More than a decade ago, several readers recommended Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse as a great chain for dairy-free diners in Canada. That was at the restaurant’s peak. They’ve since met with hard times, and have shuttered half of their locations. But, there are still dozens of Kelsey’s in Canada, serving the usual selection of comfort food. Today, the dairy-free options at Kelsey’s are a little spotty, but they do have a good range of sauces and dressings to make things interesting. See our dairy-free menu guide below for details.
Dairy-Free Menu Guide to Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse
Ribs, wings, and build-your own meals are the best options for dairy-free diners at Kelsey’s restaurants.
- Garden Salad (see Dressing Options below)
- Pita Wedges (Baked)
Dairy-Free Dressing Options: Garlic Peppercorn Ranch Dressing, Balsamic Dressing, Spiced Honey Citrus Dressing, Asian Sesame Vinaigrette
When Available? Kelsey’s lists Fried Pickles and Korean Fried Chicken Bites as milk-free (but made in a shared fryer), but we didn’t see this option on their current menu.
- Classic Chicken Wings (see Sauce Options below; Shared Fryer Alert)
- Dusted Chicken Wings (see Sauce Options below; Shared Fryer Alert)
Dairy-Free Sauce Options: Mild, Medium, Hot, Classic BBQ, Sweet & Spicy Thai, Honey Garlic, Apple Butter BBQ
Surprise Dairy: The Chicken Fingers, Thai Chicken Curry Bowl, and Chicken Fajitas do contain milk.
- Beef Patty
- Lightlife Veggie Patty
- Gluten-Free Bun
Caution: Their wheat burger buns contain milk, and all of their menu burgers are topped with cheese. You can special order a burger with the items above, dairy-free burger topping basics, and other sauces in this guide.
- Ribs with BBQ sauce
- Ribs & Dusted Wings (Shared Fryer Alert) with Coleslaw
Surprise Dairy: The Sirloins, Salmon, and Salt & Vinny Fish all contain milk. But you might be able to special order a steak or salmon dinner without dairy.
Sides & Extras
- Fries (Shared Fryer Alert)
- Grilled Chicken
- Fajita Tortillas
- Chipotle Ketchup
- Plum Sauce
- Sundried Tomato Aioli
- Tartar Sauce
Note: For additional options see the dairy-free Salad Dressings and Wing Sauces listed above.
Shared Fryers at Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse
As noted with select menu items above, Kelsey’s does note use of shared fryers at their restaurants, and several of their fried items do contain milk and other top allergens.
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.
Where to Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse
You can still find over 80 Kelsey’s locations across Canada. See their website below for addresses and hours.