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Last Updated September 2020! Pardon our dust, we’re just getting started on this page! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in Indiana 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 date on this post going forward. We’ll update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new restaurant recommendation, change, or closure. 

Local Indiana 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.)

Carmel

  • Woody’s Library Restaurant ⭐️ – Stacie emailed to let us know that this public library turned restaurant has dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan items labeled right on their menu. She said they also separate fryers for dairy and non-dairy items. Their menu is classic, yet eclectic with a big range of comforting appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees, and daily features. They do have a nice handful of dairy-free options, and several more dishes that can easily be ordered without dairy.

Crown Point

  • Tomato Bar – They don’t just offer vegan cheese at this local chain, they have an entire vegan menu! It includes cheesy and cheeseless pizzas, calzones, salads, and even appetizer dough nuts.

Fort Wayne

  • Flat Top Grill – This Asian-fusion restaurant specializes in customized stir fries. You choose the protein, vegetables, sauce, and starch. According to the restaurant, their entire stir fry menu is dairy free, aside from the Yum Yum sauce, as long as you don’t add cheese (yes, it’s an option!). They have an allergen list, label for vegan, gluten-free, and other special diet needs, and have a huge array of options to choose from.
  • Loving Cafe ⭐️ – This all-vegan restaurant has a simple, friendly vibe, and a menu filled with American and Asian dishes. They serve sandwiches, soups, rice plates, noodle dishes, salads, and raw entrees for lunch and dinner. They also offer smoothies and a full dessert menu that’s heavy on organic cakes.

Indianapolis

Mishawaka

  • Flat Top Grill – This Asian-fusion restaurant specializes in customized stir fries. You choose the protein, vegetables, sauce, and starch. According to the restaurant, their entire stir fry menu is dairy free, aside from the Yum Yum sauce, as long as you don’t add cheese (yes, it’s an option!). They have an allergen list, label for vegan, gluten-free, and other special diet needs, and have a huge array of options to choose from.

Schererville

  • Tomato Bar – This popular pizzeria has a generously-sized vegan menu for all of their locations, offer dairy-free cheese, and can make many more dishes dairy-free on request. They reportedly source Udi’s for their gluten-free options, which is dairy-free, but not vegan (contains eggs).

Valparaiso

  • Tomato Bar – This casual beer and pizza joint has three locations in Indiana – all with ample dairy-free options. They have a vegan menu, a gluten-free menu (we’ve been told they use Udi’s for crust and bread alternatives), and many more salads, appetizers, pizzas, and calzones that can be served dairy free. They aren’t strangers to the cheeseless pizza, but also offer dairy-free cheese alternative.

Most Popular Chains in Indiana for Dairy-Free Diners

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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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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