Allergy-Friendly North Carolina State Campus Guide

I’ve been very impressed with the allergy safety and accommodations NC State has for campus. The dining halls have all food items labeled, provide dairy and gluten free products, use an allergy scoops for ice cream, and similar protocols for on campus restaurants. I feel very comfortable eating on campus while having a severe nut allergy.

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

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Ava Wisniewski – Spokin User @avawisniewski

Allergies: Peanuts and Tree Nuts
Class: 2026
Major: Biological Sciences (BS) – Human Biology
Post Graduation Plans: Undecided, but would love to do something related to environmental health science!
Instagram: @liavaeats
TikTok: @avalikesroses

Fountain Dining Hall

Fountain has many allergy-friendly accommodations including an allergy-friendly station called Simply Made free of the top 8 allergens. Also, each station and food item contains a sticker labeling which allergens it contains. Fountain included a special fridge for gluten and dairy-free products with a separate toaster to avoid cross-contamination.

Port City Java

PCJ is my go-to breakfast on campus. I always get the build your own breakfast sandwich and smoothies. I do stay away from the bakery items, as some contain nuts. I’ve eaten here many times and have never had any issues with my allergies.

Howling Cow Creamery

Howling Cow is amazing with handling food allergies. There are signs that say “Food Allergies? Ask the servers to use the purple scoop” which is a clean scoop using a fresh bin of ice cream. Also, each ice cream flavor is labeled with the top 8 allergens.

Jason’s Deli

Jason’s is my favorite lunch spot on campus. My favorite meals are the Mediterranean Wrap and Chicago Club. All menu items are labeled with stickers identifying each allergen, which I find helpful. I do stay away from the panini options, as one contains a walnut pesto. Otherwise, everything is nut-free.

1887 Bistro

1887 Bistro has a great variety of small plates, lunch, and dinner options on campus. I personally enjoy the Caesar Salad and Arugula Margherita Flatbread. The Chocolate Chunk Cookie Sundae is a great late-night dessert! I recommend viewing the online menu, as each menu item is labeled with containing allergens.


One of my new favorite lunch spots on campus. I highly recommend the build your own wrap! They are a great size, price, and offer a variety of toppings. Also, there are no nut toppings for the wraps and salads here!

321 Coffee

321 Coffee is an amazing shop that employs over 50 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I ordered a cold brew with oat milk and french vanilla flavoring, which was delicious. I highly recommend visiting. Also, NC State just collaborated with 321 to make their own coffee blend. I can’t wait to try!

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