Uncle Julio's Mexican From Scratch

3 recent ratings
$$ • Mexican Restaurant
Reported NOT to have a gluten-free menu, but gluten-free options may be available.
50% of 2 votes say it's celiac friendly
850 N. Milwaukee
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

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Celiac

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There is not a lot safe about the food here, the chips are made in a shared fryer, the marinades are not gluten free. But My waiter and the kitchen staff were great at accommodating me with almost an off menu meal. They made me the steak fajita bowl but subbed lettuce for the not safe rice, cooked me a not marinated steak, removed all the dairy from the dish. In the in it was like a steak fajita salad it was actually delicious! I felt fine after and it was a good experience.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

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

— Average

Updated 1 month ago read full review

Celiac

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When it was time to order, I asked the waiter about celiac disease friendly options and he hadn't even heard of the disease. When I asked about gluten free options, he suggested plain steak but added that it would have no seasoning. I asked to speak with the kitchen manager who said the same thing: no seasoned meats, plus no rice, no chips. The staff were very nice, but the restaurant as a whole was not gluten-free friendly. Won't be going there again.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Staff was somewhat knowledgeable as I reminded them to take precautions to prevent cross-contamination. The GF menu was almost nothing, but the chicken fajitas were GF, just make sure to tell them that the chicken must be without marinade. My waiter told me that the un-marinated chicken was safe. Must have corn tortillas as well. These were the best GF tortillas I’ve ever had! Chips aren’t safe, however queso is. They were very busy but managed to keep my meal safe!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years 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

  • None Listed

Categories

  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Restaurant
  • Tex-Mex

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Celiac

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Warning!!!!!! You will be glutened!!! My girlfriend met width the chef and told him she had bad food allergies and got very sick!!!!!!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The corn chips are not gluten free. Not many options on the menu. Anything marinated has gluten

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Every single time my husband and I have eaten here, he has had a gluten reaction and become sick. Each time we have told the manager and the waitress about our restrictions. Plan on getting glutened here.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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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.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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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

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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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.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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We just had the best meal there! The manager was very nice and when I asked for cheese enchiladas, she said they would be happy to make them with GF corn tortillas and they were delicious! We will be going back soon, fun atmosphere also!

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Celiac

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Just save yourself a lot of literal pain and suffering and don’t go here.

After talking with the waitress who seemed unsure about anything to do with celiac disease or gluten, she confirmed that there were only two menu items that my wife could eat. She couldn’t even eat the tortilla chips. No meat at all from this “from scratch” restaurant because everything comes in pre-marinated, so she ordered a sad taco salad with no meat, which came out in a giant taco bowl. I immediately questioned whether the bowl was made from a flour or corn tortilla and she said “i think it’s corn?” Turns out it was flour. Then her solution was to just take it off the plate.

This place has absolutely zero idea how accommodate someone with celiac disease or allergies and they clearly don’t care. It’s a shame, because Mexican food does not inherently need to contain gluten. I’d highly recommend La Sandia down at Tyson’s corner if you want some gluten free Mexican food, but stay away from Uncle Julios.

And yes, she still got sick, we suspect because they likely didn’t listen and just took the shell off the salad instead of actually remaking it.

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?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

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

— Poor

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Other Characteristics
  • Offers outdoor seating
Celiac

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I requested to speak the the chef or kitchen manager after the server didn’t seem to care about my allergy., I had to keep insisting. The chef came out and was very helpful. He was very clear in explaining what’s safe. I hade the steak fajitas with rice and beans. I did not get sick however I may not eat there again because it was not easy to speak with someone in the kitchen and I believe that’s the only way to be safe.

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?

— Not Much

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

— Average

Celiac

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Waiter & waitress were unsure about gluten free options. Finally had a manager come over who asked what I was interested in ordering. I chose cheese enchiladas & was told to order with queso instead of the carne topping & I should be safe. Food is mediocre at best.

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?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

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

— Average

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Other Characteristics
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers outdoor seating
Celiac

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Asked about gluten free options telling then I have celiac. Said the steak fajitas without marinade (soy sauce in a Mexican restaurant!?) Got glutened BIG TIME! Chips are fried in oil used to fry wheat items. I have NEVER been this sick in the 7 years since my celiac diagnosis. Don't even walk by this place if you are gf

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?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— None

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

— Poor

Celiac

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I asked server whether some of the dishes (that i know can easily be done GF). He checked with kitchen, and said no. I got the appetizer queso; it tasted like it was from a high school concession stand, but i did not get sick.

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?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

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

— Below Average

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