Kentucky: Tip Your Hat to these Dairy-Free Friendly Eateries

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Last Update in June 2021! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in Kentucky 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 Kentucky: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Rawnaissance Desserts in Louisville

Dairy-Free Kentucky: Recommended Restaurants & Shops

We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city and then by the restaurant or shop name. For large chains with locations throughout the state, see the Major Restaurant & Grocery Chains section below. We have dedicated posts with dairy-free details for many of the big guys.

⭐️ = 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.)

Berea

  • Native Bagel Company – They offer a plethora of dairy-free bagels that you can schmear with vegan cream cheese, almond butter, or one of their jams. They have a few other dairy-free optional menu items, and offer oat milk and almond milk for lattes.

Bowling Green

  • Anna’s Restaurant ⭐️ – This popular Greek restaurant is friendly toward special diet guests. They label their menu with dairy-free and gluten-free options, and the dairy-free choices include a good selection of entrees.
  • Azzip Pizza – This fledgling pizza chain offers a build-your-own pizza with Violife vegan cheese as an option. They offer three dairy-free crust options (including gluten-free), a handful of dairy-free sauces (including pesto), and a petite selection of toppings (including vegan sausage). They have a detailed allergen chart available.
  • Blaze Pizza – See our Blaze Pizza Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Mellow Mushroom – See our Mellow Mushroom Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Saladworks – Pretty much their entire menu contains dairy, but they offer an interactive allergen menu that tells you how to custom order most items without dairy (or other special diet needs). You can choose between salads, warm grain bowls, wraps, and a few other items. They offer a good handful of dairy-free dressings, and do have gluten-free and vegan options.
  • Sweet Charlie’s – This rolled ice cream chain offers a dairy-free and vegan base that you can customize with various flavor and add-in options or even enjoy as a “milkshake.”
  • Zest Juice ⭐️ – This is a grab-and-go, plant-based shop with fresh pressed juices, almond milks, shots, and some snacks.

Covington

  • Eishaus – They offer both chocolate and peanut butter vegan “spaghetti eis” sundaes (made with oat milk ice cream), and also serve lattes with oat, almond, or soymilk.
  • Frida 602 – Cheese-less vegan quesadillas and tacos are available on their menu, and a few additional items can be custom ordered without dairy.
  • Haven Cafe – Their daily offerings include some locally made gluten-free, vegan donuts, dairy-free smoothies and lattes made with oat milk, and a few other quick eats.

Crescent Springs

  • Joella’s ⭐️ – They offer allergen lists to help customers order. The dairy-free options include all of their chicken (grilled, fried, and vegan) in all heat levels, fries, and several other sides (many of which are vegan friendly). Their grilled tenders are also gluten-free.

Florence

  • CoreLife Eatery – If you love nutritious bowls, then this is a chain to hit up. They serve salad bowls, grain bowls, and bone broth and vegetable broth bowls. You can also choose from a selection of tacos. They have a few dairy-free items on the menu, but also have build-your-own bowl choices with a plethora of dairy-free ingredients.

Georgetown

Hebron

Highland Heights

  • Whit’s Frozen Custard – This ice cream chain now has several vegan-friendly stores, including the one in this city. They’re now churning vegan custard that’s made with gluten-free oat milk or cultured coconut milk. The flavors can vary, and are sold in pints or by the scoop, and dairy-free cones and toppings are available.

Independence

  • Whit’s Frozen Custard – This ice cream chain now has several vegan-friendly stores, including the one in this city. They’re now churning vegan custard that’s made with gluten-free oat milk or cultured coconut milk. The flavors can vary, and are sold in pints or by the scoop, and dairy-free cones and toppings are available.

Jefferstown

  • Royals Hot Chicken – This local spot offers their own allergen menu, and it’s quite dairy-free friendly! Their fried chicken, naked chicken, and fried tofu (vegan) is dairy-free. Other dairy-free items also include coleslaw, fries and wedges, most of their sauces, and even their fried apple pie.

Lexington

  • Archa Nine Thai Kitchen – It’s usually easy to find dairy-free dishes at Thai restaurants, but this one is conscious of special diet needs. They’re happy to accommodate dairy-free and gluten-free guests, and have a full vegan menu, too.
  • BD’s Mongolian Grill – They offer a very complete allergen chart with many milk-free options. In fact, at last check, their entire stir fry menu was dairy-free, aside from one of the sauces (and they have many sauces). They do serve other types of food, some of which does contain milk.
  • Blaze Pizza – See our Blaze Pizza Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Blue Sushi & Sake Grill – This sustainable Japanese restaurant makes innovative maki and nigiri. They have a full vegan menu, complete with tempura maki, and of course most of their menu is naturally dairy free.
  • CoreLife Eatery – If you love nutritious bowls, then this is a chain to hit up. They serve salad bowls, grain bowls, and bone broth and vegetable broth bowls. You can also choose from a selection of tacos. They have a few dairy-free items on the menu, but also have build-your-own bowl choices with a plethora of dairy-free ingredients.
  • Corto Lima – Their Latin menu includes a smattering of vegan options, plus a few additional dishes that are or can be made dairy-free.
  • Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream – They offer a whole range of dairy-free flavors made with a coconut cream base, which can include flavors like chocolate fudge ripple, cookies and cream, and strawberry fields. And they make boozy and non-boozy floats. If you can’t make it to their shop, they also ship their pints nationwide via GoldBelly, and you can order their entire dairy-free ice cream collection.
  • Freshie’s Ice Cream & Soda Fountain – They reportedly have seven vegan ice cream flavors available at any given time, can blend various flavors of dairy-free milkshakes, and make craft sodas.
  • GirlsGirlsGirls Burritos – They have a separate vegan menu with burritos and bowls, and many additional menu items can be custom ordered without dairy.
  • Habibis Sweets ⭐️ – They offer several varieties of vegan baklawa, nut rolls, bukaj, and some other dairy-free pastries.
  • Joella’s ⭐️ – They offer allergen lists to help customers order. The dairy-free options include all of their chicken (grilled, fried, and vegan) in all heat levels, fries, and several other sides (many of which are vegan friendly). Their grilled tenders are also gluten-free.
  • Mellow Mushroom – See our Mellow Mushroom Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Miracles Bakery & Cafe – This is a gluten-free, from-scratch bakery, and they offer a range of dairy-free items, with vegan and/or paleo options. There are typically daily muffins, donuts, cookies, and cupcakes to enjoy daily. Their full cafe menu also contains many dairy-free choices, and they offer Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative.
  • Miyako Poké Bowl – They offer cooked, raw, and vegan tofu poke bowls with a plethora of dairy-free toppings and sauces to choose from.
  • MOD Pizza – See our MOD Pizza Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • North Lime Coffee & Donuts – At the North Limestone location, they have a specialty vegan donut flavor each day. The vegan option rotates, but can be as comforting as beignets, classic as maple iced, or unique as fried pickle. The Clays Mill location only has a vegan choice occasionally.
  • Not Your Ordinary Vegan Cafe ⭐️ – They have had some ups and downs, but don’t count them out yet. This purely plant-based cafe serves a range of Southern comfort food and other American classics.
  • Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt – See our Orange Leaf Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Pearl’s – In the morning they serve bagels and bagel sandwiches, and in the evening they bake pizzas and other entrees. Their bagels can be topped with two types of vegan cream cheese, local honey, seed butter, or jam. For their pizzas, they offer dairy-free parm and ricotta and vegan sausage as options. They also offer a vegan Caesar salad and have pudding and sorbetto on the dessert menu.
  • P.F. Chang’s – See our P.F. Chang’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Sav’s Restaurant – They offer a big array of vegan bowls and salads, and several additional menu items are or can be made dairy free at this West African cuisine restaurant. They also scoop unique dairy-free sorbets.
  • Smithtown Seafood – They offer a couple vegan menu items, but many more dishes can be ordered dairy-free. Their fish and chicken are made-to-order, so instead of buttermilk, items can be ordered with a beer marinade, like they use on their catfish, oysters and cod for tacos. But keep in mind that shared fryers are still used for the fried items. Their platters are mostly dairy free (skip the hush puppies).
  • Steel City Pops – Their all-natural fruit pops are vegan, made with simple ingredients, and sweetened with organic sugar. We’ve been told they take cross-contamination seriously with their dairy-free flavors.
  • Ted’s Montana Grill – Founded by media mogul and rancher Ted Turner, this American chain serves a meat-heavy menu with lots of dairy-free options. See our Dairy-Free Guide for Ted’s Montana Grill for more details.
  • The Social Vegan ⭐️ – They serve a casual menu of starters, entrees, and sides, with dairy-free favorites, like cashew cheese dip & chips and cheesy chicken phillies.
  • The Weekly Juicery ⭐️ – At last check, this plant-based juice and smoothie shop was completely dairy-free, and primarily vegan (they do offer bee products).
  • Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen ⭐️ – Their healthy bowl menu is labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests. The dairy-free options include a few salads / wraps, a couple grain bowls, white chicken chili, and house lemonades. Some more items can be custom ordered without dairy.
  • Wild Thyme – They offer a weekly meal program with a big selection of dairy-free and gluten-free menu items to choose from. But they are spotty with labeling online, so it’s best to contact them on dishes and ingredients prior to ordering.

Louisville

  • Annie May’s Sweet Cafe ⭐️ – This is a gluten-free, top allergen-free bakery with limited retail hours, but they also take customer orders and sell wholesale locally. They specialize in cookies, cupcakes, and cakes.
  • Blaze Pizza – See our Blaze Pizza Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Chik’n & Mi – This modern Asian restaurant, isn’t completely dairy free, but they have many options, unique dishes, and are reportedly friendly toward special diet guests and allergy needs.
  • CoreLife Eatery – If you love nutritious bowls, then this is a chain to hit up. They serve salad bowls, grain bowls, and bone broth and vegetable broth bowls. You can also choose from a selection of tacos. They have a few dairy-free items on the menu, but also have build-your-own bowl choices with a plethora of dairy-free ingredients.
  • Dairy Kastle – Don’t let their name deceive you. They are friendly toward dairy-free customers too. They offer a few dairy-free flavors daily, like coconut or strawberry, which you can sample. And they even have some classic summer savory bites, like hot dogs, brats, and walking tacos with vegan options.
  • Decca – Melissa emailed this recommendation. “I am lactose intolerant and I have found that many local restaurants in Louisville have a dairy free menu. Decca on E Market St. was my most recent discovery. Chef Annie has marked up one of their dinner menus for the servers that can help guide you through your options.” Decca is a restaurant and lounge with a refined menu.
  • Eat A Pita – Their menu is liberally labeled with vegan options, like pita nachos, pitadillas, and salads. They offer vegan tzatziki, dairy-free cheese, and faux meats. They also serve some dairy-free kabobs and other meat items.
  • Full Stop Station – This local cafe blends healthy smoothies and lattes with macadamia and oat milk options, and they have a vegan friendly menu. They offer vegan burgers, waffles, salads, breakfast burritos, and toasts. A few additional items can be ordered without dairy, since they do offer dairy-free cheese.
  • Grind Burger Kitchen – They offer a vegan burger with vegan/gluten-free bun option, and many of their other burgers can be ordered dairy-free. They also have a few side, salad, and sauce options.
  • Half-Peach Bakery & Cafe ⭐️ – This vegan restaurant serves casual entrees, pizzas, single-serve sweets like cookies and cupcakes, and deli items like cashew cheese sauce and salads.
  • Heart and Soy – It’s not hard to find dairy-free food at Chinese restaurants, but this vegetarian spot makes their own tofu, soy milk, and soy pudding from local soy beans. They also offer vegan desserts to go.
  • I Love Juice Bar ⭐️ – They blend dairy-free smoothies, acai bowls, and smoothie bowls, offer a range of juices and healthy shots, have overnight oats, and also serve vegan-friendly soups.
  • Joella’s ⭐️ – They offer allergen lists to help customers order. The dairy-free options include all of their chicken (grilled, fried, and vegan) in all heat levels, fries, and several other sides (many of which are vegan friendly). Their grilled tenders are also gluten-free.
  • Liège & Dairy Ice Cream + Waffles – They scoop some creamy dairy-free ice cream, but the Holiday Manor location tends to have a few flavors, while the other location usually has just one. At both locations, they can blend dairy-free milkshakes with soymilk.
  • Lueberry – Dairy-free acai and pitaya bowls are their focus, but you’ll find some additional sips and light eats at this healthy shop.
  • Mayan Cafe ⭐️ – This local dinner spot goes above and beyond for dairy-free guests. They label dairy-free items, and also note extras, like if or how a dish can be modified to be dairy-free. They also label for gluten-free and vegan guests. The cuisine boasts authentic foods and flavors from Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.
  • Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen – They have a fun plant-based menu, with unique tacos, Kentucky fried avocado, and “chicken” sandwiches. Some additional tacos can be ordered dairy-free.
  • Naive Kitchen + Bar ⭐️ – Their brunch, lunch, and dinner menus are labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests. The dairy-free options are abundant, with items like a nacho appetizer, chicken salad sandwich, crispy skin salmon, white fish toast, and much more. They also have a lemon olive oil cake for dessert, and offer many vegan appetizers and mains.
  • Noosh Nosh – Their menu is labeled for vegan guests, and includes vegan pizza topped with dairy-free cheese alternative. They offer some additional dairy-free menu items, and you can custom order most of their pizzas with the cheese alternative.
  • North Lime Coffee & Donuts – Select days of the week, they have a specialty vegan donut flavor each day. So be sure to check their donut schedule before visiting.
  • Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt – See our Orange Leaf Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • P.F. Chang’s – See our P.F. Chang’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Pokehana – This is a popular poke bowl spot with both raw and cooked options and a mostly dairy-free menu.
  • Primo’s Pizzeria – Most of their pizza crusts are vegan, including the gluten-free one, and they offer dairy-free cheese to build your own dairy-free pie.
  • Pure Blendz – They blend dairy-free acai and smoothie bowls with a range of healthy superfoods, and also offer house kombucha and a couple dairy-free toast options.
  • Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets – You’ll find quite a few dairy-free products and to-go items at this local grocery chain. Select locations have a dairy-free Blossom Bar on site that uses their house-made nut milk, organic fruit, and other healthy ingredients to blend various smoothies and bowls.
  • Ramsi’s Cafe On The World – Their global menu boasts several interesting vegan options, like chipotle con queso, East Indian paella, spicy Jamaican tofu, and much more. They serve many additional dairy-free menu items, too, and gluten-free options are available.
  • Rawnaissance Desserts ⭐️ – They specialize in raw vegan desserts, and make a huge selection of cakes and pies. They also have a big menu of house-made gelato flavors, and desserts to use them.
  • Royals Hot Chicken – This local spot offers their own allergen menu, and it’s quite dairy-free friendly! Their fried chicken, naked chicken, and fried tofu (vegan) is dairy-free. Other dairy-free items also include coleslaw, fries and wedges, most of their sauces, and even their fried apple pie.
  • Shahar Cafe ⭐️ – They serve American favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but everything on the menu is vegan.
  • Steel City Pops – Their all-natural fruit pops are vegan, made with simple ingredients, and sweetened with organic sugar. We’ve been told they take cross-contamination seriously with their dairy-free flavors.
  • The Indignant Platypus ⭐️ – This vegan bakery makes a fun and unique array of vegan sweets and eats. They offer quiche, cannoli, cookie sandwiches, and more.
  • The Silly Axe Cafe – This is a gluten-free restaurant that serves sandwiches, salads, and a rotating selection of entrees. They offer vegan cheese and vegan menu items, and many of their sandwiches, sides, and entrees can be ordered with out dairy. They also run a full bakery, and make top allergen free pies, and several other dairy-free, gluten-free breads and goodies.
  • The Weekly Juicery ⭐️ – At last check, this plant-based juice and smoothie shop was completely dairy-free, and primarily vegan (they do offer bee products).
  • V-Grits ⭐️ – This is a vegan restaurant with a lengthy southern-style menu. Their dishes include comfort foods like mac and beer cheese, loaded fries, and Nashville hot “chicken” dishes.
  • Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen ⭐️ – Their healthy bowl menu is labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests. The dairy-free options include a few salads / wraps, a couple grain bowls, white chicken chili, and house lemonades. Some more items can be custom ordered without dairy.

Newport

  • Saladworks – Pretty much their entire menu contains dairy, but they offer an interactive allergen menu that tells you how to custom order most items without dairy (or other special diet needs). You can choose between salads, warm grain bowls, wraps, and a few other items. They offer a good handful of dairy-free dressings, and do have gluten-free and vegan options.

Owensboro

  • Azzip Pizza – This fledgling pizza chain offers a build-your-own pizza with Violife vegan cheese as an option. They offer three dairy-free crust options (including gluten-free), a handful of dairy-free sauces (including pesto), and a petite selection of toppings (including vegan sausage). They have a detailed allergen chart available.
  • Mellow Mushroom – See our Mellow Mushroom Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • MOD Pizza – See our MOD Pizza Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt – See our Orange Leaf Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • The Hippie Herbivore ⭐️ – It’s by order only, but the this one-woman show bakes vegan cake donuts in a variety of classic, trendy, and seasonal flavors. Gluten-free, keto, and protein options are available (all dairy-free), and she states that all flavors are nut-free.
  • Wheatgrass Juice Bar ⭐️ – Their menu doesn’t stop with fresh juices and smoothies. They also have a mini plant-based cafe menu with grilled cheese, toast, salad, and healthy treats.

Paducah

  • Branch Out ⭐️ – This plant-based cafe serves a full menu of bowls, burgers, tacos, and other American staples. They also have a bakery on-site, churning out cupcakes, donuts, cookies, and more.
  • Craving the Curls – This rolled ice cream shop offers a vegan coconut milk ice cream base and several toppings and mix-ins to choose from.
  • Frutta Bowls – They offer acai, pitaya, kale, graviola, smoothie, and oatmeal bowls with many dairy-free and plant-based options.
  • Mellow Mushroom – See our Mellow Mushroom Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

Pikeville

Simpsonville

Slade

  • Miguels Pizza – They offer build-your-own pizza, baked pasta, or salad, and have dairy-free cheese alternative as an option, in addition to a huge array of toppings.

Somerset

  • Mellow Mushroom – See our Mellow Mushroom Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Zilla Meals ⭐️ – They’re located in Somerset, but this meal delivery service has various pick up locations in the region and also ships. They focus on healthy, simple cuisine, and clearly label the selections for dairy-free and gluten-free customers.

Whitley City

  • Kristina’s Kitchen ⭐️ – Their cafe and bakery is plant-based, dairy-free, and egg-free, and mostly vegan. They bake a range of whole grain breads and healthier treats, and serve a lunch and dinner menu with homestyle dishes.

Wilder

Dairy-Free Kentucky - Half-Peach Bakery & CafePhoto from Half-Peach Bakery & Cafe in Louisville

Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout Kentucky

Some recommended restaurant and store chains are getting too big for our city listing britches. They have many locations, or are rapidly growing, and you might stumble across them in a number of towns in this state. Click on them for more dairy-free details.

Dairy-Free Kentucky: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Joella’s in Lexington, Louisville, and Crescent Springs

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in Kentucky

These dairy-free friendly companies don’t have their own retail location, but are in Kentucky. So you have a good chance of finding their products at grocery stores, restaurants, and/or other shops in this state. Keep an eye out!

  • LifeBar – They make ready-to-blend, plant-based smoothies made with superfoods. They offer dairy-free protein and adaptogen varieties.

Dairy-Free Kentucky: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Annie May’s Sweet Cafe in Louisville

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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About Author

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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