Pelon's Baja Grill

15 ratings
$$ • Mexican Restaurant
85% of 7 votes say it's celiac friendly
3619 Pacific Ave
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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Celiac

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No precautions to limit risk of cross contamination. Shared fryer for chips. I think the rush to open everything post covid closure has left this facility overwhelmed. I ordered a burrito bowl - talked at length about celiacs - was still given a burrito with a flour tortilla. I would wait until they have found their groove to attempt to eat here.

Safety


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

— Not at all

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?

— Average

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good vegan options
Updated 3 months ago read full review

Celiac

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The food was so delicious, and most items on the menu could be prepared gluten free! The food tasted authentic, and my friends (who can eat gluten) LOVED it as well!! I could even eat the homemade tortilla chips because they are cooked in a separate fryer.

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

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
Updated 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Went here based of reviews Nachos were GF but when I asked they use same fryer. Didn’t ask if they fry anything like nuggets. Anything can be made into a bowl or corn tortillas for tacos.

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?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good vegan options
  • Offers online ordering
  • 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

  • Dedicated Fryer
  • Dedicated Kitchen Space
  • Tacos

Categories

  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Online Ordering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Tex-Mex
  • Vegan Friendly

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Celiac

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eat here every time we come to the beach. Food is made fresh and there are lots of GF options. I always get the tacos and a side of chips and there wonderful salsa

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Gluten free items are clearly labeled and the staff is knowledgeable. I didn’t feel like a burden asking them to be careful with cross contamination because they were so great about it, and the food was amazing!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Found Pelon’s by accident. Walking inside I wasn’t sure about eating there due to me having celiac. Everyone was very nice and the greeter/waiter understood celiac. He recommended several food options. I ended up getting the nacho appetizer - Chica option without the cilantro and jalepenos. My husband ordered the fish and steak tacos. He does not have celiac. We both enjoyed our meals and I had no problems. It was not busy and they have a dedicated fryer!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Not celiac

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Menu on the wall is marked clearly with gluten free options. I’m unsure if care is taken to prevent cross contamination in the kitchen, but I did not get sick after eating steak and chicken tacos. They were delicious. I recommend the steak tacos.

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac - they took good care of me. Are my food with no problems whatsoever. Fast and friendly staff!!!

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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GF and DF nachos were amazing.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Delicious tacos!! My son (severe wheat allergy) ate here safely twice. Great for dairy free and vegan diets as well. Love this place!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Staff was knowledgeable, there were many gf options and the food is delicious. I got chips and salsa, surf’s up burrito without the wrap and the nice waiter threw in a few corn taco shells on the house. Great food, great environment and safe for celiacs!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Can I just say wow?!? My wife and I came back from Old Beach Farmer’s Market where Pelon’s normally shows up, and were thinking about what to eat; definitely something warm to combat the ocean air chill. The choice came down to Chipotle (a fav) and Pelon’s (the local scene); we went with our gut, and ended up at Pelon’s. We both eat gluten free, and read up on Find Me Gluten Free for some ordering tips, and grabbed some burrito bowls. She got the Hang Ten, which she loved the chicken, and I went with the Rip Tide, because I was for sure feeling some pork today. Great experience, great food, great staff, great price. 👌🏻

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Had the carnitas tacos which come in GF corn tortillas, very good! Great spot to have lunch while visiting Va Beach.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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They have corn tortillas for their tacos, and all burritos can be made as a bowl. Chips are not safe, but staff was very honest and up front that they don't use a lot of gluten in the fryer but they do use some. Staff was also very knowledgeable and helpful.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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