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Last Updated September 2020! That’s why we’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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.)

New Orleans

  • Breads on Oak – Well known for their stuffed brioche, this completely plant-based bakery and cafe takes artisan bread to another level. Their organic bread selection is classic, perfectly rustic, and used to make a wide array of hot and cold sandwiches. They also serve vegan quiche, soups, salads, and all day breakfast.
  • Carmo – Most of the dishes at this tropical cafe and bar are dairy-free or can be made dairy-free. They are also rich with gluten-free choices, and have ample vegan options labeled on the menu – including vegan ceviche and vegan cheese as an alternative. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks, with a heavy emphasis on flavors of the Caribbean, South America, West Africa, and Southeast Asia. This includes a big ceviche selection, curries, other fish dishes, unique salads, and more.
  • Palace Cafe – You can’t visit New Orleans without enjoying Creole cuisine in the French Quarter, and reader Sandy said this is the place to do it. “I went to New Orleans for our honeymoon and this outstanding restaurant was able to accommodate my dairy free needs and did so with amazing taste. The entire experience was amazing from the drinks to the dessert, and all of it was dairy-free with ease. I have rarely had such a delicious meal in a regular (not specifically allergy friendly or vegan) restaurant.” They do offer a gluten-free menu and boldly state they are happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions.

Most Popular Chains in Louisiana 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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