Updated 2021! Thanks to Jenny for emailing this recommendation of Chuy’s:
I went to Chuy’s today- one of my favorite restaurants. I have not been there since the new non dairy diet. They actually have a special non dairy menu. That was awesome! I did not have to worry if something was cooked in butter. I know they have locations in Texas, including Houston and Austin.
And to Andrea for also sharing a recommendation of this dairy free-friendly restaurant:
Chuy’s had a dairy free menu, easy to read and readily available when I asked, that also provides dairy-free sauces so that you can customize your order. Very accommodating.
Their dairy-free menu doesn’t appear to be online, and some readers expressed that it wasn’t available at their local Chuy’s. So we wrote in to ask, and received this response:
Below I have attached our dairy friendly menu. Most of our stores do not carry these menus, but the manager on duty will be able to help you out in picking some menu choices that suit your diet. Please let us know if you have any further questions.
Chuy’s Dairy-Free Menu
They call it a “Dairy Friendly Menu,” which is a little misleading. If you’re on this page, you probably don’t feel very friendly toward dairy! This is Chuy’s Dairy-Free Menu, but they like to make it clear that they aren’t a dairy-free establishment, and like any kitchen environment, potential cross-contamination with an allergen is possible.
Please keep in mind, we do not have separate cooking surfaces or fryers for special foods so there is a risk of cross-contamination. We also use butter on our cook tops so you might want to keep that in consideration.
They might be able to clean the cook top before preparing your meal, if needed. But you will need to check with the manager or cook at the location you are visiting. This menu was sent to us on December 30, 2020.
They also have a gluten-free menu, vegetarian menu, and list meat-free options on their main menu.
Where to Find Chuy’s Restaurants
This Mexican restaurant chain is based in Austin, Texas, but they’ve rapidly expanded over the past ten years. You can find locations throughout the Southern, Central, and Eastern U.S. See their website below for addresses and hours.