Louisiana: Jazz Things Up with this Dairy-Free Restaurant & Shop Guide

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Last Update in September 2021! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores 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 restaurants & shops by city (first) and major chains found throughout the state (second). And we’ve started a section for specialty dairy-free foods produced in this state.

We Update Continuously! You can ignore the original date on this post going forward. We update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new recommendation, change, or closure.

Dairy-Free Louisiana: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free options

Dairy-Free Louisiana: Recommended Restaurants & Shops

We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city and then by the restaurant or shop name. For large chains with locations throughout the state, see the Major Restaurant & Grocery Chains section below. We have dedicated posts with dairy-free details for many of the big guys.

⭐️ = 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.)

Alexandria

Baton Rouge

  • Buzzed Bull Creamery – This create-your-own ice cream chain uses nitrogen to instantly freeze your chosen flavor. You can order it unbuzzed or buzzed (with alcohol), for those over 21. They have a dairy-free sorbet base and a dairy-free almond milk base. They also have guides to the dairy-free and vegan mix-ins on request, and can blend a custom milkshake just for you.
  • Cocha ⭐️ – When I asked them about dairy-free options, they immediately added DF labels to their menu. Now that is service! And the options on their global “harvest inspired” menu are plentiful. They offer creative dairy-free salads, Peruvian wraps, Korean sliders, Indian curry, risotto, seared salmon, and so much more. They also label gluten-free and vegan options.
  • Cowboy Chicken – They offer rotisserie and crispy chicken in a few flavors, all of which were dairy-free (at last check). They also have several dairy-free sides. Their bowls each contain dairy, but can be custom ordered without. They have an allergen chart, which also details dressing options.
  • Creamistry – Their instant liquid nitrogen ice cream and shakes can be ordered with one of their many dairy-free bases: vegan cashew, vegan coconut, or sorbet (several fruit flavors). They have an array of flavors and toppings.
  • FreshJunkie – This is a good local spot for healthy salads and wraps with dairy-free and vegan options on the menu and with easy custom order.
  • Fuzzy’s Taco Shop ⭐️ – This casual Tex-Mex chain provides a dairy-free menu that even tells you how to custom order just about anything on the menu. They offer burritos, tacos, bowls, breakfasts, salads, and even nachos sans cheese.
  • Good Eats Kitchen – This is a local meal prep kitchen that offers pick-up and delivery. They focus on healthy eats, and have a handful of paleo and dairy-free options to choose from.
  • Lit Pizza – This is Louisiana’s version of fast-fired, build-your-own pizza. Their dough and red sauce are dairy-free and vegan, and they offer Daiya dairy-free cheese. Most of their toppings, aside from the cheese, are dairy-free.
  • Magpie Cafe – They offer vegan and paleo/dairy-free/gluten-free options for their cookies, breads, cakes, cheesecakes, dessert bars, and more. They also make gluten-free vegan protein bites.
  • Main Squeze Juice Co. ⭐️ – Their dairy-free menu includes house-made almond mylks, juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls (including acai bowls), toasts with gluten-free and vegan bread, hot lattes, and frozen lattes, complete with non-dairy whip.
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – See our Menchie’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • MJ’S café ⭐️ – The focus is plant-based at this vegetarian restaurant, so almost every menu item has a vegan a dairy-free option. They also offer a fully vegan dessert menu.
  • Our Daily Bread Market-Bakery – This local natural food store is worth checking out for their assortment of special diet products, whole grain breads, and full cafe, serving smoothies, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and more. They have many dairy-free and vegan options.
  • P.F. Chang’s – See our P.F. Chang’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Plant Based Sweets by Lotus – This is a vegan home-based bakery that offers vegan cookies, cakes, doughnuts, scones, biscuits, and more on order for pick up or delivery.
  • Playa Bowls – See our Playa Bowls Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Qdoba – See our Qdoba Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Southfin Southern Poke – We reached out, and they said their entire poke menu is dairy-free. They offer a unique array of bowl bases, including purple rice and zucchini noodles; have raw fish, cooked seafood, chicken, and tempeh (for vegans); and offer a good selection of sauces and toppings.
  • The Big Squeezy – They make their own almond mylks at this juice bar, and offer a healthy menu of dairy-free smoothies and smoothie bowls.
  • The Blue Rose Cafe & Bakery – Their cafe menu is limited on dairy-free options, but this is a great bakery for custom order dairy-free layer cakes.
  • The Yard Milkshake Bar – This growing chain serves ridiculously indulgent milkshakes, and they have vegan options on their menu. We spotted this crazy chocolate concoction made with oat milk ice cream, chocolate soymilk, dairy-free whip, and vegan cookies. You can also build your own shake. They usually have a couple creamy dairy-free ice cream flavors available.
  • Vegan Friendly Foods ⭐️ – Soul food meets vegan fast food at this quick-serve, local restaurant. They serve burgers, mac and cheese, jambalaya, and more.

Bossier City

  • Main Squeze Juice Co. ⭐️ – Their dairy-free menu includes house-made almond mylks, juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls (including acai bowls), toasts with gluten-free and vegan bread, hot lattes, and frozen lattes, complete with non-dairy whip.
  • Sunshine Health Market & Cafe – This natural food and supplement store also serves a full menu of healthy burgers, sandwiches, and salads with some dairy-free and vegan options.

Brusly

  • Lit Pizza – This is Louisiana’s version of fast-fired, build-your-own pizza. Their dough and red sauce are dairy-free and vegan, and they offer Daiya dairy-free cheese. Most of their toppings, aside from the cheese, are dairy-free.

Covington

  • Green Fork – Their juices and smoothie bar is dairy-free, using nut milk or coconut water, and hemp protein in the protein blends. Most are also vegan, but they do use honey and bee pollen in some smoothies. They also have a takeaway menu of healthy eats with several dairy-free and a couple paleo options.
  • Lit Pizza – This is Louisiana’s version of fast-fired, build-your-own pizza. Their dough and red sauce are dairy-free and vegan, and they offer Daiya dairy-free cheese. Most of their toppings, aside from the cheese, are dairy-free.
  • TCBY – See our TCBY Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

Denham Springs

Gonzales

  • Lit Pizza – This is Louisiana’s version of fast-fired, build-your-own pizza. Their dough and red sauce are dairy-free and vegan, and they offer Daiya dairy-free cheese. Most of their toppings, aside from the cheese, are dairy-free.

Hammond

Harvey

  • Homegrown Vegan Café ⭐️ – This pastry shop specializes in vegan doughnuts, but also makes peanut butter cups, bread pudding, and some other treats.

Houma

  • Moe’s Southwest Grill – See our Moe’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Your Pie – This is a build-your-own pizza chain that offers dairy-free options for crusts (also gluten-free), sauces, and toppings (all but meatballs), and they have vegan cheese. At last check, they had dairy-free sorbets and brownies for dessert, too.

Lafayette

  • Blaze Pizza – See our Blaze Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Emerge: An Artisan Juicery ⭐️ – This is a juice bar inside the Karma Collective that also makes raw, vegan superfood snacks, desserts, and cafe-style eats.
  • Good Eats Kitchen – This is a local meal prep kitchen that offers pick-up and delivery. They focus on healthy eats, and have a handful of paleo and dairy-free options to choose from.
  • I Love Juice Bar ⭐️ – They blend dairy-free smoothies, acai bowls, and smoothie bowls, offer a range of juices and healthy shots, have overnight oats, and also serve vegan-friendly soups.
  • Scratch Farm Kitchen – A breakfast and lunch spot that supports local farmers and producers. They have fresh dairy-free and vegan menu options daily.
  • Social Southern Table & Bar – They offer a dairy-free Krab nachos dish and vegan burger on the menu, but several other menu items can be ordered dairy-free. They also have gluten-free options.

Lake Charles

  • Lit Pizza – This is Louisiana’s version of fast-fired, build-your-own pizza. Their dough and red sauce are dairy-free and vegan, and they offer Daiya dairy-free cheese. Most of their toppings, aside from the cheese, are dairy-free.
  • Main Squeze Juice Co. ⭐️ – Their dairy-free menu includes house-made almond mylks, juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls (including acai bowls), toasts with gluten-free and vegan bread, hot lattes, and frozen lattes, complete with non-dairy whip.
  • Mellow Mushroom – See our Mellow Mushroom Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • TCBY – See our TCBY Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

Mandeville

  • Falaya Bakehouse – You can find this plant-based and gluten-free vendor at the Mandeville Trailhead Market weekly, but they also take custom orders. Their menu includes cookies, cakes (including king cake), and other treats, along with some savory dishes like jambalaya.
  • Life Fit Nutrition – Their healthy menu of pre-made meals is completely gluten-free, and includes dairy-free options. They don’t label for dairy-free, so you do need to inquire before ordering. They also have dairy-free dessert, including king cake, and juice cleanses. Order pick up is at the Pelican athletic Club.
  • Sacred Earth – This is a local shop carrying natural, healthy, superfood, vegan, and paleo-friendly snacks, fermented sodas, and other products.
  • TCBY – See our TCBY Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

Metairie

  • Creme Confectionery – This is a gluten-free bakery without a storefront, but they do have a table at the local farmer’s market and takes orders for pick up or delivery (they also ship). They bake many dairy-free items, including full-size cakes, and are able to accommodate various allergy and vegan orders. Their selection does include king cakes.
  • Creole Creamery – They of course have some fresh non-dairy sorbets, but they also have rotating creamy vegan flavors made with coconut milk (usually one is available at any given time). You might find flavors like ube or matcha.
  • Green Fork – Their juices and smoothie bar is dairy-free, using nut milk or coconut water, and hemp protein in the protein blends. Most are also vegan, but they do use honey and bee pollen in some smoothies. They also have a takeaway menu of healthy eats with several dairy-free and a couple paleo options.
  • Kosher Cajun NY Deli & Grocery ⭐️ – This kosher glatt deli is dairy-free, and serves a whole menu of traditional sandwiches and entrees.
  • Main Squeze Juice Co. ⭐️ – Their dairy-free menu includes house-made almond mylks, juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls (including acai bowls), toasts with gluten-free and vegan bread, hot lattes, and frozen lattes, complete with non-dairy whip.
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill – See our Moe’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • P.F. Chang’s – See our P.F. Chang’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Swegs Kitchen ⭐️ – Their menu is color coded for all types of dietary needs, including dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan. The dairy-free options include salmon, shrimp, sirloin, and chicken dishes, most of which are also gluten-free. They have a vegan option in their burger, wraps, and entrée categories.
  • TCBY – See our TCBY Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

New Orleans

  • Aqua S – This trendy ice cream soft serve shop is constantly rotating in new flavors, and they typically have dairy-free and vegan options available.
  • Arabella Casa Di Pasta – Their build-your-own pasta menu allows you to choose from several house-made pastas (including gluten-free), a couple dairy-free sauces, and a big range of vegetables and proteins.
  • Backatown – This coffee parlour serves some vegan sweets, like sweet potato scones, coffee cake, doughnuts, and lemon poppy bundt cakes. They have a few savory dairy-free options, too, and do offer almond, oat, coconut, and soy milks for lattes.
  • Bearcat Cafe – The menus at this omnivorous restaurant are filled with vegan option. They serve breakfast and lunch, and have starters, “good cat” entrees, biscuits and gravy, sandwiches, and more to choose from.
  • Bellegarde Bakery – They grind their own flours, make their own pastas, and of course, they bake several dairy-free breads. They also offers some vegan cookies.
  • Blaze Pizza – See our Blaze Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • 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. They reportedly offer vegan king cake for mardi gras, too.
  • 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.
  • Creole Creamery – They of course have some fresh non-dairy sorbets, but they also have rotating creamy vegan flavors made with coconut milk (usually one is available at any given time). You might find flavors like ube or matcha.
  • Cuñada – This Mexican restaurant is popular for tacos, and their selection includes two unique vegan creations and a few more dairy-free options.
  • Dat Dog – They have a few locations in NOLA, each serving a range of meat franks, sausages, and vegan sausages. There buns are vegan, but you can also order a “greenie” dog without a bun. They have a big selection of toppings, with many dairy-free choices.
  • Euphorbia Kava Bar – Not surprisingly, this is the only kava bar in New Orleans, and it’s vegan. They offer various drinks and snacks.
  • Good Eden: Plantmade ⭐️ – This plant-based restaurant offers a fresh take on an eclectic range of dishes. They have bagels with dairy-free oat-cashew cream cheese, tacos, bowls, veggie burgers, and a few other healthy bites. They also bake nutritious treats, and have superfood lattes and smoothies. Their market includes specialty fresh and pantry items.
  • Green Fork – Their juices and smoothie bar is dairy-free, using nut milk or coconut water, and hemp protein in the protein blends. Most are also vegan, but they do use honey and bee pollen in some smoothies. They also have a takeaway menu of healthy eats with several dairy-free and a couple paleo options. They also reportedly bake gluten-free, vegan king cakes for mardi gras.
  • Green Goddess – Right in the heart of the French Quarter, you can enjoy an eclectic menu with French, Thai, and Cajun influences, and dozens of vegan options.
  • Iacovone Kitchen – They offer dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan salads and custom order rice bowls. The rice bowls are served with seasonal, roasted veggies, over rice or quinoa, with a choice of several (non-vegan) protein.
  • I-tal Garden ⭐️ – For a taste of vegan soul food, hit up this local plant-based cafe. They offer a nice selection of Cajun and Southern favorites. They also bake various desserts, including bundt cakes, layer cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.
  • Killer Poboys – They serve some unique vegan poboys that are truly plant-based, and have some additional dairy-free options.
  • Kindred ⭐️ – Their comfort food brunch, lunch, and dinner menus are all vegan, and include burgers, sandwiches, salads, waffles, French toast, sausage and grits.
  • Lamara Coffee and Kitchen – They shun refined ingredients at this plant-heavy, mostly dairy-free, vegetarian spot. Their breakfast and lunch menus include healthier cafe favorites, like dairy-free, gluten-free waffles, sprouted bagels with almond cream cheese, nightshade sandwiches with vegan cheese, and rainbow tostadas with cashew crema. Most of their menu can be made dairy-free, gluten-free, or vegan.
  • LemonShark Poke – They have an interactive allergen menu online, and it brings good news for dairy-free guests. All of their sauces and poke bowl ingredients are dairy-free. The only items that contained dairy at our time of review were the tempura, coconut shrimp, and katsu.
  • Levee Baking Co. – This local bakery offers some vegan cookies, overnight oats, and a selection of sourdough breads made from freshly milled flours. They also offer dairy-free challah.
  • Main Squeze Juice Co. ⭐️ – Their dairy-free menu includes house-made almond mylks, juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls (including acai bowls), toasts with gluten-free and vegan bread, hot lattes, and frozen lattes, complete with non-dairy whip.
  • Max Well, New Orleans ⭐️ – Their diverse, but healthy plant-based menu includes an array of small plates, large plates, bowls, and desserts.
  • Meals From the Heart Cafe – This French Quarter restaurant is very friendly to special diets, and offers vegan and gluten-free options right on the menu. For breakfast, you can order vegan blueberry pancakes, apple patties, oatmeal, grits, or dairy-free eggs. Midday, they have many salad, sandwich, and taco options, and also serve vegan gumbo.
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – See our Menchie’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • New Orleans Food Co-Op – This is a great place to find local foods and of course, they have many special diet brands for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan shoppers.
  • 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.
  • Parish Parlor – This is a traditional ice cream shop, but they offer a few vegan flavors seasonally, like Peanut Butter Mud Pie and Hurricane Sorbet.
  • Pinkberry – See our Pinkberry Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Pizza Delicious – Their menu includes cheese-less vegan pizza, but they also offer Daiya dairy-free cheese. They have both classic and elevated toppings to choose from, and also serve a vegan pesto pasta.
  • Rahm Haus – They scoop refreshing sorbets in insanely innovative seasonal flavors, and usually have at least one creamy vegan variety, too.
  • Raw Republic ⭐️ – Their purely plant-based menu includes juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, housemade mylks, and a range of meals and snacks.
  • Satsuma Cafe – They offer a vegan curry scramble for breakfast, a vegan wrap for lunch, and have a couple other menu items that can be custom ordered without dairy.
  • Seed ⭐️ – Their eclectic menu is completely plant-based and vegan, and includes a worldly array of flavors. They serve apps, sandwiches, and entree specials, along with dessert.
  • Small Mart Cafe – They specialize in NYC-style bagels. Their menu includes vegan cream cheese, vegan bagel sandwiches, and most of their other bagel sandwiches can be ordered dairy free.
  • Sneaky Pickle – Their menu is mostly vegan (they serve just a couple omnivorous dishes), and includes dishes like tofu chili tacos with cashew cheese and mac n cheese with cashew chorizo.
  • Soule’ Cafe – They have a big vegan menu that includes a big selection of southern favorites and salad options.
  • Sprouts Organic Cafe – This healthy local cafe offers smoothies and lattes with a variety of mylks, and a range of plant-based eats.
  • Sucré – They offer hemp, almond, and cashew milks for their lattes, and offer some dairy-free sorbets, gelato (typically a flavor or two with an oat and/or coconut milk base), and puplato (their dairy-free gelato for dogs).
  • Sweet Soulfood ⭐️ – Their rotating lunch menu is completely vegan and clearly labeled for gluten-free guests (there are several gluten-free options daily). As you might have guessed, they make Southern-style food.
  • Tanjariné Kitchen ⭐️ – This is a vegan food truck serving veggie burgers, jolly rice, shawarma wraps, and more.
  • The Daily Beet – They offer a dairy-free smoothie menu, made with oat or almond milk, and have dairy-free acai and smoothie bowls, toast, and savory bowl options.
  • True Food Kitchen – See our True Food Kitchen Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Vegan Wit’ a Twist ⭐️ – Their comfort food menu includes burgers, phillys, tacos, burritos, and bowls. They also serve some desserts.

Shreveport

  • Buttercups Cupcakes – They offer a vegan and gluten-free cupcake option on their menu. At last check, the flavor was “wedding cake.”
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill – See our Moe’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • PizzaRev – This build-your-own pizza joint has four dairy-free pizza crusts (two of which are gluten-free, and three of which are vegan), Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative, and most of their sauces and toppings are dairy-free (skip the alfredo, pesto, and meatballs). They also offer Beyond Meat sausage for vegan guests.
  • TCBY – See our TCBY Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Well+Fed Louisiana – This vegan and gluten-free juice shop also serves smoothies, smoothie bowls, toasts, sandwiches, baked goods, and other healthy items.

Slidell

West Monroe

  • For His Temple Family Foods ⭐️ – This certified gluten-free kitchen and cafe is also dairy-free. They serve lunch and ready-made meals.

Youngsvill

  • Lit Pizza – This is Louisiana’s version of fast-fired, build-your-own pizza. Their dough and red sauce are dairy-free and vegan, and they offer Daiya dairy-free cheese. Most of their toppings, aside from the cheese, are dairy-free.

Zachary

  • Lit Pizza – This is Louisiana’s version of fast-fired, build-your-own pizza. Their dough and red sauce are dairy-free and vegan, and they offer Daiya dairy-free cheese. Most of their toppings, aside from the cheese, are dairy-free.
  • TCBY – See our TCBY Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

Dairy-Free Louisiana: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free options

Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout Louisiana

Some recommended restaurant and store chains are getting too big for our city listing britches. They have many locations, or are rapidly growing, and you might stumble across them in a number of towns in this state. Click on them for more dairy-free details.

Dairy-Free Louisiana: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free options

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in Louisiana

These dairy-free friendly companies don’t have their own retail location, but are in Louisiana. So you have a good chance of finding their products at grocery stores, restaurants, and/or other shops in this state. Keep an eye out!

We haven’t learned of any yet, but will add them as we find them!

Dairy-Free Louisiana: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-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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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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