Eating out with my family can sometimes be challenging. Our daughter has an intolerance to certain dairy ingredients and we often don’t know which items might contain them in sauces or other menu choices. Some times she’d like something on the menu and knows she could eat it if an ingredient could be removed from the dish, but the restaurant tells her she can’t make a substitution or changes. Talk about frustrating.
We were recently introduced to Red Robin‘s Interactive Allergen Menu. The Interactive Allergen Menu is your guide to finding all the great things you can eat — and avoiding the things you can’t— so you and your family members won’t have to sacrifice the “yummm” factor when it comes to eating at Red Robin. What a great service that provides to families!It is easily accessible online from a mobile device or computer and allows you to choose which allergens or ingredients to avoid.Once selected, the Interactive Allergen Menu builds custom dining options that fit your custom specific needs.Amber is heading into her finals week at university, so we thought we’d drive out to the college and pick her up for dinner the other night before her week of all nighter study sessions begin. I gave her a heads up about the Interactive Allergen Menu so she could check out what she could eat before we headed out to the restaurant. She went through the menu’s prompts and settled on getting the Banzai Burger with modifications.
When we arrived at Red Robin and were handed the menus though, they had this delectable sounding new Southern Charm Burger that she really, really wanted. That wasn’t on the Interactive Allergen Menu yet though so she almost didn’t order it. Here is where Red Robin shines when it comes to being Allergen Friendly, she casually asked our server if she could have that burger made to order so that it wouldn’t interfere with her dairy intolerance explaining what she could and couldn’t eat (she doesn’t get sick with all dairy ingredients just some), he noted that on our order with an allergy alert and the kitchen team was able to make the burger to her specifications! Red Robin trains all restaurant Team Members to allow guests to modify their Red Robin food or beverage order to suit their taste or dietary preferences.
This was helpful for us because although the Interactive Allergen Menu was a start to find the menu items with milk to avoid, the french fries and sweet potato fries do have milk ingredients, so they aren’t included as suitable items for a milk allergy. Since she has a dairy intolerance only to certain foods, but not an allergy (not life threatening, she just gets sick which is no fun!) and has never had a reaction to the fries at Red Robin before, we discussed this with our server when she ordered the sweet potato fries and the dairy intolerance was brought up. It was so refreshing to have someone listen to her needs and ask questions when she ordered so she would be aware in case it was a problem.Red Robin understands how difficult menu choices can be when dining out and trying to avoid certain ingredients and is committed to making dining with allergies as worry-free as possible–but you don’t have to take our word for it! AllergyEats, the leading guide to allergy-friendly restaurants nationwide – rated by people with food allergies, for people with food allergies has been recognized as one of the “Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains,” for the last three years! Red Robin uses allergen kits to prepare all allergen orders. The kits include tools that are for use on allergen orders only and are purple to clearly distinguish them from other kitchen tools. Purple is the color of Allergen Awareness.
The Customizer Hub on RedRobin.com doesn’t only allow you to “Build a Customized Allergen Menu,” it also lets you “Customize Your Nutrition,” which is a valuable resource for everyone, not just those with allergens.
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Information about Red Robin:
- Red Robin is the Gourmet Burger Authority, a place where families and adults alike can enjoy a great dining experience.
- There are more than 500 Red Robin restaurants across the United States and Canada.
- Red Robin is famous for serving more than two dozen craveable, high-quality burgers with Bottomless Steak Fries® in a fun environment welcoming to guests of all ages. In addition to its many burger offerings, Red Robin serves a wide variety of salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts and signature Mad Mixology® Beverages.
- Red Robin has a long-standing tradition of customizing meals to order. The ability to customize and make every menu item feel personal is important, and an integral part of Red Robin’s DNA.
To give you the chance to experience the Interactive Allergen Menu during May, which is National Allergy Awareness Month, Red Robin is offering a $25 Gift Card to one of my readers.
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