adventures in eating out

Question: Where do you take a kid that is allergic to wheat, dairy and eggs for dinner?

Well, the answer is: not that many places… but thankfully that list of places is expanding.

Normal places that are safe*:
– Swiss Chalet (a Canadian rotisserie chicken restaurant): where she can eat the chicken, the sauce, and the fries (although they are a risk because they don’t use dedicated oil for the fries)
– McDonald’s: where she can eat the fries and the hamburger patty without the bun
– Japanese for sushi and maki/rolls (but nothing that has tempura or is fried with soy sauce, and she’s not a big fan of the wasabi either)
– we can also go to Chinese restaurants and order steamed rice and ‘plain stir fry’ veggies with garlic (aka ‘ching chow’ in chinglish… LOL)

As you might gather, it’s not the greatest variety. I should also mention that my daughter is just shy of 5 years old, and she doesn’t like lettuce that much (nor raw tomatoes or peppers), so ordering the Garden salad is not an option.

I will be starting a new series on places that we have eaten out where we were able to order something that was wheat/dairy/egg free**. Items off the menu, even! Tonight we’re trying a new place, Grace Restaurant on College. Check my twitter for pics of dinner at: http://twitter.com/div_conspiracy

* Allergy information and complete ingredient lists for many restaurants can be found online at the restaurant’s own site, usually. McDonald’s is pretty good about it, as is Swiss Chalet.
**I should start a new acronym, like GF (for gluten free). WF/DF/EF? WDE-free?

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One response to this post.

  1. Hi, just been taking a look over your blog and noticed this post about restaurants and eating out. I thought you (and your readers) might be interested in a site we’ve just launched in the UK – http://www.LeaveItOut.co.uk – an eating out guide for specialist diets such as gluten-free, wheat-free and egg-free! So, if you’re ever in the UK, this may make your trip a little easier. The site is new and I’d love to know your thoughts, comments and feedback on what we’re doing, and of course if you have any places we can add or to review it would be great to hear about them. I’ve seen a few US allergy-specific eating out guides, it would be interesting to know how useful you find them? Thanks, Kate

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