Not only do the ratings provide a first filter, but the comments can provide more color (and possibly could’ve warned her about the peanuts everywhere), as can the menus, allergen-lists, website links, and other valuable information. Keep ’em coming! Most fast food restaurants cook in soybean oil (and they say that’s not supposed to affect people with soy allergies, but I must be special lol, and not in the good way), or they fry their stuff with other stuff that has dairy or soy in it anyway. There are 40 other names for it including citric acid and barley malt. As I have a son who is highly allergic to peanuts, I am glad to know this before we ever ventured into that place. It is called sacrifice. My husband explained that at that point he immediately popped an antihistamine and waited in line. They offered me a lettuce wrap instead of a bun for my burger. So am I. I had no idea there were so many people without common sense. I personally think that something with such a huge reliance on what is one of the top life threatening food allergens out there should have better signage, and be very clear that this is not the right place for people with peanut allergies to come. I truly think they are overkilling their idea that they fry items in peanut oil. ( Log Out / And let’s not forget that so many, many people have non-Big 8 allergies. Seriously? So cry me a river! For some reason, their allergen chart doesn’t have a column for tree nuts, so I sent an email and received the following reply: The only nut allergen at our stores would be due to the presence of peanuts. “It was a death trap,” my husband replied, in all seriousness. And yes, there are peanuts everywhere. I’d *love* to be able to eat out more often than I can, but for now, I make do and make most of my food. Five guys was ok, but so not worth the hype. I had no idea that a burger restaurant would use peanut oil. My husband thinks I’m trying to kill him… but I swear that I’m not. It’s way better than Big Daddy’s. I think they are being irresponsible. In addition to being able to find and rate restaurants from Boston to San Diego, Seattle to Miami, and anywhere in between (plus Hawaii and Alaska! Peanuts are not the only allergen, and as a mom with a daughter with multiple anaphylactic allergens, I sometimes get frustrated at the anti-peanut push. This is the most important takeaway. At AllergyEats, users can find and rate restaurants in any city based on the restaurant’s ability to accommodate diners with food allergies, including dairy, peanut, tree nut, fish, seafood, soy, sesame, wheat and egg allergies, as well as those with Celiac Disease, gluten sensitivity, and other dietary conditions. I was just saying the the uproar over peanuts is frustrating to those of us who are dealing with more than peanut allergies. Change ). Dm – @ Katie. We haven’t tested that theory yet at home. It doesn’t sound like the author is blameing Five Guys for anything but it does sound like she is irritated. AllergyEats – GREAT feedback everyone! Since Five Guys are making a boatload of cash, they really dont care about any of us. It’s not the mounds of peanuts everywhere, its the oil that the food is cooked in. I appreciate learning more about things, both about what can affect my kids as well as neighboring kids. How can you talk badly about a restaurant or suggest what they should and shouldn’t do because YOU did not take your health seriously enough to research and ask questions??? The boys loved it. I had never been in a Five Guys Burgers before, but had heard good things. I understand the frustration, trust me, but expecting places to cater to us is ridiculous. I am a mom to peanut/tree nut allergic child and before I go to any new restaurant I always inquire what their policy is towards food allergies. I don’t begrudge restaurants for serving what they want. I can’t imagine why a restaurant would feature peanuts when there are so many folks today who are allergic, but I guess they are successful enough without that particular consumer segment. I’d be just as happy if they used vegetable oil, rather than peanut oil, and skipped the whole peanuts thing to accommodate even more people, but, just wanted to chime in that milk and eggs are often overlooked when it comes to the allergy world, and, for some of us, Five Guys has actually been a great experience. In fact, of individuals with food allergies, my informal study of AllergyEats members shows that their are 23 allergies which more than 2% of our population have!!! He ultimately is the one that keeps our kids safe. Peanuts, Burgers, and Fries are Five Guys. I did not see the signs on the outside of the restaurant stating “they use peanut oil” before entering. They remade my burger but don’t feel safe enough to go back except maybe a slow time which I’ve never seen. Please don’t take it that I was saying that either. It’s right there on the menu in big letters.”. (Though to Five Guys’ credit, they do give you a pretty hefty portion. “Five Guys posts a peanut warning on their door which you can clearly see before you enter the restaurant. And lastly, the phone number is also included on every listing, so she could have called in advance with the key questions we all have to ask before dining at a new restaurant. This is the one resturant I can go to and actually enjoy a REAL french fry. Sarah – Trust me, you aren’t missing anything! We by no means want to exclude guests from our store, but at the same time we would not want to disappoint our peanut eating guests. could still be an issue (especially for those who are really sensitive) because the shell isn’t exactly impermeable—and you’d be touching possibly-contaminated shells repeatedly as you eat the peanuts, anyway. There are so many of them, it’s not realistic. The above comment said it best. A: Although it is rare that a casual encounter with peanuts will cause an allergic reaction, we want to limit the risk of someone unknowingly coming into contact with peanuts.