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Last Updated September 2020! Pardon our dust, we’ve just started creating this resource! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in Maryland 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 Maryland 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.)

Arnold

  • Lemongrass – Their original locations are in Annapolis, but they added a third location in the small suburb of Arnold. This is a modern Thai restaurant with vegan options that are free of fish and oyster sauces. They are also quite allergen aware, with many gluten-free options. They are great at accommodating special diet needs, and most of their menu is dairy-free.

Annapolis

  • Lemongrass – This modern Thai restaurant is very aware of, and accommodating to, special diet diners. They are able to make many of their dishes vegan (without fish sauce), have quite a few gluten-free options, and almost their entire menu is accessible to dairy-free customers. They have two locations in Annapolis.

Baltimore

  • Cloudy Donut Co. – Formerly known as Donut Alliance, this all vegan shop churns out handmade, small batch donuts daily in an array of attractive flavors. On any given day, you might find maple butter pecan, cookies and cream, pumpkin spice latte, cinnamon sugar, and many others.
  • On the Hill Cafe – This conscious little neighborhood spot serves a big menu with a tiny footprint. Their eggs come from a local farm, the beef and turkey that they use is humane certified with no hormones and no antibiotics, and their produce is local and organic whenever possible. They have some vegan entrees, including arepas and sandwiches, along with a build-your-own burger menu. The staff is reportedly quite helpful with dairy-free and other special diet needs.
  • Sweet 27 – Enjoy the global cuisine and full bakery on site, never mind that everything at this cafe is gluten free. In fact, much of what they make is dairy-free. They clearly label which items contain dairy on their lunch and dinner menu, with starters, tacos, pizzas, and other entrees. In their bakery, they label dairy-free items, which include some cupcakes, cookies, pies, and more. They also have quite a few vegan options.

Clarksville

  • Great Sage – The vegan fare at this gathering spot is mostly organic and includes gluten-free, soy-free, and peanut-free options. They offer a modest but well-loved selection of comforting appetizers and entrees. They also have a big beverage menu with coffee drinks, smoothies, milkshakes, beer, and organic vegan wines. And of course, there is dessert!

Ellicott City

  • Coal Fire Pizza – This regional chain offers Daiya cheese alternative, and they’ve told us that their pizza crusts are dairy-free, and their classic, signature, and spicy pizza sauces are also made without dairy. So they can customize a variety of dairy-free pizzas. They also said their wings and fries are also made without dairy, and they can customize several salads, sandwiches, and even an appetizer or two to be dairy-free.

Frederick

  • Coal Fire Pizza – This regional chain offers Daiya cheese alternative, and they’ve told us that their pizza crusts are dairy-free, and their classic, signature, and spicy pizza sauces are also made without dairy. So they can customize a variety of dairy-free pizzas. They also said their wings and fries are also made without dairy, and they can customize several salads, sandwiches, and even an appetizer or two to be dairy-free.
  • Glory Doughnuts & Diner – Yes, they make doughnuts! But this all-vegan diner also serves a full menu of American-style breakfast dishes and a nice array of burgers and sandwiches for lunch and dinner.

Gaithersburg

  • Coal Fire Pizza – This regional chain offers Daiya cheese alternative, and they’ve told us that their pizza crusts are dairy-free, and their classic, signature, and spicy pizza sauces are also made without dairy. So they can customize a variety of dairy-free pizzas. They also said their wings and fries are also made without dairy, and they can customize several salads, sandwiches, and even an appetizer or two to be dairy-free.
  • Sunflower Bakery & Cafe – There is so much to love about this kosher pareve bakery. They’re completely dairy-free and peanut-free, with vegan and gluten-free options. And they are a non-profit that provides skills training and job opportunities for adults with learning differences. Their bakery is filled with the usual goodies – cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pies, bars, and much more. Their cafe showcases many of these, but also serves bagels, sandwiches, salads, and soups for lunch. They also have an espresso bar with almond milk and soy milk available.
  • 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.

Gambrills

  • Coal Fire Pizza – This regional chain offers Daiya cheese alternative, and they’ve told us that their pizza crusts are dairy-free, and their classic, signature, and spicy pizza sauces are also made without dairy. So they can customize a variety of dairy-free pizzas. They also said their wings and fries are also made without dairy, and they can customize several salads, sandwiches, and even an appetizer or two to be dairy-free.

Hunt Valley

  • Coal Fire Pizza – This regional chain offers Daiya cheese alternative, and they’ve told us that their pizza crusts are dairy-free, and their classic, signature, and spicy pizza sauces are also made without dairy. So they can customize a variety of dairy-free pizzas. They also said their wings and fries are also made without dairy, and they can customize several salads, sandwiches, and even an appetizer or two to be dairy-free.

Westminster

  • Starry Night Bakery – They offer a full vegan menu (and a gluten-free one, too) that has a rather sizable selection of coffeecakes and cupcakes. They typically have a few vegan cupcakes and coffeecakes (by the slice) on hand daily, but also take custom cake orders. If you decide to grab a coffee drink while you’re there, they offer almond milk, and typically have coffee and cupcake deals that include their vegan options.

National Chains with Several Maryland Locations

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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