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Mar 11, 2008 03:46 PM

This might be a stupid question, but...

For people who are lactose intolerant, where are your old stand-by's to eat at and what do you recommend? I am nursing a lactose-intolerant baby and therefore I am on a strict dairy-free diet. I had a bad experience at a restaurant last Friday night where I asked that the butter be left off of my hamburger bun, and the kitchen and waitstaff proceeded to ridicule my request within earshot of my table. This, after I explained that any dairy in my diet causes stomach problems for my newborn son. No sympathy, even for a baby??? Should I have produced a doctor's note from our Pediatric GI Specialist???

I know there are the obvious choices, like ordering anything that doesn't have cheese on it. But if you're someone who suffers from lactose-intolerance, where do you like to eat at? What restaurants can you trust to take your dairy-free requests seriously? What dishes do you recommend?

Thanks for your time.

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  1. Hi there! I certainly feel your pain--- i am allergic to dairy. i have lots of success with restaurants around austin... they seem to for the most part be understanding of dietary restrictions. my standby everyday-type places: zen, mothers, mr. natural, pretty much all thai/japanese/asian restaurants, middle eastern restaurants, blue dahlia (love this place!), jorges, . for special outings: uchi, south congress cafe, wink, jezebel, vin bistro, and eddie v's have been especially accommodating. all of these will without a doubt take your concerns seriously. enjoy!

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    1. re: elenoise

      I can sympathize with your plight. We have some good friends and the wife of the couple is LI. Sometimes it stretches the imagination to make meals that she can eat safely. I don't know whether you know it or not but there is a bakery here that specializes in LI products. I wish you would publish the name of the resturarant so I could give them a piece of my mind. I am allergic to shrimp and years ago used to run into the same thing.

    2. Austin's pizza will make your pizza made with soy cheese if you specify that is what you want. I'm not sure if this is all locations, but I know the one on 12th used to.

      1. I know the choices are limited in Austin but eating at a kosher meat restaurant will assure of a dairy free dining experience - you can also become familiar with some of the more common kosher symbols - like an O with u inside - will indicate something is kosher and usually dairy free unless it is on somehting so obvious dairy like butter or cream, cheese or it has a little D after it -

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