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Apr 3, 2011 05:29 AM

Allergy friendly restaurants

I'm having out of town guests this weekend and one of them has severe tree nut and shellfish allergies. I'm wondering if there are restaurants that are known to be particularly allergy friendly. It would have to be a place that would assure no cross contamination whatsoever. We'll have a 3 year old along with us so upscale restaurants are probably out of the question. In terms of general area, we're good with anything in Boston and north to 128 or west to the Waltham area.

Thanks in advance!

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    1. I think Blue Ginger might be your best bet as chef/owner wrote "the" book - really, he has a book at his restaurant and used by other restaurants/doctors- on food allergies and chef/waiter prep. (His son has allergies and he realized it was not addressed as priority in the industry.) Believe it or not, we've also had good luck at Legal Seafood & Wagamama re:shellfish allergies. Other friends also frequent Wagamama all the time because son has nut allergies and they still have many fresh options and professional waitstaff. (Although Legal had a lot less on the menu to offer, they did a great job of advising and preparing the food that was shellfish free.) All menus are available online.

      Blue Ginger
      583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

      57 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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      1. It's not exciting, but I have a friend with similar allergies and she had a very good experience at Papa Razzi in Wellesley (out of your geographic range, but I believe there is one in town as well--since it's part of a group I suspect there is some kind of corporate training). She ordered something that looked safe, told the waiter about her allergy, and the manager later came over to tell her how they were making sure it was safe for her.

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          1. My young nephew has egg and shellfish allergies. One casual place that can accommodate him is Jasper White's Summer Shack. He follows Ming Tsai's allergy guidelines. Everything is kept seperate. It's one of the only places in the city where he can have french fries.

            Someone else mentioned Legal, but I had difficulty with him there. They don't have seperate cooking pans, at least at the location I took him to (Prudential), and they cook their hot dogs in the same steamers that they cook the lobsters in.

            Summer Shack
            310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210