On the bright side, Massachusetts is leading the charge when it comes to awareness. A state law requires training and notices. Also, all menus and menu boards in food establishments must display the following: “Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy.”
What’s even better than that is that a lot of restaurants go above and beyond. CBS Boston put together a list of a few local spots that receive good marks when it comes to dealing with food allergies.
The Gold Standard! As a parent of a child with food allergies, Chef Ming Tsai has been at the forefront when it comes to food allergy awareness. With its Asian-fusion entrees priced between $25 and $40, Blue Ginger is a pricey option, but it’s also a sure bet when it comes to allergies.
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Wagamama is a much more casual and very reasonably-priced Asian-inspired noodle bar. The restaurant has a fantastic allergy friendly food guide right on its website, with options for about a dozen different allergies and food sensitivities.
Not Your Average Joes
Not Your Average Joes is billed by several food allergy sites as one of the most allergy-friendly restaurants in the area. They offer up all of your standard American fare and make all of their meals from scratch, so they are able accommodate a good number of special requests. Their chefs are all educated in how to deal with allergies and food sensitivities. Not Your Average Joes has a Gluten-free menu available.
Get this: a number of people with shellfish allergies have recommended Legal on different review websites. Customers with allergies rave about the knowledge and attention they get from staff. Legal offers a wheat and gluten free menu.
Asian food seems to be a popular theme when it comes to allergy friendly. Myers and Chang offers up several alternative allergy menus that include options free of shellfish, nut, meat, and gluten.