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TooJay’s Gourmet Deli…Mmm…. December 20, 2011

Searching for comfort food, we found ourselves at Toojays in Palm Beach last night.  And, when you’re in the mood for corned beef, there’s really no better place to go.


But again, food allergy-friendly?  Here’s what we learned:

  • Toojays keeps a list of vegetarian, nut-free and gluten-free foods.  While not overly helpful for our particular set allergies (since we also deal with sesame seeds, dairy and eggs), this could prove very handy to anyone solely allergic to pork, beef, peanuts, tree nuts and/or wheat.
  • When I asked whether the challah bread contained sesame seeds, the waitress immediately checked with the manager.  The answer: no (phew! My son was so looking forward to challah).  But the manager asked whether rye or wheat bread would be safe for my son to eat.  Perplexed, I answered that as long as it didn’t contain his allergens, we’d be fine.  The reason:  they slice the challah on the same slicer as the other two breads and he wanted to ensure there’d be no issue with cross-contamination.  I love people who think a few steps ahead!
  • Next, my son wanted meatloaf.  As you already know, finding breadcrumbs without sesame seeds is particularly difficult and I have a hard time trusting commercial brands for that reason.  But the waitress was more than happy to call the manager again to find out whether that might be safe.  Seemed like it might –but “might” doesn’t work for us – so we ordered a super-delicious hot dog.
  • The waitress was very flexible with the kids.  Hamburger and hot dog buns can be a tricky issue with my son’s allergens as well, so she was quick to offer to serve the hot dog on much beloved challah bread.
  • And, the waitress was nice enough to recommend side dishes that were likely to be safe for my son (like carrots, applesauce, and mandarin oranges).

Although I think we gave the server a run for her money- as she admitted she hadn’t had to answer these kinds of questions in ages- she was really wonderful.  And, I was in heaven sitting in a NY-style deli, listening to Motown, while eating such delicious food with my family.


2 Responses to “TooJay’s Gourmet Deli…Mmm….”

  1. Kim Says:

    Too Jays in Boca has a sign posted with all nut free items and do not care about writing that things are nut free and then laying things with nuts on top of the nut free items. If this review let me post pictures you would definitely not trust this business with your child’s allergies.
    I have sent a letter to the company, no response and still two months later a muffin they say is nut free is in the same case and leaning up against a muffin with nuts all over it.
    I’ve spoken to a supervisor twice letting him know the danger of their ingnorance and they seem concerned but the muffins and all other products are still mushed together with the sign still posted.

    • malawer Says:

      That’s hugely disappointing! Feel free to send photos if you have them (or post if you can). I’d be happy to update my info. Have you gotten a response from a supervisor?

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