The 2017 List of Top 10 Allergy Friendly Restaurant Chains is now out, people! GO CHECK IT OUT!
Having been diagnosed with an anaphylactic food allergy only a couple of years ago, I still live with the dreaded anxiety that tags along when I eat out at restaurants. It’s an anxiety that is hard to explain to people without food allergies, because they’ve (fortunately and thankfully) never experienced the terrifying feeling of having their throat start to close or having their body become covered in hives.
Once you’ve experienced those awful symptoms, it’s understandable to be worried and anxious when eating out at restaurants–especially because one of my anaphylactic reactions happened at a restaurant due to a wait staff member in their words “not taking my allergy seriously.” FOR REAL?
Since then, I’ve been extremely careful when eating at restaurants, because it’s up to the wait staff to take our allergies seriously (even though we shouldn’t have to tell people to do that, *eye rolls for days*.) Once we place our order and inform them of our allergy, we have to trust them to then efficiently communicate to the chef and then we have to trust the chef to execute accordingly.
Restaurants that pride themselves on and who prove themselves to be allergy-friendly have so much of my gratitude and respect. A restaurant should want to make sure that all of their customers are happy, comfortable and satisfied.
The restaurants on this list prove themselves to be allergy aware and friendly, which in return proves themselves to me to be outstanding places of business!
So next time your friends want to go out to dinner, maybe suggest one of the restaurants on this list. You’ll eat delicious food with good company, and you can worry a little bit less 🙂
*My personal favorites on the list are Chipotle (because it’s an allergy friendly chain that offers fast food pickup) and Not Your Average Joes (because their staff is outstanding and so is their food–seriously, try their bread!)
This is not a sponsored post, just one blogger’s opinion 🙂