Top 10 Most Allergy-Friendly States for Dining Out

The comprehensive, inaugural list also reveals those states that ranked worst 

BOSTON –AllergyEats is pleased to announce its inaugural list of the Best States for Allergy-Friendly Dining. Like AllergyEats’ highly-regarded annual release of the Top 10 Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains in America, this new list is derived from the restaurant reviews of food-allergic diners across the U.S. on the AllergyEats app and website.

The 10 Most Allergy-Friendly States (plus D.C.) for Dining Out with Food Allergies:

  1. Delaware
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Maine
  4. Massachusetts
  5. New York
  6. Vermont
  7. Florida
  8. Rhode Island
  9. South Carolina
  10. New Hampshire

 

The 5 Least Allergy-Friendly States for Dining Out with Food Allergies:

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Kansas
  3. West Virginia
  4. Utah
  5. Texas

These rankings are based on the compilation and averaging of all AllergyEats restaurant reviews into state-specific allergy-friendliness dining out scores. The scoring is based on a 5-point scale, with the best ranked state earning a score of 4.30 versus the worst at 3.46.

“While each state certainly has its share of allergy-friendly restaurants, as well as those that are not so friendly, there is a stark difference in the general level of accommodations by restaurants in the best versus the worst states on this list,” Paul Antico, Founder and CEO of AllergyEats said. “The results also paint a fascinating picture about food allergy-friendliness across the various regions of our country, particularly between the Northeast versus the Western U.S.”

Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Rankings by Region (Continental U.S. Only):

  1. New England
  2. Mid-Atlantic
  3. South
  4. Midwest
  5. West
  6. Southwest

“The difference between the average food-allergic diner rating of restaurants in New England and the Mid-Atlantic versus the Southwest and West is quite significant,” Antico said.  “While one can only speculate as to the cause of this difference, there definitely appears to be a greater focus on advocacy, restaurant training, and food allergy restaurant laws in the Eastern U.S.  We are hopeful that this list can provide an impetus for greater efforts in those regions currently lagging, continuing a trend of improving allergy-friendliness by restaurants across the country.”

About AllergyEats

AllergyEats is a crowdsourced restaurant guide for the food allergy community, available as a free app on both iTunes and Google Play, as well as on www.allergyeats.com. Food-allergic diners can search for allergy-friendly restaurants in the U.S. based on desired location and are encouraged to offer their own ratings and reviews of any restaurant in America where they’ve dined.  AllergyEats lists more than 850,000 restaurants nationwide and also offers user comments, web links, menus, directions and more. The app and website, along with AllergyEats’ award-winning blog, annual “Top Ten” listings, and related social media forums, help families with food allergies reduce the guesswork and the anxiety surrounding dining out with food allergies whether they are near home or traveling.

 

 

Comments

    Author:
    Kristen
    Written:


    We travel to Delaware for sports and they have been TERRIBLE for food allergies. We always bring our own food. Please let us know what area is good! Thanks

      Author:
      Paul Antico
      Written:


      Hi Kristen –
      From our data, the coastal destinations seem to be great, as well as much of the rest of the state, including Wilmington. If I had to find a weak area, I would go with Newark.

    Author:
    Alex
    Written:


    Hi
    I was wondering how did New Jersey Rank

      Author:
      Paul Antico
      Written:


      Hi Alex –
      New Jersey was just outside the Top 10 looking in. Very close.

    Author:
    Amanda
    Written:


    Im curious, how did Arizona rank?

      Author:
      Paul Antico
      Written:


      Pretty middle of the pack.

    Author:
    Jamie
    Written:


    Where did WA state rank?

      Author:
      Paul Antico
      Written:


      Each of the 3 west coast states were about the same – and all unfortunately below average.

    Author:
    Lyndsay
    Written:


    We travel fulltime in our RV. We’ve got 19 states so far and our best experiences have been Oregon and Washington!

      Author:
      Paul Antico
      Written:


      Clearly, those restaurants serving you well need your ratings on AllergyEats! 🙂

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