Friend wanted to meet here so I called ahead. Guy who answered phone said NO gf menu but servers could direct diners to what could possibly be made gf. Called back the next day and spoke to Phil. He said that they have very few GF options and that ALL his proteins are cooked on the same woodfire grill surface so there is always cross contamination. Not at all celiac friendly!
Our family had our travel plans bumped and we found Border Cafe for a meal. I have to eat gluten free and was a bit nervous about the menu - but our server, Mike, was brilliant. He was able to answer all my questions about the menu and even helped me request a vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free dish. The first plate out had cornbread on it, and Mike apologized before going back to the kitchen to get a non-gluten dish. Chips are GF, too, and I don’t say that lightly. His sense of humor and direct approach was just what I needed to feel like I could ask questions and eat safely. I’d say for GF-ers, you can eat here but you have to ask questions about EVERYTHING. Celiac Friendly place, but only with the right staff. Servers like Mike make it possible and comfortable! Thanks Mike!
My server took my Celiac seriously! Chips are GF. Beef, Mexican rice, and enchilada sauce have gluten, but my server today was more than accommodating and offered me black beans, white rice, and tomato salsa on my chicken enchilada. The food is standard Americanized Mexican, but it's nice to have a quick and affordable place to eat in Harvard Square!
They do not tout themselves as being the guru of GF restaurants, but they do have options. Have been here 2x since my teen was diagnosed. First time, waiter was helpful and clearly did what he was supposed to in re: communicating to the kitchen about the gluten allergy. Then 2 weeks ago, my daughter told waitress she had gluten allergy, asked if she could get gf corn tacos. Order came out with what I believe were regular flour tacos. When I questioned the waitress if they were the GF ones, she just grabbed the plate, then came back a couple minutes later, saying they made a new plate to be sure. No admission to either "we messed up", or, "no, you got the right thing". In short, my confidence in Border Cafe was shot that night; will be going elsewhere for Mexican.
This place does NOT cater to gluten free. It's the usual, "you can have the enchiladas with no sauce, you can only have the chicken, you can't eat the chips, the corn tortillas were made in a facility that makes wheat but we don't know if there is cross-contamination at the factory, etc" - when they get with the 21st century maybe we will be back.
Black beans are in fact gluten free. I've eaten here for years before being diagnosed with Celiac. The enchillada plate is gluten free, but they give you white rice instead of the traditional yellow mexican rice. Salads are also awesome here- route 66 is the best. No beef in any dish is GF, but the waitress was more than educated about the menu. Friendly and helpful. Chips are fried in dedicated fryer, so you can eat them safely! Double check on margarita ingredients!
I get the mesquite grilled swordfish with white rice & don't have any problems with it. The chips are GF as well. If getting a margarita make sure you say no mix. The mix definitely has gluten in it. Stay away from the corn tortillas as well. They are hard & don't taste very good.
This is a really cool place, it's a nice spot for lunch during the day and on weekend evenings it becomes very busy with young, mostly college-aged people getting food and margaritas. The staff can help you figure out dishes that are safe to eat and what modifications are necessary. The enchiladas I had here were really good! I just wish they had a gluten free menu - it would be easier than having to ask my waiter a million questions every time.
My family and I asked the hostess if there was a gluten free menu, and were told we could not see it because it is not up to date. She said they did have gluten free pasta and we'd have to speak to our server. After waiting 10 minutes for our server, he told us they don't have gluten free pasta and that the hostess 'lied.' Not worth the wait.
Management takes extremely serious in Burlington and are well aware of gluten free severity for those with Celiac. Cross contamination is never a problem. Food is great and large variety just have to make sure your server is well aware since they do not have a dedicated menu
Sat outside on the patio for lunch in Burlington. Server was excellent. She verified the Gf status with the chef. I enjoyed the chicken enchiladas with a ranchero sauce , white rice - no black beans- not safe for celiac. Tasty meal and I felt great afterwards. Kudos to them for understanding gluten free.
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