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Celebrating National Allergy Awareness Month With Red Robin's Interactive Allergen Menu

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Red Robin.  I did receive a gift card to facilitate this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.




Did you know that May is National Allergy Awareness Month?  It's no secret that when it comes to allergies, my family has its share and then some.  The allergy type that affects us the most would be the kids' food allergies.  It's really changed our lifestyle, especially when it comes to eating out.  Not many restaurants cater to patrons with food allergies, less more offer menus that help us customize our meals to meet our dietary needs.  That's why I was delighted when Red Robin asked if we wanted to celebrate National Allergy Awareness Month by trying out their new Interactive Allergen Menu at one of their restaurants.


While Red Robin has been allowing diners to customize their meals for years, the Customizer Hub allows guest take customizing their meals to the next level.  You have the option to "Customize Your Nutrition" or "Build a Customized Allergen Menu."  What I loved about building a customized allergen menu for both Moo and JJ was how easy it was to do.


After you click on the "Get Started" button, you can just check off all of the allergens that you need to avoid.


Then, the Interactive Allergen Menu, will bring up your new menu options by category.  You can click on each category to see what is available.


You might see that once you click on categories that there are even more options available to customize your meals, like switching out the sesame seed bun for a lettuce or gluten free bun.


I was surprised at all the options that were still available once we had entered in all of the kids' allergies.  So, once you've decided what you want to eat and customized your meal, your server then submits your order.  Orders with food allergies are rung in with an allergy alert that includes showing the order in bold, bright red letters.  This notifies the kitchen staff to that a food allergy is present and that they will need to use an allergen kit to prepare that order.

The Red Robin allergen kits include all of the tools that will be needed to prepare your meal.  The tools are purple so that the kitchen staff will be able to distinguish them from the regular kitchen tools and also because purple is to color associated with Allergen Awareness.  In addition to being able to customize your meals, starting May 12th, Red Robin will be offering Omission Pale Ale, a gluten-free beer, for beer drinkers (21 & over of course)!  Brewed with malted barley, Omission Pale Ale is specially crafted to remove gluten.  

Honor, integrity, continually seeking knowledge and having fun are the four core values on which Red Robin was founded and our server that definitely embodied those for us during our visit.  I loved that she was very knowledgeable on the differences between an actual food allergy and an food intolerance because there is a difference. Being lactose intolerant is not the same as having a dairy allergy and that is very important to know because it could mean the difference between just an upset stomach and a trip to the hospital or worse.

It's no surprise that they have been the Gourmet Burger Authority their first restaurant opened in Seattle, Washington in 1969 or that they have 500 restaurants all over the US and Canada.  In my personal opinion, Red Robin is definitely setting the standards for changing the dynamics of the family dining out experience.  I feel so much more at ease when we eat at Red Robin because they have gone above and beyond to help me choose the best meal options for Moo and JJ.

 It's definitely one of the only three sit down restaurants that we frequent and I highly recommend Red Robin above the other two or any restaurant for families with food allergy issues.  The service great, the staff is knowledgeable and there are variety of options to choose from.  So, visit the official Red Robin website to find a Red Robin near you and give them and the new Interactive Allergen Menu a try if haven't already.   Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date on all news, exclusives and discounts.

Lastly, Red Robin was also nice enough to offer me the opportunity to give one of you a $25 gift card!  Use the Rafflecopter app below to enter before 5/27 at 11:59PM.  Good luck!
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47 comments

  1. I don't have any food allergies but this is a great way to drum up new business. I know that most families who have allergens avoid restaurants all together because of allergens.

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    1. Yes, we went a year without eating out when we found out our daughter had food allergies. It just felt like too much of a risk and there weren't that many options available. It's amazing all the new things that have come out since though to make eating out safer.

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  2. We don't have food allergies but I like that Red Robin is doing this to help others who face this issue.

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    1. I definitely appreciate them going this extra mile and realizing that some of their customers have food allergies. This makes it better than trying to guess and customize your menu yourself because even things like french fries can have wheat and other allergens in them.

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  3. WOW that is incredible that they offer this service. In the U.S. I think there are more people with allergies and food related allergens than in any other country in the world. Who know why that is? At least one restaurant is finding a way to help protect customers from eating something that may give them an adverse reaction.

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    1. I did read somewhere that we lead in terms of citizens with food allergies. Honestly, I would think it has to do a little with how food is made. We don't eat a lot of processed food unless we have to. I'm looking forward to trying my hand at growing some small fruits and veggies, but having Red Robin do this helps as in the meanwhile until we get food allergies under control here.

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  4. My brother has a gluten allergy, so when we out with him, we make sure there are options available for him to choose from.

    Entered the rafflecopter form as "Wild Orchid"

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    1. Well, he will definitely enjoy this new feature from Red Robin! Thanks for entering.

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  5. We don't have food allergies but I think this is a helpful tool for people with allergies so they can continue to eat out.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  6. The only food allergy in my home is my grandson is allergic to broccoli. But my sister Loves Red Robin and has to eat a gluten free diet so now we can dine at Red Robin together now.

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    1. Poor kid! Broccoli is one of my favorite veggies. Glad you all have a place where you can dine together as a family now!

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  7. Thankfully we do not have any food allergies but I do work at an allergy office actually. I am happy that there are more choices for those with allergies.

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    1. How awesome is is that you work at an allergy office? I'm sure you must know more than the average person about allergies then. I'm glad that more options are starting to become available!

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  8. I'm not allergic to any foods that I'm aware of but my dad is. He usually just orders something else.

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    1. Well, now your dad will have a great tool to use to help him customize his meal if you guys eat at Red Robin!

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  9. We don't have food allergies, but we would love to try the new menu

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    1. Red Robin has an interactive menu that helps with customizing meals for in terms of overall nutrition as well. You might have fun trying that one out too.

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  10. my husband has a LOT of food allergies so it stops us a lot!

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    1. I am sorry to hear that. Hopefully, using this feature from Red Robin will help you guys be able to eat out more when you want to.

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  11. My family does not have any food allergies.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  12. I have a newly diagnosed dairy allergy. I've avoided eating out ever since I was put on a dairy free diet just because I wasn't sure about dairy being in the food if I wasn't the one preparing it. Red Robin definitely takes the worry out of eating out for me with this new awareness to allergies. Thanks for writing about this!

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    1. You're welcome! Dairy allergies are the worst next to gluten because it's pretty much in everything.

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  13. We don't have food allergies

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  14. My grandson is allergic to peanuts, so we are always on alert for hidden dangers in restaurants. We appreciate when restaurants like Red Robin make it easy to order for him.

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    1. Those peanut allergies can be very dangerous. It's very important that there are no surprises or hidden ingredients when it comes to those.

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  15. My mother has food allergies (nut and fish) so it would be helpful to allow her to identify which foods might cause a problem when we take her out to eat

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  16. We don't have food allergies but I do have a family member who does and I really appreciate it

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  17. I was diagnosed with Celiac disease about 7 years ago now, and have not been out to eat...other than take out at a few places that offer gluten free options. I am so excited to hear about Red Robins gluten free menu! This would be so wonderful to have a nice place to go out to eat and sit down with the family....and everyone can enjoy!

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  18. Thankfully, we are not affected by food allergies, but I think it's great that a large chain is taking notice of what has become nothing short of an epidemic. It's wonderful that families with allergies can dine out without fear.

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  19. My husband is allergic to shellfish. The new allergen menu would help lots of people!

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  20. The only food allergy we have is peanuts and I make sure not to order anything with nuts like certain desserts.
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. We don't have food allergies either, but it is nice to see that this restaurant is making an effort to make dining out more pleasurable for those who do have various food allergies!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  22. Happily nobody in my family has food allergies, but we do enjoy Red Robin, so it's good to know just in case!

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  23. We don't have food allergies. But with as common as they are nowadays, that is great that Red Robin caters to them as well.

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  24. no one really has any allergic

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  25. We have food allergies in our family, but it doesn't really affect us with dining out. My son is allergic to tree nuts and most things he can have, except some desserts that have nuts on them. I am sure that an allergen menu would help many people

    Maureen
    maureen.tenney@gmail.com

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  26. Our family does not have any food allergies but we have friends and relative that do. Now with the the Red Robin Interactive Allergen Menu we can all enjoy a nice meal without any worries.
    Leidy R rafflecopter form

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  27. No food allergies but my twins are off gluten in an effort to combat their vitiligo. It's been so hard eating out since gluten is in everything! I didn't know Red Robin had GF buns, I am very excited about it!!!

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  28. I love Red Robin! I think it is great that they are jumping on board and making products that will appeal to different people. As a mother with a child that has gluten allergies, this is a blessing! It is really hard to order.

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  29. I have a child that suffers from gluten allergies. It is hard to find items to order for him. I am thankful that Red Robin offers this for it's patrons.

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  30. No food allergies that I know of, but I think this tool is very useful to families that do!

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  31. I have diabetes so I have to be careful when we eat out!

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  32. How have food allergies affected your family’s abilities to dine out together? no



    How the Red Robin Interactive Allergen Menu will help you to enjoy eating out together again? n/a

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