Other Places I Like

This list is neither comprehensive nor authoritative, but since there are so few truly tree nut–free restaurants out there, I’ve found it incredibly helpful to hold onto the names of some of the other places at which I generally feel safe. (That’s what I mean by “places I like,” by the way: “places I feel safe,” not necessarily “places that make good food.”)

First, though, a few notes:

The places I’ve listed under “no nuts on the menu” don’t call themselves tree nut–free, nor do they make any sort of guarantees on the matter, but they don’t knowingly serve anything that contains tree nuts, and they shouldn’t have any tree nuts or tree nut products anywhere in their kitchens. Of course, cross-contamination is still a theoretical possibility at these restaurants, as they usually aren’t intentionally tree nut–free, and they don’t tend to collect much information on their vendors’ facilities, etc.

Sometimes, I’ve been given some specific information on a given high-risk ingredient (bread, for example) at a particular restaurant. And in those cases, I’ve included that information in the list below—but my parenthetical asides aren’t at all comprehensive, and it’s ultimately your job to think about what’s going into your food and to use your own judgment to determine whether that food might call for some further questioning.

The same applies to the places I’ve listed under “nuts on the menu.” The only difference, actually, is that these restaurants do cook with tree nuts—but if the restaurant’s listed here, then I’ve found that those tree nuts generally don’t pose much of a cross-contamination risk. At most of these restaurants, the nuts are confined to certain categories of dishes (salads, desserts, etc.), so they don’t end up coming into contact with much else. Or, in some cases, there are nuts in a number of dishes, but the folks who work at the restaurant are particularly capable of handling customers with nut allergies.

Anyway. Many of these are places I’ve found to be workable (for me, at least) by eating their foods for myself. So take my recommendations with a grain or two of salt and please remember to do your own research, vet these restaurants on your own, and eat only where you personally feel comfortable eating. (Also: please note that this list applies only to tree nuts, and that some of these restaurants do, in fact, use and serve peanuts with abandon.)

No tree nuts on the menu

Tree nuts on the menu

  • Barneys Bone Broth (There actually aren’t any tree nuts used in anything that’s sold at Barneys Bone Broth, but their kitchen’s shared with White Oak Tavern, so technically, there are nuts present. I’m told the Barneys stuff is prepared in a separate area, though.)
  • Baz Bagel (They have almond milk for their coffee, and a few baked goods that aren’t made in-house are questionable, safety-wise, but I’ve been assured that the bagels and spreads, etc. are safe.)
  • Blue Smoke (There are nuts in a few dishes, but Blue Smoke is extremely allergy-aware.)
  • Boston Market (They have a few nut-containing desserts, but I’m told they aren’t made near the rest of the food.)
  • Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken (They sell a carrot cake with nuts in it, but they don’t make it themselves.)
  • Charley’s Grilled Subs (a salad, and a dessert is processed in a facility that processes nuts)
  • Cheryl’s Global Soul (a cheese plate)
  • Chick-fil-A (oatmeal toppings, salads)
  • Chirping Chicken (They don’t cook with nuts, but they do sell some nut-containing desserts, made elsewhere.)
  • Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co. (toppings, sundaes, breakfast bowls, smoothies—but the plain soft serve fruit is nut-free and safe. Chloe’s is also dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.)
  • Davidovich Bakery (Their bagels are made in a nut-free facility. They do offer Nutella as a spread, but each spread has its own knife, I’m told. All I really know for sure is that the bagels themselves are safe.)
  • Dō Hwa (There are pine nuts on one of the salads, but they’re just used as a garnish, and thus shouldn’t come into contact with any of the other food.)
  • Domino’s Pizza (a salad, a dessert)
  • Dos Caminos (a few dishes, I’m told—but they’re very allergy-aware)
  • Hanamizuki Café (There are no nuts in the kitchen, but they do sell some pre-packaged cookies—made elsewhere—that contain nuts.)
  • Hansol Farm (I actually have no idea about whether this place has any nut products in their little food-prep area—it’s just a standard deli—but I’m sure they have something I’m allergic to back there, even if it’s just Nutella or almond milk or whatever. Regardless, I’ve been eating their wraps and sandwiches for as long as I’ve had teeth.)
  • Hatsuhana (desserts)
  • Isabella’s (There are a few dishes that contain nuts, but the folks at Isabella’s are capable of handling allergies.)
  • KFC (desserts)
  • Kossar’s Bagels and Bialys (Nothing baked in their kitchen contains nuts of any sort. Their baked goods, made elsewhere, may contain nuts, but they come into the store prepackaged. They also have a few spreads that contain nuts, but I’ve been assured that the bagels and bialys, sans spread, are safe.)
  • McDonald’s (desserts, salads)
  • Mexican Radio (a few items, but they’ve assured me they can handle nut allergies)
  • My Little Pizzeria (ice cream)
  • Nom Wah Tea Parlor (Nom Wah Tea Parlor, which is in Chinatown, sells almond cookies, but they’re made off-site. Nom Wah Nolita, listed above, is a separate restaurant that doesn’t have any tree nuts whatsoever on-site, though they do offer a peanut-based dressing.)
  • Osteria Morini (There are nuts around, and lots of them, but the folks at Osteria Morini are ridiculously allergy-aware.)
  • OTTO Enoteca & Pizzeria (a few dishes—but they’ve assured me everything else is safe for those with nut allergies)
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill (a dessert or two)
  • Rosa Mexicano (There are nuts in their mole, which they use in one of their enchilada dishes.)
  • Shake Shack (There are a number of things to avoid, but they have a really in-depth allergen information page that even accounts for ingredients that come from shared facilities.)
  • Sons of Thunder (They use Nutella in their shakes, but none of the hot food goes anywhere near the shake-prep area, so the Nutella’s not too big a deal. They use Arnold hot dog buns.)
  • Subway (cookies)
  • Sushi Azabu (There actually aren’t any nuts on the menu, but I’m told there are nuts stored in the kitchen. They aren’t currently used in anything, nor have they been for a while, but you’d be wise to double-check on that, because I’m sure it’s subject to change.)
  • Sushi at M2M (I assume they use nuts somewhere…)
  • Sushi at Whole Foods (there are nuts all over Whole Foods)
  • Sushi Yasuda (desserts, I’d assume)
  • Umami Burger (a salad—but cooks and servers are trained to prevent cross-contamination)
  • Various prepared foods at Trader Joe’s (lots of nuts at TJ’s, but they’re good with labeling)
  • Vanessa’s Dumpling House (a smoothie)
  • Wendy’s (salads)
  • White Castle (a packaged oatmeal topping—and some desserts have a “may contain” warning)
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