AllerDine: Restaurant Allergy Guide

If you suffer from food allergies, dining out can be a challenge. A new webite called AllerDine hopes to make the process a little easier. AllerDine is a restaurant guide that rates the “allergy friendliness” of each restaurant in their guide.

Criteria include:

  • Formal allergy policy
  • What allergens are on their menu
  • A list of ingredients
  • Willingness to prepare a custom meal
  • Kitchen layout

They are also asked in their suppliers also process gluten, peanuts, nuts and dairy.

The founder of AllerDine, Steve Rose, started working on the site a few years ago when he learned that his young children had food allergies and was about to take his family on a vacation to Orlando, Florida. He put together his own spreadsheet of restaurants that either met or didn’t meet his family’s eating needs. After the trip he realized that he wasn’t the only one who would benefit from such a list and AllerDine was born.

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