Tuesday, March 3, 2009

RESTAURANT: Casa Alvarez (Updated!)


Casa Alvarez

Locations: Boulder and Lafayette

Locations We've Visited:
Boulder - 3161 Walnut Street - (303) 546 - 0630

Gluten-Free Options: Casa Alvarez has a separate gluten-free menu at both locations. Ask for it when you arrive! It includes gluten-free appetizers, salads, and Mexican favorites. (NOTE: The gluten-free menu is not availible on Casa Alvarez' website yet, but the owner assures us it will be soon! So check back for it!)

Total From A to Z: 5 Stars

A's Review: * * * * *
A pretty good indicator of a restaurant's attitude towards gluten-free diners is how the staff looks at you when you let them know your dietary needs. Casa Alvarez handled it just right. The host grabbed a gluten-free menu right away and our waitress asked all the right questions to make sure our needs were met. Definitely a place where we would dine again.

Z's Review: * * * * *
So long as you order corn tortillas and check for gluten in the seasonings, Mexican food is generally a pretty safe bet when you are eating gluten-free. However, it's still really nice to have a whole menu that you know is safe to order from without having to ask too many questions! (But, if you do have to ask questions, I've found the Casa Alvarez staff to be really knowledgeable.) I've ordered chicken enchiladas and corn tortilla quesadillas from Casa Alvarez's gluten-free menu. The chicken enchiladas were delicious! I personally think quesadillas taste better with flour tortillas, but it's still really nice to have the option to order them if I want to. I was also delighted to discover that Casa Alvarez's refried beans are 100% gluten-free (you never know what might have gluten in it!) as their beans are so good I could eat them for a meal by themselves! And thank goodness margaritas are gluten-free too!

Z's Update:
We returned to Casa Alvarez and once again it was a great experience! This time I ordered the carne asada from the gluten-free menu, which came with rice, Casa Alvarez's fabulous refried beans, and corn tortillas. The steak was melt-in-your-mouth delicious! We also learned that all of Casa Alvarez' chiles and ranchera sauces are gluten-free, which increases the options for us gluten-free people! However, the server told us that although the chips they serve are corn chips, they are fried in the same oil as flour products, so those of you who are really sensitive to gluten might want to stay away from the chips.


  1. We got feedback from Casa Alvarez! Here is what they said:

    Thank you for the great review, we really appreciate it when our guests have a good experience and share it.

    We try to be sensitive to our diner's nutritional needs and understand the health consequences if we are not.

    FYI we do have a Gluten Free menu at the Lafayette location and we are in the process of re-doing our web site to include the Gluten Free menu.

    Once again, thank you for your patronage!

    Betty Cormane
    Casa Alvarez

  2. I'm glad my name sake restaurant got 5 stars! :)

  3. We got feedback from Casa Alvarez on our update! Here is what they said:

    Thank you for the update. I'll let you know when we launch our new Web Site, and thank you
    for the great review once again.

    Betty Cormane
    Casa Alvarez


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