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Web Buzz: Rating restaurants on their allergy friendliness

Allergyeats.com ranks restaurants based on how accommodating it is to those with food allergies.

April 01, 2012|By Jen Leo, Special to the Los Angeles Times

Allergic to peanuts? Need a gluten-free restaurant? What about eggs, shellfish or dairy? No problem. Even at Walt Disney World.

Name: http://www.allergyeats.com

What it does: Provides a peer-reviewed directory of more than 600,000 restaurants across the U.S. Includes menus (including gluten-free), allergen lists, certifications, nutritional info and more.

What's hot: This website is built by a dad with five kids, three of whom have food allergies. Start by beginning a search in the left navigation bar, type in your allergies and a name of a restaurant, address or city. The five-star rating system is based on a restaurant's allergy friendliness (not how good the food is). Read user reviews, get a map, directions and more. Even restaurant-goers without food allergies will find this site handy for the menus alone. It is also available as an iPhone and Android app.

What's not: It would be nice if the results could be sorted by cuisine, in case you need to make a mad dash for gluten-free Mexican food. But I'm being picky. I'd also like to see more reviews, so don't just scroll the menus, rate the restaurants if you're using this guide.

—Jen Leo

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