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McClatchy-Tribune  06/16/2014 10:45 AM ET
The Buzz: No peanuts for you [The Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wis. :: ]

June 16--In past Buzz columns, readers have been helpful recommending restaurants for those with gluten, soy and dairy allergies.

Here's a new challenge sent in by a young mom: "I just found out that our youngest is allergic to apples, peanut and most tree nuts. Is there a directory of nut allergy-safe places? Would love to hear from local families who have been there and done that."

Readers who have nut allergies should weigh in on this. Send me an email by noon Thursday with recommendations of local restaurants that are sensitive to these issues. I'll run a column of the best responses on Friday.

I don't know of a comprehensive directory, but do know peanuts and tree nuts are tricky because they're found in oils.

My sister-in-law, Jennifer Sajbel, has been dealing with my nephew's extreme peanut allergy for more than five years. Her words of wisdom: Find a really good allergist, always talk to restaurant managers about limitations and check foodallergy.org, which has places to ask questions, get support and see notifications when restaurants change their cooking methods. At the bottom of the site, see a quick link to local support group contacts, including the Fox Valley Food Allergy Support Group.

Overall, she said national restaurants vary.

"We've found Red Robin is good, and they're very responsive to allergy requests. They're peanut free," she said. "I always thought McDonald's was safe because they prepackage their nuts, but I found out that's not the case with all McDonald's. Some dip their cones in nuts. Wendy's prepackages nuts so they're safe."

 

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