Rose’s on Reed’s Lake is not for the diner with food allergies, especially those allergic to peanuts. This is important to note since a quick scan of the menu may not indicate the real choices or lack thereof for those allergic to the top 8 allergens. We found the waitstaff to be uninformed about food allergies, but willing to ask questions of the chef and management to accommodate us.
- All bread is made off-site and comes in contact with peanuts or peanut oil.
- Caramel corn is served at the end of the meal and presented with the check. It is made with peanut oil off-site,
- Root chips are a common side for sandwiches and are fried in soybean oil.
- Menu contains gluten-free options (even gluten-free crust is available for the pizzas)
- Kids menu contains peanut butter and jelly, fish, and other mainstream kids menu options.
With our allergies of egg, peanuts, and fish, we did find one item on the kids menu to eat with a simple modification. However, it was a bit of a confusing road to get to this choice. We were told the Organic Chicken Strips were free of nuts and egg and would be fine to choose with our allergies. Upon looking closer at the item description, we found that the strips came either breaded or grilled and were served with a honey mustard sauce. In our experience, breaded items and honey mustard sauces almost always contain egg. When questioning the waitress about it, she seemed a bit unsure but stuck to her statement that she did check this menu item and was told it was free of egg. Needless to say, we passed on the chicken strips. We ordered the kids hot dog, without a bun, and a side of sliced carrots and cucumbers. The kids meals were underwhelming, which we made up for by sharing our root chips which are delicious.
Rose’s delivers tasty food and continues to be a popular spot for Grand Rapids locals. It’s cozy atmosphere and beautiful view of Reed’s lake make it an enticing spot to relax and dine. We were happy to see that this restaurant is reaching out to the gluten-free community by offering 10 gluten-free options on it’s menu and gluten-free crusts for it’s pizzas. We would love for this restaurant to now open it’s menu to accommodate some of the other common food allergies. The availability of peanut free bread would be a good start. Despite the great food, this restaurant has a long way to go in educating it’s staff on food allergies and offering alternative choices for those allergic. * 2 stars *
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