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Mimi’s Italian Foods & Deli

Restaurant Visit

Unfortunately most of what Mimi’s serves contains soy. Fortunately, the staff at Mimi’s is extremely accommodating and helpful when trying to avoid soy.

Notes:
Mimi’s does not cook with soybean oil, but they do “cool” all of their pasta with soybean oil. We were told that if we just call ahead, they will cook up a fresh batch of pasta without soybean oil. The ravioli contains soy and is made elsewhere, so it can not be prepared without soy.

Summary:
They fry in soybean oil and all of their bread items have soy in it.

What we order:

  • Pasta (not cooled with soybean oil) with meat sauce
  • Our Nickles One Buns to eat with the pasta
  • Salad, but watch the dressings
  • Stuffed pepper soup

With our Nickles One Buns, our son could have most of the sandwiches.

Mimi’s Italian Foods & Deli
786 East Main Street
Ravenna, OH 44266
(330) 297-1119




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.

Dairy Queen

Note: Dairy Queen’s ice cream does not have soy in it, but their cones do. So our kids can have their ice cream sundaes. Known safe flavors are: strawberry, marshmallow, caramel.

Restaurant Visit
We’ve frequented the Dairy Queen in Cuyahoga Falls, OH a few times since our son was diagnosed with his soy allergy. The owner, Bill, has been extremely helpful in making sure our son has an enjoyable visit.

Notes:
Website & restaurant allergen info assume that soybean oil is non-allergenic. In the allergen list, the french fries are listed as not containing soy, but the same document says that they fry in soybean oil. At least they make it easy to know what oil they fry in, it’s amazing how many allergen documents don’t even share that information.

Soybean Oil: Our frying oil is a vegetable oil blend, which includes soybean oil. While soybean oil is not indicated as an allergen, you should consult with your doctor as to whether you need to avoid soybean oil.

Summary: Basically all of the fried items, all of their bread, and all of the chocolate has soy in it.

What we order:
The kids meal:

  • cheeseburger: switching Swiss cheese instead of the American cheese and bringing a Nickles One Bun
  • applesauce
  • Mister Misty, er Arctic Rush, slushy drink
  • The owner allows our son to have a strawberry sundae for his dessert since all of the kids meal dessert choices contain soy. The cone that the ice cream comes in has soy. The ice cream sandwich and dilly bar list soy as an ingredient.

And no, we don’t let our son eat slushies and ice cream as the bulk of his meal very often!

Unfortunately, Dairy Queen cakes have soy in them, so our son won’t be able to have one. For those of you can eat them, they are offering a $3 gift card with every ice cream cake ordered.

Dairy Queen
715 Portage Trail
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
(330) 928-0246

Dairy Queen
1050 West State Street
Alliance, OH 44601
(330) 821-5096

Online Materials Used:
information collected from:
http://www.dairyqueen.com/us-en/eats-and-treats/nutrition-facts/
treat nutrition information:
http://www.dairyqueen.com/upload/DQTreatNutritionBrochure.pdf
treat allergen information:
http://www.dairyqueen.com/resources/-007/2349/6228/DQTreatAllergyBrochure2010.pdf
food & treat nutrition information:
http://www.dairyqueen.com/upload/DQFoodandTreatNutritionBrochure.pdf
food and treat allergen list:
http://www.dairyqueen.com/resources/-010/9854/1612/DQFoodandTreatAllergyBrochure2010.pdf

website: http://www.dairyqueen.com




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.

Kentucy Fried Chicken (KFC)

Pretty much nothing here is soy free. Especially since they fry in soybean oil. You can imagine my total shock and frustration when the first meal out of the ICU was KFC original recipe fried chicken because according to the menu, it didn’t contain soy — I’d say FRIED in soybean oil would qualify as containing 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.

Applebee’s

Restaurant Visit:
Applebee’s fries in soybean oil. That eliminates wings, shrimp, fries, fish, chicken tenders, and tortilla chips. The pasta is “cooled” in soybean oil. Manager mentioned that proteins in soybean oil that cause reaction are burned off at 300-350 degrees. I think I remember that he said they run their fryer and grill at 400-450°.

Notes:
Website & restaurant allergen info assume that soybean oil is non-allergenic.

What we order:
steaks, they have a 4 ounce kids steak – he ate better than we did!
garlic mashed potatoes (in theory) manager made them for us potatoes, butter, milk
plain broccoli (steamed) with real butter

Online Materials Used:
allergen list: http://www.applebees.com/downloads/Applebees_Allergen_Info.pdf
ingredient list: http://www.applebees.com/downloads/Applebees_Nutritional_Info.pdf
website: http://www.applebees.com

 




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.

Ci Ci’s Pizza Buffet

Online Materials Used:

http://www.cicispizza.com/_template.php#Scene_1

Phone Call:

called Alliance, Ohio Ci Ci’s on 2/5/11, confirmed that they use soybean oil in their dough.

Notes:

Before we learned about our son’s soy allergy, Ci Ci’s was always a favorite destination. The above link makes it nice and easy for parents of peanut allergic children:

None of our products contain peanuts, peanut oil or are processed in a plant that processes nuts.

Once soybean became an issue, we learned over the phone that Ci Ci’s uses soybean oil in the dough. Some further research shows that there is more soy than just in the dough.

I found this entry on eHelp: On Dec 02, 2010 Riva asked:

Does cici’s pizza contain soy protein in their meat or bread products?

Child with allergies -allergic to soy products like soy protein added to breads and meats to stretch the product quantity out.

Rob’s answer was:

DO NOT go by what is on their website. My advice call corporate and ask specifics to confirm…..I called corporate 972-745-4200 to confirm. They said unfortunately most of their products DO contain soy…..I asked why it wasn’t on their site under allergy information. They replied they are working on updating the site. What I found out. Pepporoni, Pizza dough, cheese and regular sauce (not buffalo) do not contain soy protein. Dessert Apple pizza and cinn. rolls w/icing do not contain soy protein. They all do contain soybean oil….however, my sons allergist informed me he can have soybean oil and soy lethicin since the allergens have been removed during cooking/processing…..Good luck!

If soybean oil and soy lecithin are not a problem for you, there are some options at Ci Ci’s. If you need to avoid both, unfortunately, you’ll need to avoid the whole 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.

Wendy’s

Online Materials Used:
Allergen List: http://www.wendys.com/food/pdf/us/allergen_list.pdf
Ingredient List: http://www.wendys.com/food/Nutrition.jsp

Restaurant Visit:
Wendy’s fries in a vegetable blend oil that contains soy. I was told, before their “Natural cut with salt french fries” they fried in 100% soybean oil.

Notes:
Wendy’s represents what is tragically the classic restaurant response to soybean oil. They note items that contain soy, but do not include items containing or fried in soybean oil.

Two examples:
Allergen list says no soy in Hamburger Jr. but according to ingredient list, Sandwich Bun includes: Vegetable Oil (contains one or more of the following: soybean, cottonseed, canola)

Allergen list says no soy in Classic Single Burger but according to ingredient list, Sandwich Bun includes: Soy and/or Canola Oil

What we order:
The kids meal with the cheeseburger, oranges, and chocolate milk. Wendy’s American Cheese has soy, while their Swiss Cheese does not. For restaurants that have Swiss Cheese, we would get a cheeseburger with Swiss. For restaurants that did not have Swiss Cheese, we get a hamburger. We’ve only recently discovered that there is soybean oil in their buns (contrary to their allergen information), so we now bring our Nickles One Buns.




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’s Pizza

Bob’s Pizza is the closest restaurant to our house (yes, we live in the boonies) and fortunately for our son, the owner has a very dim view of soybean oil. He cooks with, and fries in canola oil. Because of that, our son can have their pizza, and most importantly (to him) he can have their french fries.

At this point, this is the only place in America that we know that he can actually eat their pizza, french fries, and fried chicken / buffalo wings (without the breading because there’s soy in the breading). The only buffalo wing sauce he can have is the regular barbeque sauce and the mild buffalo sauce.

They’re really nice there and will even make french toast for him with our own bread. As usual, we have to avoid all sauces and any of the breaded items.

Bob’s Pizza
1539 State Route 44
Atwater, OH, 44265
(330) 325-1873




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.

Chipotle

Amazingly, everthing at Chipotle but the sour cream and cheese contains soy. I would have never guessed that in a million years. With Chipotle’s “food with integrity” mindset, I figured there wouldn’t be a lick of soy or soybean oil anywhere to be found in their restaurants.

Thank you Chipotle for having the decency to list soybean oil as being a soy product!

From: http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/menu/special_diet_information/special_diet_information.aspx on 11/7/2012




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.