Updated 2020! A&W is an iconic restaurant chain best known for its root beer. They serve classic fast food burger fare in the U.S. and in several countries throughout the world. However, their Canadian restaurants have been run as a separate, unaffiliated chain since 1972. For that reason, and because their menus do differ significantly, we have a separate A&W Canada listing. The listing below is for the U.S. restaurants and might carry over to some other international locations.
No Dairy (Milk-Based) Ingredients (see disclaimer below)
- Fish and Shrimp – Crunchy Shrimp
- Sides – French Fries, Cole Slaw, Mott’s Applesauce
- Dipping Sauces – Honey Mustard, Spicy Papa, BBQ
- Frozen Drinks – Slushees (Cherry, Watermelon, Lemon, Blue Raspberry)
Other Allergen Notes
- Their beef patty doesn’t contain dairy (the chicken and hot dogs do). But somewhere in the bun, liquid butter substitute, and/or seasoning there is some sneak dairy in the additives.
- They disclaim “milk” in all of their burgers, but there isn’t an obvious or clearly marked ingredient that jumps out.
- The iconic A&W Root Beer is dairy-free on its own, but it surprisingly contains gluten.
More Details from A&W
Allergen Disclaimer from A&W: Variations may occur due to differences in suppliers, revisions, ingredient substitutions, recipe and/or product production at the restaurant. In some restaurants fish, shrimp, chicken, potatoes, and other fried menu items may be prepared in the same oil (fish and/or shrimp (shellfish) are NOT served in all restaurants).
Restaurant Website: www.awrestaurants.com
* The above information was supplied by the corresponding restaurant via their website, customer service, or other published nutritional information. Ingredients and menu offerings are constantly changing in the food service industry, and can be subject to interpretation. For this reason, Go Dairy Free does not guarantee nor take responsibility for the accuracy of this information. If severe allergies or intolerances are a concern, contact the restaurant directly before purchasing or consuming one of their products. Cross-contamination of potential food allergens should always be considered a possibility in a fast food restaurant.
Last Updated: January 4, 2020