We are going out for dinner tonight with some friends and their 2 kids...then bowling after. Life with an allergy child means packing a meal for such occasions, snacks and dessert so that she is not left out ... Although tonight we are going to East Side Mario's and believe it or not, my daughter can actually eat there! We rarely allow her to eat in restaurants...way too risky with cross-contamination but a friend of ours actually owns 2 franchises of East Side Mario's and he recommended that we try it out. He said they are very careful and the pasta and regular tomato sauce are dairy, egg and nut free. We have been several times and it is a real treat for our daughter to have the joy of going to a restaurant and eating out like everyone else. I do still get nervous as there is so much cheese in that place but when am I not nervous about her eating something I haven't prepared myself...'tis the life of an allergy mom....
From the East Side Mario's website: Where do I find information on food allergies?
Each restaurant has a document called the Ingredients Listing Manual which list all of the ingredients in our core menu items. This document also lists the allergens within each item.
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