Okay, I must be getting jaded. I think I’m starting to experience twisted pleasure when I destroy a restaurant owner’s perception that they are soy free.
A week or so ago, we went to a Greek fast food-ish restaurant. I asked the owner if they had an allergen list as my kids were allergic to soy. He proudly stated that there was no soy in their restaurant at all.
Cue sarcastic smirking and let the enlightenment begin!
After explaining some of the common locations for hidden soy, I started having them check some of their ingredients. Lo and behold, their gyro meat, pita bread, hummus, and hot dogs all had soy in them. So the kids got Arby’s from across the street, and restaurant owner got an education in soy.
I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.
We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.