Our family just got back from another trip to Quebec to visit family. It’s a long 10 hour drive (or more depending on the kids) and we make this trek a few times a year, so I feel like we’ve become pros at road trips.
This trip we actually made it to our destination in time for dinner. Upon arrival, my inlaws had a hot meal waiting for us that they had ordered from St-Hubert Rotisserie, an iconic restaurant chain found in Quebec and Eastern Canada.
I had made many assumptions about St-Hubert in the past, but after a little bit of research, it turns out that many of my assumptions were misguided. We avoid peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, wheat and fish in our household, and there are actually many menu items that my family safely consume. A full allergen menu is posted online and provides a breakdown of all menu items and allergens that they contain. Fun fact: St-Hubert has not used nuts or peanuts in any of their dishes since 2004!
We were able to enjoy a delicious, moist and juicy rotisserie chicken with fries and traditional coleslaw, completely free from top allergens. Unfortunately the bbq dipping sauce contains wheat, so we just skipped it and used ketchup instead. It’s also important to note that the meal comes with a bun, so if you have a wheat allergy or gluten sensitivity, make sure to let them know, otherwise the bun will be included in the box and touching/contaminating the gluten-free fries and chicken.
Ever since we stopped eating at McDonald’s because of their new allergy policy a few months ago, we’ve been empowered to look for other more allergy-friendly restaurant options. St-Hubert is such a great allergy-friendly find and has opened up more options for us! There are many St-Hubert Express restaurants and drive thrus located near highways and rest stops once you cross the Quebec border. There are also St-Hub Pubs that serve the same delicious food in a pub-like atmosphere.
This is my own opinion based on my own experience. It’s important to do your due diligence and speak to the manager or kitchen staff directly to disclose your allergies and discuss safe options for your family. Stay within your comfort zone, and don’t consume any food you feel is risky. Always eat with your epinephrine auto-injector close by.