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Navigating Dining Out with Nut Allergies: A Guide - No Nuts!

Navigating Dining Out with Nut Allergies: A Guide

Key Takeaways
Research allergy policies of restaurants beforehand.
Ask staff about food preparation and cross-contamination.
Use clear communication to articulate allergy concerns.
Always carry emergency medication like an EpiPen.
Community support is crucial for sharing experiences and tips.

Dining out can be a delightful experience, but for those of us with nut allergies, it can also be fraught with danger. At GoNuts, we understand the unique challenges that come with navigating menus, communicating with restaurant staff, and finding safe dining options that won't trigger an allergic reaction. Let's walk through some strategies for a safer dining experience.

Understanding Restaurant Allergen Policies

Before heading out, it's crucial to do your homework. We recommend researching restaurants to find those with clear allergen policies. Our Nut-Free Dining Guides can help you start on the right foot.

Questions to Ask Restaurant Staff

When you arrive at a restaurant, don't hesitate to ask questions about ingredients, cooking methods, and how the kitchen prevents cross-contamination. This is about your health, and any reputable restaurant will be happy to assist you. As you discuss options, keep an eye out for products that proudly display their nut-free status, like our No Nuts! Variety Pack which features clear labeling to guide you.

Communicating Allergy Concerns Effectively

It's critical to communicate your allergy concerns in a clear and effective manner. Consider using allergy communication aids, such as our Allergy Communication Aids, to help outline your specific dietary restrictions.

Safe Menu Selections

At the table, choose safe menu options and be cautious of dishes that are more likely to contain nuts or be contaminated with them. If you'd like to see an example of explicit labeling, look no further than our Blueberry & Vanilla - 12 Bar Pack; such clarity is what to aim for in menu descriptions.

Carrying Emergency Medication

Always keep your emergency medication, such as an EpiPen, with you at all times. Inform the restaurant staff about your medication so they can respond accordingly in case of an emergency.

Personal Experiences and Tips from the Allergy Community

We believe in the power of community. On our blog, we share real stories and tips from individuals who deal with nut allergies every day. Your experiences can provide valuable insight to others in the community.


Dining out with a nut allergy requires a good deal of preparation and communication, but it's absolutely possible. By following these strategies, you can minimize the risk and focus on the joy of trying new foods and enjoying new experiences.

On a final note, when you can't dine out or need a safe snack on the go, remember to pack something allergy-friendly, like our delicious Lemon Creme - 12 Bar Pack, that's free from nuts and crafted with your safety in mind.

We invite you to join our discussion on safe dining practices and share your experiences. Your insights help us all stay safe and enjoy the pleasures of dining out. Together, we can navigate this journey more smoothly.

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