Islands Restaurants Ride the Dairy-Free Wave with These Dishes

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Last Update in June 2021! Though they boast a Hawaiian theme, most Islands Restaurants are in Southern California. They have a smattering of locations in other warm weather cities. But if  you are near one, they offer a rather expansive list of dairy-free options – with custom order. See our information below regarding recent changes and options from their detailed allergen sheet.

Dairy-Free Menu Guide to Islands Restaurants

Dairy-Free Menu Guide for Islands Restaurants

We love that Islands Restaurants break down the various menu components to assist with custom orders. But unfortunately, they seem to have an issue going on with either their suppliers, or reading ingredient statements. They have changed most of their allergen statements to contains dairy, even on items that would very, very rarely contain dairy, like corn tortillas and plain grilled chicken. We are researching this issue, but for now, this is what they have shared.

Appetizers

  • Chips & Salsa
  • Chips & Salsa with Guacamole
  • Island Fries
  • Poke (Ala Moana only)
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Tempura Green Beans

Heads Up! The Kalua Pork Sliders were previously dairy free, but they switched bun suppliers, and the bread now contains milk.

Salads

Heads Up! All salads contain dairy, but most can be custom ordered dairy-free.

Dairy-Free Dressings: Honey Mustard Dressing, Italian Dressing, Kobb Dressing, Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, Sesame Dressing, Thousand Island Dressing

Burgers

  • Big Wave Burger (no cheese; no bun)
  • Longboarder Burger (no cheese; no bun)

Heads Up! They now state that all of their buns contain dairy and their Turkey Patties contain dairy (all were previously listed as dairy-free).  See below for sauce and topping options.

Gremmie (Kids Menu)

  • Jr Plain Dogger (no cheese, no chili)
  • Jr Wave (no cheese, no bun)

Sides

  • Applesauce
  • Island Fries
  • Island Slaw
  • Ranchero Beans
  • Refried Beans
  • Sweet Potato Fries

Optional Additions

  • Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • Avocado Slices
  • Guacamole
  • Sauteed Mushrooms
  • Spicy Chicken

Bread & Buns

  • Hot Dog Bun

Sauces

  • BBQ Sauce
  • Chipotle Aioli
  • Grilled Pineapple Salsa
  • Habanero Aioli
  • Hoisin Sauce
  • Islands Salsa
  • Machete Aioli
  • Mayonnaise
  • Roasted Garlic Aioli
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Yellow Mustard

This Post 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. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.

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.

Dairy-Free Menu Guide to Islands Restaurants

Where to Find Islands Restaurants

They did close their Nevada locations, but still have many restaurants in Southern California, and a smattering in Northern California, Arizona, and Hawaii. See the website below for addresses, hours, allergen info, and contact info.

Website: www.islandsrestaurants.com

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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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