This Ogunquit Allergy Safe Dining article presents some good options we have found in Ogunquit, Maine, that have worked for our son’s food allergies. He is allergic to egg, nuts, dairy and sesame seeds. We also share some links to other resources for allergy safe dining and restaurants recommended by others with food allergies. We start with an intro to Ogunquit and why we like it; click here to jump right to our restaurant suggestions.
Ogunquit Allergy Safe Dining
When we are at home, most of our meals are home cooked, and we dine out infrequently. In addition to being a cost-effective way to enjoy good food and wine, preparing our family meals is also the easiest way to manage our son’s food allergies–B is allergic to egg, nuts, dairy and sesame seeds. But when we are on the road without a kitchen to cook our meals, we then must navigate the challenges of finding allergy safe dining options at nearby restaurants.
From time to time, we have posted articles about specific restaurants that worked well for our food allergy concerns. This Ogunquit Allergy Safe Dining article is part of a series of articles covering areas where we have visited several restaurants and thus can provide an overview of some options that can work for your food allergy concerns. Allergy-Friendly Family Dining Around Disney is another such article you might find useful.
Visiting Ogunquit, Maine
Chances are you may have found this article because like us, you were already in Ogunquit and found yourself Googling “Ogunquit Allergy Safe Dining”. But in case you are not familiar with Ogunquit, let me take a moment to extol the virtues of this seaside town in Southern Maine.
Ogunquit is located on the Atlantic coast in Southern Maine. In good traffic conditions, Ogunquit is less than 90 minutes from Downtown Boston, and less than that for us, coming from north of the city. This makes Ogunquit a convenient get away, where a short drive puts you by some beautiful ocean scenes that make you feel like you’ve travelled a great distance from the busy city.
Ogunquit has a long, sandy beach. But I’d say my favorite part of Ogunquit is the Marginal Way walk that takes you along the rocky coastline, providing awe inspiring views of waves crashing against the rocks.
Ogunquit also has many great shops, places to stay and restaurants. We’ll be covering the food options in the rest of this article, but I will mention we have enjoyed staying at The Sparhawk the last couple of times we visited Ogunquit. I could sit all day out on the deck and watch the ocean from our room there! The photo below is taken from our deck at fairly low tide; at high tide, the water comes right up to the deck.
It’s been awhile, but we also enjoyed staying at the Almost Home Inn, if you are looking for a more intimate B & B type place.
During our most recent visit to Ogunquit, we ate at Northern Union restaurant. They did an excellent job managing the food allergy concerns, so we will lead off our Ogunquit Allergy Safe Dining with Northern Union. B loved the hanger steak he got there. What really made Northern Union stand out for us from the food allergy perspective was when they surprised our table with a complimentary allergy-safe dessert, some delicious Greek fried dough.
In addition to being attentive to the food allergy concerns, Northern Union focuses on food and wine pairings. They have a great wine list and good pairing suggestions for all of the food. For more details on our visit to Northern Union, check out my review post.
M. C. Perkins Cove
M. C. Perkins Cove is an excellent restaurant with spectacular ocean views. The restaurant website highlights its selection by USA Today as one of the “Top Ten Places in the World with a View”. I would say that is well-earned!
The “M. C.” part of the restaurant’s name comes from chef owners Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier. Our first dining experience in Ogunquit was at their restaurant Arrows, located a bit off the coast. Unfortunately this gem has closed, but hey, you can’t complain too much about wonderful food with a view.
We didn’t make it to M.C. Perkins when we were in Ogunquit this year, so I don’t have detailed notes. But we have visited M.C. Perkins Cove with B. twice, and both times were very comfortable working with the restaurant staff to identify allergy safe choices for him. So M.C. Perkins Cove definitely deserves a spot in our Ogunquit Allergy Safe Dining article!
Other Allergy Safe Options and Resources
We will definitely will be back to Ogunquit and expand the list of allergy safe restaurants we can recommend based on our own experience. Meanwhile, let me share a few other choices that look promising from our web research. Angelina’s Ristorante & Wine gets very good overall ratings for its Italian food, and one Trip Advisor review touts it as a good option for food allergies. This reviewer seems to be primarily concerned with finding gluten free options, but sounds like the staff was generally attentive to allergy concerns.
Our go to resource for finding allergy safe dining options is the website called Allergy Eats. This site has user reviews shared by people with different food allergy concerns. We had noticed Oarweed Restaurant got a good review on Allergy Eats, and had planned to eat there when visiting this spring. However, we realized upon arrival that the restaurant wasn’t going to open for another week or so. Too bad, as the Oarweed has a good location, on Perkins Cove, and is moderately priced. (Northern Union and M. C. Perkins are on the pricier side, though reasonable for the quality of the food and wine). Pizza Napoli also gets good reviews on Allergy Eats for peanut and egg allergy concerns; alas, pizza places don’t work out to well for dairy allergies.
Old Village Inn is an Ogunquit restaurant my parents really like. When I called ahead there to see if they were able to accommodate B’s allergies, they sounded rather nervous and uncertain about it. Well, I do a appreciate the honesty, and we decided not to go there.
As much as we like this convenient seaside getaway town, we will be sure to get back to Ogunquit and update this post with more Ogunquit allergy safe dining options. Meanwhile, if you find places there that worked well for food allergy concerns you might have, please share!