Mom and Pop, throw us a bone

14 Oct

Being new to food allergies, I can only guess what it was like a decade or two ago for folks with allergies to navigate restaurants. I would assume that it was awfully challenging. I also assume that things are better these days. We get surprised every once in a while by a restaurant, like BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, when they post allergens on their menus. I think some of the big chains are seeing the value of this, but we don’t really eat at the chains. So what are we supposed to do? Why is it so hard for Mom and Pop? Certainly some of the high-end Mom and Pop’s change their menu frequently and thus it’s probably difficult for them to post all the ingredients on the menu, but most Mom and Pop’s serve the same thing day in and day out. So what’s so hard about list common allergens on the menu? Or training servers on which dishes have ingredients on the top 8 allergens list? It doesn’t seem like much of a burden to me. There are so many people these days with allergens. Wouldn’t it make sense as a restauranteur to be a bit prepared?

2 Responses to “Mom and Pop, throw us a bone”

  1. mantousmom October 17, 2011 at 8:01 PM #

    I try to think that the mom and pop restaurants are more attentive to their customers’ needs and that they know what ingredients they use to cook and serve their food. What does bother me are the family restaurants that have a blanket statement like “I don’t know what’s in the spices” so that they can cover their butts… umm aren’t you supposed to know?


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