It’s tough to go out to eat if you or a member of your family or group has an allergy, whether that person is lactose intolerant (like my own son), has a peanut allergy, or sensitivity to something else.
AllergyEats, the leading guide to allergy-friendly restaurants in the United States, makes it easy – or at least easier, with its 2018 list of the Top 10 Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains in America.
The allergy-friendly restaurant chains include include Italian, Mexican, steaks, seafood and more. The list is based on top ratings on the AllergyEats app and website, via feedback from the food allergy community, and are rated solely on how well they have accommodated food-allergic diners over the past year.
15 million Americans suffer food allergies
Since more than 15 million Americans have food allergies, the restaurant industry has a vested interest in creating allergy-friendly experiences so allergy suffers can dine out more comfortably.
AllergyEats’ Top 10 Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains are grouped into two categories – large chains with 50 or more restaurants, and small ones, with fewer than 50 locations.
The list was created per feedback from the AllergyEats app and website through December 31, 2017. Ratings are based on a 1 through 5 scale, with 5 being the most allergy-friendly.
Although just a few of these top ten allergy-friendly restaurants have locations in New York City and the Tri-State area, NYC on the Cheap has followers everywhere in the USA, and New Yorkers love to travel.
This list helps allergy sufferers anywhere, along with their friends and family, make more informed decisions about eating out.
Five best allergy-friendly large chains:
- Maggiano’s Little Italy (4.76 rating)
- Chipotle Mexican Grill (4.45 rating)
- Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant (4.43 rating) **
- Mellow Mushroom (4.37 rating)
- Longhorn Steakhouse (4.28 rating) **
Five best allergy-friendly small chains:
- Burtons Grill (4.83 rating)
- Flatbread Company (4.77 rating)
- Legal Sea Foods (4.58 rating)
- Weber Grill (4.52 rating) **
- 110 Grill (4.43 rating) **
** Denotes restaurant chains new to the list this year.
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About AllergyEats: It is a crowdsourced restaurant guide for the food allergy community, available as a free app on both iTunes and Google Play, as well as on www.allergyeats.com. Allergy-friendly restaurant chains and individual restaurants are searchable by geographic location.