Last Updated September 2020! Pardon our dust, we have just begun this guide! That’s why we’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in Kentucky 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 Kentucky 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.)
- Ted’s Montana Grill – Founded by media mogul and rancher Ted Turner, this American chain serves a meat-heavy menu with lots of dairy-free options. See our Dairy-Free Guide for Ted’s Montana Grill for more details.
- Decca – Melissa emailed this recommendation. “I am lactose intolerant and I have found that many local restaurants in Louisville have a dairy free menu. Decca on E Market St. was my most recent discovery. Chef Annie has marked up one of their dinner menus for the servers that can help guide you through your options.” Decca is a restaurant and lounge with a refined menu.
- The Hippie Herbivore ⭐️ – It’s by order only, but the this one-woman show bakes vegan cake donuts in a variety of classic, trendy, and seasonal flavors. Gluten-free, keto, and protein options are available (all dairy-free), and she states that all flavors are nut-free.
Most Popular Chains in Kentucky 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.