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May 18, 2008 10:24 AM

Safe Restaurants with Peanut Allergy?

My son was just diagnosed with a peanut allergy. Although it isn't severe, we want to be safe. Are there any restaurants that people have found to be either peanut-free, very sensitive to allergies or just plain safe? I am particularly looking for Thai, Vietnamese or Chinese restaurants.

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  1. I would be interested to read responses about this. I have two children with allergies--one to peanuts, the other to tree nuts. I stay away from Chinese (and most restaurants, really) with my kids because I just don't want to take the chance. Extremely rarely, my peanut allergy kid will have sweet and sour chicken. Not exactly the chowhound experience you're looking for, I'm afraid. Even then, I feel nervous about it. It's all I can do to not stand next to him with the Epi pen poised at the ready.

    When we do eat out, I grill the server about the possibility of nuts in the food. Usually we get pizza, which is pretty safe, although not very exotic. You could take a chance and carefully explain to your server that your son has a peanut allergy. Make sure you always have the Epi pen with you! There are too many stories out there about restaurant kitchens not getting the message from the waiter about food allergies for me to feel entirely comfortable about my nut allergy kids eating in restaurants. I even avoid taking them to get ice cream, sadly.

    I'm hoping you'll get responses from folks who may know of restaurants that have nut-free kitchens or have awareness about it.

    1. Ming Tsai has a child with the same problem and he is campaigning for allergy safety in restaurants. I'd call Blue GInger and ask for guidance from him. Where does he take his son?

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        1. Bobalicious in Newton should be safe. It's not a restaurant exactly, but a takeout spot with a few tables. Not only is their food very good, but it's run by two moms who will absolutely take extra care in what they prepare for you, Vietnamese banh mi or one of their delicious rolls or salads. If you call ahead I bet they can prepare something special.

          1. Hi:

            Please excuse the interruption, but please keep the focus here on local places that will work for foodymom. Discussions about allergies are off topic and we've removed that discussion here.

            Thank you.