If you or a loved one suffers from a peanut allergy, restaurant dining may be daunting. When you eat out at a restaurant, you lose an element of control over meal preparation and the ingredients used in any dish.

Before eating out at a particular restaurant, it is important to do some research to determine if that restaurant is safe for you or your loved one to dine at. Most national restaurant chains have the nutrition information for their foods easily accessible and available online.

Other restaurants take it a step further in having peanut-free menus. Following is a list of some top national restaurant chains that have gone an extra step to alert patrons to potential food allergies or are even peanut-free.

Top national restaurant chains for food allergic customers

California Pizza KitchenAccording to the Food Allergens & Sensitivities Guide on www.cpk.com, none of the items on the children’s menu contain peanuts. However, there are a few items on the regular menu that do have peanuts as an ingredient.Chipotle Mexican GrillThis popular Mexican restaurant that serves burritos and tacos uses absolutely no peanuts, tree nuts or any other kind of nut in any items on the menu. Check out www.chipotle.com to confirm.Chuck E. CheeseAccording to www.chuckecheese.com, this popular birthday party locale does not serve products that contain peanuts or tree nuts. However, the restaurant does list several menu items that are manufactured in plants that also process nuts for other food items, so cross-contamination may be an issue with these particular items.Red RobinYou can log-on to www.redrobin.com to request an allergen-specific menu, one of which is peanuts (others include tree nuts, soy, shellfish, fish, egg and milk). You also can sign up to receive monthly allergen menu updates.

Always Be Prepared For A Reaction

Remember: even though the restaurant states that all precautions have been taken to prevent the use of peanuts in your food, it is still smart to be prepared in the event you do have an allergic reaction. While dining out, always make sure you take your self-injector of epinephrine and even eat the meal with a person who has been trained on giving you the injection of epinephrine. It is definitely better to be safe than sorry.

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