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What entrees are soy and milk-free at the Corner Bakery Cafe?

Today I had lunch with a lovely former colleague of mine at one of my favorite places — Corner Bakery Cafe. I haven’t been there since I discovered my allergy to soy two months ago, so I decided I’d look up the ingredients of all the entrees from their website ahead of time (am I type A or what?). I was able to order my meal with confidence and without holding up the line by asking the employee one hundred thirty-two questions about each entree.

I did a google search on “Corner Bakery Ingredients Allergy”, and found this detailed nutritional guide and allergen and food sensitivity spreadsheet:

http://www.cornerbakerycafe.com/Files/Misc/Nutritionals2008.pdf

The first part of this document shows basic nutritional information. On page 5 was a chart that indicates which entrees contain the most common allergens/foods causing sensitivities. Thanks to the well-organized chart, I was quickly able to find every entree in the Corner Bakery menu that did not contain milk or soy products. Unfortunately, as I suspected, all my favorite dishes are not Rena-friendly (they are not soy and milk free). Drats. However, unlike at Jack in the Box (see yesterday’s post), there are actual entrees that can be ordered with little-to-no alterations. Hooray!

  • I ordered Mom’s Roast Beef on Sourdough bread, but with no mayonnaise (which contains soy). I asked for balsamic vinaigrette instead, which I just found out contains soy (sigh) – so next time I’ll have them add avocado, which is always a great substitution for cheese.

I love the way Corner Bakery Cafe clearly shows all the allergens contained in the foods within this chart. Besides showing if the food contains soy and milk, it also shows egg, fish, peanuts, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat/gluten, or sulfites. I truly appreciate how this information is laid out — it was far easier to determine what entrees I’d be allergic to than it was at Jack and the Box.

Besides Mom’s Roast Beef, what other entrees can we order at the Corner Bakery Cafe with little-to-no alterations?

  • Oatmeal.
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup w/Tortilla Strips.
  • Mom’s Roasted Chicken on Harvest Bread (again, no mayo).
  • And that’s about it.

Of course, you can always have them deviate from the menu (they will help you as much as they can to accommodate your dietary restrictions) by making you some pasta with only olive oil, or the like. Just be sure anything you have added to the pasta is soy and milk-free. The Seasonal Fruit Salad Medley is safe. The sides of Baby Carrots and Pickle Spear are safe. All of their dressings contain soy, and a couple also contain milk. But, the Country Dijon Mustard is safe (they use it as an add-on for the Mom’s Sandwiches).

Next up…I’ll investigate what we may eat at McDonalds.

Don’t lose sight of our goal, folks. We’re after wellness here!