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Fidget963 Apr 3, 2011 05:29 AM

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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    adiosoven RE: purple bot Apr 3, 2011 10:40 AM

    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.

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    Blue Ginger
    583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

    Wagamama
    57 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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      cmd RE: Fidget963 Apr 3, 2011 03:38 PM

      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.

      1. liamsaunt RE: Fidget963 Apr 4, 2011 08:53 AM

        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.

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        Summer Shack
        310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

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          majo RE: Fidget963 Apr 4, 2011 09:46 AM

          Fresh choice in framingham has great family friendly food and has signs posted that say "please tell us if anyone in your party have a food allergy" They cook all to order.Very nice woman cooking yesterday. The beet salad looked spectacular.

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            VintageMolly RE: majo Apr 4, 2011 10:07 AM

            I think those allergy signs are the law in Massachusetts now. Even my hair salon has one.

            I don't think they mean anything about a restaurants care and attention to allergy issues.

          2. C. Hamster RE: Fidget963 Apr 4, 2011 10:33 AM

            Blue Ginger, absolutely. They are fanatical.

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            Blue Ginger
            583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

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              BlueTrain84 RE: Fidget963 Apr 8, 2011 08:24 PM

              A place to avoid, based upon my experience tonight: Myers + Chang. I ordered from the shellfish-free menu and alerted my server of my shellfish allergy upon sitting down. We ordered the pork dumplings and were served a mixed plate of dumplings about an hour later, which resulted in me eating a shrimp dumpling. Thankfully, shrimp are the shellfish to which I am least allergic, so I popped a benadryl and experienced some localized swelling/discomfort but was fine and able to finish my dinner. They apologized profusely, comped us a course plus dessert and continuously checked on me, but I thank my lucky stars that it wasn't more serious. Just wanted to give you the heads up, as it can be scary dining out with food allergies, even at places that make a conscious effort.

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                goodhealthgourmet RE: BlueTrain84 Apr 8, 2011 08:39 PM

                They apologized profusely, comped us a course plus dessert and continuously checked on me, but I thank my lucky stars that it wasn't more serious.
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                honestly, if it was my establishment i'd comp the entire meal...and put the entire staff through a FAAN refresher course. glad you're okay!

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                  yumyum RE: BlueTrain84 Apr 8, 2011 09:02 PM

                  You got your potentially lethal dumplings an hour later?!! I woulda needed a Xanax to go with my benadryl!

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                    BlueTrain84 RE: yumyum Apr 9, 2011 06:00 AM

                    The dumplings were the last course served to us stretched out over the night, so we had already had five or six items that were fantastic and that we loved. I'm going to do a full write-up later today when my benadryl fog goes away.

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                    Prav RE: BlueTrain84 Apr 8, 2011 09:29 PM

                    Ugh, I feel your pain. I just spent the entire day in the ER all IVed, EKGed, and tubed up because of a rogue wrap with soy protein in the bread. Definitely check out Ming Tsai's Blue Ginger - if you really want to minimize the risk.

                    Going to pass out now - all benedryled out.

                    Yumyum, I'm sorry you didn't get to jab me with the epipen. Next time. And don't be sneakin' no sesames in mah haleemz!

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                    Blue Ginger
                    583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

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                    beforesunrise RE: Fidget963 Apr 13, 2011 07:47 AM

                    I've got gluten + lactose allergies/intolerance and have found the following places quite accommodating:
                    Rialto
                    Garden at the Cellar
                    Elephant Walk
                    Myers + Chang (really surprised to hear about the shellfish incident. This has been a standby for me)
                    Wagamama
                    Ginger Exchange

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                    Garden At the Cellar
                    991 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

                    Elephant Walk
                    900 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215

                    Elephant Walk
                    2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

                    Rialto
                    1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

                    Wagamama
                    1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

                    Wagamama
                    57 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                    Myers + Chang
                    1145 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                    Ginger Exchange
                    1278 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                      BlueTrain84 RE: beforesunrise Apr 13, 2011 12:03 PM

                      I wrote a whole separate post about the M + C incident, which has since been resolved. The restaurant is changing some of their procedures to ensure that what happened to me can't happen again, so I would still keep them on your list. I plan to return in the future, and i think that they are really dedicated to keeping things safe for intolerance/allergy customers.

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                        beforesunrise RE: BlueTrain84 Apr 13, 2011 01:14 PM

                        I saw their (limited) discussion of what I think was your incident on their Twitter feed. Really glad you're ok and that they took their error as seriously as they did.

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