I almost never have a problem choosing something when eating out except maybe at lower cost Italian places. Any Oriental: veggies w/ chicken, or shrimp, no rice (always I ask for no starch whatever it is at the establishment).
Italian: chicken, salads, some soups.
Mexican: fajitas, hold the rice and beans and give me veggies instead (here in NM that's easy, the squash is called calabacitas) and I just don't eat the tortillas.
Sports bar and grill: grilled fish or chicken and veggies.
Upscale: the salads or a grilled fish entree w/veggies (yesterday was Ahi Tuna on totsoi and daicon sprouts.)
Indian: stick to the chicken and veggie dishes and pass on the starches and beans. Fruit for dessert.
Steak houses: meat or chicken and veggies/salad.
Seafood: grilled seafood and veggies/salad.
BBQ: pulled chicken and salad. Or pork, but I can't eat that.
I find vegetarian restaurants are tough because they serve so many soy items.
Burger joints -- others have discussed those.
Do you have other specific cuisines?
You can eat most anywhere as long as you stick to protein and veggies/salads and pass on the no-no's by quietly telling the server you have allergies. They don't want to make you "sick" ;-) I don't see any reason to make a big deal out of it; just order what you can eat as everyone orders what they want.
Just a side note: my sister is violently allergic to black pepper. One speck will give her severe stomach pain and vomiting. She has a MUCH harder time finding something to eat out and the chefs to cooperate than I do. Good luck. You can do it.
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