Eating out with allergies 101
Trust me, I’m that annoying person that takes extra-long to order food when eating out or even worse, ends up having to send it back because it just isn’t right *sigh*. Now you will find a really useful list of places that I’ve reviewed that either cater to people who eat dairy-free and/or gluten-free.
Now this is your eating out with allergies 101.
- Always tell the waiter/waitress about your dietary requirements before you make your order – why you ask? They are more likely to take you seriously!
- Once you’ve made the order, politely ask them to repeat it back – ensures that they understand what you’re asking for
- For peace of mind, most restaurants will have an allergy table that details which dishes have what – all you need to do is ask.
There are some occasions such as birthdays that you can be one step ahead of the game. I tend to find that if I’m going to a restaurant with a large group, I ere on the side of caution. I’ve had instances where the staff become quite overwhelmed with all the different orders and they get mine wrong or give mine to someone else!
You have your questions prepared for the restaurant staff once you arrive, but why not be a step ahead by taking these steps?
Plan, plan, plan – it doesn’t hurt to give the restaurant a call and make a reservation that specifies your dietary requirement(s). Also, be sure to check out their online menu (which should have details of allergens)
Know your triggers when dining at a restaurant. Depending on how sensitive you are to certain foods, remember that there may be some cross-contamination and if this is an issue, make sure you ask the staff beforehand. Look out for items such as sauces, butter, breaded and fried foods.
Check out my page of great places to try.
Be clear when explaining your dietary requirements and it doesn’t hurt to ask them to repeat it to you
Food should be enjoyed by everyone so I hope these tips help the next time you’re dining out x