A&W Canada


Eat Dairy Free - Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and SweetsUpdated 2018! A&W Canada separated from the corporate A&W Restaurants back in 1972, which is why we created this separate listing. It is reportedly Canada’s second largest burger chain, and has quite a few more dairy-free options than the A&W Restaurants in the U.S. Their allergen chart also has more details, noting foods that are manufactured in the same facility with an allergen. In our list below, we’ve included an (M) next to dairy-free items that were identified as manufactured in a facility that also processes dairy-containing food.

A&W Canada - Dairy-Free Menu Items and Allergen Notes

No Dairy (Milk-Based) Ingredients (see disclaimer below)

  • Protein – Beef Patty, Bacon, A&W Seasoning (M), Egg, Chicken Buddy Portion (M), Chubby Chicken Pieces (M), Breaded Chubby Chicken Portion (M), Spicy Chicken Portion (M), Chicken Grill Portion (M),Chubby Chicken Strip (M), Chubby Chicken Seasoning (M)
  • Bread – Sesame Seed Bun, Hamburger Bun, 7-Grain Bun (M), English Muffin, White Toast (M), Whole Wheat Toast (M), Flour Tortilla (M)
  • Sides – Russet Thick-Cut Fries (M), Hash Browns (M), Sweet Potato Fries, Gravy (M), Macaroni Salad (M), Potato Salad (M), Coleslaw (M)
  • Condiments – Ketchup (M), Mustard, Teen Sauce, Chubby Mayo (M), Mozza Sauce, Chipotle Mayonnaise (M), Grilled Onions (M), Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce (M), Barbecue Dipping Sauce (M), Sriracha Dipping Sauce (M), Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce (M), Kraft Mayonnaise, Smuckers Strawberry Jam (M), Smuckers Raspberry Jam (M), Jif Peanut Butter, Smuckers Honey (M), Smuckers Regular Syrup (M), Canola Pan Coating, Margarine (M)
  • Dessert – Root Beer Lollipops (M)

Other Allergen Notes: As noted above, the A&W Canada allergen chart has an “M” next to menu items where the allergen is “in manufacturing facility.” We’ve included that (M) next to the corresponding items above. But as with any restaurant, there still could be risk of allergen cross-contamination with any food. Speak with the restaurant directly if concerned. To note, their Veggie Patty contains dairy, and isn’t vegan.

More Details from A&W Canada

Allergen Disclaimer from A&W Canada: Regular kitchen operations may result in food sharing common preparatory, cooking or holding areas. The shared use of equipment (fryers, grill, etc.) and utensils may also occur. For individuals with food allergies, this may represent an opportunity for cross-contact with their allergen of concern.

Restaurant Website: www.aw.ca

Allergen Information: www.aw.ca/publicinfo.nsf/AWallergen.pdf

* 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: August 3, 2018

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.


  1. Hi
    I checked the website and asked in store and whey powder is listed as an I ingredient in the fries. Just thought I would mention.

    • Thanks, Kerri. According to the A&W website, the fries are manufactured in a facility with dairy but don’t actually contain dairy. The ingredients are listed in the ingredient information linked to above.

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