I understand your frustration. I'm ok with dairy, but am deathly allergic to peppers (if there's "pepper" in the name - I'm allergic!). It totally blows me away the things that various restaurants seem to think should have peppers included in (Cream of asparagus soup with peppers? Really?!?)
I rarely go to chain-type restaurants, but really enjoy small local ones. I generally phone ahead, explain my allergies, and ask whether they are able to accommodate me. Sometimes they can't (all of their meats pre-marinated in a sauce with pepper, for example), and so I know not to go there. When they tell me that they can work with me, then I ask for their recommendation on some menu choices that would be easiest for them to change for me. This way, when we go there, I can choose one of the items that they recommended, and remind them again about the allergy. The wait-staff are generally really good about it, especially when I smile and make a point that "I really appreciate the effort in avoiding the allergens, but I guess that it's really not good for business when a patron goes in to anaphylactic shock during dinner"...
We've found that there are a few local restaurants that are willing to go above and beyond to accommodate allergies. There's a little Italian place where the chef comes out to chat with us, and will bring me back in to the kitchen to double-check any items that he's not sure if I'll react to. We were treated so well, that we go often, and now we're able to just order "whatever the chef feels like serving --- just no pepper!".
Try calling around to some of your local restaurants and see what they can do for you. If they seem willing, then ask for their suggestions on what you can order, and make a reservation. When you get there, ask if you can speak with the chef or the manager, and ask again for their specific recommendations on what can best suit your needs. There sometimes are menu changes or shopping issues that can make one of their previous suggestions no longer available. Hopefully you'll end up with a great meal, and you'll have a place that you can go to regularly.
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