Moxie’s Grill & Bar: Downtown Toronto

This sports-bar style restaurant really gets you in the groove of downtown life! The environment is so refreshing and lively – you feel great as soon as you walk in.

Once we were seated we informed the waiter of the nut allergy. He asked about severity (whether cross-contamination was a problem). After saying yes, he explained that for more severe allergies they like to go through the manager and chef before placing in order, rather than simply showing us their allergy menu. Truly impressed, we waited for the manager who promptly came over to our table.

After asking what we were in the mood to eat, she spoke into her ear piece as she discussed dining options, necessary modifications, and relayed any questions to the chef while sitting beside us.

Soon after we were enjoying delicious appetizer Caesar Salads followed by delectable entrees like the Ginger & Teriyaki Rice Bowl. As some other members of our family had ordered the same items, there was a slight concern that the “nut free” order might get mixed up. Our worries went away when the manager came out carrying the nut-free entrée and the waiter the rest of the table’s, ensuring a safe meal.

While ordering the manager had mentioned to us that ensuring people with all sorts of dietary requirements could enjoy a meal at Moxie’s was a huge priority for them. If you find yourself in Downtown Toronto (or one of their other locations!) in need of a yummy and filling meal definitely check them out! Refer to their aforementioned mild allergen guide here.

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The Main Café: Nut-Free Lunch & Dessert Spot in Niagara Falls

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Gourmet Cupcakes Galore! Looking for delicious cupcakes and other desserts to enjoy after a light, nut-free lunch? The Main Café in Niagara Falls has got you covered!

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This cute establishment offers a wide selection of lunch menu items (that sell out fast!) as well as a variety of desserts to choose from. We sampled the Black Forest Cupcake, Oreo Cupcake, and Salted Caramel – and they were absolutely delicious!

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Nut-free gourmet ready-made desserts are difficult to find! If you want to expand your palette and try some new and unique, desserts and lunch options, the Main Café is the place to go!

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: Canada & USA

Frozen Yogurt Shops? Ice Cream Shops? It’s SO hard to find allergy-friendly shops of this kind. But Menchie’s has got you covered! With a few locations in the US and Canada – Menchie’s has a wide variety of frozen yogurt flavors with wonderful allergy labeling.

We visited a location in the heart of Downtown Toronto and had a wonderful experience. Each frozen yogurt machine had information on the allergens present and cross contaminated allergens! From our experiences in Canada and in the US, we learnt that the Vanilla and Chocolate flavors typically stay in their same machine, as well as some of the fruit flavors to avoid flavors with other allergens causing cross contamination! Furthermore, they try to rotate flavors with nuts (such as Nutella) in the same machines to avoid spreading of the allergen. They still follow strict allergy protocols to clean the machines in between flavors to avoid cross contamination.

Head on over to Menchie’s and fill yourself up a cup of frozen yogurt with your favorite flavors today! And here’s one more thing ~ add toppings! Most Menchie’s locations segregate their nut toppings from their nut free toppings so people with nut allergies can add things to their frozen yogurt too! What a treat 🙂

Check out their interactive online menu chalk full of information about each flavor including but not limited to: allergens, presence/absence of high fructose corn syrup, “real” ingredients, live/active cultures, and more!

http://www.menchies.com/frozen-yogurt-flavors

Laurie’s Kitchen: Nut-Free Breakfast & Lunch in Niagara Falls

Looking for a nut-free breakfast in Niagara Falls? Not far from the Falls themselves and conveniently located in a lodge, Laurie’s Kitchen has the perfect traditional breakfast and lunch options for its customers!

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Try from their selection of omelettes, pancakes, or traditional Belgian waffles and add berries or chocolate chips if you’d like! Want to add bacon, sausage, or something else? Their menu has tons of options to choose from and you’ll be sure to enjoy whatever you order!

They even offer Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy, Vegan Nut Free Pancakes & Waffles and work to cater to people with different dietary needs.
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Can this brunch spot get any better? It can! The restaurant is decorated with posters and signs that inform customers with fast food allergy facts. A nut free restaurant that ALSO spreads food allergy awareness and has an EpiPen on site? What’s not to love?

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DISCLAIMER: As always, be sure to communicate your allergies to the restaurant staff to the extent that YOU are comfortable with the way they are handled. For guidance in this matter we recommend our App, AllergySmartz.

Restaurant Cho : Must Visit Nut-Free Dining in Montreal

From the moment we stepped foot into this restaurant we knew it was going to be an amazing experience. We were seated in the lively environment by our bubbly and kind waitress. My sister immediately told her about her nut allergies and she quickly reassured her that everything in the restaurant was safe to eat. She showed immense knowledge about food allergies and demonstrated an understanding of cross-contamination – she even asked if there were any issues with sesame and coconut!

It was amazing to have a dining experience where our biggest concern was which, of all of the delicious items on the menu, to order! Even with this she happily answered all our questions. We explained to her that we had a short trip in Montreal so to tell us what we simply cannot leave this restaurant without trying and she recommended the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Bao.

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Of course the presentation of the food was beautiful, but I’m sure what everyone wants to know most was the taste. We can honestly say that with the first bite we knew we had to plan another trip to Montreal because, frankly, this was one of the most delicious meals we had ever had. Within minutes we had both scarfed down our entrees leaving ourselves, and our bellies, full of delight.

Dessert? Yes please! Lava Cake with Green Tea Ice Cream? Safe. Cheesecake? Safe. Mega Chocolate Chip Cookie with marshmallows and sprinkles galore with 2 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream. Safe. We finally settled on the Chocolate Chip Cookie to share and it was magnificent!

We are honestly at a loss for words about our restaurant experience at Cho. The meals, service, and allergy-awareness were perfect! No matter how much we write, a written review cannot do our wonderful experience at Cho justice – one simply has to go and experience it.

Our only regret is that our trip was too short and we were not able to go back for a second meal. That being said, we are excited to plan another trip to Montreal and visit this restaurant again!

Here’s our best piece of advice we can give to you: Go to Cho! This is a one of a kind dining experience you will never forget!

 

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Cho Restaurant
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http://www.restaurantcho.com/

 

 

DISCLAIMER: As always, be sure to communicate your allergies to the restaurant staff to the extent that YOU are comfortable with the way they are handled. For guidance in this matter we recommend our App, AllergySmartz.

Zego Snacks

School is about to start! Are you stocked up on your allergy-safe snacks to pack for lunch? Looking for more ideas? Want something that is allergy-friendly but also tastes delicious and won’t mess up your diet? We’ve got the product for you!

Available for purchase on their website, Amazon, and in local grocery stores – Zego Bars are the way to go! These perfectly sized treats are incredibly tasty and healthy too!

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Check out this excerpt from ZEGO’s Press Release:


If these facts aren’t enough to make you love these bars, here’s one more – they are dairy, nut, egg, soy, and grain free! And guess what? You can even scan the QR Code on the packaging to get allergen details – what a great use of technology!

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Be sure to check out their variety of yummy flavors on their website and get 15% off your first purchase!