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Cheesecake Factory Retraction

Bad news from Rachel (who previously gave us wonderful soy-free news from Cheesecake Factory). Apparently Cheesecake Factory is not as soy-free as they led Rachel to believe. Here’s what Rachel said:

Unfortunately, I need to retract most of my comments about the Cheesecake Factory.

On my first visit I was assured that the entire kitchen, including the fryer, only contained 100% canola oil. After at least a dozen visits, at which I always mentioned my soy allergy, I was suddenly informed that the fryer uses a vegetable shortening, the main ingredient of which is hydrogenated soybean oil (they showed me the label). Fortunately, this oil apparently does not have enough soy protein to trigger a reaction for me, but others may not be so lucky. I react to regular soybean oil and react mildly to some, but not all, soy lecithin. I find it quite distressing that none of the employees had any idea that they were feeding me soy on numerous occasions.

So unfortunately this proves my major concern when dining out. It seems that restaurant employees really don’t understand the depth and breadth that soy has reached in food in America.

Too many restaurant employees assume there is no soy in food based on these two criteria:

  1. The food does not have soy in its name.
  2. The allergen information does not list soy.

Either option is scary and takes a lot of back and forth questioning to make sure that the food is really soy free.

Thanks Rachel, for the update and it sounds like we’ll be taking Cheesecake Factory off of the places we need to visit.




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 Rachel for this update on Cheesecake Factory:

I ate at a Cheesecake Factory a few days ago, and our wonderful waitress informed me that they only use canola oil. There were only a few menu items that I needed to avoid because of soy sauce or mayonnaise. I ate fried macaroni and cheese, and fish and chips (without the tartar sauce and cole slaw). It was quite amazing to be able to eat fried food. They do not fry anything that contains soy, so there isn’t a risk of cross contamination.

That’s another restaurant that I can’t wait to get to good old Akron, Ohio. It sounds like the kids will have a blast there. They get french fries so far and few between, and I can imagine that they’d be all over the fried macaroni and cheese!




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.