Mama Lu's - A Modern Day Taco Shop

4.5 stars 4.5 out of 5 11 ratings
$$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Dedicated Kitchen Space + 5 more
80% of 5 votes say it's Celiac friendly

149 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684 Directions

(231) 943-2793
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    5 ratingJuly 05, 2017

    Being celiac I hate going out to eat, however on vacation I really didn't have a choice. The menu does offer gf items & when I told them they said they treat every gluten free as celiac. She said it may take a little longer because they had to prep the kitchen (which I was ok with, ensures they did take the time). I'm sensitive & I had ZERO issues here & the food was good! I highly recommend if you're in town. Just let them know ahead of time & they'll go above & beyond. I wish they knew how much it meant to me! Let me add that yes they don't have a lot if options but the resturant in general doesn't have a lot of options. It's a street taco spot!

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    2 ratingMay 29, 2017

    Originally went here because the business directly told me they had a dedicated fryer and that the majority of their menu was gluten-free. Since that contact last September, they have eliminated the gluten-free fryer and changed their menu. There were many items that had fried ingredients on them, making that selection no longer gluten-free. Our waitress was knowledgeable about what was safe and recommended certain items. They even recreated the chicken taco by rolling it in crushed tortilla chips and baking it, instead of giving me the fried chicken. Overall the food was good, just highly disappointed about the change in menu, which makes me only give it two stars.

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    2 ratingMay 27, 2017

    Update: they no longer have a dedicated fryer and have far less options. Super disappointed!! Had to change this from a 5 star rating. :( Wow!! I wish I could eat here everyday! Everything was gf except a couple things. Waitstaff was extremely knowledgeable about gf food and cross contamination. Can't say enough about how great our meal was!

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    5 ratingFebruary 13, 2017

    if your a celiac this is the place for you. I have serious wheat allergy and the staff was very knowledgeable and had no problems explaining everything on the menu. I was so full and had a great time. plus they do a white wine sangria that looked delicious ♡

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    5 ratingFebruary 01, 2017

    I am GF and DF. Lots of options. I could eat the chips and I preferred the creamy tomato salsa. Short rib taco was to die for. Super friendly and knowledgeable staff. I highly recommend this place!!

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    5 ratingNovember 06, 2016

    Delicious! What an amazing find. Definitely a must the next time I'm in town.

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    4 ratingOctober 22, 2016

    I loved this place!! Unique flavor combinations. All but two items are gluten free. Great creamy tomato salsa. So very good! Our waitress did forget part of our order, but all of the wait staff was very friendly.

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    5 ratingOctober 10, 2016

    This place was awesome! Almost the whole menu is gluten free. I came with my boyfriend and we split the chips and salsa (the Mama Lu's special salsa is to die for. They are going to begin selling it next summer!) he got two different tacos and I got the nachos. Will definitely be back next time! Server was very knowledgeable which makes me think everyone there must be as well :)

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    5 ratingSeptember 13, 2016

    Almost the entire menu is gluten free as is. No asking for a different menu! There was only one taco and a dessert that was not gluten free. The corn tortillas are made in house. Even the corn chips are produced in a gluten free facility. GREAT! Separate fryer is used for the items with gluten so no worries about cross contamination. Knowledgeable staff was able to answer questions quickly.

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    5 ratingAugust 22, 2016

    Everything is GF except for two items in the menu! Delicious!!

Gluten-Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Dedicated Kitchen Space
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Tacos


  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Restaurant
11 am - 11 pm
11 am - 11 pm
11 am - 11 pm
11 am - 11 pm
11 am - 11 pm
11 am - 11 pm

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