Thanks to Sarah for this heads up about Qdoba: “I just wanted to let you know that QDoba is another restaurant that cooks everything in soybean oil.”
Sarah sent me the link to Qdoba’s allergen & ingredient list, and sure enough they’re playing the “soybean oil isn’t made of soy” game. A quick look at their handy dandy allergen chart will show you only three items that contain soy. Life is great! Until you either eat the food (like poor Sarah) or dig further into the information (like Sarah ultimately did) and find out that they really should have marked just about everything in the restaurant as containing soy because many of the ingredients contain soybean oil, and those that don’t are grilled in soybean oil or fried in soybean oil — I don’t call that soy free!
So unfortunately Qdoba, like Chipotle (my favorite), is off limits to Sarah and my kids — someday they’ll actually be able to eat at a Mexican style restaurant, but not today.
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.