Georgia: These Restaurants are Just Peachy for Dairy-Free Diners

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Last Update in September 2021! 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 scene ranging from classic comfort food to fresh plant-based cuisine. That’s why we’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores 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 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.

Georgia: These Restaurants are Just Peachy for Dairy-Free Diners - Updated continuously with recommended restaurants for dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free diners. Bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and more!Photos from Fox & Fig Cafe in Savannah, Georgia

Dairy-Free Georgia: Recommended Restaurants & Shops

Many Georgian specialties are heavy in dairy. But this fertile state is also ripe with fresh fruit, vegetables, peanuts (often served boiled!), and pecans that many chefs prepare in fresh ways. So look for restaurants that boast local and plant-based cuisine for a dairy-free taste of the South. In the cooler months, your taste buds can take shelter in more comforting regional dishes, like Brunswick Stew and good old-fashioned barbecue.

We’ve listed 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.)

Alpharetta

Athens

  • Donderos’ Kitchen – 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!
  • I Heart Mac & Cheese – This is a build-your-own mac and cheese bowl or grilled cheese sandwich chain. They offer vegan cheese, various meats and vegan meats, and several other toppings. They have several pasta, base, and bread choices. Gluten-free options are available.
  • The Grit – This vegetarian restaurant has been in Georgia 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

  • Baker Dude – Orran, the Baker Dude, doesn’t forget about his special diet customers. He offers some daily baked goods for paleo, keto, dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free customers, takes special orders, and clearly labels gluten-free and vegan options on his impressive cafe menu. It includes breakfasts, sandwiches, pizzas (with vegan mozzarella), and more.
  • Bartaco – Their allergen menu is so detailed, that it states exactly what in the item contains the allergen. And their dairy-free options are abundant. Most of their tacos, rice bowls, other entrees, and sides are, or can be ordered, dairy-free. But the dessert and kids menus are heavy in dairy.
  • 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.
  • Cinnaholic ⭐️ – See our Cinnaholic Post for full details.
  • 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.
  • Five Daughter’s Bakery – They offer a line of paleo donuts, which are free of dairy, gluten, grains, and refined sugars. And they have a separate line of vegan yeast-raised donuts made without dairy and eggs.
  • Flower Child – This healthy restaurant chain serves salads, bowls, and plates with choose your own protein and side options. Their modern “hippie” menu is loaded with organic produce, whole grains (gluten-free, too), and house dressings. Their menu is littered with vegan and paleo options, and most items either are, or can be made dairy-free on request. They have a couple locations in Atlanta.
  • Georgetown Cupcake – Their is a lot of dairy at this cupcakery, but they offer Vegan Apple Cinnamon or Carrot Cupcakes with dairy-free cream cheese frosting, depending on the day of the week.
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream – See our Jeni’s Dairy-Free Guide for full details.
  • KarmaFarm ⭐️ – Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options are labeled on the menu at this farm-to-table, fast casual restaurant, and there is plenty to choose from. “Every KarmaFarm salad, protein, side and dressing is gluten, dairy and nut free. All ingredients are clearly marked, including seeds, coconut, shellfish and eggs. Our full bakery is also entirely gluten, dairy and nut free, and offers rotating grab n’ go or grab n’ eat options.” And they take custom orders for cakes, cupcakes, and other baked goods.
  • 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.
  • Mediterranea Restaurant and Bakery – As you might have guessed, they serve Mediterranean cuisine. But this eatery also serves ample vegan dishes for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, and can make many more items dairy-free on request. They don’t offer vegan cheese, but they do have specialty dairy-free, cashew-based sauces for various dishes.
  • Playa Bowls – See our full Playa Bowls Post for more details.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Snooze A.M. Eatery – They serve some plant-powered, dairy-free menu items, like vegan pancakes, tofu scramble, porridge, and buddha bowls. Some additional dishes can be custom ordered dairy free.
  • Slutty Vegan ⭐️ – The names at this local fast casual restaurant are a little naughty, but they say the food is quite 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. They have two location in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 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.”
  • Sweet Stack Creamery – They offer a little selection of vegan ice cream flavors made with a cashew base. At last check, they didn’t have any dairy-free donuts or cookies for sandwiching, but perhaps they will add some!
  • Sweetwater Brewing Company – This local brewery makes an almond milk stout (seasonally), and they have a few unique dairy-free and vegan eats on their food menu.
  • The Yard Milkshake Bar – This growing chain serves ridiculously indulgent milkshakes, and they have vegan options on their menu. We spotted this crazy chocolate concoction made with oat milk ice cream, chocolate soymilk, dairy-free whip, and vegan cookies. You can also build your own shake. They usually have a couple creamy dairy-free ice cream flavors available.
  • True Food Kitchen – See our True Food Kitchen Post for full details.
  • Uncle Maddio’s – This build-your-own pizza or salad chain offers Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative and has two crust options to choose from (including gluten-free). They also offer a plethora of toppings and a good handful of dairy-free sauce and dressing options.
  • Upbeet – Though they don’t specifically label dairy-free on their menu, there is so much to choose from. They have a huge array of dairy-free smoothies, smoothie bowls, and superfood lattes, and their grain and salad bowls can be customized with meat or vegan in so many ways. They do label vegan and gluten-free items, and have some unique options, like yogurt bowls with coconut yogurt and toast on sprouted wheat or gluten-free, dairy-free bread.
  • Yeah! Burger ⭐️ – After taking a hiatus, this popular local burger spot is reopening as completely vegan. They’ve long been appreciated as an allergy-friendly kitchen, but are taking it to the next level. Everything will be dairy-free, egg-free, and meat-free, with many soy-free and gluten-free options on the menu.

Augusta

  • Buzzed Bull Creamery – This create-your-own ice cream chain uses nitrogen to instantly freeze your chosen flavor. You can order it unbuzzed or buzzed (with alcohol), for those over 21. They have a dairy-free sorbet base and a dairy-free almond milk base. They also have guides to the dairy-free and vegan mix-ins on request, and can blend a custom milkshake just for you.
  • Dolce Darlin – You won’t spot many, if any, dairy-free cupcakes on their daily menu. But they do accommodate special orders for dairy-free and vegan cakes and cupcakes.
  • I Heart Mac & Cheese – This is a build-your-own mac and cheese bowl or grilled cheese sandwich chain. They offer vegan cheese, various meats and vegan meats, and several other toppings. They have several pasta, base, and bread choices. Gluten-free options are available.
  • 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.”

Avondale Estates

  • Good Karma Coffee House ⭐️ – Thanks to Denise for emailing this recommendation, “One of our favorite places (pre-pandemic!) because it’s dairy-free and has plenty of soy-free options! Very allergy-friendly local establishment.” This is a full bakery and cafe that serves breakfast and lunch, and offers an array of baked treats – all of which are gluten-free, too. They do offer some dairy as options, but all menu items are, or can be, dairy-free.

Brookhaven

  • Urban Wok ⭐️ – At last check, their entire menu of build-your-own bowls was dairy-free. They even use coconut milk in the Tikka Masala to keep it dairy-free and vegan. They have a variety of sauce flavors and various bases, including three types of noodles, brown and white rice, and grain-free zoodles.

Brunswick

  • 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.”

Buford

  • Creamistry – Their instant liquid nitrogen ice cream and shakes can be ordered with one of their many dairy-free bases: vegan cashew, vegan coconut, or sorbet (several fruit flavors). They have an array of flavors and toppings.

Canton

  • Uncle Maddio’s – This build-your-own pizza or salad chain offers Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative and has two crust options to choose from (including gluten-free). They also offer a plethora of toppings and a good handful of dairy-free sauce and dressing options.

Chamblee

Columbus

  • 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.

Decatur

  • 2B Whole Gluten-Free Bakery – Their entire selection of European-inspired sweet and savory products is gluten-free, soy-free, and peanut-free. Most items are also dairy-free, and they offer many vegan, paleo, and keto options. In fact, they even bake vegan cinnamon rolls and stuffed vegan cheese biscuits.
  • 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.”
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream – See our Jeni’s Dairy-Free Guide for full details.
  • 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.

Dunwoody

Jonesboro

  • Slutty Vegan ⭐️ – The names at this local fast casual restaurant are a little naughty, but they say the food is quite 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. They also have two location in Atlanta.

Kathleen

  • 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.”

Kennesaw

  • 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.

Locust Grove

  • CherryBerry Frozen Yogurt Bar – The flavors rotate at this Midwestern chain, but at any given time, you can usually find at least a few dairy-free flavors. They offer creamy vegan Silk almondmilk frozen yogurt in Chocolate and Vanilla. And they swirl numerous dairy-free sorbets, including Chocolate Fudge and a variety of fruity flavors. The staff has ingredient information, and can open new topping bags if cross-contamination is a concern.

Marietta

  • The Poké Company ⭐️ – The food menu at this poke bowl and sushi burrito shop is dairy-free and nut-free. They also offer cauliflower rice for grain-free and paleo guests, label their sauces for vegan and gluten-free guests, and provide other allergen info.

McDonough

  • Cowboy Chicken – They offer rotisserie and crispy chicken in a few flavors, all of which were dairy-free (at last check). They also have several dairy-free sides. Their bowls each contain dairy, but can be custom ordered without. They have an allergen chart, which also details dressing 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.”

Newnan

  • Creamistry – Their instant liquid nitrogen ice cream and shakes can be ordered with one of their many dairy-free bases: vegan cashew, vegan coconut, or sorbet (several fruit flavors). They have an array of flavors and toppings.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Norcross

  • Pokemoto ⭐️ – Enjoy their poke bowls with a range of dairy-free sauces, and get dairy-free Dole Whip for dessert!

Peachtree City

  • Island Fin Poke – Almost everything on their menu is dairy-free, and it includes some unique Hawaiian touches, like spam as a poke bowl option and dairy-free Dole Whip for dessert.

Peachtree Corners

Roswell

  • Cristy’s Kitchen –  This gluten-free cafe covers dairy-free, vegan, and paleo guests, too. They serve dairy-free smoothies, pot pies, sandwiches, waffles, cakes, cupcakes, cashew cheeses,  and more, with vegan options in every category.
  • 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.
  • 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.”

Sandy Springs

  • Flower Child – See our Flower Child Restaurant Post for details.
  • Fuego Mundo ⭐️ – Enjoy anything and everything at this lively Latin kitchen. The restaurant is certified kosher meat and dairy-free, and their menu includes a global mix of entrees. They offer meats from the grill, tacos, burgers, and even sushi. And they cater to other dietary needs, too. All of their sides are vegan, and they provide various vegan and gluten-free entrees. They’re open for lunch and dinner, but closed on Saturdays.

Savannah

  • Auspicious Baking Co. – In addition to “traditional” buttery baked goods, they offer daily vegan items, like breads, croissants, and maple buns. But they’re only open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from morning until mid-afternoon. If you miss their hours, you can find some of their goodies at local restaurants, like Fox & Fig.
  • Big Bon Bodega – Most of their bagels are dairy-free and they offer two kinds of vegan cream cheese for schmear. They also have build-your-own bagel sandwiches with some classic and unique topping options, and a vegan bagel sandwich on the menu.
  • Brighter Day Natural Foods – Of course you can find many dairy-free brands at this local natural food store, but they also have a vegetarian deli with vegan sandwiches and dairy-free smoothies available.
  • Creamistry – Their instant liquid nitrogen ice cream and shakes can be ordered with one of their many dairy-free bases: vegan cashew, vegan coconut, or sorbet (several fruit flavors). They have an array of flavors and toppings.
  • Fox & Fig Cafe ⭐️ – Their creative plant-based menu at this popular vegan restaurant is rich with cashew cheeses and dollops of coconut cream. They serve “proper” late morning breakfasts, satisfying burgers, “milky shakes,” a full coffee and tea menu, and more.
  • Henny Penny Art Space & Cafe – This artist haven serves a full coffee menu with dairy-free alternative milks and a vegan matcha latte (made with almond milk). On Sundays, they make crepes, including gluten-free vegan crepes with filling options like Miyoko’s butter and Chao cheddar.
  • Hungry Vegan ⭐️ – This is the spot in Savannah for quick-serve, plant-based soul food.
  • Kayak Kafe – They serve a big menu, ranging from salads to quesadillas to burgers, and almost every menu category has a vegan option. They make house-made vegan chorizo and also offer vegan cheese. They have several additional dairy-free menu items as is, or with custom order. They also label gluten-free options.
  • Leopold’s Ice Cream – It’s taken them a century, literally, but this local institution now offers a selection of creamy dairy-free and vegan ice cream flavors. They usually have two scoops available, which can include vanilla, strawberry, mocha, or coconut. They’re all made with a coconut cream base.
  • 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.”
  • The Haunt ⭐️ – Everything is vegan at this hollowed out spot. Their menu includes burgers, lobster rolls, pizza, and some unique items like cashew cream garlic bread and wild mushroom poutine with cashew curd.
  • The Sentient Bean – This is a long-time vegetarian cafe with vegan options on the menu, including pancakes, breakfast burritos, tacos, wraps, rice bowls, and even some baked goods. Gluten-free options are also available.

Suwanee

  • 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.

Tucker

  • Uncle Maddio’s – This build-your-own pizza or salad chain offers Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative and has two crust options to choose from (including gluten-free). They also offer a plethora of toppings and a good handful of dairy-free sauce and dressing options.

Valdosta

Warner Robins

  • Cinnaholic ⭐️ – See our Cinnaholic Post for full details.
  • Uncle Maddio’s – This build-your-own pizza or salad chain offers Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative and has two crust options to choose from (including gluten-free). They also offer a plethora of toppings and a good handful of dairy-free sauce and dressing options.

Woodstock

  • Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop – They’ve added dairy-free Coconut Bliss Madagascan Vanilla ice cream to their scoop menu. They also offer floats, and select dairy-free toppings for sundaes. In the chocolate shop, check out their hot cocoa mixes, they have options made without dairy.
  • 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.

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Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout Georgia

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.

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in Georgia

These dairy-free friendly companies don’t have their own retail location, but are in Georgia. 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!

We haven’t learned of any yet, but will add them as we find them!

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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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