As someone with food allergies, I do appreciate restaurants that are able to cater to those needs. But I would like for restaurants to have the option to turn away customers with food allergies. It is not fair to expect a restaurant that serves primarily seafood to cater to the needs of someone with a shellfish allergy. A steakhouse that has peanut shells all over the place should be able to turn away a customer for a peanut allergy. I do not want a restaurant to be forced to serve me if their menu is not conducive to my needs. I prefer to have a restaurant tell me up front that they cannot serve me so that I can make a better choice.

It puts the person with the food allergy into a difficult situation if the restaurant is only accommodating out of an obligation. It comes through in the experience and I would rather go someplace that looks forward to serving me instead of being a problem.