Posts tagged ‘allergy menu’

Outback Steakhouse Allergy Info

You might be interested in the allergy info Outback Steakhouse has posted on their website. It pertains to peanut, milk and gluten allergies. I’ve updated my ‘Eating Out’ page with this info. Let’s go Outback tonight!


June 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm Leave a comment

Sweet Treats!

Rita’s Italian Ice offered FREE regular size Italian Ices today in honor of the 1st Day of Spring!  If you haven’t gotten yours yet, hurry!  They close at 10pm.  Anyway, my husband had to run an errand tonight so he took our two oldest with him.  He loves to take the girls out for special treats every once in awhile, so what better time to do it than when it’s FREE?  So, I quickly got online and checked out Rita’s website looking for an allergy menu of sorts and lo, and behold, they have one!  My daughter can totally enjoy her special treat tonight along with her older sister and everyone else that happens to be there!  This thrills my heart!!  I’ve added this sweet treat to my ‘Eating Out’ tab at the top of the page for future reference.

March 20, 2009 at 6:38 pm Leave a comment

On the Border!

Found another favorite restaurant with an allergy menu!!  On the Border is one of my fave’s for mexican food so when I went online to check for an allergy menu – I was pleased to find they were on top of things!  I’ll be adding this one to my ‘Eating Out’ tab at the top of the page.

As I’ve mentioned before, don’t just take their word for it.  An allergy attack is too serious to just take someone’s word for it.  I printed out the menus for peanut-free, milk-free and egg-free.  Then, went over them with a fine tooth comb to see which items my daughter could have.  Then, I took the menus with me to the restaurant, explained to our waiter about my child’s allergies and had him double check the ingredients.  He wrote down my concerns, took them to the kitchen and came back to my table prior to ordering our meal and reassured me of the things I had specifically asked of him.  It was a successful dinner!  (And just in case, the EpiPens and Benadryl were right beside us in the booth.)  We’ll be going back there.

Free tip:  When eating at a restaurant that you aren’t very familiar with, go before the rush!  We like to go early – around 5pm – which makes it much less stressful on us and our waiter/waitress when we’re trying to convey our concerns to them.

March 15, 2009 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

Eating Out With Food Allergies

Because food allergies pose such a threat to those who live with them, you may wonder if it’s possible to go out to eat safely.  I have to say it IS possible.  I’ve created a tab at the top right of this blog labeled “Eating Out”.  It is a work in progress, but my goal is to update it as I find new restaurants with allergy menus and/or ingredient lists.  I have already listed a few, but have several more to add to it.  I will do that as time permits.  If you have any that I do not have on the list, please reply to this post with that information and I will add it!

While we’re on the subject of eating out, I thought I’d place a few cautious reminders on here:

  • ALWAYS bring your EpiPens!!  I carry 2 EpiPens at all times for my daughter.  One may not be enough to get you or your food-allergic child to the hospital in time.  I carry her EpiPens with us everywhere we go and I have 2 at home in an accessible place for our babysitter and/or anyone taking care of my child to reach easily.  I thank the Lord that we have not yet had to use one, but we have them just in case!  Think of them as a life insurance policy!  You pay the price, hoping you won’t ever need them!
  • ALWAYS carry liquid Benadryl with you.  I have a bottle of liquid Benadryl in my daughter’s bag with her EpiPens, in an upstairs bathroom and in the kitchen on our main floor.  I can’t tell you how many times Benadryl has helped keep us from going to the ER.  It is a lifesaver!  In the most severe reactions, I suggest that the ER is still the best option (in addition to Benadryl and/or EpiPen) because allergic reactions can return even though you think the worst is over.  When in doubt, call 911.
  • ALWAYS take a copy of the restaurant’s allergy menu with you so that you can show the waitress/waiter exactly what you want.  You may want to even write your child’s allergies on that paper so she/he can show it to the cook.  It has been suggested that you should alert the manager of the restaurant, as well, to ensure that your food is cooked separate from all others.  I know this may seem like a hassle, but it is better to be safe!!  If there is not an allergy menu, you can take the ingredient list instead.  Sometimes, I call ahead and talk to the manager about it to see if they are happy to accommodate the food allergies.  I’ve done this for Ruby Tuesday and it worked to my advantage.
  • ALWAYS be aware of the environment at the restaurant you are planning to attend.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, some have peanuts served at each table and the peanut shells are tossed onto the floor (aka EVERYWHERE!) and this is obviously hazardous to someone who has peanut allergies.  Know your surroundings before you go.
  • You may want to carry disinfectant wipes or baby wipes with you to restaurants because you never know what has been left on the table and in the seat where your child will sit.  I try to clean my daughter’s chair, table, etc. when we go out to eat.  I don’t leave it up to someone else to watch over my child’s safety where food is concerned.  And in this case, I totally do not mind looking like a paranoid mother when I go out in public.  I’m proud to be one.

Feel free to leave your tips/comments here, as well.  Maybe someone else can benefit from your ideas!

March 3, 2009 at 8:09 pm Leave a comment

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