that he needed medicine. Resaurants need to be more clear about allergens. People who don't live with this everyday have no clue how hard and scary it is.

Anonymous said...

Hello,

PF Chang's (http://www.pfchangs.com). I was there recently and they gave me a menu for Peanut+Tree Nut allergy, and said they had menus for other food allergies as well.

Juls

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Skye said...

Hi- I just stumbled across your site. I'm 24 and allergic to peanuts and all tree nuts. I found out that asking about oil in restaurants is tricky. Often, if you ask "Do you use peanut oil here?" if the staff is not well-trained they will just say no and not bother to verify. Instead, I always ask "What type of oil do you fry in?" and since they can't just make up a yes/no answer, I know that they are actually checking with the kitchen staff or management. I NEVER eat anything fried in any type of peanut oil even though supposedly some kinds are safe. You can never be too careful.

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Anonymous said...

I just want to say thank you for all of this information. I just found out that my 6 month old son has a milk, egg, peanut, and dog allergy. I'm a breastfeeding mother so I had to drastically change my diet. This site is a great source for me.

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Anonymous said...

Pizza Hut. I have a PA child who ate there recently. We have eaten there many times before and were told there's no nuts in the main pizzas and salad bar. When I called the manager recently I was told that there are warnings on all the sauces and meats about manufacturing practices and nuts. Check very carefully! It depends on who you talk with!

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Matt said...

Hello! Pizza Hut does not guarantee to be nut-free or peanut-free - I received correspondence from them via e-mail as per the usual banter, "we cannot guarantee...". Pizza-Pizza was the same - although they proclaim to be nut-free, however, their Pesto contains Pine-Nuts - so not sure if they understand (although they should).

Debbie said...

I am a mom of 2 year old twins, one (my daughter) has a severe peanut allergy. I am new to all this and really appreciate your blog. We are thinking of going to an out of state wedding in May and I am already stressing thinking about what places will be safe to eat at. I appreciate all the information, but I am really so confused! It seems that there are many comments about one restaurant being safe, then another comment saying its not. My question is - if the restaurant offers some foods like dessert) that contain peanuts, should this restaurant be completely avoided? I am also confused about Chik-Fil-A. Our allergist who also has a son with a peanut allergy told us that Chik-Fil-A was safe to eat at because the type of peanut oil they use is highly refined and safe for those with peanut allergies. We eat there every week - but now I am thinking we should stop. I guess I need to know what the consensus is out there on these questions as I am new to all this and scared for my daughter to have another bad reaction. Appreciate any feedback/comments!

Anonymous said...

We seem to have been lucky to find many places we can eat with our PA son. Places that are not so successful for us are Chili's, Pizza Hut (he had reactions back in 2007-08 and they are NOT clear enough on their website allergy info for me yet) and we avoid Lone Star because of peanuts on the floor. WE avoid the fries at Penn Station (they use separate gloves to make the subs and he can eat those). We can eat at Chik-FIl-A -they have a sign that says they used refined peanut oil only. He has never had a problem. Obviously most ethnic Mexican and Oriental are out of the question, so it's nice to hear PF CHang's may be an option. We have gone to the Iron Chef (hibachi grill) without incident. Our local Viva Tequila's -he can eat a non-Mexican offering (the hamburger/fries) and I let them know of his allergy (as always) so they take precautions with cross contamination. He's been ok there as well.

Anonymous said...

I am 46 and just became (I think) allergic to peanuts and/or tree nuts. I became allergic to shellfish at 42. I say I think because four rounds of allergy testing have indicated I'm allergic to nothing. However, I visited the emergency room 3 times this month. Thank you for all of your empathy and good advice, especially the person who understood how difficult it is to change after all this time, and also not being exactly sure of the cause as the reactions occur many, many hours after eating anything. Not only that, one of my jobs is a restaurant reviewer. AAGGH!!

Signed,
Allergy 46

Jenny said...

As an adult who is PA, I have discovered some things through means of unfortunate events that I urge you to consider.

I have found that unless you are visiting an allergist, your normal family physician may or may not inform you that to be diagnosed with a PA also means you automatically stay away from tree nuts as well. I have spoken with many PA persons who were not informed of this by their primary care; however, found this out the unfortunate way such as I. It was after nearly dying from a reaction that I sought out specialty care for my PA and learned a whole world of things that I did not know.

Concerning peanut oil. Stay away! Yes, there has been studies that have shown there is a severe decrease in the risk that peanut oil poses; however, it IS still a risk. Perhaps the exposure to peanut oil is so minimal that a PA person who has low IgE levels might not react. This does not mean that it is safe.

This brings me to another point that through the duration of my PA I have discovered through yet again, a near death experience.

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There is no such thing as somewhat allergic versus severely allergic. A mild or moderate nut allergy can turn into a life-threatening allergy at any time. As exposure to the proteins decreases so do the IgE levels. The lower the IgE levels, the less likely a severe reaction is to occur given minimal contamination. In other words, the longer you go without even a minor reaction... the less likely you are to have a major reaction.

The more exposure and reactions you have the worse the reactions will become. No two reactions are the same either. I could eat 1 peanut right now and die... or I could eat 1 peanut right now and possibly suffer nothing more than some minor itchy skin or a stomach ache.

The more you stay away - the less likely you are to have a major reaction in the event you are exposed.

Now... concerning restaurants and such through my own experiences. Here are list of safe/ not safe places that are purely based on my own reactions.

And remember... No PA person should ever say... "But I haven't gotten sick there." Why? Because... it all depends on the IgE levels in your body on how you react as well as the idea that it COULD happen. If I eat a package of regular M&M's and do not get sick today... that doesn't mean that I will not get sick the next time I eat them.

SAFE FROM MY EXPERIENCE

--McDonalds (including the granola for the fruit and yogurt parfait)
--Wendy's
--KFC
--Burger King
--Hardee's


NOT SAFE

--Texas Roadhouse
--Dairy Queen
--Culvers

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SUBJECTIVELY SAFE

These are restaurants that I have not necessarily been affected by and/or I have questionable concerns about and/or have changed allergen information over time.

--Arby's (I almost died from eating Arby's given the walnuts in the chicken salad sandwich and cross-contamination; however, there are Arby's locations that no longer have nuts in the building. I have safely eaten at our Arby's for a year.)

--Applebee's (They have recently released allergen information for PA persons they technically say that nothing on the menu is safe. I however, have eaten at Applebee's for years and still continue to eat there about 2 times per week and I have had no concerns. I know the manager of the location in which I dine and have intricately discussed their food operations and the risk of exposure. It is in MY OPINION that Applebee's is safe when you eat "safe" food and inform your wait-staff of your allergy asking them to be aware of other orders while you're there which contain nuts. It is in my opinion that Applebee's officially denies PA persons absolute safety because simply... they don't want to deal with it.)

--Pizza Hut (I have yet to become sick while eating here; however, I do know that some sauce they carry has a nut warning. I am unaware of which sauce this is)

--Chili's, Macaroni Grill, Outback, Red Lobster, and any other restaurant of similar stature are all subjective as well. I eat at these restaurants but not without invasive questioning every visit. I inform them of my allergy, ask they are aware of what they're touching before they touch my food, ask about my food in general, and stress that I would like to eat here but would prefer it not to be my last meal :)

It comes down to this...

There are very few TOTALLY SAFE restaurants for PA persons. Even Dave & Busters has a nut free menu; however, as most of those who are PA know, you take a risk when it is anywhere near the food you're eating. Cross contamination is ALWAYS a possibility even where they stress separate cooking measures and such.

On that note: Probably the safest place I've eaten while allergic is the Mongolian Grill.

I hope that anyone who reads this will find this helpful and keeping themselves safe and especially their children safe. I am the allergic one in my family; however, if my child were the allergic one I can only imagine the lengths I would go to given the lengths I already go to, to keep myself safe.

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Anonymous said...
My daugher was found to have severe peanut allergies at 5 years and now she is almost 13. I have found that Burger King is ok for PA allergies. My daughter eats there all the time, and she is ok after. Their onion rings are fine to eat at most Burger King restaurants. I would stay away from Chick-Fil-A still. But if you or your child really likes eating there, you still can. You can ask them to grill the chicken instead of fry, but they don't do it on a separete grill but use any grill available. I wouldn't take any chances.
-Sydney

Anonymous said...

Our Chuck E Cheese manager told me the dough is made in a facility that processes nuts and would not recommend us eating their pizza.

Josh Horvath said...

Great site. As reference I have a site for shellfish allergy sufferers. It is a restaurant search site. The site is www.eatwtihnoallergy.com . Also find us on facebook and LIKE us. We will find you as well. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Please be careful with Wendy's! They are NOT all peanut-free! I was recently at a Wendy's in Norfolk, and asked as an afterthought after I'd ordered, and was very surprised to hear that they were using peanut oil! Looked it up online, and in the US, some Wendy's DO use peaunut oil, or an oil combination that includes peanut oil.

Anonymous said...

any healthy places?

Anonymous said...

My son (11months) is PA. A place that I found that I love is Dunkin Donuts. On their website, you can look up the info on any menu item and choose to exlude any common allergen. Notice that there are no peanuts, just 7 items with tree nuts

Anonymous said...

I recently found out that Five Guys Burgers uses Peanut Oil in their French Fries!!!

Krissy said...

My two year old daughter was diagnosed with severe nut allergies about 8 months ago. She cannot even touch a nut without having a severe reaction. When I take her out to eat, I pack her lunch. Call me crazy, but it's SO much less stressful than trusting others to prepare her food. I started doing this after she had a reaction from eating out at Chili's restaurant. Even though we warned the waitress and ordered from their "nut-safe" menu, my child had an awful reaction. I think that most people just don't "get it". They hear the word "allergy" and they think of rashes and runny noses. I have a strict policy at this point of: Trust No One.

Daniel said...

Hi guys! Not sure if this has been mentioned or not but I recently took a friend of mine to olive garden. Her son has PA and tree nut allergies. We asked the waiter if he could check what dishes had nuts. He came back with a list saying that only one dessert had nuts. So her son had the house salad, breadsticks, pasta in white sauce, and a smoothy with no issue. The server can make a huge difference. Our guy was awesome he was checking and double checking things we didn't even ask him to check. He was on the ball.

So in my experience so far, Olive Garden is OK!

Anonymous said...

I notices on here there where some questions about Chick-fil-A I personally have a peanut allergy and have had a reaction form Chick-fil-A food Before. It was very scary because I has heard the same things about the cheaper oil. Anther thing I would like to note is to be very careful at chines food restaurants at many resaurants they don't clean the pans between each thing they cook because the oils make the food taste good. So even if you order peanut free food make sure to notify the waiter of you allerdy. Also I am a carhop at sonic and I would suggest not ordering ice cream because they do use the same blender for there ice cream with and with out nuts.

Anonymous said...

I no longer take my son to Steak n Shake because I encountered peanut pieces in my plain vanilla shake. Cross contamination is every where peanuts of any kind are served. Be aware and be extremely cautious.

I do not allow my son to ever drink chocolate milk that is not sealed in a container because some restaurants use a shake blender to blend the chocolate syrup. Most likely the blender will have come in contact with other contaminants.

One freaked out mom of a PA ANA child.
Karen

Anonymous said...

I am 19 with peanut allergies, however for me I just throw up. There was only one instance where I didn't throw up and ended up going to the ER because I had hives.

I think allergen warnings should really be publicly posted. I actually threw up after eating at Chick fil a, couldn't believe EVERYTHING was in peanut oil and the only way I found out was by looking at the side of the fries box.

Nate

Jennifer said...

Looking at the Pizza Hut link http://www.pizzahut.com/files/pdf/UPDATED%20ALLERGEN%20LIST%2002.12.09.pdf

it looks like all foods are safe for PA at Pizza Hut except for lasagna, meaty marinara pasta and abasil vinegrette topping. Is this what others have found to be true at Pizza Hut? Thank you!

Emily B. said...

hi, my name is Emily. I'm 15 and was diagnosed with a PA and tree nut allergy a year ago. This website has helped a lot, but I've recently discovered it's not just nuts I'm allergic to. I'm also allergic to seeds. Sesame, poppyseed, sunflower seeds, and I'm also allergic to coconut, Palm/palm kernel oil, cottonseed oil, rapeseed oil, and large concentrations of soy. it's so hard to find places to eat, and just foods to eat. I had one of my friends fruitsnacks at school and they had to call an ambulance- they contained coconut oil and rapeseed oil. hopefully the restaurants on this list will also be friendly to my allergy. I can't eat at Burger King or KFC, they use cottonseed oil. I know I'm safe with Taco Bell and MCdonalds. I'm not sure about Jack in the Box, and Wendy's is a total no-no. thank you!

Dawn said...

If curiosity killed the cat, I must be the cat!

I have fraternal twin girls, 17 months on 21 Jan 2012. Their paternal grandfather was adopted, so we don't have any information on his lineage past him, so it really makes me cautious and paranoid. I have avoided giving them nuts, touching them after eating nuts, nut based products, or things fried in peanut oil, and as well have been very conscious of what their foods are fried in; I always ask, whether it's a chain restaurant or not. The information has been really helpful, I appreciate it a lot!

I noticed that you've indicated avoid desserts, but what about coffee house style places- Like Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, etc. for their breakfast pastries? And, as well, how about Keva Juice and Orange Julius?

The information is greatly appreciated, thank you!

TwinkieMomma

Anonymous said...

You know my dauter has a peanut allergy and she eats at T.G.I fridays without any problem we talked to the maneger about the allergy

Anonymous said...

I see it is over a year since any one has posted anything. Just wanted every one to know that my daughter's fiance ordered CHEESE for a starter at a local restaurant last night. He went into anaphylactic shock and got to A & E in the nick of time! (He was purple and struggling to breathe!) He says he should have been more cautious but for heaven's sake it was CHEESE!!!! Who would have thought there would be nuts in cheese? And why can't restaurants take SOME responsibility and at least put down on their menu that there are nuts in a dish! The lighting was very dim - none of us could see what we were eating! I think it should be made law that you have to say if nuts are in a product. After all,foods we buy from shops have to be labelled with ingredients.

Shirley

Anonymous said...

Hello my wife and I ordered pizza from pizza hut and we noticed that some of the ingredents do say "Products are prepared in common equipment and therefore may contain allergen"
Source: http://www.pizzahut.com/foodallergies.html

Thanks,
Tom

Christy M said...

Last year we took a vacation to Disney World and they did an amazing job of preparing safe food for our peanut and tree nut allergic daughter. PF Changs, Olive Garden, Zaxby's, Provinos, and Outback also work out great for us.
Christy M.

Eydie said...

My 12 year old daughter is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, all beans, seeds and shellfish. When we eat out, we always talk with a manager. We’ve had many positive experiences at Chilis, although, only feel comfortable with 2 items. THe mac and cheese do not touch any other items (they are almost self contained), and she will eat a cheeseburger (we bring the bun). Never the fries at Chili’s.

We always have an amazing experience at Red Robin. The entire staff is trained and they have a corporate allergy procedure in place. We always bring our own buns because of the seeds, and the best news is that that french fry and onions rings are safe and are made in designated friers.

We have found that there is always something safe for our daughter to eat when we dine out(even with multiple allergies). However, she NEVER eats deserts out (even if it does not contain nuts).

I believe there are other challenges as our children become older and more social (school dances, and parties, and kissing). The K word will definitely keep me up at night. I think it is a whole other topic and one that is a huge responsible for our children. Even thought my daughter has no interest in boys, I know it can change in a heart beat.

Eydie said...

Oh, I forgot to mention, I found your site when I googled for “safe fortune cookies, We made fortune cookies before and they came out very greasy. I’m excited to try your recipe. Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

I've found that Hershey's is really good about nut allergies; their chocolate chips are nut-free. They even had a chocolate bunny for Easter that did not have any nuts in it or any processing with nuts. So, it feels to me that it's getting easier to live with a nut & tree nut allergy (which our daughter has, cashew/pistachio and peanut slightly).

Anonymous said...

http://www.buffalowildwings.com/downloads/bww_allergen_list.pdf


peanut and tree nut safe. all except for the chocolate fudge cake which was processed on shared equipment with tree nuts. I usually stay away from desserts at restaurants anyway due to the fact most of it is processed on shared equipment. BWW does have coconut milk and sesame seed in some meals but I've never had problems with these and I am allergic to peanuts and all tree nuts.

Anonymous said...

We have a peanut allergic daughter, and on a recent trip to Outback Steakhouse she asked the waitress about the ribs, just to double-check. She had eaten the ribs in another Outback without incident. The waitress returned and said that they did contain peanut! What a night - my daughter hadn't eaten any, but she was very anxious the rest of the night.

Dee said...

I have a peanut allergy myself and Chik-Fil-A is a big no-no for me. I can eat at Sonic but I have to stay away from deserts.

Anonymous said...

Chili's isa fabulous restaurant. Fir anyone w/ peanut or any food allergy or diabetes. They have special menus that are very detailed.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this helpful information! I am always so scared to go out to eat because of my allergy. This makes me feel so much better, especially since Outback and Red Robin are safe! They are two of my favorite places to eat. Thank you again!

Casey

Anonymous said...

Our young daughter ordered a birthday desert for her sister, at Lazy Dog Cafe. The sundae had ice cream, whip cream and sprinkles. FIRST TIME EVER, we didn't question if it had nuts, since they were not visible.
Well, we should have. There were nuts in the bottom. The waiter made the sundae and put nuts as the base, his own creation. She ended up in ER with a mild reaction. The restaurant manager and waiter were very apologetic. We can't let our guard down.
I. Pere

Anonymous said...

As a former health inspector and parent of a child w multiple food allergies including severe peanut allergy, I would not recommend eating at McDonald's or Pizza Hut. Unless they have altered cleaning practices(same cloths throughout and common buckets of sanitizer at Mc Donalds) and separated the prep areas/ovens at Pizza Hut(more for other related allergens- nebrr even got far enough to discuss sauce)--the risk of cross- contamination is just too high.... Linda

Bunkbabies Twin Boutique said...

My daughter ate at Chick Fil A prior to her 1st reaction...they do use a HIGHLY REFINED PEANUT OIL. She has continued to eat their food with no problems...we do complete avoidance for ALL other things including cross contamination. I feel like a parinoid freak sometimes...but with this being a fatal allergy...I take total precaution....my point is Chick Fil A has been safe for us.

oldschoolgirl said...

My peanut/tree nut allergic child did okay for awhile at Chick-fil-A, but then started to vomit after eating there (this happened on two consecutive visits). So our allergist said the oil is out now too :( I should also add that our child has a life threatening tree nut allergy, but a relatively mild peanut allergy, so we were surprised at his reaction...

Anonymous said...

I'd like to disagree with a comment about the safety of Cold Stone Creamery. Sure they'll get a clean scoop and get it from a fresh batch, but that's not the problem. They make all of the ice cream flavors, including the treenut/peanut varieties, in the SAME MACHINE! Sure, they'll claim they clean the machine before starting a new flavor, but I'm not going to trust a high school student who is working at an ice cream shop as a summer job with the health of my child!

Rebecca from KY

Anonymous said...

Hi. We have a local Baskin Robbins in Greenwood, IN that we feel safe with. The manager had severe PA as a child so he keeps the ice cream with peanuts/tree nuts in a separate case, and staff are required to use separate dippers. And when they make their cones, they have to sanitize the waffle iron in between batches to avoid cross contamination. My daughter is 9 and severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts (and we also think sesame but she wasn't tested for sesame.) She is well-versed in her allergies and we've always encouraged her to ask questions, speak up, and we've given her the freedom to say "no thank you" if she feels something is unsafe. But yes, there are some people who just don't understand the whole food allergy thing and I guess part if it is because not everyone reacts the same way. Thanks for the blog!

Anonymous said...

i hate my peanut allergy so much. i'm 16 and it absolutely sucks, being a kid you don't really mind. but as a teenager it gets much worse. I have to bring a bag with me everywhere I go to hold my epi-pen and every time I used make-out with a guy I asked him what he had to eat. now I just don't even care.

Anonymous said...

I may be a couple years late..

But I have a friend who has a severe case of peanut allergies. He eats at Chick-fila on a regular basis. He also has been to Chilis on multiple occasions. He has never suffered an allergy attack or ill-stomach due to these two places. I wouldn't place full merit in what you may of heard from people regardless of what they say. Honestly, I would just speak with the manager of your local restaurants and ask about it.

Just my 2 cents really.

Anonymous said...

Olive Garden is an excellent place to eat. One dessert with peanuts.
Michelle M

Valyria Lewis said...

I'm allergic to sesame & cashews. Every time I eat papa Johns pizza, I have a reaction. Can anyone tell me of they use sesame in their dough?

Anonymous said...

Chesseburger cheeseburger is another place off limits.they fry everything in peanut oil...

Tina Bebbington said...

My 3yr old loves to eat out, before and after her peanut allergy diagnoses.

We love Red Robin (Canada) - they have a special peanut free menu, and my kid always chooses the lettuce wrapped burger and fries without seasoning mix (the seasoning salt has a may contains label, as do their buns).

Also, we often go to Cora, which is a family breakfast place across Canada. Their kitchen is peanut free, except that they offer diners those single servings of kraft peanut butter, and they will clean the grill before making our food just in case any hazelnut spread got onto it.

By far, these are the two chains which have taken our concerns the most seriously. We also frequent Panago Pizza, as their website claims no peanuts on site.