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Pizzaria Uno

Thanks to alert reader, Jodi for this information on Pizzaria Uno.

I am allergic to soy too!  So finding items to eat at restaurants is a challenge.  I found at Uno’s I can eat their veggie soup and the oyster crackers that come with it and their pasta with butter (but make sure that restaurant is using real butter).  I could also have their apple crisp dessert.  It was real yummy!

We’ve really got to find one of these near us. The last time I saw one was in Indianapolis, but they’ve got to be around somewhere.




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.

Carrabba’s now using more soy?

I just received this information from alert reader, Beth Moody.

Carrabbas has changed!  The last time I went, July 2014, there were only 2 entrees that did not contain soy. It pays to ask every time!

Beth brings up a very good point. As useful as all of this information is, you just never know when a restaurant or food manufacturer is going to change ingredients — and since soy is apparently the cheapest ingredient on the face of the planet, more often than not, when an alteration is made, it is to include soy in some form (think soy lecithin instead of cocoa butter in chocolate).

So, let’s all learn the lesson that Beth learned: “Ask every time.” I’ll definitely be digging deeper at the Carrabba’s near us. Our son will be heartbroken if they’ve bungled his favorite restaurant.




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.

Chick-fil-A

I’ve never bothered with a post for Chick-fil-A. They fry their food in peanut oil, and our kids are anaphylactic to peanuts, so it seemed kind of pointless. Tragically, it appears that they also hold the same opinion about peanut oil that many restaurants hold about soybean oil, namely that the presence of soybean oil doesn’t indicate that there is soy in the food.

Chick-fil-A uses 100% refined peanut oil for all of our breaded chicken. According to the FDA, highly refined oils such as soybean and peanut oil are not considered allergenic, and therefore are not labeled as such.

Regardless of whether there’s peanuts in the food, Chik-fil-A’s menu is full of soy. The few items that are listed as not containing soy are items that are likely to have soybean oil, and since they don’t list any item fried in peanut oil as containing peanuts, I’m going to guess that they contain soybean oil. So tragically, I’d say that makes Chik-fil-A a big old double “No”. Source: http://media.chick-fil-a.com/Media/PDF/Allergen_April2014.pdf




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.

Red Robin

Thanks to Shannon for this information about Red Robin Restaurants and the great tip about Chipotle (mostly) dumping soy:

I had a good experience at Red Robin in Mesa tonight. Their website is awesome! They have a tool where you enter in your allergies and it gives you which items are safe! Then at the restaurant, they have a binder separated into the big eight that tells you what you can eat, or how to adjust an item so that you can eat it. I am doing the Wahls Protocol for MS so I have to avoid a lot of things! The waiter also asked me exactly what all I need to avoid. Great service!




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.

Finally, Chipotle seems to be (mostly) soy-free

Screenshot 2014-05-13 00.42.49

Special thanks to Kim and Shannon, who shared the good news with me. Shannon says:

It seems they have changed that chart within the past month or so. I was looking up restaurants when planning our trip to Phoenix and saw the disclaimer about soy oil. I write the company and asked exactly which items had it and if it was used when preparing the food, could I ask for it not to be used. They wrote right back and told me it was just the flour tortillas. Now I see the chart had been updated. Their message was so fast and friendly, I was impressed! Now if only I could get my in-laws to take me there while I am visiting!

I hope your kid is happy to go back to Chipotle!!! And thanks for your blog!

Well, it looks like the good news may be (mostly) true. It looks like Chipotle is dumping the soybean oil. Before us soy-sensitive people feel too warm and fuzzy about it, apparently it was dropped due to the GMO nature of most soybeans, not because of all of the poor unfortunate souls that couldn’t consume soy. But, hey, we’ll take it — our son hasn’t been able to eat at chipotle since he was 4, so he’s ecstatic.

According to this page, look down the right hand column for the box titled “GMOs”, they’re switching their fryers to sunflower oil instead of soybean oil. Now, searching for “soy” on that same page, shows that there’s still soybean oil in the Flour Tortillas (Burrito-size) and (Taco-size), but if all we have to do is carry in our own tortillas, our son will still be in heaven.

Visiting Chipotle’s official allergen page, shows updated and non-conflicting information. This page, too, lists only the tortillas as a source of soybean oil. Wouldn’t it be awesome if Chipotle were the first nationwide restaurant chain to completely banish soy from their menus?

source: http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/menu/special_diet_information/special_diet_information.aspx and http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/menu/ingredients_statement/ingredients_statement.aspxScreenshot 2014-05-13 00.47.27




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.

Boston Market

It looks like some of the standard items are soy free at Boston Market: Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Turkey Breast, Fresh Steamed Vegetables, Rice Pilaf, Mac and Cheese and Creamed Spinach (somewhat surprisingly).

I’m somewhat concerned that Boston Market takes the “Soybean Oil isn’t Soy” route, as they claim that their Broccoli with Garlic Butter Sauce is soy-free, as I would have to imagine that there’s margarine (aka hydrogenated soybean oil) in there somewhere, but maybe I’m in for a pleasant surprise.

Back in February, Susan (see comment below) ran into problems with soy at a Boston Market. Susan’s list is much more limited than what I’m finding from Boston Market’s allergen list, which makes me think that Boston Market is indeed ignoring soybean oil in cooking oil, margarine, or non-stick spray.

We don’t live near a Boston Market, so we’ll have to stop in and grill a manager next time we’re near one.

Source: http://bostonmarket.com/pdfs/allergens.pdf (April 2013)




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.

Bob Evans seasons their grill with soybean oil

We just learned that Bob Evans seasons their grills every morning with soybean oil. They will clean off a spot on the grill before cooking your food on it, but obviously, depending on your sensitivity level, this could be a big problem.




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.

Cheesecake Factory

Thanks to Tabitha for this information on Cheesecake Factory:

I have found that the Cheesecake Factory is EXTREMELY allergy friendly, and there were actually many options.  I have eaten there 3 times recently (and at different locations) and I haven’t been “soyed” once. They will also let you know if there is soybean oil in the food.

We don’t have any close to us, but we’ll definitely look for one next time we’re on the road.




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.

Carrabba’s ice cream sundae

We came to Carrabba’s for our son’s birthday. The very nice waitress came out with an ice cream sundae for him. It was an extremely nice gesture, but it didn’t really go as the waitress had planned. Instead of being excited, we all had worried looks as we all assumed that our son wouldn’t be able to eat it. So while she went to check the ingredients, he blew out the candle and made his wish (his wish was that he could eat the ice cream sundae!)

Well, his wish came true. Amazingly (along with their butter) they make their own ice cream and chocolate sauce — needless to say, if you’re making your own ice cream and chocolate sauce, you #1) know what’s in it and #2) don’t need to put soy in it!




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.

Max and Erma’s

Max and Erma’s menu is fairly limited as far as soy-free fare, but they more than make up for it by their willingness to prepare custom dishes for our kids. Our waitress Gabrielle was more than willing to make regular trips back to the kitchen to check on ingredients for us.

They do fry in soybean oil (no surprise there), so that eliminates all of the fried food. Kudos to Max and Erma’s for actually considering that soybean oil is indeed made out of soybeans. Their allergen list actually lists out each form of soy that any (unfortunately most) of their food contains. In case they change things, here’s a snapshot of Max and Erma’s Allergen list (active link to their site below). All restaurants should be held to the standard that Max and Erma’s uses for this list.

A quick look at the kids menu pretty much gets narrowed down to the grilled chicken breast and the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Fortunately they have a number of obvious, or easily adjusted side items: applesauce, fruit salad, steamed broccoli, fresh seasonal vegetables, sauteed baby green beans, freshly grilled asparagus.

Our kids were less enthusiastic about the grilled chicken (that’s the next most common food they get after hamburgers and hot dogs) but, boy, were they excited when the very helpful manager, Zack, mentioned shrimp. We were able to get shrimp skewer meal with one side for only one dollar more than the normal kids meal.

We’re here on a Wednesday, and that means free chocolate chip cookies — unless, of course, you’re allergic to soy, and then the cookies are off limits. Helpful manager Zack to the rescue again, he offered our kids a trip to the sundae bathtub bar. Needless to say our kids are ecstatic.

On the sundae bar, the ice cream, strawberry sauce and caramel sauce is soy free. Zack brought the Hershey’s chocolate sauce (normally just used for the milkshakes) from the kitchen. He managed to rustle up some chewy sweet tarts, as the sprinkles. Oreos, nuts, M&M, and Butterfinger pieces were obviously off limits.

If every Max and Erma’s is as accommodating as this one at Belden Village area in Canton, then rush to your nearest Max and Erma’s for soy-free dining!

Max and Erma’s
4320 Everhard Rd NW
Canton, OH 44718
(330) 494-9597
http://www.maxandermas.com/locations/333103
Source: http://www.maxandermas.com/files/nutrition_allergen_information.pdf




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.