Eight years ago, I decided there had to be a way to solve this problem. The result was AllergyEats, a website where the food allergy community came together to help each other find allergy-friendly restaurants by rating their own individual dining experiences. Since that time, AllergyEats has evolved into an app for both Apple and Android devices, as well as added sections to the website devoted to Disney World, a blog with insights about specific restaurants, dining out tips, and much more. We also run multiple social media feeds across popular platforms.
While you may already have your “go to” restaurants, you might be surprised by the allergy-accommodating venues you’ll find by doing a search on the AllergyEats app or website. New restaurant reviews are added every day across the country, thanks to our loyal community of raters. It’s a great way to learn about an independent restaurant or a chain that you thought could never accommodate your allergies. To help our community and encourage other food-allergic diners to leave their reviews, you simply rate your restaurant experiences by answering three multiple-choice questions and add an optional comment to give more color about the details of your dining experiences. The process takes only a minute or two, but the more people who leave ratings on AllergyEats, the better for all of us when we’re searching for a place to eat.
After eight years, AllergyEats has amassed quite a database of restaurant ratings around the country. Of course, there are still regions where AllergyEats could use greater support in terms of restaurant ratings. Included on that list are some major markets and smaller towns in Michigan. With that in mind, we are excited to partner with No Nuts Moms Group in what we consider a win-win-win situation for the Michigan food allergy community and all AllergyEats’ users.
To help support No Nuts Moms Group’s activities in Michigan, AllergyEats will donate $5 for every restaurant rating you provide on the AllergyEats app or website from 3/26/18 through 4/30/18 using the reference code “NNMG” on the bottom of the restaurant ratings page.
By rating restaurants, you will:
1) Help other food-allergic diners find allergy-friendly restaurants (or avoid those that are not able to accommodate!)
2) Reward those restaurants that earn good ratings, and
3) Raise funds for your local food allergy community
ALL restaurant ratings are helpful - fast food, casual dining, and fine dining; good experiences and bad; chain restaurants and mom & pops; and all allergies from the Top 8 to the hundreds of less common ones. The important part is that you share your experiences for the benefit of others, knowing that the resource you’re helping improve might help you in the future too!
So get out and rate those restaurant experiences today! We are all in this together!