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My six-year-old has peanut allergies. We have been living with them now for almost five years. Luckily he out grew his egg and dairy allergies! We are also a family that LOVES to eat out. This can be daunting since you are at the mercy of others to make sure that his foods are prepared in a peanut-free zone.
Most places we go to are very accommodating and will work with us trying to find out if the foods he would like to order contain nuts. And then there are some restaurants that try but just don’t get the “allergy thing”. I even had a restaurant bring out the box for me to read and check the label!
Just in time for National Allergy Month, I received this opportunity to try out Red Robin’s new Allergen Menu on their Customizer Hub. This hub also lets you Customize Your Nutrition so you can stay within your dietary restrictions. I tried out the online version before we left but they also have an iPad that once you get to the restaurant you can check out at your table.
The menu is very easy to use. You start off by selecting the foods that you cannot have.
Then you choose the category of food that you would like, salad, entrees, appetizers, etc.
Then it will bring up the list of suitable foods. It also shows what is suitable but with modifications.
If you have a food allergy, the Red Robin team member will ring in the order with an allergy alert and bright type so it is clear on the table order. This allergen alert appears in easily noticeable bright, red and bold letters on the order and notifies the kitchen that a special allergen kit is required for the order. Red Robin uses allergen kits to prepare all allergen orders. The kits include tools that are for use on allergen orders only and are purple to clearly distinguish them from other kitchen tools. Purple is the color of Allergen Awareness.
My son went with the kids Chicken Fingers Meal:
As for the rest of the family…
Red, White & Bleu Salad: comes with cranberries, apple slices, and Bleu cheese. Mixed with grilled chicken breast and candied walnuts, tossed in a Dijon vinaigrette and served with garlic focaccia. Obviously not peanut-free with the walnuts.
Bacon Cheese Burger: bacon and cheese, how can you go wrong? Peanut free!
Smoke & Pepper Burger: features a half-pound Black Angus burger seasoned with Alderwood-smoked sea salt on a buttered and toasted ciabatta bun along with peppered bacon, extra sharp cheddar, pickle planks, lettuce, and house-made Smoke & Pepper ketchup. Can you say YUM! Also peanut-free.
As a parent of a child with peanut allergies, I am extremely happy to see this system within Red Robin. I think all restaurants should bring some type of system into place to make it easier to decide on what to eat as well as bring peace of mind not only to the parents but the kids as well. After my son was diagnosed at 10 months, we avoided taking him out for the fear of “what if”. But then we took charge and made it a point to let our servers know that we had an allergy at the table and made a point to find out if the products that went into making his food were not only peanut-free but also not made in a facility with peanuts. Don’t be afraid to let the restaurant know! Thank you, Red Robin, for giving us the peace of mind that my child can eat without fear!
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Linda Manns says
I like the Customize Your Allergen Info because there are so many people with allergy issues and it gives assurance to them that they are getting food prepared for them that will not have the items with what they are allergic to in them
Beth Hill says
I think the customize your allergen is a great idea, so many peanut allergies and also gluten free families that this makes it more assuring that they dine out and enjoy a safe meal.
While I don’t have any allergies, I think the allergen option is awesome and will help people out a lot.
Denise C says
We don’t have any food allergies; I just like to customize because I’m picky about what I eat and what my family eats–both because of taste/texture and for nutritional reasons.
Kiki Bacaro says
I dont have food allergies but my granddaughter is allergic to peanuts, almonds, and shrimp and we avoid tree nuts with her just in case. I like that I can put in multiple allergens at once.
Janet W. says
I love that you can easily select which ingredients you are trying to avoid. My husband has lactose intolerance so this would help him find something appropriate on the menu.
Tina Truex says
Red Robin has always offered great service to allergy sufferers. This does only adds to that service. This is great idea I like how you can customize it to your special need. They have taken great care in providing healthy allergen free foods for customers.
Amanda Sakovitz says
I like the Customize Your Allergen information because my dad is allergic to some food and this would make it easier for my family to eat out.
Leah B says
I like that it takes people with allergies seriously – so many times, I’ve seen a server think that someone was just being picky and not seriously allergic.
laura harris says
I have food allergies and so does my grandson…this is a great idea!
Natalie F says
I like the nutrition option because it is clear cut and doesn’t leave me to guess work. I do not have allergy issues, but do watch what I eat. I think this is a great system, especially for people that have severe allergies! I love Red Robin, great food!
Thomas Murphy says
I like the Customize Your Allergen information because it will really help people with food allergies find what they can eat.
Dawn G says
I like having the ability to customize my nutrition info. Fortunately, I don’t have any food allergies, but I am concerned with improving my nutrition.
Cheryl Rogers says
This menu will help my husband who loves nice savory dishes but cannot have peanuts, peanut oils, or other nut related products.
bill norris says
Allergen…. helps me not eat stuff to possibly kill me
I like the nutrition because I always calculate my calories.
shelly peterson says
I like that you can see exactly how many calories are in each item.
Danielle Porter says
Nutrition, my husband is trying to lose weight so seeing this helps us decide where we can eat!
Debra F says
I love that they are stepping forward and doing this. Especially for the food allergies. It is a big issue and I think it is going to increase steadily. It’s great that they are helping the customers this way.
cheryl lister says
I like the nutrition info because I like to know the fat content of my food, particularly the saturated fat.
heather baker says
We don’t have any allergies but I am very interested in the nutritional value of the foods I’m eating.
angelia medlin says
I liked how they provided nutrition information and its easily available to find.
Candace B says
I like the ability to customize allergen information. The reason is because my husband has severe food allergies and so does my oldest son. So, I have to monitor items on any menu to make sure neither get an item that could potentially harm them.
Kelly D says
I like the ability to customize the nutrition to help me eat a healthier diet.
Kim Ripley says
I think this new allergen menu feature is great. My daughter has a food allergy so this wound come in handy for us.
I like to be able to calculate how many calories in the nutrition section.
Jessie C. says
I like the ability to Customize Your Allergen Info the most, it helps us to take care of food allergy problems.
robyn donnelly says
I like almost everything on their menu. I’m not allergic to anything so it would be easy for me.
wild orchid says
I love that they have this option with so many kids having different food allergies. My brother cannot have anything with gluten, so it would be great when we go out to eat with him as well.
Thanks for the chance to win!
wildorchid985 at gmail dot com
Terri Egelund says
My young son almost died because of food allergies so I’m glad that Red Robin is being responsible in listing items in their foods.
Stephanie V. says
would say nutrition because no food allergies (other allergies though)
I love this feature because I often leave off cheese/bacon or sauces to make a burger healthier and it is nice to see the nutrition without those items.
Denise S says
None of us in my family has allergies. I would like to try and eat healthier though and know what I’m getting.
Stephanie Galbraith says
I like that no matter what I may be allergic to, I can eat something.
Leigh Anne Miller Borders says
The nutrition option is great! I need to be able to see what it is I am really ordering so I can make informed decisions. Plus I like the allergies option as well. I have a child that suffers from this.
Crystal F says
I would love to be able to put in the food that my daughter is allergic to and see what they have that she can still eat. She has delayed allegies so she can eat the food but it causes her stomach to hurt. She takes an inhaler for it but it would be nice to know exactly what she could eat without the pain. Thank you!
velder dixon says
i dont have allergies but informative for the ones that do.
Sandi Tymchuk says
I really appreciate the nutrition information, as I am trying to minimize calories and maximize nutrition.
I like the ability to customize my nutrition info the most. I’m kind of particular about what I like to eat and often make changes to menu items and I like that this gives me a full breakdown.
I like that you have the ability to specify exactly which things you must avoid and can easily get a list of suggestions.
janna johnson says
I think this feature is great for parents with kids that have severe allergies. It’s a great way to avoid sickness in kids.
Danielle Papsis says
I like the ability to customize your nutrition to aid in making healthier eating easier. My family does not have allergies.
Me crave you long time
Sara Sullivan says
I like that I could find gluten free options easily.
Dana Rodriguez says
Honestly I don’t care about it.I have never been to Red Robin but I have heard they are great and I really want to try the A-1 burger.
Mary Anderson says
I like the nutrition option because I try to avoid or reduce saturated fat in my diet.
I like the ability to plan my menu for my specific needs. Good idea, Red Robin
Holly Guerrio says
I like the “customize nutrition” feature as it would help with weight loss.
christine jessamine says
I love that my daughter is still able to eat what she likes on her hamburger without having to worry about her gluten free diet
Tina W says
I like the allergen menu. I really don’t want to know the nutritional facts on my Red Robin burgers, and especially not on their delicious bottomless fries!
Chrystal D says
I like the Nutrition part because I like eating healthy foods!
Jimmy Rector says
don’t have any food allergies but sounds great
Richard Morris says
I like the nutrition part because it would allow me to eat smarter when I do go out.
Michelle L. says
I would like the nutritional information.
Wanda McHenry says
I like the nutrition info because I have high cholesterol and I have to watch my fat intake.
Kimberly Schotz says
This would certainly make me feel most secure that what I am ordering is safe for my nut allergy daughter to eat.
Janice Cooper says
I think this is awesome because so many people have food allergies and this makes dining out much easier. For example I’m allergic to peanuts and have to be careful what I order especially desserts.
Kenny F says
I think the customize your allergen is a great idea
Darlene Carbajal says
Customizing your allergen is great.
Tonya Hampton says
I love that you can search for gluten free, because I have several nieces with Celiac disease.
Lora W. says
My son is allergic to tree nuts. This is a really great feature to make sure he doesn’t get any.
I like the nutrition info because I like to know the fat content of my food
John Hutchens says
I like the customized nutrition, it will help me keep track of my calories
I really love the ability to customize allergy info because both me and my little boy have serious food allergies.
Pam Gurganus says
The feature of the Customizer Hub I like most is the Customize Your Nutrition because it will really make it easy to stay on my diet when eating out!
the ability to customize your allergy info is the best feature to me. It allows me to avoid everything that I’m allergic to very easily and avoid unnecessary illnesses or hospital visists (great that a company would go to lengths to do this)
June Lisle says
I don’t really have a need to use a tool to customize my meals at Red Robin but think it’s neat that other people can. I know a lot of people out there have allergies or like to be more choosy on what they eat and could really use this.
I like that you can get full nutrition information!
Francine Anchondo says
the nutrition part because I am trying to lose weight.
ELIZABETH CURSON says
Definately nutrition. I lost 22 lbs so far and the nutrition would come in handy.
I don’t have any food allergies but I am very concerned about nutrition and avoid high fat foods due to cholesterol and inflammation problems
kortney Picker says
I like being able to customize your nutrition the best because my family doesn’t have any allergies. Plus it is great to be able to control your diet!
Denise Taylor-Dennis says
I am only allergic to bell peppers when it comes to food. I don’t see that as an option on their program but if I ever think there is a chance of something having bell peppers I ask. So I would like this even more if they added bell peppers to the allergens list but there are probably not many people allergic to bell peppers as compared to other foods and ingredients.
My daughter has a severe peanut allergy, so the customizable feature to choose your allergy would be so great for us. It is hard to have peace of mind when we go to a restaurant.
Starla B says
I think its awesome that you can customize both the nutrition and the certain allergies you may have!I, luckily do not have any food allergens but I do like to watch my nutrition closely. I am trying to change different factors in my life and eating habits so this would be so very helpful!
I have a gluten-sensitivity so I choose not to eat gluten so love the allergen part of the menu.
I love the flexibility their menu offers. Whether it is to lose weight, or avoid an allergen, it makes eating out easy.
I like the ability to customize the nutrition info.
I like being able to customize my order & see how each item adds calories & sodium!
I like the ability to customize nutrition info since, at any given time, I could be on some type of diet.
Thomas Chappell says
My wife doesn’t like bread much so when we go to Red robin she gets a burger with lettuce as the buns.
Erica Best says
I do not have food allergies.
Patricia E. says
I like the allergen option because so many people have allergies and this is a great for them.
Maria B says
I like seeing the nutrition info. Since being on a diet , I have to customize what i eat.
Crystal Rose says
I like the ability to customize your nutrition. I try to keep my sugar & salt intake low.
jenn mcclearn says
I like the customize you allergen part the menu the best , nutrition is that last thing on my mind when I go to Red robin, it is a treat 🙂
Tiffany W says
I like being able to customize nutrition info to track calories.
I like the ability to Customize Your Allergen Info since my son has a peanut and dairy allergy
Ellie W says
My favorite is the allergen feature. My grandson has many allergies and this is very helpful.
Misha Estrada says
I like the nutrition feature. I like that it helps make healthier choices even when you are eating out.
My very favorite is the allergen feature. Our 5 year old grandson has a peanut allergy as well which the doctor doesn’t think he will ever out grow it. We are always reading labels, menus etc. to keep him safe.
laura ari says
It would be so great to calculate the calories!
Wes Hovorka says
I like the ability to customize the nutrition info.
Lesley M says
I like the fact that I can see how many calories. It helps me keep track and not go overboard like I usually do when eating out.
D Schmidt says
I really like the ability to calculate nutrition because I feel it is very important to my family. Visited the site and I would most like to try the Ensenada Chicken Platter
Kyl Neusch says
Have no food allergies but like the idea.
I like that you can customize and have allergy info. Family members I have are sensitive to food items such as fish and nuts so it is important to know what’s in the food!
kelly nicholson says
ell me what feature of the ‘Customizer Hub’ you like most,
allergen option becuae im sickly
gayle gildehaus says
I like the nutrition information because I think every eating place should have this.
While we don’t have food allergies, I like the fact that anyone who does can customize their meal to avoid ingredients they can’t tolerate.
I reeeeaaaly like the Nutritional information since I am watching my calories! I so appreciate when places make this info available on line so that I can check ahead of time to find something that fits into my calorie range:)
heather eg kaufman says
I like the ability to customize the allergy info. My nephew is deathly allergic to peanuts, so this would come in handy for us.
the nutrition customizer is nice so you know what you’re getting yourself into!
steven weber says
I like the “customize nutrition” feature as it would help with weight loss.
Sarh S says
This is perfect! I love it for customizing food for SAFETY! My 2yr old son absolutely LOVES food! However, he is allergic to eggs, nearly ALL tree nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, corn, melons, and probably some others that we haven’t figured out yet. This would make me so much more comfortable going out to eat with him and allowing him to eat food from the restaurant.
Candie L says
I love all of the different choices it has for allergies Thank you
samantha wagner says
I don’t have allergies, but the allergy info is wonderful for people that do.
Seyma Shabbir says
I would say the allergen option. We don’t have allergens but I would like to know the ingredients as we don’t eat pork and my older son is lactose intolerant.
Tracy Robertson says
For me, I like the nutrition information the best because I am very fortunate that I do not need the Customize Your Allergen Info. But I think the allergen info is a wonderful idea and very important for people who need it.
Tracy Robertson says
I think the allergen info is the best idea that I have heard in a long time. I am personally fortunate that I don’t need it, but I like that Red Robin’s is doing it as it is essential for a lot of people.
soha molina says
I like the allergen report.
We are fortunate that no one in our family has food allergies, but I do think that the ability to Customize Your Allergen Info is a great feature for people with allergies.
I LOVE that it is completely customized because each of my family members has unique and different allergies.
I like the nutrition feature so you can still eat healthy.
Priscilla S. says
I like the ability to Customize Your Nutrition because it allows you to make small changes to the dishes you love so you can stick to your diet.
Tiffani P. says
I think the ability to customize your allergen info is great because there are so many people with food allergies these day but since nobody in my family has any food allergies I would use the Nutrition part of it because I do try to eat healthy.
sara wood says
I am allergic to lactose so this new feature is awesome!
I love it with the allergen! It’s so nice to be able to see it like this instead of having to get a pamphlet and go through it and find what you want and then hope you looked at the right line!
Greenlee M. says
I like the nutrition information. It helps us keep track of what we are eating.
I love the ability to customize the nutrition, to determine the calories in the meal choices.
Nutrition! If I know how many calories are in something, I will order healthier options!
Gina H. says
I like the ability to customize nutrition so I can see how many calories in my meal.
danielle Marie says
i have to go with the customize. i am allergic to things and it is nice to know what i can eat. most restaurants try to kill me…
natalie yeoman says
customizing the nutrition because nutrition is the most important to me with foods
Christie Kammerer says
I really like the fact that Red Robin is concerned about allergies for their customers. You don’t see much of that.
Melissa Mazzur says
I love the customize your allergen feature. As a person with food allergies, you always want to make sure your food is not contaminated
wen budro says
I don’t have food allergies but I can def see the value for those that do….what a great idea.
Deb C says
I like the nutrition customizer and how easy it is to figure the calories in their foods. The allergen customizer is great but I would like to see them add an option for other allergens like bleu cheese and other cheeses with mold.
As a vegan, I appreciate both, but the allergen one is most helpful. Even though I am not “allergic” to eggs and dairy, I do not eat them and therefore do not want them in my food.
Customize the allergens would be useful
Mary Beth Elderton says
I would appreciate nutritional info. We do have some sensitivities, but my primary concern is for calories and nutrition.
Susan Smith says
I don’t have any food allergies; I just like to customize because I’m picky about what I eat and for nutritional reasons.
Julie Lynn Bickham says
I can’t eat gluten so it’s good you can customize your allergy info. Makes it a lot easier for me to know what to order.
CJ Godfrey says
I really like the nutritional option/information. I am really concerned about my family’s nutritional needs.
I like the customize hub because it lets me customize my nutrition requirements so I can stay within my dietary restrictions.
My kids have allergies so I love that you can customize your allergen info.
Linda G. says
I like that I can track my calories, I’m trying to watch what I eat and this would be a great help.
Sarah Oswald says
I like the nutrition option because I am watching my weight and I think this would be very helpful for me.
Rebecca Orr says
I like the ability to customize the nutrition. I have no allergies. I am trying to loose weight and it is nice to be able to eat out every once in awhile.
Jill Myrick says
My favorite feature is being able to view the nutrition facts.
My husband had a heart attack three years ago and has to be careful with his sodium and fat contents so it definitely helps to be able to keep up with that.
Ceinwyn R says
I like the ability to customize the nutrition facts since I don’t have any allergies. That could help me stay on track.
Kathleen Ophelan says
I love that you can customize your nutrition facts. Im pregnant with baby 3 and love to watch what I put in my mouth.
Daniel M says
would help my bro who can’t do peanuts
No one in my family has food allergies, but my mom would love the nutrition facts since she tries to watch her weight.
Judy Estrin says
I have an allergy to shellfish and must be careful when eating any type of fish product. The guide gives me what products to avoid. This is a great help.
Eugenia Hall says
Both are very useful to me, almost equally. For most of the year the nutrition analysis is more important but I have friends and family members with severe food allergies so its nice to know what would be safe for them. I never have to worry about if I have something, we can just go there. Also I suffer from seasonal food allergies – or rather oral allergy syndrome where for 1-2 months a year my allergies to a specific tree pollen can be triggered by eating certain foods. So I too sometimes need the allergy information if I want to avoid having my lips/tongue/throat swell.
Kim H says
I like the idea of being able to count calories. Thats very important right now for me
Evelyn Driver says
I appreciate knowing how many calories and how much fat I am consuming. It helps to make food choices easier for both that meal and the rest of the day.
Emily Morelli says
We had to avoid wheat so my favorite feature is the ability to customize the menu without gluten. No other restaurant makes going out to eat this easy!
Cynthia R says
I don’t have allergies but I know so many people that have allergies or kids with allergies. I can see why the hub can be very helpful to a lot of people.
MD Sanchez says
I LOVE the allergen feature being that my wife is lactose intolerant and also allergic to peanuts. It’s great and avoids a trip to the hospital! LOL Thanks Red Robin and You for this great contest! 🙂
Kris m says
I think the customize your allergen is a great idea especially for people that have kids with allergies
Tina H says
I think its a great idea. Then everyone can be aware of the allergen and choose what they can have. Many times, waiters don’t know exactly what’s in something or they may think they know. This adds a level of security for both the customer and the restaurant. I think it’s brilliant!
Carl Todasco says
Great food and service
Sky Evans says
I like the nutrition info most for dieting and since I’m vegetarian.
Valeen N says
I really like the “customize your nutrition” as I have a daughter with Type 1 Diabetes. We have to count every carb and this would make it so much easier!
Jeccica Simpson says
With starting to watch calories, carbs and more. This would be very helpful, thanks for a chance!
Michael W Perkins says
Nutrition info I guess, I’m not allergic to anything I know of
susan smoaks says
i would use this to see how many calories and fat are in my meal and get the meal gluten free for my husband too
Jennifer Reed says
I love the customizer allergen app from Red Robin because my daughter has mild food allergies that we need to be careful of. I love this new feature.
Peggy Rydzewski says
I think the customize your allergen is a great idea is a wonderful idea. There are so many people who has issues with allergies and this give them a place to go out and eat without fear.
Catharine Mead says
I appreciate that it includes gluten–that is a hot topic in the health world, and I like that it’s included in the Customize your Allergen Info or Nutrition. Although I am not focusing on a gluten-free diet, my mom is!
Nicole Millheim says
Customize Your Allergen information is a good thing to have, it can help people keep track of what foods they are consuming for diet and allergies
maya hu says
i have a spice allergy so its great that they allow you to customize your allergen info best
Annemarie Z. says
I like that you can select what ingredients to avoid in case you have food allergies!
BILL H says
No allergies so I can order anything I want….
Kelley Chapman says
I like the nutrition aspect because I like to know just what I am eating.
Rose Santuci-Sofranko says
I like the ability to customize the nutrition. As a diabetic… and somebody trying to lose weight…I need this!
Sarah Cool says
I love the ability to Customize Your Allergen Info because Im allergic to alot of foods so it helps me alot
Carrie C says
I reallly like the Customize Your Allergen Info. This gives people the assurance of a “safe” meal.
Rhonda Watson says
Think this is a great idea as I also have some food allergies. Great to be able to get suggestions based on your information and get nutritional information.
Cindy Dupin says
Love Red Robin… I had GB surgery and I love their soups and Wraps, I have no problem at all eating them !!! Also, I share chicken wings with my nephew, he loves that place, I also use my RR card membership as well !!!
amanda whiltey says
my family doesn’t have allergies but i am on a diet so i love that you can customize nutrition info.
tina reynolds says
Such an important idea and thing to do my daughter has food allergies so I really appreciate this
I like that you can select your allergens because my little ones suffer from an allergy and it feels secure to place an order.
Nichole S says
I like that it’s easy to know right away who is affected based on who has which allergies
liz l says
I just like to customize because I’m picky about what I eat
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I really like that it has allergy information for those who are allergic to certain foods.
Lily Kwan says
I like the ability to customize my nutrition information the most because I want to eat healthy food.
lissa crane says
I love the whole idea of this Customizer Hub! My son has severe allergies and after reading this review, we will definitely be making more trips to Red Robin! It’s so hard to go out to eat when you have allergies, that we just don’t go out anymore, but this is a fabulous idea!
Vikki Billings says
I just like that its an excellent idea, after you fill everything out all that is left is to see what is available for what you need. Love it!
megan c says
I like the Customize Your Allergen Info because my family is soo picky this way they can pick what they do and don’t eat
heather s says
I like that you can see the amt of calories. You can also keep track of the healthy foods you eat.
cheryl s says
fortunately we don’t have any food allergies but I like you can see the food calories
Brian E. says
Thanks for the giveaway…since there are no food allergy concerns for us the nutrition customizer would be of more utility i.e. keeping check on fat, maximize protein, etc. in each item
Sarah L says
I don’t have allergies so I’d use the nutrition one.
Thanks for the contest.
Jessica Lodge says
My favorite feature is the nutrition because it can help me to keep within my daily calorie intake.
Karen Deva says
I really appreciate the allergen info. I have Celiac disease and need to know which menu items contain gluten.