Allergy Eats, the online website that contains over 600,000 allergy-friendly restaurant listings across the U.S., has recently released their 'Best of' list for 2014. By diner feedback (and without restaurant input), here are the winners for the top category:
Large (restaurant chains with over 200 units):
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (4.45 rating)
* P.F. Chang’s China Bistro (4.43 rating) http://www.pfchangs.com
* Chipotle Mexican Grill (4.41 rating) http://www.chipotle.com
Outback Steakhouse (4.35 rating)
Romano’s Macaroni Grill (4.20 rating)
(* personal favorites of this writer who has previously mentioned these chain restaurants in other columns)
In their press release, Allergy Eats (founder Paul Antico) states, "We’re pleased to announce the 2014 list of the Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains in the country. These restaurants have demonstrated a superior willingness and ability to accommodate guests with food allergies. We applaud their exemplary efforts around food allergy protocols, training and education and congratulate them for earning a place on this prestigious list."
For people who must eat gluten-free or have other food allergies, there are many businesses who make the extra effort to see that all their guests needs are met in addition to providing the social interaction of dining out.
Antico goes on to say, “The Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains list – and the growing number of Allergy Eats ratings of all restaurants – help the entire food allergy community make more informed decisions about which restaurants to visit and which to avoid, based on how well (or poorly) they’ve accommodated others’ food allergies.”
To see all of this year's winners visit the Allergy Eats website at: http://www.allergyeats.com. In addition, you will find a variety of pages dedicated to resources, restaurant partners (even Disney World), gluten-free bakeries across the country, and a community blog to share information.
For an all-encompassing stop on the internet highway of information about food allergies and sensitivities, Allergy Eats is, itself, an award winner for variety and volume of resources.