Here is an updated version of a post I published last September that may be helpful to you.
When you’re dealing with several or even one food allergy, eating in a restaurant is a daunting task.
Cross contamination is a BIG issue. It’s so easy to go from one food to another and most people don’t even think about it. I know I didn’t before food allergies. People go from mashing potatoes to flipping steak and so on and so forth without a second thought. Without washing their hands!!!
If you do plan to eat out, here are a few tips to help make it as safe an experience as possible:
- Have a Chef’s Card handy and ready to go.
- Have your medications and action plan with you at all times.
- Go at a time when they aren’t very busy.
- Call the restaurant ahead of time and speak with the Manager.
- Work out a plan with the manager to best accommodate your needs.
- When you enter the restaurant, speak with the Manager, your Server, and the Chef preparing the food in question.
- Give them your Chef’s Card.
- Be kind, informative, and firm.
- Tip well! They’ve done their very best to keep you and yours safe, they deserve a good tip 🙂
We’ve eaten out as a family once in the past….6 years now. We ate at Outback and their wonderful staff made their best efforts to make sure our kiddos were safe. It can be done!
*I would not recommend dining at a pizza place if you are allergic to dairy, nor would I suggest Chinese for those allergic to nuts, but there are plenty of places out there that want to help you have a safe experience.*
- Allergic Girl’s “The Cheers Experience” is a helpful guide for dining out with food allergies.
- For more information about the whole process in making sure you or your child can dine out safely, check out FAAN’s Advocacy/Restaurant page.