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Fort Lauderdale, FL
Gallery One Doubletree Guest Suites
Hotel
2670 East Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33304
(954) 565-3800

1/23/09.
Bud was not with us.
Beware, complimentary hotel
chocolate chip cookies have nuts in
them.
The suite was clean by most people's
standards and had a fully equipped
efficiency kitchen.  If Bud had been
with us I would have scooted across
the street to CVS to buy some Lysol
wipes to re-clean the kitchen
surfaces (just to be sure).
Briny Irish Pub (Riverfront)
305 South Andrew Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301
(954) 376-4742

2/2/09.
Bud was not with us.  
When I first asked the manager about
food allergies, he told me that they
have not had the request to serve a
customer with food allergies in  the
two years that the pub has been
under the current management.
When I explained to him that I was
putting together a website about food
allergies and restaurants, he told me
they could probably put something
together for an individual with food
allergies.  Personally, I don't want
them experimenting with a family
member of mine until they have a
better understanding of the risks and
safety procedures.
Bonefish Grill
6282 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(954) 492-3266

1/24/09
Bud was not with us.
This place had a line out the door
with a 90 minute wait.  Before dinner,
I spoke to Tammy, the Maitre d' and
she let me know that they do handle
orders for people with food allergies.
The food and service were very good.
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
2418 East Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33304
(954) 565-5877

A patron periodically eats in Boston, MA
location with allergies to milk, egg,
peanut and tree nuts.

1/23/09.
Bud was not with us.  
Our waitress and the manager told us
they periodically serve patrons with food
allergies and are trained to handle
special dietary needs.  They will use a
clean Wok and prepare the order in a
peanut free work area. Our waitress
suggested putting the allergy information
in writing to increase communication with
the kitchen.
It's a five minute walk from the Gallery
One Double Tree Suites where we stayed.
Morton's Steak House
500 East Broward Blvd.  @ Federal
Highway (US 1)
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301
(954) 467-9720

A patron has successfully dined at the
Washington, D.C. location with allergies
to peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, peas,
beans, soy (but soybean oil ok).
1/24/09.
We did not actually eat here.
I talked to Steve, the Maitre d', and he
claimed that they can handle food
allergies.  He explained that the food
allergies should be described when
making the reservation, and put in
writing for the server (including
cross-contamination) at time of order.
Whole Foods (grocery store)
2000 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL.
(954) 565-5655

1/25/09.
This was approximately 2.5 miles from the
Gallery One Doubletree Guest Suites
Hotel where we stayed.  This is a full size
organic grocery.
Note to Bud:  You might be able to eat
the Whole Foods organic pita bread, and
the Rudi's organic white bread.
Damon's Grill
4660 N. Ocean Dr.
Lauderdale by -the- Sea, FL  33308
(954) 489-7544

1/24/09.
Bud was not with us.
I was greatly disappointed to learn
that this is probably NOT a safe place
for Bud.  The interactive menu on
their website is very slick and looks
like they have a good understanding
of food allergies, but our experience
told us otherwise.  According to our
waitress, the chef was not there, the
line cook did not want to come out
and speak with us, and the manager
was too busy to come over to our
table, although there were only 4
other parties in the restaurant at the
time.  Allegedly, the line cook didn't
know anything about food allergies,
so the waitress suggested we go to
their website and contact the
corporate office.  She told us she
just wanted to do her job and go
home at the end of her shift.  We did
not get the food allergy warm and
fuzzies from this place!  And I will
contact the corporate office, but
they probably won't be happy to
learn what I have to tell them.
Riverside Hotel
620 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301

1/23/09.
Bud was not with us.
I seriously considered staying here
because it looked like the rooms had
mini refrigerators and it was centrally
located.  I picked the Doubletree
because it was less money and close to
P.F. Chang's China Bistro. Riverside
does seem closer to the business
district than the Doubletree so it might
be a good location for business
travelers and people who like to be
where the action is.
We stopped by the Riverside while we
were in town and talked to the manager.  
She and the staff seemed pleasant.  She
could not show us a room because the
hotel was full (usually a good sign).  She
did tell us that the traditional style
rooms were in their original condition,
so I'm wondering if the "aged"
environment might be tough for allergy
noses.
She did think the hotel's two restaurants
would be able to serve people with food
allergies. The menus seemed a bit
expensive, but there are days when I'm
willing to pay extra if my son is hungry
and there aren't too many choices in site.
Chicken Kitchen
35 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301
(954) 832-9393

1/24/09.
In my opinion, not a safe place for
food allergies for us.  I could see
cross-contamination of condiments
on the chicken cutting board and I
could not communicate well
because I speak English and they
did not speak it well.

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