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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.
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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