Uncle Julio's Mexican From Scratch

4 ratings
$$ • Mexican Restaurant
Reported NOT to have a gluten-free menu
25% of 4 votes say it's celiac friendly
4870 Bethesda Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

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Waitstaff did not understand questions about gluten-free and recommended a meal that contained gluten in the marinade. I knew within minutes of the first bite. Still suffering from this contamination. It’s unsafe to eat here.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Great service Very accommodating Fantastic food

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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.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 6 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

  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Restaurant
  • Tex-Mex

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Management and staff told me chips were safe to eat for my celiac daughter and then learned they in fact are not. Very limited options and staff clearly untrained and unaware of what GF really means or requires.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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I came here July 2022 for my boyfriend’s birthday. I was worried after seeing the reviews but I was pleasantly surprised! They had white corn chips already at the table and when I asked what I would be able to order, they said they could make most things on the mesquite grilled and fajitas parts of the menu and that they would clean the grill and separate my food on it. I got the chicken fajitas with rice and black beans and everything was delicious!!

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • 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?

— No gluten-free information on the 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

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Pretty good, a small gf menu but it's not up to date. I've had the fajitas with their corn tortillas which is really delish. Not sure what else is celiac safe though.

Safety


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

— Not 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?

— Not Much

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

— Good

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No gluten free menu, but waiter explained they can clean the grill before they make my steak bowl. It was flavorful and I did not get sick. They have corn tortillas as well.

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?

— Some

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

— Excellent

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

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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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  • Offers outdoor seating

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