Eating out is a staple activity on any vacation, when celebrating, or when you just can’t be bothered to deep dive through Pinterest to find a new recipe. Unfortunately, food allergies are on the rise. According to Food Allergy Research & Education, “researchers estimate that 32 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.6 million children under age 18. That’s one in thirteen children or roughly two in every classroom.” Our little guy falls into that category so we are always on the hunt for allergy-friendly food options.
St. Augustine is famous for providing locals and visitors, alike, with some of the best dining-out experiences in the United States! There are farm to table joints, food trucks, donut spots, and a thriving popsicle “scene.” Hopefully, this guide will alleviate some of the stress of eating out in St. Augustine with food allergies!
Fiction Donuts (904.679.3081)
1835 US HIGHWAY 1 SOUTH, #139, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Fiction Donuts has a super fun atmosphere that is sure to please everyone. If you love reading, you will have a special affinity for this joint!
Ice Plant (904.829.6553)
110 Riberia St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
The Ice Plant has a unique atmosphere that pays homage to the 1927 building it is in. Patricia McElmore, of the Ice Plant, says, “I can say, with confidence, that because we make everything from scratch here, including our ketchup and aioli, all sauces and some bread, that we are very familiar with our ingredients and can work around food allergies.”
Although “chain restaurants” often get left in the dust, most chains are required to provide nutritional and allergen information to their guests. Don’t forget to consider chain restaurants when dining out. Here are some popular and allergy-friendly restaurants!
Eating out with food allergies is possible. It takes more preparation, but don’t fret! Most restaurants are willing to help accommodate your dietary needs.