Where's MY luck with restaurants??

Where's MY luck with restaurants??

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Where's MY luck with restaurants??

June 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

So when I was younger, my parents and I only requested like once or twice for a pizza place to heat up my pre-made pizza and they said no, that if any food goes back into their kitchen they are liable, so they won't do it. I've been hearing a LOT of you talk recently about your luck calling ahead and having chefs at restaurants be so accomodating and making things with low pro pasta, bread, etc. I felt inspired to give it another shot. My husband and I decided recently that this weekend we would go out for a some-what nice meal and invite my parents. We called a few places inquiring about an afternoon meal, before their dinner rush on Sunday, and were quickly shot down "no, we cannot do that. It's against our health code." Even if we were to provide a box of unopened pasta, the one restaurant said "our GM wouldn't allow it" to make the pasta themselves (we offered to bring it in pre-cooked, but thought maybe for health reasons if they prepared it, it'd be less risky). A lot of times at fast food restaurants, they have "pre-made salads" so I don't have luck if they have cheese sprinkled on top. Those instances aside, I am usually able to ask for menu-items "without..." and don't have much of a problem. The best experience I have had is when we were on our honeymoon in Sedona, AZ we went out one night for a fancy dinner and the B&B we were staying at called the restaurant ahead of time and gave them a heads-up of my dietary needs. They asked what they could prepare and made a great combination of veggies that they had on-hand. I was touched, but that was different, because they used their own ingredients. I was saddened by our recent experience and just wanted to share/vent. How depressing! We ended up letting my dad pick the restaurant in the end b/c it's Father's Day and he picked Macaroni Grill. In the past, I've had bad luck there, but was looking at their online menu today and found a tasty-looking veggie dish that I think I'm going to try. I kind of miss the days of not worrying bout eating high-phe pasta when I go out to Italian restaurants. Oh, well. I feel better with the lower levels now that I don't!

4 Reviews of Where's MY luck with restaurants??

  1. Registered: Jun 21, 2010

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    Warren, Michigan

    I generally eat the salads and move some of the cheese to the side. (although I do allow some to stay for flavor, and I tend to get away with it as far as my phe lvl goes) Can’t you usually request the salads without Cheese?

  2. Registered: Feb 1, 2010

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    Tucson, Arizona

    At a lot of the sit-down restaurants where they make the salad when you order it, yes. I only have the bad luck with the pre-made cheese on the salads at fast food restaurant chains–I honestly can’t remember which ones specifically more recently, but I know that over the years, I’ve had trouble with McDonald’s, Burger King, Carl’s Jr, etc. I’ve never had trouble at places like Applebees, Chili’s, etc. restaurants where it’s not mass-produced and set on a tray as your order. If I do order a salad, I ask if there’s cheese on it and ask or it without if they say “yes”. If they forget to keep it off, they always go make a new salad without cheese.

  3. Registered: Sep 12, 2006

    Posts: 0

    Franklin, Wisconsin

    My family has never been big on asking restaurants to make special meals. It does make sense though that more restaurants are starting to be more accommodating. There are so many people out there with allergies or special diets that I would imagine in order to continue their businesses they have to be somewhat flexible with accommodations. In high school I had friends with Celiac disease (gluten intolerance), wheat allergies, peanut allergies, diabetes, and one friend who was a vegetarian. Of course I didn’t set out to find friends on special diets. It wasn’t until after becoming friends that we realized we all had dietary needs. If I was able to meet this many people with dietary needs in high school I cannot even imagine how many people with dietary needs are out.


  4. Registered: Feb 2, 2010

    Posts: 0

    Palmerston North, INTERNATIONAL

    I understand how you feel, I hate it when my parents want to go to McDonalds/Burger King as they have cheese pre-made with the salad. I currently live in a small city and so far I’ve only found 3 restaurants/cafes with a vege meal that you can ask for the cheese to be removed and a fourth that has one vege meal that I can pick the cheese off of easily, and I get so frustrated when I want to try out something new but it takes forever to try and find somewhere.
    I have never asked for a restaurant to cook my pasta for me though, it’ll be interesting to see if they would do that, and it’d be so nice to go to an Italian restaurant and have an actual pasta meal (if they do cook my pasta)

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