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Restaurants that fry/cook without vegetable oil?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 14, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Other than walking in and asking over and over, anyone know of restaurant chains that cook with fat/butter instead of poison?

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on July 31, 2011
at 05:40 PM

We went to a japanese steakhouse last night where they cook your food in front of you. I said I am allergic to soy in the veg oil (I ate Indian food a few weeks ago and had a killer headache after) and they happily cooked my food in butter for me. No big deal.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on July 31, 2011
at 04:57 PM

And at a nice restaurant as you said the kitchen will often try to accommodate your request (but at chains almost everything is pre/par cooked so don't get angry at your server if butter can't be substituted or whatever. It simply isn't possible.) there isn't really any need to lie. Sorry for novel-length comment but anyone who lies about a food allergy is doing diners with real allergies a huge disservice.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on July 31, 2011
at 02:00 PM

And at a nice restaurant as you said the kitchen will often try to accommodate your request (but at chains almost everything is pre/par cooked so don't get angry at your server if butter can't be substituted or whatever. It simply isn't possible.) there isn't really any need to lie. Sorry for novel-length comment.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on July 31, 2011
at 01:56 PM

I work in a restaurant kitchen. PLEASE don't falsely claim you have an allergy. We take it extremely seriously- cleaning any cooking equipment and surfaces that might have come into contact with the allergen, and probably the meal will be prepped off the line just to make sure it isn't cross contaminated. On a busy night especially it's disruptive and honestly, a pain- BUT we're happy to do it if the customer seriously needs it. So yeah, long story short, if you claim an allergy you don't have you're just making it harder for people with real allergies if the kitchen staff suspects anything.

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on July 31, 2011
at 10:19 AM

Why go to a chain? They all seem so problematic.

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

(2764)

on September 18, 2010
at 05:10 PM

Up until a few months ago I *hated* onions. I have *never* told anyone I was allergic to onions, though, because I know two people who are *deathly* allergic - epipen-within-minutes-or-die allergic - to onions. If a server puts an onion on my burger but remembers and takes it off before serving it I probably won't even notice but even that small contact will cause my friend's mouth to get itchy and swell up in a minute. I prefer to reserve the *allergy* defense for those who really need it.

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on September 16, 2010
at 09:11 AM

Making money America style :D

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on September 15, 2010
at 05:46 PM

I did the same thing at a College dining hall where I was doing an in residence period for my Masters degree. It made quite an impression on the cook who proceeded to make something special and paleo for me there after.

42321851a87415b340d215f629e574dc

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on September 15, 2010
at 01:40 PM

Hahaha. That is too funny.

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on September 15, 2010
at 12:18 PM

I plan on visiting Australia within the next year. I plan on moving and haven't chosen where yet, Aus and NZ have alot of appeal. Places to eat in Melbourne wouldn't hurt my feelings at all

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 14, 2010
at 10:11 PM

Well, I think the waitress had a crush on John, so she might have lied. Later she brought her friends over to our table to show them that the dude from Colbert Report was there.

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on September 14, 2010
at 09:46 PM

the last 2 times i've tried that i've gotten the "the chef only uses PAM spray" response. hopefully those are isolated incidents!

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on September 14, 2010
at 09:43 PM

wow! That is good to know if you have to eat breakfast (or any meal) while traveling.

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B2bc4804dd43ef191ed646775fea52a3

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on September 14, 2010
at 09:27 PM

no chains, but if you're ever in Portland, OR the Fish and Chip Shop on N Killingsworth cooks all it's stuff in beef tallow. OMFG! TASTY!

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on September 15, 2010
at 10:42 AM

I usually ask for my food to be cooked in butter, and sometimes even say I'm allergic to soy and that "vegetable oil" usually contains some amount of soyabean oil, so it's safest to stick to butter etc... And since I'm now hyper-aware of the smell of margarines etc (so much so I can't bare to eat in the lunch room at work when everyone is having their lunch), I know when they lie. A snotty waitress tried to sneak in some calamari fried in canola once, and I picked the smell instantly, receiving a caught-red-handed, embarrassed "Oh, um, I forgot to ask". Should have eaten it, thrown up, and started legal proceedings. Bi-yatch. ;)

I had the best luck in Thailand, where they would cook in coconut oil or butter if I asked.

I could point out a few helpful Aussie restaurants: Rockpool in Melbourne (I assume Sydney would be accommodating as well) will cook their steaks - inc. grass-fed - in butter on request. I've had good luck in all the non-Asian restaurants in Southbank & Crown, actually. I can list more upon request, if there are any Melbournites following PH... I won't hold my breath, though. :)

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(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 12:18 PM

I plan on visiting Australia within the next year. I plan on moving and haven't chosen where yet, Aus and NZ have alot of appeal. Places to eat in Melbourne wouldn't hurt my feelings at all

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on September 16, 2010
at 09:11 AM

Making money America style :D

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on July 31, 2011
at 05:40 PM

We went to a japanese steakhouse last night where they cook your food in front of you. I said I am allergic to soy in the veg oil (I ate Indian food a few weeks ago and had a killer headache after) and they happily cooked my food in butter for me. No big deal.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 14, 2010
at 09:33 PM

When John Durant and I were at Cracker Barrel we asked for our eggs to be cooked in butter. The waitress said OK and it tasted like they were.

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

(4111)

on September 14, 2010
at 09:43 PM

wow! That is good to know if you have to eat breakfast (or any meal) while traveling.

42321851a87415b340d215f629e574dc

(668)

on September 15, 2010
at 01:40 PM

Hahaha. That is too funny.

0034e877123279fd4e16347f9829e514

on September 15, 2010
at 05:46 PM

I did the same thing at a College dining hall where I was doing an in residence period for my Masters degree. It made quite an impression on the cook who proceeded to make something special and paleo for me there after.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 14, 2010
at 10:11 PM

Well, I think the waitress had a crush on John, so she might have lied. Later she brought her friends over to our table to show them that the dude from Colbert Report was there.

0ff848383c9a87f3d0308cf5b28fa846

on September 14, 2010
at 09:46 PM

the last 2 times i've tried that i've gotten the "the chef only uses PAM spray" response. hopefully those are isolated incidents!

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 31, 2011
at 08:55 AM

If you find yourself in Seattle, Zippy's Burgers uses duck fat for their french fries. Yum!

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42321851a87415b340d215f629e574dc

on September 15, 2010
at 01:41 PM

In my experience most nicer restaurants will take request like this seriously as they are serious about their food. Generally, at chain restaurants, grilled it better. Complaining about food allergies helps as well ;)

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

(2764)

on September 18, 2010
at 05:10 PM

Up until a few months ago I *hated* onions. I have *never* told anyone I was allergic to onions, though, because I know two people who are *deathly* allergic - epipen-within-minutes-or-die allergic - to onions. If a server puts an onion on my burger but remembers and takes it off before serving it I probably won't even notice but even that small contact will cause my friend's mouth to get itchy and swell up in a minute. I prefer to reserve the *allergy* defense for those who really need it.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on July 31, 2011
at 04:57 PM

And at a nice restaurant as you said the kitchen will often try to accommodate your request (but at chains almost everything is pre/par cooked so don't get angry at your server if butter can't be substituted or whatever. It simply isn't possible.) there isn't really any need to lie. Sorry for novel-length comment but anyone who lies about a food allergy is doing diners with real allergies a huge disservice.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on July 31, 2011
at 02:00 PM

And at a nice restaurant as you said the kitchen will often try to accommodate your request (but at chains almost everything is pre/par cooked so don't get angry at your server if butter can't be substituted or whatever. It simply isn't possible.) there isn't really any need to lie. Sorry for novel-length comment.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on July 31, 2011
at 01:56 PM

I work in a restaurant kitchen. PLEASE don't falsely claim you have an allergy. We take it extremely seriously- cleaning any cooking equipment and surfaces that might have come into contact with the allergen, and probably the meal will be prepped off the line just to make sure it isn't cross contaminated. On a busy night especially it's disruptive and honestly, a pain- BUT we're happy to do it if the customer seriously needs it. So yeah, long story short, if you claim an allergy you don't have you're just making it harder for people with real allergies if the kitchen staff suspects anything.

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