Abuelo's

5.0 stars 5.0 out of 5 5 ratings
$$Gluten Free Menu, Late Night, Mexican + 2 more

8255 Georgia St, Merrillville, IN 46410 Directions

(219) 769-6181
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    4 rating
    July 06, 2017

    So excited to find Mexican in nwi that offers a gf menu. The tacos with cilantro lime rice were really good. Chips and salsa were a bit disappointing. They baked their homemade chips and salsa verde is the only gf option. But the guava was really good. I'll def be going back.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    June 15, 2014

    I truly enjoyed eating here. They even made me a batch of chips under their broiler so I could enjoy some of their salsa with chips.

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    5 rating
    January 19, 2013

    I am extremely gluten sensitive. This has become one of our favorite date spots. The food is delicious and the staff is very knowledgable about cross contamination. Elizabeth and Steve are the servers that we always have and we have never left disappointed. More importantly, I have never left feeling ill. Excellent food, excellent service and its more than worth your time and money.

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    5 rating
    November 03, 2012

    Although the menu has a disclaimer that indicates the kitchen does not have a dedicated prep space, the staff take precautions to ensure there is no cross contamination. My wife is extremely sensitive and we nearly left after finding out there was a possibility of cross contamination. The staff, especially GM Carissa, were wonderful about ensuring our meal was safe. Excellent food, fantastic price and an extremely attentive staff. We will definitely stop back when we have a chance. John Fort Wayne, IN

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    5 rating
    November 12, 2017

    2102 Hamilton Pl Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37421

    Ask for the gluten free menu when you arrive. They also have gluten free chips on request. Gluten free salsa options are limited though.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    September 23, 2017

    2102 Hamilton Pl Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37421

    We always get excellent service here. I'm not as sensitive as I use to be but I've never gotten a reaction here. They bake chips to make them gluten free. The gluten free is small but its all delicious. Just make sure to ask for no chip in the guacamole if you order it.

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    5 rating
    August 18, 2017

    4740 S Hulen St, Fort Worth, TX 76132

    Great food, good menu, even make specialty gf chips. Never had a problem with cross contamination, most of the family is gf and never had a problem! We love it!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    August 04, 2017

    4802 Valley View Blvd NW, Valley View Mall, Roanoke, VA 24012

    I enjoyed my experience at Abuelo's. The server was very knowledgeable about celiac/gluten. She brought me chips that were prepared separately to avoid cross-contamination. They were baked instead of fried so not quite as tasty, but I'll take that over being glutened anytime. The gluten sensitive menu had plenty of options to choose from. I had the barbecue shrimp fajitas and would recommend them to others. I would go back to Abuelo's when in Roanoke again.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    August 04, 2017

    26100 Harvard Rd, Warrensville Heights, OH 44122

    Wait Staff was extremely knowledgeable about what had gluten in it. They bake special chips for you so they aren't contaminated. I got the gf corn tortilla soft tacos! Yum!

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    5 rating
    July 30, 2017

    2908 Loop 250 Frontage Rd, Midland, TX 79705

    My favorite gluten-free restaurant in Midland… They have a gluten sensitive menu. I always enjoy the soft tacos or the tamales. They also have flan for dessert.

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    5 rating
    July 30, 2017

    11299 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934

    The staff was very knowledgeable. There was a great selection for gluten-free and were even able to answer questions about dairy as well. I do wish there was kid size plate options available.

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    5 rating Not celiac friendly
    July 24, 2017

    4740 S Hulen St, Fort Worth, TX 76132

    I brought my own plantain chips. When I asked if a specific dish (tilapia) could be made gluten-free, the manager came over to discuss it with me. The cook prepared it with a different sauce so that it would be gluten-free. I was impressed with how accommodating they were, and the food was delicious. It should be noted that I am not celiac, so I am not as sensitive to cross-contamination.

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    July 22, 2017

    2102 Hamilton Pl Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37421

    Got sick. Paid the price. Don't eat here ever.

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    1 rating
    July 09, 2017

    1041 Interstate 20 W, Arlington, TX 76015

    Terrible menu selection (can't even get chicken fajitas) and the chips were awful. No GF queso, mex rice, or refried beans.

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    Celiac
    2 rating Not celiac friendly
    July 08, 2017

    14480 Lowes Way, Carmel, IN 46033

    Reaction after eating the shrimp fajitas.

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    4 rating
    July 06, 2017

    11299 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934

    It was okay. I didn't get sick.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    July 03, 2017

    3700 Lakeside Village Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803

    They are NOT Celiac friendly! I had discussion with the server who asked questions from the kitchen. When I got my food, I started to eat, a min later she ran over and said STOP, don't eat that! I was a few months ago, but I think it was a potato side with a cheese topping. She said the cheese sauce has gluten. She told me to eat around it. Since I have Celiac, I can't have that on my plate! I didn't go back. The pork tasted good, then I found out it had soy sauce... not sure if it was GF soy sauce or not. I really didn't eat what they gave me.

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    2 rating Not celiac friendly
    June 25, 2017

    1413 N Waterfront Pkwy, Wichita, KS 67206

    While they do have a limited gluten sensitive menu, the staff are not trained of the severity of this issue. we had 3 orders of the bacon wrapped shrimp, 1 being GF and when the food came to the table the server could not tell which plate was which. The black beans are NOT GF. I ordered them once and was very sick and I'm not celiac; just very sensitive to gluten.

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    2 rating
    June 02, 2017

    4782 S 14th St, Abilene, TX 79605

    If you are looking for a good gluten free and dairy free restaurant not go here. Not much to choose from.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    May 27, 2017

    2431 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34741

    Server was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. She answered all my questions promptly and made sure I was well taken care of.

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    Celiac
    2 rating Not celiac friendly
    May 14, 2017

    2423 McMenamin St, Hampton, VA 23666

    I ate there last year and felt somewhat ill afterward. Today, I went equipped with my new Nima sensor and gluten was detected on their "gluten-free" shrimp. The rice and mixed veggies,however, tested fine. They took my plate and just brought those items back for me. So they were accommodating, but I wouldn't trust their gluten free menu

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    May 08, 2017

    2833 Dixie Hwy, Crestview Hills, KY 41017

    Worst dining experience with bad food and unknowledgeable staff and of course I was glutened. Only giving it a star because I have to

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    5 rating
    April 15, 2017

    740 Coastal Grand Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

    great food and the server was very educated about gluten and the options they offered. they prepared my dish separate from the others also.

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    Celiac
    3 rating
    March 24, 2017

    4802 Valley View Blvd NW, Valley View Mall, Roanoke, VA 24012

    Very restricted menu but do have chips that can be prepared separate. About 6 items as meals but several are over 15.00. 1 of them being a steak.

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    Celiac
    3 rating Celiac friendly
    March 16, 2017

    3001 W Memorial Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73134

    Food is very good. There is, however, not much to choose from. Beef soft tacos, tamales, Fajitas (bacon-wrapped shrimp, BBQ shrimp, or veggie) and a couple other things. Salsa is great! The corn tortillas that come with the fajitas look homemade and are wonderful. The chips are TERRIBLE. That is the biggest reason for giving 3 stars vs 4. Chips at a Mexican Food Embassy should not be terrible. I did not get sick, which I realize is the most important thing. There are other Mexican restaurants in OKC (Ted's!!) that are celiac friendly and have amazing chips.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    December 23, 2016

    8274 U.S. 64, Memphis, TN 38133

    Beware - Went there Monday for lunch. To start the chips were baked - so far good, 3 types of salsa was left on the table with no information- only one was gf - it would have been nice to share that. The manager brought my food and said it was gf with gf tortillas. I ate one of the tortillas then started to compare with what my wife had. They looked the same. Called back the waitress to ask - she said it was gf then was not sure - then determined it was not. Bottom line I got sick - it is now Friday just starting to feel better. I was traveling on business and the rating was good. If you give them a shot double check everything & good luck you may need it.

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    1 rating
    December 17, 2016

    3950 Gramercy St, Columbus, OH 43219

    Many things that should have been gf weren't. Staff had no clue

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    November 18, 2016

    2102 Hamilton Pl Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37421

    Ate here once and got sick. Celiac's steer clear.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    October 25, 2016

    4740 S Hulen St, Fort Worth, TX 76132

    Though my wife ordered the gluten free chips and a gluten free meal from their menu, there was some cross contamination. My wife is highly sensitive to gluten from her celiac and with 10 minutes she knew she had gluten. For what she ate, she said it was delicious but unfortunately she was sick before we even left

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    October 16, 2016

    2420 N Fairfield Rd, Beavercreek, OH 45431

    Wonderful food, somewhat limited menu, but the gluten free chips are a great change. Knowledgeable staff!

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    5 rating
    October 14, 2016

    11299 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934

    love abuelos!! defiantly a great place to go especially if you have other allergies besides gluten as well. The head chef came to the table and talked to me about my allergies and helped pick the best meal for me.

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    1 rating
    September 29, 2016

    740 Coastal Grand Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

    Gluten free menu has very limited options. I ordered corn tortillas and got flour tortillas. Thankfully I knew the difference. Got charged double for "happy hour" drinks. Food was mediocre.

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    5 rating
    September 28, 2016

    2431 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34741

    Gluten free tortilla chips and awesome tamales. Food and service were great. Micheal was very knowledgeable and offered to have the kitchen customize any entree. Highly recommended!

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    September 13, 2016

    8541 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City, MO 64153

    Not as much selection of GF as they need, but the food is excellent. I eat there often.

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    1 rating Celiac friendly
    August 28, 2016

    5010 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH 45040

    They have a few gluten free items. the place is beautiful but the gluten free item I ordered (the tamales and the gluten free chips.) were the worst I have ever had ,not edible. don't waste your money.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    August 07, 2016

    5733 TX-121, The Colony, TX 75058

    Excellent service and good food. They made special effort to keep us safe.

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    Celiac
    1 rating
    August 03, 2016

    1041 Interstate 20 W, Arlington, TX 76015

    Worked as an employee here before I was diagnosed with celiac. VERY UNSAFE for those of you with celiac. DO NOT EVER consider trying to just "sneak by" at this restaurant. Everything is cross contaminated and plates are only made "Gluten SENSITIVE".

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    July 16, 2016

    8274 U.S. 64, Memphis, TN 38133

    Food was great, staff had a knowledge of GF and I had no issues.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    July 03, 2016

    3440 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

    I went last night with my family and the food was delicious. the server didn't know to much but someone informed her of what it was because when she came back around she was so serious and concerned about making sure she didn't get me sick. I had bacon wrapped shrimp fajita without the nacho cheese stuffed inside, with cilantro lime rice and lettuce leaf instead of the tortilla. they said that the corn tortillas are not gf. flan was delicious as well!!! I'm a extremely sensitive celiac and had no reaction.

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    2 rating
    June 09, 2016

    1413 N Waterfront Pkwy, Wichita, KS 67206

    GF menu very limited unless you like fish. You can only have the ground beef, as all of the other meats are marinated. Beans and rice are not GF. You have to be very careful as none of the help is trained and will bring out glutened sauces with gluten free food. The only sauce you can have on an enchilada is the sour cream sauce which is my least favorite of them all.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    May 25, 2016

    4005 West Walnut, Rogers, AR 72756

    Had a great experience here. Good margarita, loved the salsa selections and so excited that they bring gluten free chips on request! The chips weren't great, really, but who cares - they're just a platform for salsa. Entrees were good but I would stick with their nicer dinner specialities; don't think I'd come here for a basic enchilada or burrito plate. Great service and cute atmosphere, too.

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    5 rating
    March 31, 2016

    4005 West Walnut, Rogers, AR 72756

    Abuelo's offers gluten-free chips if asked for and their vegetarian fajitas were delicious.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    February 15, 2016

    10909 E 71st St, Tulsa, OK 74133

    Not celiac safe. The server understood gf (supposedly) then told me midway through the meal that the corn tortillas were warmed in the same room and on the same surface where they make the flour tortillas. I got sick obviously.

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    Celiac
    3 rating
    January 23, 2016

    2102 Hamilton Pl Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37421

    Small GF menu and so-so food. Make sure to request that chips are baked instead of fried. They do not have a dedicated fryer.

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    5 rating
    January 17, 2016

    8274 U.S. 64, Memphis, TN 38133

    They offer a gluten free menu and the service was great! They even offered gluten free chips! We would definitely recommend it to friends and family.

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    4 rating
    November 29, 2015

    2420 N Fairfield Rd, Beavercreek, OH 45431

    Excellent food. The only place I can eat Mexican food. Several good options on the gf menu. I like the cilantro lime rice and the bacon wrapped shrimp or pork fajitas.The salmon is also good. They will bring baked chips if requested. My favorite fresh guacamole. Pete is an excellent waiter if he is there, he only works part time mainly weekend nights.

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    October 01, 2015

    740 Coastal Grand Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

    Very little gf options. Waitress didn't tell us chips were fried with gluten until after we ate them. Food was worse tasting than taco bell and one taco was $3.99. Everyone in our party asked for no refried beans because they contained lard and half of them got beans anyway. Will NOT be going back there.

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    August 23, 2015

    5910 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46278

    Good food but not gluten free. Got sick right after! Avoid.

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    5 rating
    July 20, 2015

    2431 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34741

    Food was fantastic. Very good gluten free options. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and sensitive to my needs. Would definitely recommend!

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    5 rating
    May 30, 2015

    5010 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH 45040

    Wonderful GF tamales!! Server very knowledgable and helpful!

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    3 rating Celiac friendly
    April 25, 2015

    3700 Lakeside Village Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803

    Have eaten here before and most recently on 4/22. Small number of GF choices but the waiter seemed to understand the allergy. They do NOT have a dedicated fryer (earlier post said they do). They were able to do baked GF chips which were ok. Overall a good experience but not great. Didn't get sick.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    April 20, 2015

    3700 Lakeside Village Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803

    The staff did not know much about gluten and I got sick after eating here.

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    March 31, 2015

    14480 Lowes Way, Carmel, IN 46033

    I've always had a very good experience at Abuelo's and have eaten there several times. The gluten free menu could have more choices....but then once I tried the bacon wrapped shrimp fajita's I doubt I will ever try anything else anyway. Those are awesome!! Every staff member I have spoken to has been knowledgeable. I even asked about the mints to be sure they were GF, they said they had called the factory and confirmed that they were safe.

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    March 07, 2015

    1041 Interstate 20 W, Arlington, TX 76015

    Not gluten free!!! Only gluten sensitive. They accidentally plated my food wrong putting gluten containing rice on my plate under my meat & veggies. They just scraped it off. Didn't use a fresh plate. I emailed & they were to get back to me & never did! Definitely not worth going back. Ever! Also a sauce that was suppose to go on my meat didn't. The waiter said it contained gluten. So I couldn't have it even though it was on the gluten sensitive menu. Either the menu needs to be changed and/or the staff needs to be educated. It's not a safe place to eat.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Restaurant
Monday
11 am - 10 pm
Tuesday
11 am - 10 pm
Wednesday
11 am - 10 pm
Thursday
11 am - 10 pm
Friday
11 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11 am - 10:30 pm
Sunday
11 am - 10 pm
Notes
"Gluten-sensitive Menu" available

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