BEWARE!! This restaurant in NOT SAFE for celiac disease.
not gluten free. their fryers aren't dedicated and thus the food comes out contaminated. they interchange the phrases "gluten friendly" and "gluten free" way too often and told me that they don't see why the chips being contaminated is a big deal because other ppl haven't said anything. The two people I've spoken to about this were the general manager and kitchen manager. No one at their corporate headquarters will return my calls about this either. Pass!
Gluten FRIENDLY not Gluten FREE. Chips made w/o Gluten but fried in a shared fryer. Seriously? Clean and lively. Fine if you don't have Celiac.
I truly don't know how this place made it to FMGF, it should be removed. They have only one menu item that *might* be gf - fajitas and it is served without veg or seasoning because it all has gluten. So a small, bland serving of sliced chicken AND it costs more than $20.
Honestly, your experience getting gluten free here depends on whose in charge and whose cooking that particular day. At minimum, the kitchen manager or any manager should be able to assist customers with allergies but again, that depends on the day. This resaurant has options for gluten free but is not a gluten free facility and does not have a gluten free menu.
went with friends who love this place but are not gluten sensitive. I am, and it was very difficult for me. the waitress tried to be helpful but told me that almost every salsa had gluten, and even the chips and anything fried were fried in the same fryer with wheat products. so basically you risked gluten contamination with almost anything. I ordered the carnitas tacos with pico de Gallo and took the filling out of the shell. the waitress substituted white rice for the usual brown rice because she said the brown rice had gluten. really, you will have minimal choices here, so if you go with friends, be prepared. don't order the chocolate pinatas. messy and filled with wheat churros contaminating what little fruit was in there
Unfortunately, Uncle Julio's is probably the worst place I've been to in regards to gluten. The waitress informed me that they're a "gluten friendly" restaurant. The manager came over and explained that "gluten friendly" means there's "only a little bit of gluten" in most of the menu items. For somebody who has optionally cut Gluten out of their diets for the purported health benefits, this would probably be ok. For somebody who CANNOT under any circumstances have gluten or risk being extremely sick, this is not acceptable. I was told I could have plain fajitas with no seasoning whatsoever, or carnitas tacos. I opted for the carnitas tacos with the corn tortillas because if I am going to eat a plain unseasoned chicken breast, I'm not going to pay an outrageous amount of money to do so. Within minutes of starting to eat lunch, I knew that there was either gluten in the food initially, or there were serious cross contamination issues. If you are avoiding gluten (like the plague as my doctor instructed me), absolutely do not eat here.
Fair Mexican food. alright drinks. a 'gluten friendly' menu. I recommend the frozen strawberry margarita and the nachos. you'll need to substitute grilled chicken for the other meat options. worth the visit. tl;dr - alright food. alright drinks. nachos.
They have a separate menu called "gluten friendly" which doesn't make a lot of sense because it lists options without gluten. I got a grilled chicken salad, which was just ok. I made the mistake of eating the tortilla chips that are cooked in the same oil as wheat foods, and I experienced the effects of being glutened. That was my fault for knowing and doing it anyway (I was only GF for one week and wasn't sure how sensitive I am). Stay away from the chips if you are at all sensitive.
You can get a gluten free meal but it's difficult and risky they have two sets of corn tortillas the house made have flour in them so just asking that they use corn tortillas is not enough have to ask specifically for the gluten free store made corn tortillas.
The GF menu is extremely small. The corn chips are NOT cooked in a dedicated fryer, and the tacos and enchiladas are cross-contaminated in the prep area. The nachos on the GF menu are not the nachos w/ all the goodies that you would expect, but a plate of chips and beans; however, we are not sure why those chips are GF where the chips w/ the salsa are not. I am going w/ a bowl of the chicken tortilla soup, and then going to Wegman's next door to get lunch. Being a Celiac, I would not recommend eating here.
Super amazing staff, I had looked up the menu ahead of time (we were in a large group), and when I ordered the server helped me adjust my order. He came back later and pointed out a correction too. I felt SO comfortable eating here. Service all around was great too.