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KatieS83 posted:
DS has Dairy, Egg and Peanut allergies, DH wants to go out to eat over the weekend. I dont even know where to start with this, DS can eat french fries, but a lot of places i know use butter and such on their grills which rules out hot dogs. He wont touch a salad (i cant totally blame him lol). What are my options? if any at all.

I've done some searching, none of the restaurants i've looked at that are within reasonable distance to us, have their menus/ingredients posted even for their main/popular dishes.

We are tossed up between Applebee's, or TGI fridays (anything else is either 2+ hours away, or doesnt exist in our area)
LittleTandMe responded:
Argh. I had a reply all ready, and WebMD refused to post it.

Anyway, try calling around a few places, and talking to the manager. Then, where ever you decide to go, let them know you are coming, and remind them again when you get there. Tell the server, the hostess, anyone else you see.

Some website, I think FAAN, has a card you can print out to take to restaurants that alerts the server/chef to allergies.
two year old son with peanut allergy
seeit2 responded:
Red Robin has a great allergy book (the book lists what to eat if you have certain allergies and breaks it down among the majors) and is very accommodating, if they are nearby. Otherwise there is a link in the resources tab about looking up local restaurants on the web - I think it's allergyeats dot com or dot org. There may be some local restaurants reviewed on that site.

PP has great ideas too as far as calling ahead and seeing what they can help you with.

KityKatK8 responded:
So did you go out? Honestly, I would stay away from french fries unless you can confirm the oil they are fried in, since traditional fries are done in peanut oil.

Also, we had a close call with DH three years ago at an Applebees, even after we told the waitress to be careful and all. We have been ok with TGI Fridays, but individual restaurants and chefs could make a difference.

I agree with PP, calling and speaking with the manager and/or chef is the best way to go. We are dilligent that way when we travel and things are getting better. You may even get a better response from a small, local restaurant than from a chain that has to use the same recipe and all.

Another also, with DD, she is still at the age where sometimes meals out go better if I bring her food, instead of ordering it for her, so you could always just bring DS's meal. That way you know you'll be safe.

DH: peanut, tree nuts, coconuts, fish
LittleTandMe replied to KityKatK8's response:
About the peanut oil - I have found that purified peanut oil seems to be all right. One of the websites, (it may be FAAN, but I can't remember) says that since all the peanut proteins are removed, it should be safe for all but the most allergic.

I know that Chick-Fil-A uses peanut oil, and we eat there about once a week, and DS has had no problems. It depends on the level of allergy. DS has had a reaction from eating peanuts, and being in a room with kids eating peanuts (there may have been cross contamination). If there is a problem with eating things that have touched things that have peanuts, for instance chocolate made in the same factory, then I would definitely stay away from places that use peanut oil.
two year old son with peanut allergy
Mainemommy replied to LittleTandMe's response:
BTW Hotdogs have milk products in them anyway usually lactose
LittleTandMe replied to Mainemommy's response:
DIdn't think of that. Also, many have soy fillers. We realized that when DS eczema got worse after my parents fed him cheapo hotdogs. I usually get the kosher kind myself. I think they taste better. I wonder would they have milk or lactose in them, since I think there is a ban on having milk and beef together for things to be kosher.
two year old son with peanut allergy
KatieS83 replied to LittleTandMe's response:
we are very careful about hot dogs in our house, we did end up going to applebees, he ate a few bites of a grilled chicken breast, and some apple sauce, the staff was more then accommodating for us, the waitress was saying that her son has food allergies so she understood where i was coming from.
Mainemommy replied to KatieS83's response:
I think you'd be ok with kosher hotdogs I know I used the K pareve to know milk free while nursing
KityKatK8 replied to LittleTandMe's response:
How do you know if the peanut oil is purified? Is it just by the process of heating it to such a high temperture? Or is it a special process pre-purchase?

There is a little hot dog stand we pass on road trips now and again that cooks their fries in peanut oil, so we've never stopped after learning that. Since it isn't a chain, I don't know if I could look it up - I'm not even sure the place would have a phone to call them.

DH *has* been sensitive to cross contamination, and we prefer to stick to the safe route, so we probably would never chance it.
DH: peanut, tree nuts, coconuts, fish
LittleTandMe replied to KityKatK8's response:
The peanut oil is sold like that, it is all in how they process it during manufacturing.

Yes, if he has problems with cross contamination, its not worth chancing it. I am still really careful places, and I would never buy peanut oil myself to cook with. I'm just grateful that at Chick-Fil-A, at least, we are ok. I don't know if they have them where you are, I think they are southern, but they are awesome.

I really think it is interesting that it is the proteins, not the oil, that causes reactions. My understanding is that the people who do react to the oil, it is either because it was not refined enough, or from cross-contamination.
two year old son with peanut allergy
LittleTandMe replied to LittleTandMe's response:
And here is what the Food Allergy and Anaphalxis Network said:
  • Studies show that most allergic individuals can safely eat peanut oil (not cold pressed, expelled, or extruded peanut oil - sometimes represented as gourmet oils). If you are allergic to peanuts, ask your doctor whether or not you should avoid peanut oil.

  • But of course, it isn't really worth the risk to go to a hotdog stand.
    two year old son with peanut allergy
    AKB66 replied to LittleTandMe's response:
    Have seen a new website called, created to help with this problem. Because it's new, there may not be enough input to help you yet, but worth a try.

    --11 year old with allergy to all nuts except walnuts (go figure)
    Gr8kids responded:
    My daughter is allergic to peanuts. When we go out we stop first at McDonalds and get food for her and then go to any restaurant we want. She is happy and so are we, without the worry. Most restaurants don't mind you bringing food in, once you explain the reason. We have found McDonalds to be safe for peanut allergy.
    An_198333 responded:
    Print out the menu and call the restaurant and tell them what the child's allergic to & ask chef/mgr to advise you on what's okay or what item on menu would be easy for them to customize for you when you go there. You may need to then call ahead & let them know you're coming so they have time to make the special meal.
    For instance, pasta & other sauces can be left out or switched with another menu item. (Take the lasagna sauce & put it on the angel hair dish instead of the sauce listed with the angel hair.) So it's pick 1 item from one dish, switch it. That way they can use what they have on hand already made up. Switch pizza sauces same way, etc. they can simply leave off the allergen in some dishes as well. I do this all the time and smile and be gracious, not chatty & say you tip well and then do, so you're worth their effort.

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