The Ultimate Guide to Dining Out With Food Allergies in Jacksonville

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One of the greatest adjustments from couple-hood to parenthood hands down has to be dining out. When two becomes three (and more), logistics and timing become even trickier than just picking up and heading out the door for a “quick meal.” Throw in some food allergies, and now we’ve really got a party here!

Long gone are the days of just ordering whatever you want off the menu without any second thought. Cue the endless grilling questions aimed at the server, the restaurant manager, the kitchen manager, and well, heck, the whole establishment if it means keeping your child safe from the food on the plate. Dining out with food allergies doesn’t need to be stressful, but it is especially important to be prepared (with an extra meal in a cooler just in case) and know before you go.

*Disclaimer: As a food allergy parent, you have the final say on whether or not you feel heard and accommodated for your child to dine safely at a restaurant. Over-explaining and checking ingredients will never be something you regret when it comes to the safety of your child. Our family has not personally dined at all of the locations on this list. These are suggestions crowdsourced from other local food allergy families.

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Florida Juice & Bowl

Locally Owned Restaurants 

CAPTAIN CONE’S ICE CREAM

Where: St. Augustine | Cuisine: desserts, sweets & treats | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: egg, dairy, peanuts, and wheat

CASA MARIA

Where: Durbin Crossing | Cuisine: Mexican | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: wheat, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish

EPIK BURGER

Where: Atlantic Blvd. | Cuisine: burgers, fries & shakes | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish

European Street Cafe
EUROPEAN STREET CAFE

Where: Jax Beach, San Marco, Riverside | Cuisine: | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, dairy, egg, garlic.

FLORIDA JUICE & BOWL

Where: Jax Beach, San Marco | Cuisine: açaí bowls, poke bowls | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: wheat, dairy, egg, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish

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Floating Sea Cafe
FLOATING SEA CAFE

Where: Baymeadows | Cuisine: clean eats, vegan option, catering, private events | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: wheat, dairy, egg, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, corn

JADENKAWAII BETTER TR(EATS), LLC

Where: Downtown | Cuisine: sweets and treats | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: This is a brand new local allergy mama owned business and is aimed at fully accommodating those within the allergy community with orders available for pickup or delivery.

Kairos
KAIROS 

Where: Beach Blvd. | Cuisine: healthy food, juices, smoothies, coffee | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: wheat, dairy, egg, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish

KATHY’S TABLE 

Where: Riverside, Jax Beach, Southside | Cuisine: healthy food | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: wheat, dairy, egg, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish

KAZU JAPANESE RESTAURANT

Where: San Jose | Cuisine: Japanese | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: wheat, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish

Mayday Ice Cream
MAYDAY ICE CREAM 

Where: 9 locations in Florida  | Cuisine: ice cream | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: dairy, wheat, egg, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts 

MOJO HOLDINGS, LLC

Where: Mojo Bar-B-Que (University), Mojo No.4 (Avondale), Mojo BBQ Old City (St. Augustine), Mojo Kitchen (Jax Beach), Mojo Smokehouse (Fleming Island) | Cuisine: American BBQ | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: egg, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, kiwi

MOON DOG PIE HOUSE

Where: San Jose | Cuisine: pizza and Italian | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, eggs, dairy

North Beach Fish Camp
NORTH BEACH FISH CAMP

Where: Neptune Beach, St. Augustine, Palm Valley, Julington Creek | Cuisine: seafood | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: peanuts, tree nuts, wheat

SALENTO STEAKHOUSE

Where: Mandarin | Cuisine: Colombian steakhouse | Families have safely dined here with these allergies:, wheat, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish

SOUTHERN GROUNDS 

Where: Neptune Beach, San Marco, Avondale, JAX Airport | Cuisine: coffee bar, American cafe | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: dairy, wheat, egg, peanuts, tree nuts

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Southern Roots Filling Station
SOUTHERN ROOTS FILLING STATION

Where: Riverside | Cuisine: coffee bar and vegan cafe | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: egg, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, wheat

SWEET THEORY BAKING CO.

Where: Riverside | Cuisine: bakery treats | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: egg, dairy, tree nuts, soy, peanuts, fish, shellfish, wheat

TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA

Where: Jax Beach | Cuisine: bakery treats | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: wheat, egg, sesame, tree nuts

TEQUILA’S TOWN

Where:  Harbour Village | Cuisine: Mexican | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: wheat, tree nuts, peanuts

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Maggiano’s Little Italy

Chain Restaurants

BLAZE PIZZA 

Where: St. Johns Town Center, River City | Cuisine: pizza | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: tree nuts, dairy, egg, garlic, peanuts

CHILI’S

Where: Regency, Baymeadows, River City Marketplace, Orange Park, Mandarin, Atlantic Beach, Oakleaf, Bartram Crossing, Fleming Island, Jax Beach, Yulee | Cuisine: American, Mexican | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: tree nuts, peanuts, dairy, egg, garlic, and sesame

CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL

Where: 10 Locations | Cuisine: Mexican – burritos, burrito bowls and salads | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: egg, cashew, pistachio, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, kiwi

Chuy’s
CHUY’S

Where: St. Johns Town Center | Cuisine: Tex-Mex | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: peanuts and tree nuts

CULVER’S

Where: Monument, Gate Parkway, Orange Park, Middleburg, St. Johns, Yulee | Cuisine: burgers & custards | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish

FIVE STAR PIZZA

Where: Orange Park, Mandarin, UNF Town Center, Avondale/Murray Hill, St. Augustine | Cuisine: pizza | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, kiwi

JEREMIAH’S ITALIAN ICE

Where: Mandarin, Orange Park, Jax Beach, Fleming Island, Durbin Park, St. Augustine (Coming Soon!) | Cuisine: frozen treats | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, fish, shellfish, wheat

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE

Where: 10 Locations | Cuisine: American steakhouse | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: peanuts and tree nuts

The Loop
THE LOOP

Where: Avondale, Amelia Island, Deerwood, St. Johns Town Center, San Marco, Orange Park, San Pablo, Mandarin, Fleming Island, Julington Creek, Nocatee | Cuisine: burgers, pizza, salads, hand-spun shakes | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish

MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY

Where: St. Johns Town Center | Cuisine: Italian | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: dairy, egg, garlic, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, shellfish

Mellow Mushroom
MELLOW MUSHROOM

Where: Avondale, Town Center, River City, Jax Beach, Fleming Island, Durbin Park | Cuisine: stone-baked pizza | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts 

MOD PIZZA

Where: Bartram Village | Cuisine: individual artisan-style pizzas and salads | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, sesame, fish, shellfish

OLIVE GARDEN

Where: Regency, River City Marketplace, Orange Park, Avenues Mall | Cuisine: Italian | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, wheat, dairy, shellfish

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE

Where: San Jose, Northside, Orange Park, Baymeadows, Queens Harbor, Jax Beach | Cuisine: | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, pea protein, shellfish – Gluten Free/Nut Free/Egg Free grill lines available

Pelican’s Snoballs
PELICAN’S SNOBALLS

Where: Jax Beach, Green Cove Springs | Cuisine: frozen treats | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: egg, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, wheat

RED ROBIN

Where: St. Johns Town Center | Cuisine: American | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: dairy, egg, garlic, peanuts, wheat, tree nuts, shellfish

Sugarfire Smokehouse
SUGARFIRE SMOKEHOUSE

Where: West Beaches | Cuisine: BBQ | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: egg, dairy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts

SWEET FROG

Where: University, St. Johns Town Center, Fleming Island | Cuisine: frozen yogurt | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish

TED’S MONTANA GRILL

Where: St. Johns Town CenterOrange Park | Cuisine: American | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: wheat, peanuts, tree nuts

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN

Where: St. Johns Town Center | Cuisine: seasonal restaurant & scratch bar | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: egg, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, wheat

YOUR PIE

Where: Fleming Island, Durbin, St. Augustine | Cuisine: | Families have safely dined here with these allergies: dairy, egg, garlic, peanuts, tree nuts

What food allergy-friendly restaurants have you successfully visited? 

Born and raised in the Aloha state and a traveling gypsy at heart, Chantel left the nest fresh out of high school and headed off for college in sunny Southern California. Almost a decade later she met and fell madly in love with her hubby who whisked her off to the great Midwest. After five brutal winters in Nebraska, Chantel realized that home will always be where the ocean is (and the snow isn’t), so off to Jacksonville they went, where this Hawaiian girl now spends her days as a stay-at-home wrangler to her two baby bears. Prior to becoming a household CEO, she joyfully spent her time as the Program Assistant Director of a preschool. Digging deep into wellness and health is her jam alongside spontaneous dance parties with her kiddos are what sing to her soul. Chantel is wildly passionate about advocating for her son, who lives with multiple severe food allergies. You can find her out and about on a daily basis as she is a self-proclaimed busy body and loves hitting up the beach or exploring new spots in town while homeschooling her kiddos. If you ever see this fast-paced mama on the go, be sure to say hi because she is always up for meeting new people and making new friends!

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