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!
The management staff was very aware of celiac and GF challenges as well as cross contamination. Our waitress was helpful and communicated with the chief our requests. I think if you made the server aware of your concerns or challenges they would do everything possible to help.
No Gluten Free menu. Both hostess and server said the restaurant was “gluten friendly” but cross contamination was “very likely”. Almost every menu item uses flour tortillas or chips cooked in a shared fryer. Their special Margarita was overly sweet, artificial tasting, and watered down. I ordered a salad without chips or dressing since it was the only safe item I could find on the menu. All of their menu selections were overpriced; the entire facility was run down and dirty. Only good part of my visit was that I avoided getting sick. (Had to give one star, would have given zero stars if possible).
My mom wanted to go here for the piñata dessert (which has churros in it so a no go) and also wanted to have dinner. We came on a relatively busy night but was able to go and not be glutened. You have three options: pork tacos, cheese and onion enchiladas, and the veggie fajitas with corn tortillas (i omitted the tortillas from reading past reviews and how they are unsafe). Chips are flour as well. The guac is fine and very delicious. All of the entrees were ok, but not worth the price. Two from my party had the mixed berry margaritas and they said they were delicious, as they don’t use the mix but use all fresh ingredients. It is a very hard place to eat at and they can only tell you it is gluten friendly, not gluten free. Will probably not go back because the food isn’t super impressing and we like other Tex-Mex restaurants better than here. The piñata is very amazing though and would definitely come back just for that and the guac.
Manager came to the table and shared that, as someone with Celiac disease, nothing was really safe for me to eat there. All marinades and broths contain gluten. Most items come prepared from corporate. Very sad as it was one of our family’s favorites.
Our server only gave us one option for gluten free! When I asked corporate about it, they sent me a very small list and the one item our server had told us was gluten free was not even on the list corporate sent... We will avoid returning until they get an actual gluten free menu to avoid the confusion.
There were no menus, the server didn’t know what was safe, and they have to make everything special so the wait is about 45 minutes after ordering. They use a house marinade on almost everything, and it has gluten, so your options are extremely limited. The chips are not gf. So while it’s technically possible to eat here, it’s not easy.
Be VERY careful. A lot of their seasoning they put in their meats have gluten in them. Chips are fried on a mixed frier so cross contamination is an issue. Our server worked with the kitchen to make the meal GF but I couldn't just order off the menu.
I informed the waiter I have Celiac Disease, and he said they can make gluten-free dishes with the risk of cross-contamination. I decided to go for it, because Mexican restaurants usually use corn tortillas. I tried ordering chicken fajitas but was told they won’t have any seasoning, so I went for the chicken soft tacos with corn tortillas instead.When my food arrived, they gave me flour tortillas. The waiter apologized and took the food back, but swapped out the tacos rather than giving me a clean plate.I ate one taco out of three and started feeling sick from the cross-contamination. They don’t care if you have Celiac disease...do not eat here.
Called beforehand to ask if they had a separate fryer and gluten free options and was told yes. When eating there I asked if the chips were gluten free & they said yes but they’re fried in the same fryer with things fried in flour. Then they sent a chef out to speak with me to make a gluten free meal since nothing on the menu is marked. He said he’d make me unseasoned steak corn shell tacos and different rice but when the food came out there was the non gluten free rice mixed in with mine and ground beef (which was not gluten free) on my tacos. Very unsafe for celiacs
Horrible gf experience. Waitress didn’t know anything that was gluten free, but recommended the corn tortillas. They called the kitchen “gluten conscious”. After sticking to simply the corn tortilla chips, and corn tortilla quesadilla I became very ill. I will not be returning.
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.
Waiter was super helpful and immediately went down another path when I said I was actually allergic. He mentioned some areas of potential cross contamination so there is some awareness. Got the chicken Cobb salad with no seasoning on the chicken, no tortilla strips, beans, or corn for AIP. Added sliced jicama at no extra charge and he changed the dressing to the vinaigrette to make it gluten free. Overall I was surprised at how easy and good it was. Didn’t get sick.
Manager was very knowledgeable about the needs of celiac disease. They have very limited gluten free options- no menu. Can do fajita meat with no marinade, white rice, black beans, cheese enchiladas with queen, any shrimp dish, and pork carnitas are iffy. Chips aren’t gluten free and no baked chips option.
I’ve been fine with the fajitas as long as I order it with corn tortillas and the tacos too. We come here all of the time and I haven’t gotten sick yet. My friend who is also celiac has also been fine. I hope I haven’t jinxed myself now.
Is there a 0 star? Oh my gosh. I should have known when they said "gluten friendly" but when the manager said that cheese and sour cream had gluten ?! Ok. I'm still a little mad. There is VERY LITTLE you can eat here. Do not go.
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.
Carnita tacos and classic margaritas gf. Tasty. Margaritas are about 3 oz drink and the rest is ice. Chips are contaminated. No gf menu. Best to call ahead and talk to manager before you go to figure out what you can eat
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.
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!
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.
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.
Barely anything on the "gluten-friendly" menu. Salmon and veggies were good, but basically the only entree available besides a salad. Chips aren't truly GF as they don't have a designated fryer.
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.