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.)



  • 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.
  • Royals Hot Chicken – This local spot offers their own allergen menu, and it’s quite dairy-free friendly! Their fried chicken, naked chicken, and fried tofu (vegan) is dairy-free. Other dairy-free items also include coleslaw, fries and wedges, most of their sauces, and even their fried apple pie.


  • 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.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, 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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