Alaska: The Last Frontier for Dairy-Free Diners

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Alaska might have a rugged image, but just like the rest of the U.S, they have juice shops, trendy breweries, ice cream parlors, and specialty bakeries. Though we wouldn’t call the 49th state a hot bed for special diets, we did discover quite a few eateries that welcome dairy-free diners. The collection below is based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!), and it’s divided into local restaurants (first) and chains (second).

Note: You can ignore the date on this post going forward. We’ll update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new restaurant recommendation, change, or closure. 

Guide to Recommended Restaurants for Dairy-Free Diners in Alaska (breweries, cafes, bistros, ice cream shops, bakeries, etc). Includes gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and other dietary notes.Photo: Prospectors Pizzeria & Alehouse, Denali Park, Alaska

Local Alaska Restaurants Recommended for Dairy-Free Eats

Alaskan cuisine offers a lot of naturally dairy-free options, depending on how they’re prepared. Nearly every menu has an abundance of cold water seafood, from famed wild Alaskan salmon to king crabs – the true stars of The Deadliest Catch. You will also spot wild game on many menus. And believe it or not, organic local produce is quite common. All types of cruciferous vegetables and squash grow quite well up north. Wild berries are also quite pervasive, including blueberries raspberries, and salmonberries. Alaskans are also quite proud of their local beers, which go well with their staple comfort food – pizza.

The following restaurants go above and beyond with unique dairy-free options and/or allergy-friendly service. We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city, and then by the restaurant or shop name.

⭐️ = Restaurant is either dairy-free, has a dairy-free menu, has dairy-free labels on their menu(s), or lists top allergens with menu items. (At the time of our last review.)

Anchorage

  • 49th State Brewing – Aside from their own beers, they have a big menu of food with a few notable vegan options – like flatbread with dairy-free mozzarella and “chicken” tacos. They might even have a decadent vegan dessert waiting for you. Some other savory menu items can be made dairy-free on request, but we’re still waiting on a few specifics.
  • Acai Alaska – Every acai bowl and smoothie they blend is made with no dairy and no added sugars. Plus, they serve some savory items like vegan burritos.
  • A Pie Stop – My husband would love this shop because they only bake pies! They custom make all types of sweet and savory pies for dairy-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free customers. However, these special orders to cost a little extra.
  • Fat Ptarmigan – Although it isn’t listed online, this popular wood-fired pizzeria reportedly offers Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative. They are also quite good at letting you know which sauces and salad dressings contain dairy, and they have a gluten-free crust available.
  • Fire Island Rustic Bake Shop ⭐️ – This local bakery has three locations, each with ample dairy-free options. Though they caution about cross-contamination in their kitchen, they do offer a dairy-free list, which includes about a dozen breads and some sweets.
  • Ginger – Vegan Curry and Vegan Key Lime Cheesecake can be found right on the menu, which we thought was pretty cool. They reportedly offer other menu items that are either naturally dairy free or can be made dairy free.
  • Hearth Artisan Pizza ⭐️ – This is one friendly Alaska restaurant. They offer house-made vegan mozzarella AND Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative for all of their pizzas. They also label dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan items right on the menu. You can even order vegan chocolate avocado pudding for dessert!
  • Heavenly Cup – This local coffee shop offers dairy-free almond, coconut, rice, and soy milk alternatives and they often have locally made vegan baked goods on hand. They also source dairy-free convenience items like Umpqua Oats.
  • Market Juice – If you’re craving fruits, vegetables, and creamy nut milks, then this is the shop for you. They have an assortment of fresh pressed juices and smoothies (with plant-based protein), plus house-made almond milk and hemp cashew milks. Their menu also includes wellness drinks, coffees, teas, a couple sourdough toasts, and energy bites.
  • Middle Way Cafe – Their expansive menu includes a plethora of vegan options, from reubens, melts, and burgers with dairy-free mozzarella to fruit smoothies and several types of pancakes. They do serve milk, eggs, and meat, but almost every menu item can be made dairy-free or gluten-free on request. They also offers some vegan and gluten-free baked goods.
  • Moose’s Tooth & Bear Tooth – Four establishments fall under Bear Tooth Brewing in Anchorage, Alaska, and all have some noteworthy vegan options. Moose’s Tooth and Bear Tooth Theatrepub have pizza with options for vegan whole wheat crust, vegan and gluten-free cauliflower crust, and dairy-free cheese. They usually have a vegan dessert, too. Bear Tooth Grill is the place to go for burgers. They have a vegan burger and options to make most of their burgers dairy free.
  • Natural Yogurt Selections – It’s a regular froyo shop, but they offer vegan coconut milk frozen yogurt flavors that are made with probiotics.
  • Ollin Tea & Cafe – Along with the largest tea display in North America, they have quite a sizable food and drink menu. They offer dairy-free coconut milk lattes and vegan protein smoothies made with almond milk. As for the food, we’ve been told they have many dairy-free options, but are waiting to hear back.
  • Organic Oasis – As the name implies, this is a healthy casual restaurant with lots of vegetables on the menu. But they have an unexpectedly broad menu of salads, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, bowls, and vegan quesadillas and pizzas made with Daiya dairy-free cheese. In fact, there are many vegan items on the menu, along with organic meat options that can be ordered without dairy. For dessert, they have vegan chocolate cake!
  • Red’s Custom Baked Goods – They don’t have a storefront, but do make baked goodies (including vegan and gluten-free) for local restaurants. They also bake custom orders, and can accommodate dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan requests.
  • Snow City Cafe – This brunch spot serves breakfast all day, and also serves burgers and sandwiches. For breakfast, most of their oatmeal, fruit, and house-made granola options can be made dairy-free with your choice of soy, coconut, or almond milk beverage. They also have vegan scrambles and vegan burgers on the menu, and can make most sandwiches without dairy.
  • South Restaurant & Coffeehouse – They have vegan and gluten-free labels on their menus for not only the food, but also the wine! Vegan options include a couple tapas and entrees, and their bread is reportedly vegan. They also have a few additional menu items that are dairy-free. In the coffeehouse you can grab more casual bites, plus smoothies and a cup of Joe with almond, soy, or rice milk beverage.
  • Wild Scoops – Who doesn’t crave ice cream when it’s freezing outside? This shop has everyone covered with creamy vegan coconut ice cream in flavors like Snow and Bear Hug. They also offer dairy-free sorbets.

Denali Park

  • Prospectors Pizzeria & Alehouse – They have a whole little vegan pizza section right on the menu. Cheesy options include house-made dairy-free cashew cheeses and Daiya cheese alternative, and they have a gluten-free, vegan pizza crust.

Fairbanks

  • Go Wild Juicery ⭐️ – Located inside SunDog CrossFit, this health-froward cafe is completely dairy-free. They use only plant-based “mylks” for their smoothies and offer house-made dairy-free creamer for their coffee drinks. They also serve a nutritious array of acai bowls, salads, gluten-free wraps and dessert – including raw vegan “cheesecake” and overnight oats with coconut whip.
  • Little Owl Café – Everything this eatery and bake shop makes in-house is gluten-free (they have wheat options available for things like bread and tortillas that are sourced), and they have ample dairy-free choices. From the menu, they can make you a dairy-free Belgian waffle topped with coconut whipped cream, or a dairy-free sandwich on request. Their full bakery includes numerous dairy-free and vegan items, from cupcakes to sweet breads, and they do bake custom orders. They also offer soy, almond, coconut, and rice milk beverages for their coffee and tea drinks.

Gustavus

  • Fireweed Coffee and Tea House – Sip on coffee or tea made with almond, soy, macadamia, cashew, or coconut milk while enjoying local Alaskan art at this gallery and eatery. They specialize in crepes, which they can make with dairy-free crepe batter on request. They also offer some gluten-free, dairy-free baked goods, like macaroons and coconut lime cake.

Healy

Homer

  • The Bagel Shop – You can pair your naturally dairy-free bagel with house-made dairy-free schmear at this local shop. Each day, they typically feature two vegan schmears, one bean-based and one nut-based. They can also make dairy-free versions of the classics – like Wild Alaskan Bagel & Lox. Veggie fans will love their towering vegan bagel sandwiches and adventurous palates will enjoy their creative rotating sandwich specials. Note that their plain bagels and several variations are vegan, and most of their bagels are dairy-free, but they brush egg white on their seeded bagels.
  • Two Sisters Bakery & Restaurant – Homer proves that no town is too remote or too small for a gluten-free bake shop. This beloved spot has vegan items on their daily bake shop and restaurant menus, and some additional dairy-free items (just ask).

Juneau

  • Devil’s Club Brewing Company – Their taproom serves a modest but fun menu that’s great for pairing with their latest pours. It includes a vegan Caesar, house popcorn with nutritional yeast, and a couple other vegan plates and shareables. Wednesdays are pizza nights, and they do offer a vegan option.
  • Grumpy’s Deli & My Wife’s Juice Bar – Grumpy offers a small handful of dairy-free lunch items, but his wife really accommodates. In addition to dairy-free juices and smoothies, they have almond and coconut milks for coffee drinks, and a special dairy-free golden milk. They also offer juice cleanses and a dairy-free, gluten-free raw food cleanse that you can sign up for.
  • Tracy’s King Crab Shack – You’ll want to avoid the creamy (including the coleslaw) and buttery items on the menu, but according to Tracy’s, all types of their crab, rice, and crab cakes are dairy-free. And they have cocktail sauce for dipping! It’s a large, fun, casual place to enjoy local Alaska brews and food.
  • Zerelda’s Bistro ⭐️ – The menu at this casual daytime restaurant includes dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian labels. And they have quite a few dairy-free options for bowls and wraps.

Seward

  • Sea Bean Cafe – If you find yourself in the little coastal town of Seward, this internet cafe might offer a nice respite. They only label for gluten-free (and there are many options), but they are pretty good about catering to other dietary needs. They have vegan options, even for dessert, and a few additional dairy-free items for breakfast and lunch.

Talkeetna

  • ⭐️ Takeetna Alaskan Lodge (Foraker Dining Room and Base Camp Bistro) – This lodge is located south of Denali, and is set on a ridge. It boasts a grand Alaskan experience and menus with dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan labeled right on the menus.

Wasilla

  • Bistro Red Beet – This gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free eatery also has a full bakery. They offer some dairy-free baked goods and menu items, as well as special order cakes. They can also accommodate paleo and egg-free needs.

For More Gluten-Free suggestions, see my friend Megan’s site, Allergy-Free Alaska.

Guide to Recommended Restaurants for Dairy-Free Diners in Alaska (breweries, cafes, bistros, ice cream shops, bakeries, etc). Includes gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and other dietary notes.Photo: Middle Way Cafe, Anchorage, Alaska

Most Popular Chains in Alaska for Dairy-Free Diners

There are many more chains in this state, but these are the ones we recommend most for dairy-free options.

Guide to Recommended Restaurants for Dairy-Free Diners in Alaska (breweries, cafes, bistros, ice cream shops, bakeries, etc). Includes gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and other dietary notes.Photo: Tracy’s King Crab Shack, Juneau, Alaska

This Guide is Continuously Updated with Recommendations

We welcome you to recommend other dairy-free friendly restaurants. Leave a comment or contact us and tell us why you like a certain restaurant. Restaurant owners and employees are also invited to reach out and let us know how you welcome dairy-free customers.

Please kindly let us know in the comments if any of these restaurants close. We want to keep this list current for you, but aren’t always notified when a restaurant closes. Let us know and we will quickly update!

This Guide is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

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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.

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