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Secret Haunts: Hidden Gems of Allergy Awareness

Disclaimer: Always call ahead, check the menu and speak to a chef and/or manager.
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We asked some of the biggest names in the nation’s allergy community about their top picks for lesser-known allergy-friendly restaurants. Here’s what they came up with:

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
Boston, Philadelphia and Atlanta
www.davios.com [2]
“This higher end restaurant is worth a splurge. Their gluten-free menus are extensive, and their overall food allergy awareness is excellent.”
–Paul Antico, www.allergyeats.com [3]

Blue Smoke
116 E. 27th St., New York City
www.bluesmoke.com [4]
“Enjoy jazz and mouthwatering barbecue under one roof. They have nut- and gluten-free menus, which include fantastic salt and pepper ribs.”
–Sloane Miller, www.allergicgirl.com [5]

Lebanese Taverna
10 locations in the Washington, D.C. area
www.lebanesetaverna.com [6]
“Since completing NFCA’s GREAT Kitchens training, their menu has become rich with gluten-free offerings and they have gained popularity with the D.C. food allergy community.”
–Alice Bast, www.celiaccentral.org [7]

Weber Grill Restaurant
3 Chicago area locations, 1 in Indianapolis
www.webergrillrestaurant.com [8]
“The restaurants have a fun atmosphere where Weber grills are used as the cooking medium. Their gluten-free menu is carefully thought through, with delicious burgers, ribs and brisket.”
–Michael De Cicco-Butz, www.glutenfreemike.com [9]

Hugo’s Restaurant
3 locations in the Los Angeles area
www.hugosrestaurant.com [10]
“Recognized for their expansive and diverse menu, Hugo’s uses organic ingredients, egg-free pasta, hormone-free meats and highlights menu items that are gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian or contain nuts.”
–Kim Koeller, www.glutenfreepassport.com [11]

Greens Restaurant
15 Marina Blvd., Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
www.greensrestaurant.com [12]
“This is one of the West Coast’s premier vegetarian restaurants, and Chef Annie Somerville is completely food allergy savvy with unique substitution ideas.”
–Mireille Schwartz, www.allergysf.com [13]

See also: Eating Out: Allergy-Aware Restaurants  [14]

Canadian Secret Haunts
Bar Italia
582 College St, Toronto
www.bar-italia.ca [15]
“Diverse, modern Italian menu in a chic setting. Servers will ask if you have your auto-injector. ‘My daughter is anaphylactic to dairy, nuts and eggs, so I take allergies seriously. We execute precautions right from the time of order,’ says owner Joe Bonavota.”
–Gwen Smith, Allergic Living editor

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Restaurant
4186 Main Street, Vancouver
www.rockymountainflatbread.ca [16]
“This eatery sources the freshest local ingredients around. The menu has gluten-free appetizers and pasta dishes, but my heart beats for their gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free pizza.”
–Leanne Vogel, www.healthfulpursuit.com [17]

Santé Gluten Free Café
2630-A Quadra Street, Victoria
www.santeglutenfreecafe.com [18]
“Beyond gluten-free, Chef Hanna has honed her recipes to offer a comprehensive vegan, dairy-, egg- and soy-free repertoire, in any combination.”
–Ellen Bayens, www.celiacscene.com [19]

LIV and Play at White Oaks Resort and Spa
253 Taylor Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake
www.whiteoaksresort.com [20]
“Both restaurants are very well versed in food allergies; LIV is perfect for special occasions while Play offers healthier cuisine in a hip atmosphere.”
–Steve Rosenbaum, www.allerdine.com [21]

1735 Rue St-Denis, Montreal
www.zero8.com [22]
“This unique Montreal bistro offers delicious meals that are free of gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, sesame and seafood.”
–Laurie Harada, Anaphylaxis Canada [23]

Le Lapin Sauté
52 Rue du Petit Champlain, Quebec City
www.lapinsaute.com [24]
“Our favourite romantic lunch spot in the Old Town, le Lapin Sauté has a menu that boasts a mixture of soy-free, corn-free, dairy-free and grain-free options.”
–Leanne Vogel, www.healthfulpursuit.com [17]

See also:
Allergy-Aware Restaurants [25]
Step-by-Step Guide to Dining Out Safely [26]