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Food Allergies in Las Vegas

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Food Allergies in Las Vegas

I cannot find a recent thread on this topic so...

I (and I'm sure many others) have a lot of different food allergies, and though I always get by by sticking to simple food like salads and eating at buffets, I'd also like some variety if I can manage it. Does anyone know any "allergy friendly" restaurants in Vegas? I went to a restaurant in Toronto a few years ago that actually had a special menu for people with allergies, that listed all the ingredients in every dish! I don't know if there is anywhere like that in Vegas, but I'd settle for somewhere where they take it seriously and don't make a big deal out of you asking for the ingredients in their food. Hoping some out there may be able to recommend some places for me to eat?

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1. Re: Food Allergies in Las Vegas

I have seen some glutten free menu items. Perhaps if you tell the wait staff whay your allergy is, they will be helpful.

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Rosemary's will go out of their way to prepare a great meal for you if you tell them about your allergies. Unfortunately, you will need a car to get there.

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TCrawford,

Unfortunately it's rarely as easy as that. Some servers won't even bother checking with the chef to find out the ingredients....others just say "I wouldn't eat it if I was you" rather than finding out for sure what is in it. Eating in restaurants with food allergies is not nearly as easy as you think! And if the server is careless in their answers to you, the results can be deadly.

VP03,

Thanks for the tip re Rosemarys....unfortunately I'm only there for 3 nights this trip and don't have a car so prefer to eat on the strip or downtown (I'll spend an evening down there) but I'll keep them in mind if I go back for a longer trip and eat off strip!

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my girlfriend has a few food allergies (she's allergic to grapes, for one, which is a drag because it means anything cooked with wine is off limits). but, frankly, we have found every upscale restaurant at every casino hotel we have stayed at - both in and out of las vegas - to be most accommodating.

in particular, the waitstaff and chefs at bradley ogden (at caesars palace) were super responsive and attentive and even remembered us on a subsequent visit. they took her food allergies and sensitivities very seriously and bent over backwards to find alternative - but still quite tasty - sauces and preparations. my sense is that they are used to doing this and that they look upon a guest with special dietary requests not as an annoyance, but as an opportunity to show just how good they are.

i can highly recommend bradley ogden for those with food allergies, but, as i said, we found that every upscale restaurant we went to was willing to accommodate our special requests. (coffee shops, fast food outlets... uh, not so much. but one casual dining restaurant was very attentive... hash house a go go.)

Edited: 5:37 pm, November 12, 2010
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Thanks so much for your reply. Eating out with food allergies can be such a hassle! I might give the Bradley Ogden a go if I decide to have a fancy meal (I'm travelling solo so don't often eat in the fancier restaurants). The hash house a go go also sounds good to me and probably a place I'd like to eat at....is it on the strip?

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Hi, phoensam! This thread caught my attention immediately!!

I have food allergies to many, many things. Most severe are peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, shellfish, oat, and potato. This list makes it almost impossible to enjoy eating out "on the fly" while traveling. I bring a lot of food from home such as cereal and snacks. Also safe bagels and sandwich bread. When I arrive in Vegas, I make sure that there is a fridge in my room (usually no charge when I explain my situation) to store up on milk and other cold items. When I go out for the day, I bring snacks and sandwich bread. If I eat somewhere for lunch, I order a burger or sandwich makings and use my own bread. Like you mentioned, I also eat a lot of plain salads and frequently go to buffets. At the buffets, usually a chef will come out to talk and discuss in detail what everything is made of.

There is only so much of this food brought from home I actually WANT to eat while in Vegas, so I narrow down places I may want to eat at before I go. Some restaurants have menus posted on their websites. Once I have a general idea as to what I may want, I call or e-mail the restaurant to ask if it's possible to prepare my meal in a safe area in the kitchen. The nicer the restaurant, the easier it seems to be to accomodate my requests. For example, I have eaten several times at Delmonico Steakhouse and have always had excellent service. When I call and give my name, they already have my information from previous visits in their computer. Nice!

It is a casual dining place, but I had "luck" with the California Pizza Kitchen that was at the Mirage. I was able to order several different items from the menu and never felt uncomfortable for letting them know about my situation. It was nice to not have the same meal each and every time.

I'm going in a couple of weeks for 6 nights. This weekend I'm going to call Firefly and a few others places to see if they can accomodate my dietary needs. Hope it works out.

When are you going? Maybe we should hook up!!!

Skimo

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Skimo,

Thanks for your detailed reply! I'll be there from Dec. 25-28...and u?

I also have many food allergies....soy, colorings, flavorings, tapioca (a tough one because it's often hidden in foods like glucose) and others. I was once hospitalized after an anaphylactic reaction on holiday and never want to have that happen again! My experiences in restaurants vary....some very helpful, others quite careless eg they'll tell you that something isn't in a dish, then when you say "are you sure because I could wind up in hospital if it is", then they say "I better check". Some restaurants won't bother checking and simply say "I wouldn't eat it if I was you"....aaargh. Then others are very helpful. But for me, I often have to ask detailed questions like, are there any additives in your pasta or is it just wheat? or is there glucose in that dessert, and if yes, do you know if it's wheat or tapioca based glucose? etc etc!

I too stock up on snack foods so I don't have to take chances....I also have to bring my own food on the plane as the plane stuff is really dodgy and non one knows what's in it! I often eat breakfast at Paris Buffet if I'm craving bread, because they know what's in their croissants, but I prefer Bellagio, but have never got much of an answer about what they use in their croissants. I often have lots of fruit on holiday, steamed vegetables, white rice and salads which buffets are always good for, and nuts for snacks, but it would be nice to be able to know I can safely eat at other restaurants. I find many fast food restaurants (the chain ones) actually have information sheets which shows all the ingredients in their foods, but it can be very risky elsewhere. I will definitely try the california pizza kitchen this time...I love pizza and pasta and it's good to know they will likely assist me in choosing safely!

Are we there at the same time?

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Unfortunately, we are not there at the same time. I'll be there 11/28-12/4. Check out the website for California Pizza Kitchen.

http://www.cpk.com/menu/pdfs/allergen.pdf

Select a few things you might be interested in and send them an e-mail for additional details of ingredients. Hope this helps.

I assume that new allergies are in my future. But I just try to appreciate what I can have instead of what I can't (some days are easier than others, though). Happy planning!!

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skimoak,

Thank you so much for that link! I will definitely email them in advance of my trip and be ready to sit down and have a meal there when I get there! I'm not a huge fan of the Mirage, but for me a Vegas trip is not complete without an afternoon at O'Sheas, so I'll fit it in with my afternoon there!

I'm like you re just trying to appreciate what I can have....there are worse things to live with than food allergies, though they can be a bit scary at times when you accidentally eat something you shouldn't.

Lucky you, going in two weeks! I have to wait 6 weeks for my trip and have so much work to do between now and then, but ever since I booked it two days ago, I'm addicted to the TA Vegas forum once again! I am sooo excited!

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Skimoak, that sounds like my idea of hell. I can't imagine a world without potatoes - but that's how others feel about my allergy to chocolate, tea and coffee, amongst others.

I've been lucky as I explain that my allergies are fatal - amazing how many servers who've just reassured me that my just delivered coffee was decaf suddenly decide that I might want a fresh cup instead...

I'm also allergic to pineapple (had anaphylactic shock before) so always tell bartenders that when ordering cocktails. I always carry antihistamines with me, just in case and take my own safe teas with me so I can have a pot in my room.

Just explain your situation and make them realise that it's serious and they'll help. Emeril's are very helpful and told me all the ingredients in their cocktails when I ate there, so I knew they were safe. I also keep a list of medication to which I'm allergic with me, just in case I have an accident - I can't take most painkillers and several antibiotics. Not easy but we get used to it.