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Community of Diners Vote for Favorite Allergy-Friendly Restaurant

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AllergyEats, an online guide to allergy-friendly restaurants, has released a report revealing the most accommodating restaurants for food-allergic diners based on feedback from their community of diners.

AllergyEats is a comprehensive, user-friendly guide with a database of over 575,000 allergy-friendly restaurants from across the United States. Using a smartphone app or website, diners rate restaurants based on how willing they are to accommodate the needs of the food-allergic person. AllergyEats was voted Best Food Allergy App by the readers of About.com in 2012. Healthline has also awarded the site as one of the best health apps of last year.

"We're pleased to announce the most highly rated and recommended allergy-friendly restaurant chains in America,” said Founder and CEO Paul Antico, a father himself to three food allergic children (and two who do not have allergies). “These chains have demonstrated their willingness and ability to accommodate guests' food allergies and prepare meals in accordance with diners' special dietary restrictions."

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Restaurant chains were grouped into three categories – Large (over 200 units), Medium (50 – 200 units, and Small (under 50 units). Feedback from users was collected through January 2013 and given an overall rating for food-allergy “friendliness”. Note – the ratings are not based on any other factor, such as ambiance or food quality.

The top five large allergy-friendly restaurants were Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (4.47 rating out of 5), PF Chang’s China Bistro (4.45), Chipotle Mexican Grill (4.38), Outback Steakhouse (4.34), and Longhorn Steakhouse (4.30). The top five among the Medium-sized chains were Bonefish Grill (4.50), Ninety-Nine Restaurant (4.22), Zpizza (4.22), Uno Chicago Grill (4.22), and Bertucci’s Brick Oven Restaurant (4.13).

Small restaurants were among the most highly rated for allergy friendliness. At the top were Burton’s Grill (4.88), Maggiano’s Little Italy (4.76), Not Your Average Joe’s (4.73), Legal Sea Foods (4.65), and Papa Razzi (4.64).

In addition to ratings for food-allergy friendliness, AllergyEats also links to the restaurant website and to their current menu (if available) which often lists allergens, including gluten. While the ratings above list the average score across all restaurant chain units, a diner can view ratings for their local site as well.

Diners can also read tips and following links to allergy resources such as the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.