Author: Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

Updated February 2023! Though they boast a Hawaiian theme, most Islands Restaurants are in Southern California. They have a smattering of locations in other warm weather cities. But if  you are near one, they offer a rather expansive list of dairy-free options – with custom order. See our information below regarding recent changes and options from their detailed allergen menu. Islands Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Vegan, Allergen & Custom Order Info This menu guide includes dairy-free menu options first, followed by custom order components. Be aware of special order requirements in parentheses () next to the menu items, and see the Heads…

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Updated February 2023! Have you heard? Panago Pizza offers an expansive vegan menu! Several years ago, this popular Canadian pizza chain recognized the growing demand for dairy-free options. So they added dairy-free cheese to their menu, reformulated some of their crusts, and even added a whole selection of plant-based pizzas to their regular menu. Panago Pizza Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Vegan & Gluten-Free Options This menu guide includes dairy-free pizzas first, followed by custom order components. Then we have the other menu items and components after that. Be aware of special order requirements in parentheses () next to the menu…

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Updated February 2023! Pei Wei is the fast casual chain owned by P.F. Chang’s. They have an open kitchen concept where you can watch the flames dance as they prepare your meal. I’ve always loved this chain for their atmosphere and flavors. And they can be a good option for dairy-free diners. We’ve noted all of the options, along with gluten-free choices, other allergen notes, and a separate vegan menu guide with good custom order options. Pei Wei Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Allergen Notes & Vegan Options Be aware of special order requirements in parentheses () next to the menu…

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Updated February 2023! Planet Smoothie came onto our radar in 2016, when they launched a limited time line of dairy-free smoothies made with almond milk. A couple of those smoothies were retired, but the almond milk became a permanent offering on their nationwide menus. So today Planet Smoothie has a decent-sized selection of dairy-free smoothies and bowls. In fact, they come out with a few seasonal options throughout the year, some of which stick around. This year, they’ve moved forward with their tropical offerings. Dairy-Free Menu Guide for Planet Smoothie with Vegan Options This menu guide includes dairy-free menu options…

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Updated February 2023! Scattered about the U.S., Yard House pours thousands of gallons of craft beer and specialty cocktails daily, while serving an extensive and eclectic menu of gourmet pub food. As an interesting twist, Yard House has a full menu of items using gardein vegan meat alternative, BUT not everything on that menu is dairy-free and vegan. Fortunately, the are quite knowledgeable and transparent about which items are vegan-friendly. Yard House Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Vegan & Gluten-Free Options Yard House has many dairy-free menu options and many more that can be custom ordered. We reached out with specific…

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Updated February 2023! If you’re looking for some down home comfort food in a hurry, then head to a Boston Market. They have a satisfying range of dairy-free options, for holidays and any day. And readers have told us that they are quite helpful with special diet questions in store. To give you a head start, we gathered all of their dairy-free options, including viable custom orders, and put them together into this quick dairy-free menu at a glance. Dairy-Free Menu Guide to Boston Market (with Gluten-Free Options) A little known secret about Boston Market: Most of their staple sauces…

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Updated February 2023! Create your own dairy-free, all-you-can-eat stir fry at HuHot Mongolian Grills! This chain was originally recommended to us by a reader named Charlea. She let us know about her allergy-friendly experience at one location, and it turns out, it’s their corporate policy. They provide full allergen information, complete with sauce details (see our guide below). And on request, your HuHot Grill Warrior (aka stir fry chef) will clean an area on the grill and use new spatulas dedicated exclusively to your order to help minimize the risk of cross contact. HuHot Mongolian Grill Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Allergen…

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Updated February 2023! Compared to many other chain restaurants, Seasons 52 is a bit elevated. Their elegant menu speaks to fresh ingredients prepared in classic yet slightly creative ways. And many guests love their craft cocktails and hand-picked wine selection, which includes 52 options by the glass! It’s a fine dining experience without too much fuss, and just enough dairy-free options on the menu. They used to offer special diet menus, but now they have an all-in-one allergen and gluten-free guide, which is regularly updated. Seasons 52 Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Custom, Vegan & Allergen Options The staff at staff is…

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Updated February 2023! A few years ago, Pinkberry launched a limited edition dairy-free cold brew frozen yogurt flavor. It was supposed to be on the menu for just six weeks, but it eventually became a permanent offering – along with several other dairy-free and vegan flavors! They now offer several creamy varieties made with coconut milk and some sorbets made purely with fruit. Pinkberry Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Vegan Options & Allergen Notes Keep in mind, the availability of flavors will vary by store, and by day. Pinkberry does rotate them often. And toppings can be different at various locations. But…

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Updated February 2023! When I was a teenager, my dad and I would meet up at Burgerville every week. He’s always been really into health, but loves to enjoy a burger as his weekly treat. And Burgerville was his favorite. Since moving from the Northwest, I haven’t visited this popular chain. But it looks like they’ve been doing some amazing things. Beyond the usual order, they now serve veggie burgers, turkey burgers, truffle fries, and even vegan milkshakes. In fact, they’ve even added plant based, dairy free ice cream sandwiches to their everyday menu! All of the options are outlined…

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Last Update in February 2023! Uno Pizzeria & Grill has been top rated by our friends at Allergy Eats for years, and for good reason. They offer not only allergen information, but also detailed ingredients on their website in the Nutrition information and on request. Customers frequently report their well-trained management of allergen orders, too. And believe it or not, they have dairy-free and vegan pizzas, right on the menu! We first reported on Uno’s over a decade ago, but now we’re giving this post a big update with all current options. Dairy-Free Menu Guide to Uno Pizzeria & Grill…

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Last Update in February 2023! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in Ontario that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!) that’s divided into restaurants & shops by city (first) and major chains found throughout the state (second). And we’ve started a section for specialty dairy-free foods produced in this state. We Update Continuously! You can ignore the original date on this post going forward. We update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new recommendation, change, or closure. Dairy-Free Ontario: Recommended…

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Last Update in February 2023! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in the Beehive State that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!) that’s divided into restaurants & shops by city (first) and major chains found throughout Utah (second). And we’ve started a section for specialty dairy-free foods produced in this state. We Update Continuously! You can ignore the original date on this post going forward. We update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new recommendation, change, or closure. Photo from…

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Updated February 2023! A few years ago, we featured Nekter Juice Bar when they launched natural dairy-free ice cream in their shops. Unfortunately, Skoop, as it was called, has been discontinued. But Nekter still blends a big dairy-free menu of juices, smoothies, protein smoothies, acai bowls, and even chia parfaits. Nekter Juice Bar Dairy-Free & Vegan Menu Guide Everything on the menu at Nekter can be made dairy-free. They use their own house-made cashew milk, and blend in fresh ingredients. We have listed their menu options first, followed by custom order components. Be aware of special order requirements in parentheses…

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Updated February 2023! The dairy-free options aren’t expansive a this Mexican restaurant chain, but we do appreciate that On The Border offers both an allergen chart and ordering recommendations for each top allergen. We pooled information from both, and from corporate, to give you a bigger picture of the dairy-free options at On The Border. On The Border Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Vegan & Custom Order Options The allergen menu at On The Border looks simple but can feel limiting for dairy-free diners. But it’s really about understanding your basic options at this restaurant. Knowing that you want corn tortillas…

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Last Update in February 2023! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in Nebraska that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!) that’s divided into restaurants & shops by city (first) and major chains found throughout the state (second). And we’ve started a section for specialty dairy-free foods produced in this state. We Update Continuously! You can ignore the original date on this post going forward. We update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new recommendation, change, or closure. Dairy-Free Nebraska: Recommended…

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Updated February 2023! Pita Pit is a fast casual, build-your-own spot for fresh pitas, bowls, and salads. They have Subway-style ordering, but with their own array of fillings, sauces, and pita options. Like similar chains, Pita Pit has a plethora of dairy-free options when you skip the cheese. We’ve detailed those choices below, along with the vegan options and notes for other top allergens. Dairy-Free Menu Guide for Pita Pit with Vegan Options This Pita Pit menu guide includes top dairy-free menu options first, followed by custom order components, and then sides. Be aware of special order requirements in parentheses…

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Updated February 2023! This casual American bar and grill serves a wide range of meat and seafood dishes, and is well loved for their burgers. Although I wouldn’t recommend Ruby Tuesday to vegans, it is a great find for dairy-free diners. They offer a big array of chicken, steak, seafood, burger, sandwich, and salad options without milk. Ruby Tuesday has been on a downward slide since 2016, and did have a very tough 2020. Like many restaurants, they had to close several more locations. To stay alive, they chose voluntary bankruptcy in 2021. The move allowed them to quickly come…

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Updated February 2023! The Keg is a tricky spot for dairy-free diners, since they do love to use butter and creamy sauces. Nevertheless, The Keg has received accolades over the years for how they work with food allergic diners. Once alerted, a manager will come to your table and assist in the ordering process. Of course, experiences can vary. But numerous dairy-free readers have shared their positive experiences with this steakhouse chain. We’ve personally seen them accommodate a vegan diner with a specially prepared meal, and have gotten to try some of the following dairy-free options. The Keg Dairy-Free Menu Guide…

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Last Update in February 2023! In a state where cross fit is merely daily exercise and becoming a yoga instructor is a top career, you can bet nutrition takes center stage. Consequently, there are numerous restaurants in Colorado that cater to paleo, keto, whole30, gluten-free, plant-based, and of course, dairy-free diets. Consequently, we are continuously populating this guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in Colorado that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!) that’s divided into restaurants & shops by city (first) and major chains found throughout…

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