Georgia: These Restaurants are Peachy for Dairy-Free Diners

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Last Updated September 2020! When you think of the South, heavy cream and butter dishes might come to mind. But the Peach State is a fertile place with a broad culinary scenem ranging from classic comfort food to fresh plant-based cuisine.

That’s why we’ve been able to create this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in Georgia that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!), that’s divided into local restaurants (first) and chains (second).

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

Local Georgia Restaurants Recommended for Dairy-Free Eats

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.)

Athens

  • Donderos’ – Located in a historic district, this family-oriented bakery and cafe has many dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options. Their menus include coffee, tea, grab-and-go salads and sandwiches, soups, frozen meals & desserts, and a rotating variety of baked goods. They label gluten-free and vegan options, and have additional dairy-free choices – you just have to ask!
  • The Grit – This vegetarian restaurant has been around since 1987, and has breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus that are liberally dotted with vegan and gluten-free options. In the morning, you can get vegan biscuits and gravy, a burrito, or even a reuben topped with vegan cheese and sriracha mayo. Midday into the evening, they have a nice range of sandwiches, salads, bowls, and Mexican dishes. They also offer vegan, gluten-free cake for dessert!

Atlanta

  • Cafe Sunflower ⭐️ – This plant-based restaurant has been serving vegan fare for more than 25 years. They have two Atlanta locations where they offer lunch, dinner, and dessert, but they only have Sunday brunch at their Buckhead restaurant. Their dishes are eclectic, and have comfort food appeal, with burgers, lasagna, enchiladas, and more. The menus are also labeled for gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free options, but most of the items do contain soy.
  • Dulce Vegan Bakery & Cafe ⭐️ – What began as a bakery has expanded into a cafe, offering soups, sandwiches, and salads. Everything is made fresh daily from fair trade, organic, and mostly local ingredients. Their menu now includes vegan sandwiches, wedding cakes, and everything in between. They do offer gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free options, and can handle custom orders.
  • Revolution Doughnuts & Coffee ⭐️ – All of the doughs, glazes, and fillings are handmade at this local doughnut bakery. They even use organic flour and seasonal fruits and vegetables to create many of their flavors. They bake traditional donuts, but also offer several vegan options daily, and label gluten-free and dairy-free flavors.
  • R. Thomas Deluxe Grill – This seriously funky restaurant has a broad menu with surprise vegan options throughout, like a raw cashew cheeze plate, stuffed portobella mushrooms, and even cake. Beyond the vegan options, they have some naturally dairy-free menu items, and others that can be easily adapted.
  • Slutty Vegan ⭐️ – The names at this local fast casual restaurant are a little naughty, but they say the food is nice. The menu includes an array of plant-based burgers piled high with toppings and served on vegan Hawaiian buns. They also serve crispy fried “shrimp,” “chicken,” “bratwurst,” and some other comfort dishes.

Decatur

  • Go Vegan Grill ⭐️ – This casual cafe specializes in Southern favorites without milk, eggs, or meat. Their purely plant-based menus include cafeteria-style options and cook to order items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Expect to find a big range of comfort food, from vegan “chicken” and waffles to burgers to “oxtail and gravy.”
  • Revolution Doughnuts & Coffee ⭐️ – This is their flagship location, which opened in 2012. As mentioned, they hand-make all of their doughs, glazes, and fillings from natural and often organic ingredients. About half of their daily doughnut flavors are labeled as vegan, and they usually have at least one gluten-free and dairy-free variety.
  • Southern Sweets Bakery – They serve full breakfast and lunch menus, in addition to their expansive bakery menu. This is a “traditional” restaurant and bakery, but they offer vegan pancakes, several vegan lunch entrees, and a full range of vegan cakes, pies, and tarts. They have additional lunch items that are dairy-free or can be made dairy-free on request.

Duluth

  • Nacho Daddy – This is not your average Mexican restaurant. It’s a lively, funky, bar and grill with an entire page on their menu dedicated to vegan items. The options include their house-made vegan queso dip, enchiladas, nachos, chimichangas, and more. They’re also happy to make most menu other items dairy-free on request with their vegan cheeses and vegan sour cream.

Roswell

  • Huh Natural & Real Food – This cafe and bakery is gluten-free and dairy-free with many options for vegan and paleo customers. They serve coffee drinks, smoothies, a casual breakfast menu, pastries, sandwiches, salads, vegan pizza, and house made empanadas and pot pies. They even offer a selection of vegan cheeses.

National Chains with Several Georgia Locations

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

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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