Carlos O'Kelly's

6 ratings
$$ • Mexican Restaurant
100% of 4 votes say it's celiac friendly
2060 Sovia Dr #104
Waterloo, IA 50702

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Celiac

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Always good and dependable. Consistent menu. Very safe for anyone with celiac.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Standard Mexican fare plus some extra goodies. Enchiladas were really delicious and I felt confident that care was taken to ensure no cross contamination would occur.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Changed their GF menu and it is not as good. But Carlos O'Kelly's is always the perfect and easy stand by. Celiac Safe

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten Free Features

  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Restaurant

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Our server explained food handling procedures and then went out of her way to find me something that was without my other food restrictions. She even brought the manager out to help. I found this restaurant to be trustworthy to avoid cross-contamination.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

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Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
Celiac

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My daughter who has celiac has eaten from three gluten free menu several times. So far, no problems.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Celiac

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They weren’t sure about the chips and salsa being gluten free. When they went to check, the waitress said they were and the other young man said they weren’t, so they were taken away from our table. No biggie. But...the food was average at best, and we (both celiac) were feeling sick within an hour of eating here. Save yourself the pain! Also, gluten free and vegan are two different things, so having them on the same square of the menu isn’t too good on their part...

Celiac friendly?

No

Overall Rating

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Many Gluten Free options!!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
Not celiac

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Had the big discussion about GF, waiter did not know if chips were GF from a dedicated fryer, and if Honey Mustard dressing was GF. He had to go ask. After all the discussion of GF, I ordered the Taco Salad off the GF menu out comes my Taco Salad in a flour shell bowl. Is that a GF shell. “We only serve the Taco Salad in the flour bowl”. Uh, no. I ordered off the GF menu, and that means it comes in a bowl and not the flour shell, and don’t just dump this one in a bowl, it’s already been in contact with the shell. Shortly a new waitress came out with my Taco Salad in a ceramic bowl, and she seemed to understand the concept of gluten that so evaded the first waiter.

Don’t know what levels of precautions they take in the kitchen if the order is properly relayed. So far no I’ll effects, but based on my experience I wouldn’t trust them if seriously sensitive or celiac. The margarita was large, tasted good, and generally considered GF.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

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