Gluten Free at Pappasito's Cantina

59 ratings

Gluten Free Menu, Tex-Mex, Mexican, Restaurant

Celiac

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Delicious chicken fajitas- their GF tortillas are some of the best!

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


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

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
Celiac

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Waiter was very knowledgeable. Food was great.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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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They do have a GF menu, and they are educated on GF items. You just have to be mindful of mistakes of bringing you non GF tortillas and chips by mistake. Otherwise, it was a really good place and the food was delicious.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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

Celiac

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So happy to have found a safe place to eat in an airport! I am usually stuck eating the snacks I pack while my family gets to eat real food. The staff took my requests very seriously, and the kitchen manager came out to speak to me about their precautions. He knew about this app and said they work very hard to keep their good reviews. The food was delicious and I felt very confident.

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
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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

Not celiac

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I let them know I had allergies, so the manager came out to discuss what they were doing to accommodate my meat, shellfish, and gluten issues, which foods they were substituting like american cheese and refried beans etc.. amazing and kind and super caring!! I never review but these guys were so great

Safety


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

— 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?

— Some

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

— Excellent

Celiac

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I got curbside pickup and had to call in my order. The young lady taking my order was very nice and knowledgeable about what was gluten free. The food tasted great! I did not get sick at all.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Some

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

— Excellent

Celiac

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The chicken fajitas were amazing! Prepared fresh with corn tortillas and did not get sick. I am very sensitive to cross contamination, so that was a big deal. This was a family favorite of mine before diagnosis, so I’m glad I can still eat there. Not as good as it was with gluten, but that’s kind of the case with everything. 4 stars because the baked chips were not as good as the normal ones used to be, but better than nothing and I appreciate that they had an option.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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?

— Good

Celiac

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The practices of each Pappasito’s location vary based on their kitchen space, so check with the cashier. Mine was VERY knowledgeable and helpful. Here is what she told me (Hobby airport location):

1) grilled chicken is good. you can do tacos, or fajitas but sub for corn tortillas (default is flour). That is what I did! 2) enchilada sauce has gluten and tortillas are dipped in flour... yikes 2) steak marinade is also NOT gf 4) rice and beans are fine 5) she claimed they don’t cross-contaminate the chips “any more” - I was reluctant to trust this so I passed on chips 6) they CAN flag it as an allergy for the kitchen, so ask them to do that. When I picked up the order the cook also confirmed it for me!

Oh and it’s Delicious!! Best airport food!

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


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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The server apologized that the food took longer (which it really didn't) because they wanted to make sure it was gluten free. They took my need to be gluten free seriously. It was nice to feel safe eating while traveling though DFW.

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

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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

Overall Rating

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My husband and I dine here once a month or so, and upon every visit, the manager comes out and explains the measures the kitchen takes to ensure my food is gluten-free. Tonight, our waitress, Vanessa, went above and beyond to ensure there weren’t any issues with my food. She was by far one of the best servers I’ve had.

This restaurant will bring baked chips since the main ones are fried in the same grease as meat. The shrimp tacos are GF, and they can make items with corn tortillas instead of flour.

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
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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

Overall Rating

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I ordered chicken enchiladas based on other reviews and they were excellent! Though you can’t eat the chips and salsa, the enchiladas with rice and beans were perfect. Other options were chicken fajitas and salads.

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
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
Celiac

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Our waiter ensured the grill would be decontaminated and the kitchen staff would change their gloves. The manager came and spoke to me about their protocols to reduce cross-contamination. They also have a separate gluten free menu.

I used my Nima sensor to test the food (fish tacos) for gluten and it all came back negative!

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?

— Separate gluten-free 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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Safety


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

— Very

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?

— Excellent

Celiac

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The server was very knowledgeable about the GF options and was able to tell me what would be cross contaminated and what would not be. Yummy food!

Safety


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

— 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?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Celiac

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Asked for a gluten free menu and they didn't have one. The manager came out and said he can make just about anything gluten free for me. It was amazing.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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A big hot plate of enchiladas rice and beans that came out with a GF toothpick marking the plate...in an airport?!? Yes please. Hope this chain can grow. Yes, you can’t eat the chips but don’t skip it for that reason. Get the enchiladas!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Great handling of gluten-free food — they had a dedicated menu with plenty of options. Massive Sangrias.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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After reading the other reviews, I was a little nervous and ordered cautiously, and had the salmon mango salad. The waiter had the manager talk to me and my son (who can eat gluten but not dairy) and we had a great experience. Those who are dairy free should know that the flour tortillas contain dairy.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Has a gluten free menu. Chips were not gluten free. Only taco shell option was soft corn, not hard shells. Server was not knowledgeable but went back to get the answers to my questions.

Celiac

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Staff was very accommodating and checked several ingredients to make sure I was safe. Ground beef and shredded chicken are both gluten free and dairy free. Rice and beans were safe. Corn tortillas are heated in the microwave so no cross contamination. Tell them it’s an allergy so they change their gloves. Steak is marinated in soy sauce so it’s not safe!

Celiac

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Had a great experience at Pappasito’s last week. I told my waiter that I am gluten free and he brought me the gluten free menu and gluten free tortilla chips. The manager came over and let me know that she would make sure no marinade would be on my chicken and communicated very well with me during my time there. The food there was amazing and I didn’t have a flare up!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Not a great selection, especially for a Tex-Mex restaurant there are usually many options. Ordered a salad and didn’t get sick, but I’m not rushing to go back anytime soon.

Celiac

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I’ll modify this when they get new chips. Harris and Pete Pappas should be ashamed of the baked gluten free corn chips. They taste like cardboard and the staff acknowledges this.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Staff very friendly and helpful

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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This restaurant is in Houston Hobby airport behind the security checkpoints. I told the cashier that I needed gluten free and he told me choices and also got the manager to explain exactly what options were available. The fryer is shared so I could not have the chips. However, I did have queso with corn tortillas as well as tacos and both were great. No issues and staff was great.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Great food! First person didn’t know what GF was but the rest of the staff seemed informed! Food was delicious!! So far so good

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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GF menu. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Larry or waiter was great told me chips are cross contaminated as they are fried in the same fryer as gluten items, so no chips and salsa here that’s why the four star. Larry seemed confident in all other items being safe.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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I eat rice and beans, meat and guacamole tacos on corn tortillas. Had a shrimp and allocators salad that was pretty good. They have options if you ask your waiter but I keep it simple. Good luck!!

Celiac

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Baked chips and fajitas always safe. The manager will come speak and confirm gluten free orders.

Celiac

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Clearly labeled GF items on a separate GF menu with a good selection. Chips are not GF. I have found that the Pappas restaurants are dependable when it comes to GF dining

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Not celiac

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Cashier was very knowledgeable and even made the kitchen double aware. Great, especially at an airport!

Celiac

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They have a GF menu! GF Chips are baked, so they’re pretty dry. Next time I’ll just take my own chips to eat my guacamole with.

Celiac

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Great experience. Knowledgeable cashier shared the GF options. So far so good!

Celiac

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Last week I traveled thru Houston and ate here. It was great. The staff I talked to was very knowledgeable and concerned for people with gluten issues. During both visits the staff told me exactly what I could order and not get sick. They were correct. I had chicken taco with corn tortilla with beans and rice. Tasted good. No issues afterward.

I will return as a customer and recommend to a friend.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Waitress and manager thought gluten free was an egg allergy. Nice to have options, but make sure your servers understand celiacs can’t have gluten!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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They have a good chicken tortilla soup and a couple of salads. Everything else is $20 or more. The chips are absolutely horrible. You can ask for gluten free chips but I wouldn't bother.

Not celiac

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Very knowledgeable about GF and DF. The only bad thing is the chips are not GF. The baked chips are awful. They send a manager to the table which I really like.

Celiac

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Great menu! Great food! Good service!

Celiac

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Imagine my thrill at being able to eat breakfast at an airport. They have breakfast tacos and if you tell them that you cannot eat gluten, not only do they make them on corn tortillas, but the staff changes their gloves and take extra precautions so that they are safe. I tested my bacon egg and cheese tacos with my Nima sensor, and everything came back good.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Staff was very knowledgeable about GF options and food was very good.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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This place is hit or miss when it comes to eating safely. The first time I ate here was great. My food came out with a "GF" label and the manager came to check on me when my food was served. The following two times I came here the staff didn't really seem knowledgeable or particularly concerned, they gave me the wrong tortillas from the grill, and nobody oversaw that my food was actually prepared properly. I've been sickened here twice.

Celiac

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Separate menu, kitchen manager always comes to check on my order/answer questions, food comes out with gf pick/flag. Never been sick.

A side note- the queso is not listed bc it couldn’t be confirmed all the way down the line, but I always get it and I’m crazy sensitive. Also the gf chips are not very good, you might bring your own if you want the salsa/queso, but everything else is delicious!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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My celiac daughter ate lunch today with no issues. The server was knowledgeable when i asked if chips were safe to eat. They are NOT. He said they were fried with other items so not safe. The gluten free menu was easy to read and the dish came out of kitchen marked “gluten free”. I wish they did what other restaurants do and fry chips first thing in morning and save for celiacs!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Chips not GF. All manager offered me was fish... In an airport. Employee not knowledgeable, asked if I wanted it fried. Haven't gotten sick though!

Have angry orchard, tho so that's something

Not celiac

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Staff was knowledgeable and recognized a possible allergy as soon as I started asking for corn tortillas. There are 2 locations within the airport.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Terrible service. Staff isn’t knowledgeable and the food was bland. Lupe tortilla is our go to for great fajitas

Celiac friendly?

No

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Love this place they always make the best gluten free chicken tacos! The rice and beans are so tasty! The breakfast burrito bowl is amazing as well!! Been eating here for years and never been ill and the staff is so kind!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Not celiac

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Had dinner tonight and brought our grandson who has just been diagnosed with celiac disease. Couldn’t ask for better service or more attention. Three different individuals came by and explained everything. He wanted a crispy taco but because they do not have a designated fryer this was not possible. However, they talked not only to me but to him. He asked for the taco ingredients and told them he would eat them with the baked chips he was brought. When the food came all the ingredients (beef, cheese, lettuce, & tomatoes) were all on separate plates. Before bringing the queso, our server checked to make certain it was gluten-free. Definitely impressed with this restaurant as we begin this journey with our grandson.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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very good food! the waiter said that they have a separate preparation space for gluten free food and take extra precaution to avoid cross contamination.

they have baked chips as a gluten free option!

i recommend the chicken fajitas which come with soft corn tortillas

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Waiter was knowledgeable and gave me confidence that they could handle my extreme celiac gluten sensitivity. I had the best Mexican food I have ever eaten. I ordered the enchiladas and baked chips. Really, really good. Big portion! I enjoyed my experience and did not get sick. Thumbs up!!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Gluten Free Features
  • Gluten Free Menu
Categories
  • Mexican
  • Restaurant
  • Tex-Mex
Chicken fajitas - generous portions with 4 corn tortillas (you have to ask to sub). Best airport food!!
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Up close chicken taco!
Chicken taco with rice and beans
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Shrimp Brochette- brings a smile to your face.
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Their gluten free menu. Lots of great options.
Beef enchiladas smothered in mozzarella :)
enchilada and vegis
Attention to details!
Pork tacos
Rice and beans both really good!
Chicken taco!
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Gluten free carnitas enchiladas!
Beef brisket enchiladas with refried black beans and cilantro lime rice