Quick question: What do P.F. Chang’s, Blue Ginger, Legal Sea Foods and Not Your Average Joe’s have in common?
Answer: AllergyEats, the largest and rapidly-growing online resource for allergy-friendly restaurants, gives all of the them high ratings in terms of allergy-friendliness.
The above independent and restaurant chains are said to take immense pride in catering to diners who have food intolerances and allergies by carefully employing food allergy procedures and protocols in their restaurants.
“Customers who have food allergies might find dining out quite scary and frustrating, but they are now assured that there’s already an increasing number of dining places that are wonderful at assisting food-allergic diners,” says Paul Antico, AllergyEats founder and father to three children who have food allergies. “Allergy-friendly eateries make dining out a lot more enjoyable and comfortable. There have been a number of restaurants, like Clyde’s and Legal Sea Foods, which were able to implement a range of safety policies and procedures in serving guests who have food allergies.”
Such protocols include:
Restaurants that are really knowledgeable about food allergies realize that the most crucial part in dealing with food sensitivity is communication. Staff at these restaurants knows how to talk to the guests and what to ask about their diet restrictions. They also know how to carefully communicate the details to the chefs in cool chef trousers and the other food handlers.
Staff Training and Education
Progressive, allergy-friendly food establishments ensure that each employee they have—managers, kitchen staff and servers—receives proper training about food sensitivities and the establishment’s detailed cautionary protocols. Food staff who are appropriately trained knows the right questions to ask, understands the procedure in preparing the food, and are familiar in the ways to ensure that the guest and their allergy-food does not come in contact. They should also know the detailed list of ingredients for every menu items so that they would be able to skillfully answer customers’ questions.
Restaurants which accommodate guests with food allergies and intolerances are willing to customize their guests’ meals and are willing to go off-menu to make these meals for them, including those for children. Not Your Average Joe’s is always ready to prepare their dishes from scratch and make sure that their chefs are very cautious about the ingredients they use.
Gluten-Free Food Options
Allergy –friendly restaurants realize the need to offer gluten-free options to their customers, like Uno’s, which offers gluten-free pizzas, pastas and other dishes. Legal Sea Foods offers gluten-free croutons and rolls.
A Clear-Cut System
Accommodating restaurants utilize color-coded systems, designating specific pans and dishes for the special, allergy-free food items. Other restaurants assign the chef, in his elegant coat and chef trousers, or the manager to personally serve the food, making sure that there wouldn’t be mix-ups.
A Friendly, Accommodating Culture
Allergy-friendly restaurants realize the importance of having a competitive edge over the other restaurants in their area, rising above a very saturated industry. They are aware that making themselves different from the rest can make them easily hit their aspired bottom line. So much so that they are willing to go to any lengths to give their customers a pleasant experience at their restaurant, knowing that their satisfied diners is sure to come back, give positive worth-of- mouth reviews to their friends, and refer the restaurant to others.