Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tip of the Day: Orlando Restaurants that Cater to Egg & Milk Food Allergies

If you are ever in Orlando and need a bite to eat in a place that will help you find an egg and milk-free menu item I have a few suggestions:

I love to eat out. I have found a few restaurants in Orlando that are always kind and help me find something on the menu that is safe for me to eat. Now I will say, if you are dining in an establishment that also serves food items you are allergic to there is always the possibility of cross contamination leading to an allergic reaction, but these are places I have felt care about their customers and their food allergies.

Ethos Vegan Kitchen
1235 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32804

This kitchen serves up some incredible vegan dishes. Everything in their kitchen is vegan. My favorite is their Fire Chili served up every Friday.

Stardust Video and Coffee
1842 E. Winter Park Rd.
Winter Park, FL. 32789

This is one of my favorite places to eat. They have the most delicious salads. Stardust Video and Coffee has a variety of vegan and vegetarian options and if you love meat you can always add a side of chicken or pork to your dish. Everything is made fresh each day in the kitchen. They do serve items that contain milk and eggs, but if you let them know you have food allergies they will be very careful and honest with you about what they can offer you that is safe for you to eat.

Cityfish Restaurant
617 East Central Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32801

If you like fish I think this is a great place to go. When I informed the server about my severe egg and dairy food allergies he took it very seriously and let me know what would be safe for me to eat. He read ingredients to me and notified the chef of my condition. I ordered the salmon and boiled potatoes and have been back many times to do it again. It was delicious. They also serve food items with egg and milk so you need to make sure you let the server and kitchen staff know about your food allergies and see if they can offer you something that is safe for you to eat.

My Allergist has often told me that my food allergies are so severe that it is not wise for me to dine out. However, over the years I have come to find out that there are some establishments that will bend over backwards to help me eat safely. If you have food allergies and you dine out in a place that uses egg and milk in their kitchen, there is always a risk of having an allergic reaction. Talk with you doctor before you venture out to eat; ask your doctor to advise you on dining out. Make sure that dining out is right for you.

Nicolle Avery

1 comment:

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