Mabel's BBQ

18 recent ratings
$$ • Barbecue Restaurant
Reported NOT to have a gluten-free menu
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18 ratings

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2050 E 4th St
Cleveland, OH 44115
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Symptomatic Celiac

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Felt very safe eating here. The server was very knowledgeable of Celiac and let me know that I could have everything on the menu except for one item, provided I sub the potato bun for a GF bun. She assured me they would change gloves and understood the severity of cross contamination. Had the pulled pork and fried potatoes - delicious and had no issues after. Also tried the mint lemonade; delicious!

Update: have eaten here over half a dozen times over the last few months and not once had issues.

Safety


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

— Very

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

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 week ago read full review

Celiac

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Ryan our server was very knowledgeable and took very good care of us! Highly recommend this for a good gluten free experience!

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


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

Updated 1 week ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 month 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

  • Reported to have a dedicated fryer

Categories

  • Barbecue
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Keto Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Takeout

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Loaded fries; sub pulled pork instead of brisket. I always ask for fresh bottle of sauce on side to avoid cross-contamination - staff is always very accommodating and kind.
Mix of turkey, classic Kielbasa and brisket. With collards and coleslaw.
Gluten-Free at Mabel's BBQ
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Symptomatic Celiac

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We went for lunch yesterday on our way through Cleveland. The atmosphere was fun, service was fast and loved the food. No issues whatsoever and my son is very reactive. We picked 1/2 lbs of meat and shared sides. We simply asked for no Rye bread. Everything else on the menu is Celiac GF and they do not fry anything that is not GF.

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

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?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 month ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Servers explained what my son could/could not have and were very helpful. GF bread/bun options available. He said the food was delicious and had no reaction.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Great experience at Mables. I felt comfortable coming here after seeing other reviews! I felt that there were so many options for GF and staff responded so well and offered alternatives. Honestly, just about everything on the food menu can be done gluten free.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Asymptomatic Celiac

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My son loved this place. Large portions, and staff is knowledgeable about gluten and cross contamination.

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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Delicious! Many gluten free options and the drinks were delicious.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Gluten Sensitive

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Enjoyed our meal. Server very knowledgeable about GF and clarified allergy vs preference. 90% of the menu is GF and all their fryers are GF. The GF bun for my sandwich was very tasty and the fried potatoes side was yummy too. Only downside is if you’re hoping for dessert - only GF option would be vanilla ice cream.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Spent the weekend in Cleveland and so glad we stopped here. Food was delicious, and all servers were aware of gluten free needs. We had ribs and a pork sandwich with a gf bun. They said they changed gf buns recently and it was definitely one of the better ones we have tried.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Most of the menu is GF and our server knew right away how to handle someone with celiac. She was able to point out what not to order. Lots of options to choose from and delicious food.

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • 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?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for lunch
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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The food was DELICIOUS! The server was awesome at double checking menu items that he was unsure of . I have celiac and very sensitive, I ate here safely and enjoyed some good BBQ. Sauces were GF , they had no issue changing gloves and took cross contamination and my celiac seriously!

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 12 months ago read full review

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My husband has Celiac and I'm lactose intolerant. We're traveling in Cleveland and found this spot through this app - so thankful for the app! We had a good experience here. Probably 90% of the menu is gf, and the server seemed to understand about cross-contamination, though not actually Celiac. When we said Celiac, he said he'd flag our order with "gluten allergy," which made us feel comfortable about cc, but I wine what they understand about Celiac. At any rate, the food was good and we were happy to have a safe place to eat!

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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If I could give 7 stars…

I mean OMG. I have (very sensitive) Celiac and 95% of this absolutely incredible menu is gluten free. I’ve had BBQ in Austin, Atlanta and more and this restaurant can stand on its own no problem. Highly recommend for all Celiacs and will return!

Safety


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

— Very

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

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Almost everything in menu is gluten free and the staff is well aware of what items are not. Food was delicious and they do not dry anything with gluten so order the fried potatoes! They had a strawberry Kiwi spiked seltzer on tap that was fantastic. Our server was so accommodating and answered all our questions. This is a great spot to go before a baseball or basketball game in Cleveland as it’s only a 5-10 min walk.

Safety


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

— Very

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

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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Good bbq & sides. Almost everything gluten free

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Good bbq, knowledgeable staff, and numerous sides. No one got sick and everyone enjoyed their meal!

Safety


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

— 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?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Most meats and sides are GF. The original BBQ sauces uses tamari, so it does have SOY. Pork cracklings can be made without the pickling spice (which has gluten in it). Baked beans are GF and DF. They don’t deep fry anything with gluten, so deep fryer items are not contaminated. The server was very knowledgeable and accommodating when I asked questions. Highly recommend!

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing. Always a treat when I can have legit bbq and not get sick from it. Asked a ton of questions. Looks like the pork and lamb ribs are the best bet when it comes to gluten AND dairy free. Also the wings apparently. Sadly no sides seemed safe so did a plain arugula salad. Definitely would come back. Great service!!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Bartender is quite knowledgeable and was more than willing to confirm what is safe. Meats ( except Keilbasa ) are GF, and the sauces are GF though the Aardvark hot sauce is made in a shared facility. Otherwise, nothing breaded or battered gets into the fryers, so do the potatoes. They are heavenly! As the brisket....wow!!!

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Updated 5 years ago read full review

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I got a confirmation that the soy sauce that they use in their BBQ sauce is Tamari, which is in fact GF! Absolutely delicious meats, though they do use a shared fryer for their potatoes.

Looking forward to coming back the next time I'm in town.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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I went a few months ago and based on the other review I ordered the brisket and it was delicious... but I got a stomach ache! I thought it was cause because I cheated on dairy free. Today I returned for lunch and the waitress informed me that the BBQ sauce contains soy sauce! It would make it so much easier if the menu was marked :-). Also switch that soy sauce to gluten free because your BBQ is AMAZING! If you have celiacs or are really sensitive ask lots of questions! If Mabel's can update their menus I would boost to 4 stars 5 stars for a gf BBQ sauce! The turkey and coleslaw was great!

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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5 stars for the Lean beef brisket. So delicious. I tweeted Michael Symon and he graciously tweeted back and said much of the menu is gluten free. He also said the BBQ sauce is GF. I only gave it three stars bc I like to see for myself the labeling on the menu instead of trusting someone and getting sick. If they made the menu celiac friendly with appropriate labeling this place would get 5 stars. My server didn't seem to care bc they brought my meal out with bread on my plate. I had a friend take the bread off and I ate my brisket after making sure there were no bread crumbs on it. Great place but it would be stellar if there was appropriate care by the server and GF labeling on the menu.

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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