Pa’l Carajo Arepa Lounge

12 recent ratings
$$ • Mexican Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Dessert, Empanadas, Fries
100% of 11 votes say it's celiac friendly
ste 108, 1642 Pleasure House Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

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Celiac

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Lots of options. Designated fryer.

Get the Empanadas!

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 month ago read full review

Wheat Allergy

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Amazing food. Barely any gluten in the building. Will definitely return.

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • 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?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 2 months ago read full review

Celiac

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I love this place so much. It’s really hard to find fried foods that are gluten-free and I feel so comfortable eating here because almost everything on the menu is gluten-free. Honestly I’m not even sure if there is anything that contains gluten. I did ask at ordering just to be extra confident but they always assure me that it’s GF. I usually get the empanadas and yucca fries. Empanadas are so crispy and delicious. The dough almost has a sweetness to it.

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 6 months 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
  • Dessert
  • Empanadas
  • Fries
  • Gluten-Free Menu

Categories

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Delivery
  • Dinner
  • Kid Friendly
  • Latin
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Online Ordering
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout

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Celiac

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Cannot say enough. In the middle of six week business loop. Mostly eat in my room. Saw reviews and they did not disappoint. Appear to be a younger couple running the place. Called first and explained celiac. He was aware and knowledgeable. Arrived and was unfamiliar with the cuisine. Basically let them order for me. Great taste. No surprises next day. Wholeheartedly recommend!

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Updated 9 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Absolutely delicious and knowledgeable about gluten free menu options. No cross contamination issues for our sensitive family members.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
Updated 9 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Food is delicious. If you have celiac. ONLY EAT AREPAS. the owner told me now they share the fryers when they get busy and it was so disappointing. Super nice people and great food just be careful.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

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

Updated 10 months ago read full review

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I have multiple food allergies and celiacs and they were able to accomodate me and I didnt get sick. The entire menu is gluten free except 1 or 2 items. That is why they dont have a gluten free menu. Just ask and they will let you know. Everything was delicious. I especially love the yuca fries and the flan (also gluten free!)

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Excellent

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Holy moly! This place is amazing! Everyone was friendly and the food is jaw dropping good! Everything was perfect. If I could eat this everyday I would. The staff was super helpful in explaining everything and most everything is gluten free. They serve heaven for your tastebuds. If I could give more than 5 stars I would rate this place 100

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Excellent

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Absolutely delicious food! Felt very safe because 95% of menu is gf. Try the rice pudding drink for dessert... yum!

Safety


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

— 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

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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Very friendly and knowledgable about GF! Separate fryer and VERY tasty!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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They are very conscious of gluten allergies. Fryer is safe.

Edited for COVID update: I’ve eaten here for months, very very safe for Celiacs! Love this restaurant! The staff is wonderful, food is authentic, servings are generous! Their whole menu is almost 100% gluten free. They have carry out and delivery during COVID. Staff is get knowledgeable.

This place is fantastic. I can finally eat empanadas and tostones again. Recommend to anyone celiac. Almost their entire menu is safe!!

Safety


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

— 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

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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The lady at the front was very helpful and knowledgeable.

The food was authentic and amazing! They were aware of my celiac and took precautions and made sure I only ordered GF food.

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Delicious gluten free arepas (corn flour sandwiches) with great marinated meat. Truly good. Currently only open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday though.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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We love this place! Staff is super knowledgeable, and I’ve never gotten sick. AND it’s delicious!

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Wow! Food was amazing! Staff was friendly and helpful. Wish this was close to home, but so glad to find it in our travels. Awesome experience

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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So glad we found this place! The food is AMAZING and the staff is so friendly. The menu mentions flour empanadas but when I asked about it the guy behind the counter said the menu was old and they no longer use flour for anything - only corn. He explained that the entire restaurant is GF!! We will definitely be back multiple times. :)

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The food was exceptional. The majority of the food is gluten free. The owner says he does not buy or have any flour in his kitchen. I ate a variety of foods including fried and am not sick. The food is incredibly fresh. All is freshly made. Homemade empanadas and arepas all made with corn.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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