Thinking about dining out at a restaurant with food allergies or dietary restrictions? Read this before you go! We’ll give you tips for a smooth and enjoyable restaurant experience.
BEFORE THE RESTAURANT
Dining out with food allergies can be frightening, but don’t let it hold you back!
Here I will tell how to still be able to go out and enjoy a meal, snack or celebration at any food establishment…Here we go!
STEP 1: CALL AHEAD
Give the restaurant you plan on dining out at a quick call.
“I am looking to bring my family to your restaurant later, and have a few questions on if it is safe for those with food allergies. Is there a manager or chef available to speak with?”
This is all you have to say or a shorter version will do the trick, too. Just make sure it is someone who knows the food, not just the hostess or waitress. Try to call during a less busy time if possible. I mean you wouldn’t want someone to ask you a ton of questions in the middle of preparing a dinner for a dinner part right!?
AT THE RESTAURANT
STEP 2: TELL YOUR WAITER
Right when your server asks what you would like to drink tell them about your allergy and that you called earlier. You can ask for the allergy free menu now, too! If they have questions they will get the manager for you, but you might want to ask.
STEP 3: HAVE AN ALLERGY CARD
Although not necessary, bring a laminated card with your allergies on it every time you’re dining out. This can be given to your server when you order your food. It helps remind the chef and eliminates miscommunication.
STEP 4: PRAISE THE TEAM
It’s always nice to hear you did a good job. Let the manager know how well you appreciated their attention to detail…If everything went well.
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The Allergic Foodie here! Right now you can probably find me in my test kitchen (i.e. my house) or traveling to a local coffee shop where they're serving me awe-inspiring coffee (sorry, I would share but). I'm kind of a coffee junkie. Yes, I'm a food-allergy overcomer, Mompreneur, and military spouse and I love pushing boundaries especially in the kitchen. So hold on to your taste buds and let's get to cooking!