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 Post subject: Chili's is awesome!
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 5:32 pm 
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Location: Waterloo, Ontario
We recently did a road trip to Annapolis Maryland and were directed to Chili's as an allergy aware restaurant. At first we were skeptical but lo and behold this is a food allergy family's mecca.

First they have complete menus sorted by food allergies here: http://www.brinker.com/gr/allergens/Chi ... lergen.PDF (they also print them for you at the restaurant to make sure they are the most current). Also this isn't just your basic "may contains" approach, they have the menu identified by:
* egg
* fish
* dairy
* peanut
* treenut
* soy
* wheat and gluten

missing here is sesame however when we introduced ourselves to the manager (which they request you do) he asked us about sesame allergies and had his pen at the ready.

Lastly they were super about cross contamination, so much so that they alerted us that our dinners would be served without garnishes just to be safe.

Anyhow just wanted to pass it along. Sadly we don't have any Chili's in Ontario.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 2:41 am 
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Location: Charlottesville, VA
Nothing there is truly soy-free. They're sneaky and claim "soy protein", thereby avoiding soybean oil and lecithin.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 12:06 pm 
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ah sorry to hear that -- they seemed very knowledgeable. Come to think of it they did interrogate us fairly deeply about our allergies. We have peanut and always claim tree nut due to cross contamination concerns. We ate there a couple of times without incident.

apologies for mis-information
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2007 11:03 pm 
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Location: Leesburg, Florida
I am glad to hear you had a great experiance at Chilis for I did not... The local Chilis here in Forida treated me just horrible .First when I asked what oil they use my waitress assured me it was granola oil and she was sure there was no nuts in it . Well of course not because it is canoila oil. Then the manager asked me if I was overreacting or if I was for real. Needless to say I recieved 10 dollars in gift certificates but have already passed them on to others because I will not be returning there... How ever Cracker Barrell has been wonderful......

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:39 pm 
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Location: Hudson Valley, NY
We recently got Chili's "To-Go" (Katie wasn't up for sitting in a restaurant for my birthday) and I ordered by cross-referencing all her allergies and mine from the lists on brinker.com (didn't leave much but at least it was something - honey BBQ steak, corn, and black beans). Thanks so much for posting that link! The real "test" would have been letting her eat some of my food but we'll save that for next time, as it was dinner and too close to bedtime.

Good also to hear about Cracker Barrel - I love to eat there. We'll try the one near us and report back about our experience.

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Kate - born 11*17*2005 - allergic to eggs, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, dust mites
Amanda - born 5*31*2008 - dairy sensitivity
Mom - dyshidrotic eczema, teenage-onset allergy to fish, but skin tests are now negative...no oral challenge.


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 Post subject: Cracker Barrel hmmmn
PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:50 pm 
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Interesting you had a positive experience with Cracker Barrel. They have a number of nut products on their menu and the mere mention of a peanut and tree nut allergy resulted in a "we can't accommodate you" response.

Clearly things are highly variable in the land of food franchises.
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