Massachusetts: Keep Hunger at Bay with this Dairy-Free Guide

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Last Update in July 2021! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from FoMu in Allston, Boston, and Jamaica Plain

Dairy-Free Massachusetts: 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.)

Agawam

  • Auntie Cathie’s Kitchen ⭐️ – This is a dedicated gluten-free bakery and cafe with many dairy-free options. All of their baked goods are vegan, and most menu items can be made dairy-free. They offer Fauxmaggio dairy-free cheese alternative as an option.

Allston

  • Grasshopper ⭐️ – Thanks to Brian for recommending this casual vegan Asian-style restaurant. You’ll recognize the names of the Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese dishes on their very broad menu. But they’re heavy on vegetables and feature tofu, seitan, and some plant-based “meats.”
  • FoMu ⭐️ – This is a completely vegan local ice cream and sweet bakery chain. Their decadent ice creams have a coconut milk based, and can be enjoyed in a cup, cone, or with toppings. They also make ice cream smoothies, pies, and cakes, and offer an array of vegan baked goods.

Amesbury

  • Flatbread Company – This gourmet flatbread pizza chain supports local and organic farming, and is special diet friendly. They offer dairy-free cheese, have vegan pizza on the menu, and can make many of their pizzas dairy free. They also offer a gluten-free vegan pizza crust, and we’ve been told that their regular house dough and most of their toppings are dairy-free. They also have build-your-own salad options.

Amherst

  • The Works Café – Their counter-serve menu offers some dairy-free breakfast items, bowls, salads, sandwiches, and smoothies, either as is, or with a simple special order. They also have an array of bagels that you can order with dairy-free Tofutti cream cheese.

Andover

  • J.P. Licks ⭐️ – This popular local ice cream chain is all over the greater Boston area, and they offer several dairy-free options. See the Boston listing below for details.
  • Revitalive Cafe & Juice Bar ⭐️ – Their healthy menu includes smoothies, acai bowls, toasts, paninis, salads, grain bowls, and desserts. They also offer 100% organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan meal plans and juice cleanses.

Arlington

  • Quebrada Baking Company – Their dairy-free options are limited, but they do offer vegan chocolate cupcakes, chocolate cake, and vanilla or chocolate frosting.

Bedford

  • Flatbread Company – This gourmet flatbread pizza chain supports local and organic farming, and is special diet friendly. They offer dairy-free cheese, have vegan pizza on the menu, and can make many of their pizzas dairy free. They also offer a gluten-free vegan pizza crust, and we’ve been told that their regular house dough and most of their toppings are dairy-free. They also have build-your-own salad options.

Belmont

  • Quebrada Baking Company – Their dairy-free options are limited, but they do offer vegan chocolate cupcakes, chocolate cake, and vanilla or chocolate frosting.

Bernardston

  • Hillside Pizza – Their Hadley location is a bit more vegan friendly, but all three spots, including this one, offer Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative, two dairy-free sauce options, dairy-free crust (regular and wheat), and a good range of toppings. But avoid the gluten-free pizza crust, which is loaded with milk and cheese. They also offer some dairy-free wrap and salad options, and can make take-and-bake pizzas for you.

Beverly

  • Kim Gregory | Pure Pastry ⭐️ – This shop focuses on organic, local, and fair trade ingredients to make their small batch pastries. They offer vegan muffins and brittle, along with a selection of dairy-free, gluten-free cookies and coffee cake. All items are clearly labeled. They also take custom cake and cupcake orders.
  • Lolo Poke – At the time of our inquiry, their entire menu was dairy-free, but they said to check in store on the crunchy onion and wasabi pea mix – these can contain dairy depending on the current source. They serve both cooked and raw rice bowls, musubi, and spicy tuna “donuts.”

Boston

  • Aqua Pazza – The co-owner of this fine restaurant has a family with various allergies and special diet needs. So the staff is reportedly well-versed in accommodating food allergies and in allergen protocols. All of their menu can be made gluten-free and you can easily custom order several dairy-free dishes.
  • Bartaco – Their allergen menu is so detailed, that it states exactly what in the item contains the allergen. And their dairy-free options are abundant. Most of their tacos, rice bowls, other entrees, and sides are, or can be ordered, dairy-free. But the dessert and kids menus are heavy in dairy.
  • Beatnic ⭐️ – Formerly known as by Chloe, this plant-based restaurant chain serves a healthy vegan array of burgers, sandwiches, salads, pastas, and smoothies, with pancakes on the weekend. They’re open for lunch, dinner, and dessert, which includes house-made ice cream (also sold by the pint), cookies, cupcakes, and other pastries.
  • Blackbird Doughnuts – They offer a couple flavors of vegan brioche doughnuts, which rotate monthly. They do contain soy and wheat, and they do specify that they are cooked in shared oil with their other doughnuts.
  • Blaze Pizza – See our Blaze Pizza Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Boston Kebab House ⭐️ – This Mediterranean restaurant is friendly toward dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests with menu labels and a range of options.
  • Cava – This build-your-own bowl chain offers an allergen chart that’s quite promising for dairy-free guests. All of their proteins, bowl bases, and toppings (aside from cheese) are dairy-free, and they have many dressings and sauces to choose from.
  • Cocobeet ⭐️ – They bottle their own cold-pressed juices, dairy-free mylks, and smoothies, but also serve a completely plant-based menu in their cafe. It includes smoothie bowls, grain bowls, green bowls, toasts, soups, salads, sandwiches, and an array of raw energy bites.
  • Cornish Pasty Co. – This east coast outpost (the chain is primarily in Arizona) serves a huge menu of authentic British pasties, including several vegan options. The rest of their menu is also generously dotted with vegan and gluten-free labels.
  • Dirty Water Dough Co. – Their pizza dough is made with their own Dirty Water IPA, and it is dairy-free (their gluten-free crust is not). They have a vegan cheese pizza right on their menu, and most of their pizzas can be custom ordered dairy free.
  • Double Zero ⭐️ – Like all Matthew Kenney creations, this restaurant is plant-based. Their menu centers around pizza cooked in a custom built wood burning oven. But they also serve small plates, including house tree-nut cheeses and vegan desserts.
  • El Pelón Taqueria – They happily welcome dairy-free and gluten-free guests, with dairy-free options for their tacos, burritos, platos, and more.
  • Emack & Bolio’s – This Boston-based ice creamery churns a handful of vegan flavors made with coconut milk. They include Cappucino Fudge Swirl, Chocolate Pudding, Mint Chocolate Freckle, Raspberry Chocolate Krispy Rice, Goa Mango, and Toasted Coconut. They also offer dairy-free sorbets.
  • Energize Boston ⭐️ – This dairy-free and mostly vegan cafe (they use honey on some products) is located in the Brighton neighborhood. They serve a full menu of healthy organic salads, toasts, smoothie bowls, and smoothies.
  • Estragon Tapas Bar – The owner is a Madrid native, lending authentic flare to their plates. In fact, some dishes are from family recipes. They boldly label vegan and gluten-free options on their menus, of which there are many. We’ve been told they’re also well versed for other special diet needs, and have several more “just dairy free” items available.
  • Far Out – The original home of this New Zealand ice creamery is at the Red Sox stadium. But they’re also opening a brick and mortar shop. They blend your choice of real fruit into a vanilla ice cream base, and have a dairy-free vanilla ice cream base option.
  • Fire + Ice – A reader named Janet recommended two California locations for dairy-free lunch, dinner, and brunch options. But they recently opened a third location in Boston. It’s a Mongolian BBQ type place, but they offer a global array of flavors. Since you pick your own ingredients, it makes it easy to order without dairy and choose the right sauces. Janet said, “If the grill has already been used or is being used for things that shouldn’t be anywhere near my food, they take mine to the back and cook it in a separate pan and deliver it to my table.”
  • Flatbread Company – This gourmet flatbread pizza chain supports local and organic farming, and is special diet friendly. They offer dairy-free cheese, have vegan pizza on the menu, and can make many of their pizzas dairy free. They also offer a gluten-free vegan pizza crust, and we’ve been told that their regular house dough and most of their toppings are dairy-free. They also have build-your-own salad options.
  • Flour Bakery + Cafe ⭐️ – Their savory menu includes a handful of gourmet dairy-free sandwiches and salads. And they usually have a few dairy-free pastries, like vegan muffin tops, macaroons, and meringues. They also bake custom order cakes.
  • FoMu ⭐️ – At last count, they had two locations in Boston, one on the South End and in the Fenway area. Both are purely vegan ice cream parlors offering unique scoops and an array of desserts – from fresh-baked cookies and magic bars to billowing waffle cones and ice cream cakes.
  • Georgetown Cupcake – Their is a lot of dairy at this cupcakery, but they offer Vegan Apple Cinnamon or Carrot Cupcakes with dairy-free cream cheese frosting, depending on the day of the week.
  • Honeygrow – This fresh restaurant concept offers several dairy-free stir fries, build-your-own salad with many dairy-free dressing options, and a “honeybar” where you pick your fruit, honey drizzle, and other toppings. They have a great allergen chart available, which breaks down all components for the build-your-own options.
  • Hummus Republic – Their build-your-own pita, wrap, or bowl menu is filled with dairy-free options. They even offer vegan proteins, and most components are dairy-free (includes hummuses and dressings). They clearly label for vegan and gluten-free guests.
  • Inna’s Kitchen ⭐️ – This Newton-based kitchen also sells via WhatsGood at the Boston Public Market. They offer homemade to-go meals, baked goods, and frozen entrees, which are kosher, gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free.
  • Jennifer Lee’s Bakery ⭐️ – This is a gluten-free, top allergen-free bakery that also shuns coconut and sesame.  They offer all types of treats, from cannoli to cookies to cupcakes. They also bake custom order cakes.
  • J.P. Licks ⭐️ – This popular local ice cream chain does a great job of labeling for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan customers. They regularly offer some creamy dairy-free flavors, usually made with coconut milk or oat milk. They also offer nuts, coconut, crushed cookies, fruits, and peanut butter sauce as dairy-free toppings, and can whip you up a creamy dairy-free frappe, among other drinks. For milkshakes and coffee drinks, they have almond milk, coconut milk, and soy milk available. They have several locations around the city.
  • Juice Press ⭐️ – This purely plant-based and dairy-free juice chain blends healthy smoothies and protein shakes with almond milk, offers blue magic and acai bowls, and sells several vegan grab-and-go snacks.
  • Levend Bagelry – They offer Fauxmaggio Vegan Cream Cheese and house-made hummus to spread on your dairy-free sourdough bagels. They also have a unique array of toppings, like hot smoked salmon, tempeh, roasted sweet potato, or turmeric ginger kraut.
  • Life Alive ⭐️ – This organic vegetarian cafe has several locations in Massachusetts. They clearly label dairy on the menu, and serve several creative vegan dishes. They serve a big selections of greens, grain dishes, soups, smoothies, and other drinks.
  • Little Miss Cupcape – This really is a conventional bakery, but they bake vegan and gluten-free cupcakes and cakes by special order. And they do have Be Free chocolate chip cookie dough available, which is vegan and gluten-free.
  • Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar – They’re friendly toward dairy-free and gluten-free guests, but be sure to ask questions on their dairy-free options. They clearly label some items, but some of their tacos are also dairy-free, and additional items can be custom ordered with ease.
  • Lulu Green ⭐️ – This is a plant-based cafe with juices, smoothies, handhelds, bowls, and an array of sweet treats from their bakery.
  • Mother Juice ⭐️ – This cafe is dairy-free and mostly vegan (they do use honey in some items, and offer Udi’s gluten-free bread, which contains egg). They serve juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, toasts, an array of salads, and they offer grab-and-go items including breakfast bowls and healthy gluten-free and vegan baked goodies.
  • My Thai Vegan Cafe ⭐️ – As the name implies, this Thai restaurant is free of dairy, egg, meat, and seafood, and they serve a very big menu of dishes.
  • Oakleaf Cakes Bake Shop – Their pastry menu includes daily vegan options, often with muffins, cupcakes, and mini cheesecakes.
  • Playa Bowls – See our Playa Bowls Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Pokeworks – All of their signature poke bowls, and pretty much all of their menu is dairy-free, including the Dole Whip for dessert! They offer raw, cooked, and vegan proteins.
  • Red White Buddha Ramen ⭐️ – There’s no need to worry about milk, cream, or butter in any of their soups, since this is a vegan restaurant.
  • Revolution Health Kitchen ⭐️ –  This plant-based cafe focuses on fresh, local cuisine with healthy ingredients. They serve soups, salads, toasts, oatmeal bowls, smoothie bowls, smoothies, and juices.
  • Rhythm ‘n Wraps ⭐️ – Their vegan comfort food menu includes American classics, like burgers, loaded fries, and Philly cheesesteaks.
  • Sally’s Sandwiches – They serve Blackbird Doughnuts, including the seasonal vegan varieties (which are fried in shared oil with the non-vegan doughnuts). Several of their sandwiches can be custom ordered without dairy, and they do seem to take cross-contamination and allergy requests seriously in preparation. They also offer a gluten-free wrap.
  • Smoked Shed’s BBQ – They offer full allergen information on their catering menu, and there are boatloads of dairy-free options. All of their meats, sauces, and many bowl items are reportedly dairy-free.
  • Stillwater – Their menu includes some dairy-free and vegan “snacks,” salads, and Cuban Black Beans and Rice, where you can opt to add your protein of choice.
  • Thinking Cup ⭐️ – This local coffee house has a dairy-free menu, which includes a small selection of goodies, like Zucchini Bread, Granola, Biscotti, Focaccia Bread, and Chia Seed Pudding. They also have a couple sandwiches that can be ordered dairy free, and offer almond, soy, oat, macadamia, and pistachio milk alternatives for lattes.
  • Union Square Donuts – They typically have around three vegan donut flavors daily, and offer almond, soy, and oat milks for coffee drinks.

Boxford

  • Benson’s Homemade Ice Cream – They offer a creamy vegan ice cream line, with flavors like Coffee, Strawberry, Mint Chip, Chocolate Chip, and more. They typically have a couple creamy flavors and dairy-free sorbets daily.

Braintree

  • I Love Milkshakes – Their milkshake menu is dairy-full, but they offer a full acai menu with many dairy-free acai bowls, smoothies, and “guilt-free shakes.”

Brewster

  • Fare and Just Kitchen ⭐️ – Everything they make is vegan, gluten-free, and peanut-free, and available exclusively as takeout. Their menu changes weekly, but includes house-made soups, salads, hot entrees, and an array of smoothies.

Brookline

  • J.P. Licks ⭐️ – This popular local ice cream chain is all over the greater Boston area, and they offer several dairy-free options. See the Boston listing above for details.
  • Life Alive ⭐️ – This light and airy cafe serves vegetarian food and drinks that are heavy on plants. They clearly label dairy, nuts, and gluten on the menu, and have a big range of vegan menu items. It’s open for lunch and dinner, and they have a full juice and smoothie bar.
  • Pure Cold Press – You can order fresh-pressed juices, almond milk (or soymilk) smoothies, acai bowls, light breakfasts, sandwiches, wraps, and salads at this California-style, counter-serve spot. They clearly label vegan menu items, and there are quite a few of them since this is a mostly vegetarian establishment.
  • The Kosher Wok ⭐️ – Formerly Taam China, this Glatt Kosher restaurant serves both classic and unique Chinese cuisine. Though Chinese restaurants tend to be mostly dairy free, this one doesn’t mess around with dairy at all. Under kosher dietary laws, meat and milk must not be mixed, and shellfish is not eaten, so you won’t even find any crab rangoon on their menu.
  • Union Square Donuts – They typically have around three vegan donut flavors daily, and offer almond, soy, and oat milks for coffee drinks.
  • Veggie Crust – This pizzeria and Indian restaurant is vegetarian. Most of their pizza menu is vegan-friendly, and they offer a range of vegan Indian dishes. Gluten-free items are also available, and labeled.
  • Vittorio’s Grill & Kitchen ⭐️ – This restaurnat is reportedly glatt kosher and dairy-free. They serve a casual menu of burgers, subs, wraps, salads, and a handful of other entrees.

Burlington

  • Blaze Pizza – See our Blaze Pizza Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Burton’s Grill – This upscale bar and grill boasts classic American dishes with fresh ingredients and a touch of global flair. Year after year, they’re top rated as an allergy-friendly restaurant. They follow strict allergy protocols, have well-trained staff, and even attentive to allergies with their online ordering and takeout.
  • Pressed Cafe – Thank you to Emily for sending in this recommendation. They have an extensive vegan menu with smoothies, acai bowls, breakfast items, paninis, protein bowls, and more. Because they offer vegan cheese, many other paninis can be made dairy-free, and they offer some more power bowls that are naturally dairy-free.
  • The Cookie Monstah Bake Shop – Most of their menu is loaded with butter, but they do offer vegan chocolate chip cookies.
  • Twist Bakery & Cafe ⭐️ – Whether you’re craving breakfast, lunch, or dessert, this gluten-free bakeshop has you covered. They also shun peanuts, tree nuts (except coconut), and soy (except lecithin), and most of their menu is dairy-free or includes a dairy alternative option. They serve all types of hot and cold drinks (oat and coconut milks available), griddle cakes, sandwiches, salads, burgers, and more, and have a big array of pies, cookies, cupcakes, muffins … I could go on. They also bake custom desserts.

Cambridge

  • Blackbird Doughnuts – They offer a couple flavors of vegan brioche doughnuts, which rotate monthly. They do contain soy and wheat, and they do specify that they are cooked in shared oil with their other doughnuts.
  • Blaze Pizza – See our Blaze Pizza Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Cava – This build-your-own bowl chain offers an allergen chart that’s quite promising for dairy-free guests. All of their proteins, bowl bases, and toppings (aside from cheese) are dairy-free, and they have many dressings and sauces to choose from.
  • Donut Villa Diner – They have a whole vegan menu of options, including pancakes, waffles, “chicken” and waffles, sandwiches, scrambles, mac and cheese, and more. Additional menu items can be ordered dairy free.
  • Flour Bakery + Cafe ⭐️ – Their savory menu includes a handful of gourmet dairy-free sandwiches and salads. And they usually have a few dairy-free pastries, like vegan muffin tops, macaroons, and meringues. They also bake custom order cakes.
  • J.P. Licks ⭐️ – This popular local ice cream chain is all over the greater Boston area, and they offer several dairy-free options. See the Boston listing above for details.
  • Life Alive ⭐️ – This casual, counter-serve cafe has a funky vibe, and a completely vegetarian menu. Labels for dairy, nuts, and gluten are clear on their menus, and they offer a big vegan selection. All of their juices, smoothies, lattes, and acai bowls are listed as dairy free, and they serve several dairy-free and vegan salads, wraps, bowls, and soups for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Mother Juice ⭐️ – This cafe is dairy-free and mostly vegan (they do use honey in some items, and offer Udi’s gluten-free bread, which contains egg). They serve juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, toasts, an array of salads, and they offer grab-and-go items including breakfast bowls and healthy gluten-free and vegan baked goodies.
  • New City Microcreamery ⭐️ – This place isn’t cheap, but for a dairy-free ice cream outing, it can be worth it. They have a daily menu of dairy-free and vegan flavors, that usually includes several coconut milk-based options. You can order your scoops in a cup or on a sugar cones (not waffle), with sprinkles, golden nuggets, or a few other toppings. They also take custom ice cream cake orders that can be made dairy-free, vegan, or for other special diet needs. Oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, and several dairy-free syrups are also available for milkshakes and coffee drinks.
  • Playa Bowls – See our Playa Bowls Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Pokeworks – All of their signature poke bowls, and pretty much all of their menu is dairy-free, including the Dole Whip for dessert! They offer raw, cooked, and vegan proteins.
  • Puritan & Company – This fine dining spot reportedly accommodates dairy-free guests with ease, and the kitchen maintains an allergen chart of the current menu to help with ordering.
  • Russell House Tavern – They label their menu for dairy-free and gluten-free guests. The dairy-free “as is” options include some gems, like fish & chips, confit chicken wings, and crispy brussels sprouts. But they also have several more items they can make dairy-free – just ask. They serve brunch and dinner.
  • Sofra Bakery & Cafe ⭐️ – Their online menu is labeled for dairy-free and gluten-free customers, and it includes a good range of dairy-free options, including moussaka made with cashew mornay. In store, they also label their items for vegan guests. They also have a few dairy-free treats, like halva and molasses cookies, and they sell local provisions.
  • Sweet Bakery – Cupcakes and cakes are the specialty at this bake shop, but they offer a few other goodies to round out the mix. Each day they have some vegan cupcakes on hand, and a variety of gluten-free vegan cupcakes, cookies, and bars. They also take custom special diet orders for cakes, cake pops, cupcakes, and cookies. This location is inside New City Microcreamery.
  • Veggie Galaxy ⭐️ – This out-of-this-world, from-scratch diner is completely vegetarian, and everything on their menu can be made vegan – from the stuffed French Toast to the Loaded Mac & Cheese to the Sundaes with hot fudge and whip topping. It’s also a great option if you are dairy-free, but eat eggs, since they do offer omelets and scrambles. You can stop by for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or just to pick up some treats from the full vegan bakery they have on site.
  • Veggie Grill ⭐️ – This vegan fast-casual restaurant chain serves burgers, sandwiches, bowls, salads, and plant-based variations on popular dishes. Their selection ranges from fresh and healthy to comfort food. They also have a menu of desserts.
  • Violette Gluten Free Bakery ⭐️ – Their dairy-free menu is quite sizable, with an array of cookies, cupcakes, cakes, dessert bars, muffins, cinnamon buns, and other pastries.

Charlestown

  • Emack & Bolio’s – This Boston-based ice creamery churns a handful of vegan flavors made with coconut milk. They include Cappucino Fudge Swirl, Chocolate Pudding, Mint Chocolate Freckle, Raspberry Chocolate Krispy Rice, Goa Mango, and Toasted Coconut. They also offer dairy-free sorbets.

Chatham

  • Emack & Bolio’s – This Boston-based ice creamery churns a handful of vegan flavors made with coconut milk. They include Cappucino Fudge Swirl, Chocolate Pudding, Mint Chocolate Freckle, Raspberry Chocolate Krispy Rice, Goa Mango, and Toasted Coconut. They also offer dairy-free sorbets.

Chelmsford

  • Moonstones ⭐️ – The elevated cuisine at this upscale eatery has a menu littered with labels for dairy-free and gluten-free diners. (They also label for vegan, but the options are sparse.) The dairy-free options include a good handful of small plates and large plates with Asian and French influences.
  • Sully’s Ice Cream Stand – They offer 100 flavors, including a few sorbets and four creamy dairy-free flavors: vanilla, chocolate, Oreo, and coffee.

Chestnut Hill

  • Cheryl Ann’s Bakery ⭐️ – Everything is dairy-free at this kosher pareve bakery. They bake breads, turnovers, pies, muffins, cakes, and more.
  • Juice Press ⭐️ – This purely plant-based and dairy-free juice chain blends healthy smoothies and protein shakes with almond milk, offers blue magic and acai bowls, and sells several vegan grab-and-go snacks.

Danvers

Dartmouth

  • Planit Eats ⭐️ – They offer grab-and-go meals and snacks, meal delivery, and subscription services, all of which are dairy-free and gluten-free.

Dedham

  • Cava – This build-your-own bowl chain offers an allergen chart that’s quite promising for dairy-free guests. All of their proteins, bowl bases, and toppings (aside from cheese) are dairy-free, and they have many dressings and sauces to choose from.
  • Harrows Chicken Pies – As the name implies, they make chicken pies, with or without vegetables, in various sizes. You can walk in and pick up a take and bake, because they are dairy free! But when they bake them in store, they brush milk on the crust. So either bake at home, or request no milk if ordering a cooked pie.
  • J.P. Licks ⭐️ – This popular local ice cream chain is all over the greater Boston area, and they offer several dairy-free options. See the Boston listing above for details.
  • Ron’s Gourmet Ice Cream – This is a traditional ice creamery, but they also scoop a couple dairy-free coconut milk ice cream flavors daily. We’ve heard rumor of peanut butter cup and Oreo flavors.

Deerfield

  • Hillside Pizza – If you’re craving a cheesy pizza, this is a good spot. They offer Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative, two dairy-free and vegan sauce options, regular and wheat crust made without dairy-free, and a plethora of toppings. But avoid the gluten-free pizza crust, which is loaded with milk and cheese. Several of their wraps can also be made dairy-free, and their garden salad and curry chicken salad have no dairy added.

Easthampton

  • Tandem Bagel Co. – Not only do they offer vegan cream cheese alternative, they also have vegan cheddar available for creating your own dairy-free bagel sandwich or wrap. Beyond cheese alternatives, they have house-made hummus, natural peanut butter, avocado, honey, and strawberry jam for spreads.

Fairhaven

  • Planit Eats ⭐️ – They offer grab-and-go meals and snacks, meal delivery, and subscription services, all of which are dairy-free and gluten-free.

Fall River

  • Duke’s Bakery ⭐️ – On the bakery side, they have a separate dairy-free muffin case and offer dairy-free savory bread. On the cafe side, they have dairy-free (and gluten-free) burgers, pizzas (with two dairy-free cheese options!), and more.

Feeding Hills

  • JJ’s Soft Serve – They offer Silk dairy-free almond milk soft serve in chocolate and vanilla and can customize it with one of their 54 soft serve flavor extracts. Slushes, Italian ice, and custom fruit smoothies are also available.

Florence

  • Cafe Evolution and the Natural Selection Bakery – This entirely vegan restaurant and bakery was founded in 2005, and is still churning out award-winning baked goods. They are well known for cupcakes, scones, bars, cookies, and bread, along with their full menu of breakfast and lunch dishes. On the weekends, they serve an impressive vegan brunch.
  • Tandem Bagel Co. – Not only do they offer vegan cream cheese alternative, they also have vegan cheddar available for creating your own dairy-free bagel sandwich or wrap. Beyond cheese alternatives, they have house-made hummus, natural peanut butter, avocado, honey, and strawberry jam for spreads.

Foxborough

Framingham

  • Burton’s Grill – This upscale bar and grill boasts classic American dishes with fresh ingredients and a touch of global flair. Year after year, they’re top rated as an allergy-friendly restaurant. They follow strict allergy protocols, have well-trained staff, and even attentive to allergies with their online ordering and takeout.

Franklin

  • Pokemoto ⭐️ – Enjoy their poke bowls with a range of dairy-free sauces, and get dairy-free Dole Whip for dessert!

Georgetown

  • Flatbread Company – This gourmet flatbread pizza chain supports local and organic farming, and is special diet friendly. They offer dairy-free cheese, have vegan pizza on the menu, and can make many of their pizzas dairy free. They also offer a gluten-free vegan pizza crust, and we’ve been told that their regular house dough and most of their toppings are dairy-free. They also have build-your-own salad options.

Great Barrington

  • Great Barrington Bagel Company – They offer a classic array of dairy-free bagels, two types of vegan Tofutti cream cheese spreads, and both breakfast and lunch bagel sandwiches that can be custom ordered without dairy.

Hadley

  • Hillside Pizza – They offer Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative (for an extra charge). Their regular and wheat crust our dairy-free, but avoid the gluten-free pizza crust, which is loaded with milk and cheese. Their classic tomato sauce and olive oil and garlic sauce are listed as dairy-free, and they have a big array of vegetables, meats, and tempeh bacon for dairy-free toppings. This location also has several sandwiches that can be made dairy-free and even gluten-free (they use Canyon Bakehouse bread for gluten-free). And their garden salad and curry chicken salad are dairy free. Their menu is also filled with vegan options.
  • Tandem Bagel Co. – Not only do they offer vegan cream cheese alternative, they also have vegan cheddar available for creating your own dairy-free bagel sandwich or wrap. Beyond cheese alternatives, they have house-made hummus, natural peanut butter, avocado, honey, and strawberry jam for spreads.
  • Wildwood Barbeque ⭐️ – They offer a special diet menu that caters to dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free guests. The dairy-free options include a range of sandwiches, meats, sides, and custom order tips.

Harwich

  • Sweet Izzy’s ⭐️ – Located in the Harwich Port area, this seasonal spot (open spring and summer) is dairy-free, and serves a wonderful selection of ice cream and coffee drinks. Meghan wrote in to tell us about it. “They have a variety of hard ice cream as well as 2-3 flavors of soft serve and a huge variety of toppings.”

Hingham

  • Burton’s Grill – This upscale bar and grill boasts classic American dishes with fresh ingredients and a touch of global flair. Year after year, they’re top rated as an allergy-friendly restaurant. They follow strict allergy protocols, have well-trained staff, and even attentive to allergies with their online ordering and takeout.
  • Cava – This build-your-own bowl chain offers an allergen chart that’s quite promising for dairy-free guests. All of their proteins, bowl bases, and toppings (aside from cheese) are dairy-free, and they have many dressings and sauces to choose from.

Hudson

  • Flatbread Company – This gourmet flatbread pizza chain supports local and organic farming, and is special diet friendly. They offer dairy-free cheese, have vegan pizza on the menu, and can make many of their pizzas dairy free. They also offer a gluten-free vegan pizza crust, and we’ve been told that their regular house dough and most of their toppings are dairy-free. They also have build-your-own salad options.
  • New City Microcreamery ⭐️ – They take special diets seriously at this modern ice cream parlor. Their daily list of dairy-free and vegan ice cream flavors usually includes a half dozen creamy options, and they have vegan, gluten, and top allergen information for everything else on the menu, right down to their sundae and coffee syrups. They have dairy-free sugar cones, several vegan toppings, and oat, almond, and soy milk for making milkshakes and coffee drinks.

Hyannis

  • Katie’s Homemade Ice Cream – This seasonal shop is open from early spring through the end of September, but they close up shop for fall and winter. When open, they usually have at least one hand-crafted dairy-free and vegan creamy flavor, along with some sorbet options. They also offer vegan chocolate magic shell made with coconut oil.
  • Little Miss Cupcape – This really is a conventional bakery, but they bake vegan and gluten-free cupcakes and cakes by special order. And they do have Be Free chocolate chip cookie dough available, which is vegan and gluten-free.

Hyde Park

  • Ron’s Gourmet Ice Cream – This is a traditional ice creamery, but they also scoop a couple dairy-free coconut milk ice cream flavors daily. We’ve heard rumor of peanut butter cup and Oreo flavors.

Jamaica Plain

  • Fiore’s Bakery – Their menu is filled with vegan goodies, from cinnamon buns to scones to various cakes. They also have dairy-free smoothies, and a big menu of vegan sandwiches, complete with cashew cheese. Additional sandwiches can be ordered dairy-free.
  • FoMu ⭐️ – Ice cream cookie sandwiches, floats, custom ice cream pies, sundaes complete with whipped topping, waffle cones dipped in toppings – and it’s all without a drop of dairy. Yes, dreams really do come true at this 100% vegan ice cream parlor. And their flavor selection ranges form ordinary to uniquely extraordinary.

Lexington

Lowell

  • Life Alive – This cozy cafe opens in the late morning, and serves healthy vegetarian food and drinks all day. Unlike most of their other locations, dairy isn’t as clearly labeled on the menus, but they still have tons of dairy-free and vegan options. All of their smoothies, juices, and lattes are made without dairy, and they serve many vegan wraps, bowls, salads, and other casual entrees.

Ludlow

  • Randall’s Farm – This is a great place to find local goods, farm-fresh produce, and special diet options. They have a gluten-free section in store, and carry a lot of allergy-friendly brands. In their deli, they use Boar’s Head meats for sandwiches, and house-make their deli salads. They also make their own ice creams, which often includes a creamy vegan flavor or two, and sorbet.

Lynnfield

  • J.P. Licks ⭐️ – This popular local ice cream chain is all over the greater Boston area, and they offer several dairy-free options. See the Boston listing above for details.

Malden

  • Donut Villa Diner – They have a whole vegan menu of options, including pancakes, waffles, “chicken” and waffles, sandwiches, scrambles, mac and cheese, and more. Additional menu items can be ordered dairy free.

Marlborough

  • Atlantic Poké ⭐️ – We contacted this local restaurant, and they told us “there is no dairy on our menu.” They also label their sauces with vegan and gluten-free options, and offer raw tuna, raw salmon, shrimp, chicken and organic vegan tofu for proteins.
  • ProteinHouse – They offer a range of protein-packed breakfasts, salads, bowls, burgers, and wraps with several dairy-free options, and a vegan option in each category. They even have vegan protein pancakes. They offer vegan protein, and can make a select group of smoothies dairy-free, but keep in mind, they use a lot of whey in their blenders (including to make their acai bowls).

Mashpee

  • Emack & Bolio’s – This Boston-based ice creamery churns a handful of vegan flavors made with coconut milk. They include Cappucino Fudge Swirl, Chocolate Pudding, Mint Chocolate Freckle, Raspberry Chocolate Krispy Rice, Goa Mango, and Toasted Coconut. They also offer dairy-free sorbets.

Medford

  • Harrows Chicken Pies – Yes, their unbaked chicken pies of all sizes really are dairy-free (we’ve heard egg-free and nut-free, too). If you ask them to bake it for you, ask them to skip brushing milk on the crust.

Medway

  • T.C. Scoops – All of their Scoop Dogs are made with Boar’s Head hot dogs and are dairy-free, and they have a gluten-free bun option. They also offer FoMu vegan ice cream in several flavors.

Methuen

  • Harrows Chicken Pies – Their popular chicken pies are sold as take-and-bakes that you can walk in and buy at any time. They’re dairy-free as is, both with and without vegetables. They can bake the pies for you, but they do brush milk on before baking unless you request “no milk.”

Milford

  • Milford Pizza Palace – They have several vegan pizzas on their menu, complete with faux meats, and can make almost any pizza dairy-free with Follow Your Heart mozzarella shreds. They also offer gluten-free, dairy-free pizza crust.

Millis

  • Twist Bakery & Cafe ⭐️ – This enticing shop is free from gluten, peanuts, tree nuts (except coconut), and soy (except soy lecithin), and most of their items are free from dairy or have a dairy-free option. They offer Daiya cheese alternative, oat milk, coconut milk, and coconut whipped cream as menu options. They also clearly label egg-free and vegan choices. Their menu includes a big selection of sweet and savory baked goods, full desserts, breakfast dishes, and lunches. They do take custom cake orders.

Nashua

  • Pressed Cafe – Thank you to Emily for sending in this recommendation. They have an extensive vegan menu with smoothies, acai bowls, breakfast items, paninis, protein bowls, and more. Because they offer vegan cheese, many other paninis can be made dairy-free, and they offer some more power bowls that are naturally dairy-free.

Natick

  • I Love Milkshakes – Their milkshake menu is dairy-full, but they offer a full acai menu with many dairy-free acai bowls, smoothies, and “guilt-free shakes.”

Needham

  • The Cookie Monstah Bake Shop – Most of their menu is loaded with butter, but they do offer vegan chocolate chip cookies.
  • Treat Cupcake Bar – This cupcakery bakes “regular” cupcakes, but they also have daily “allergy-friendly” cupcakes available that are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and soy-free and made without nuts. Which flavors are baked and ready to purchase can rotate daily. But they offer over a dozen different allergy-friendly flavors that can be custom ordered as cupcakes or full-size cakes. They reportedly use separate equipment to make their allergy-friendly line.

New Bedford

  • Planit Eats ⭐️ – They offer grab-and-go meals and snacks, meal delivery, and subscription services, all of which are dairy-free and gluten-free.

Newburyport

  • Lolo Poke – At the time of our inquiry, their entire menu was dairy-free, but they said to check in store on the crunchy onion and wasabi pea mix – these can contain dairy depending on the current source. They serve both cooked and raw rice bowls, musubi, and spicy tuna “donuts.”
  • Revitalive Cafe & Juice Bar ⭐️ – Their healthy menu includes smoothies, acai bowls, toasts, paninis, salads, grain bowls, and desserts. They also offer 100% organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan meal plans and juice cleanses.

Newton

  • Blackbird Doughnuts – They offer a couple flavors of vegan brioche doughnuts, which rotate monthly. They do contain soy and wheat, and they do specify that they are cooked in shared oil with their other doughnuts.
  • Blacker’s Bakeshop ⭐️ – You won’t want to miss this kosher pareve bakery. Everything they make, from croissants to Boston cream pie, is dairy-free and nut-free. They have an expansive sweet and savory menu, which includes several egg-free and vegan options (even challah!). You can also order custom cakes and other desserts for any occasion.
  • Inna’s Kitchen Culinaria ⭐️ – They offer homemade to-go meals, baked goods, and frozen entrees, which are produced in a kosher certified and dedicated gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free space.
  • J.P. Licks ⭐️ – This popular local ice cream chain is all over the greater Boston area, and they offer several dairy-free options. See the Boston listing above for details.

Newton Highlands

  • Walnut Grille – It’s a vegetarian restaurant, but their broad lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus are heavily vegan, and have vegan options for just about everything. Gluten-free and soy-free options are also generously labeled. And they bake custom vegan cakes for birthdays, weddings, and other special occasions.

Norfolk

Northampton

  • Bela – This little vegetarian restaurant has a petite menu to match, but it’s big on local and organic foods. They have a fixed daily menu for lunch and dinner with a ‘no substitutions’ policy, but it’s mostly vegan. The owner also bakes a big range of cakes, pies, and cookies (mostly vegan), and churns several flavors of dairy-free ice cream.
  • Herrell’s ⭐️ – They make their own line of dairy-free oat milk ice cream called No Moo. They carry at least a couple flavors daily, with options like vanilla, chocolate peanut butter, cookies n cream, and coffee marshmallow swirl (not vegan). They also bake No Moo Cookies, offer No Moo Fudge for sundaes, and are transparent with allergy information.
  • India House – This North Indian restaurant is friendly toward dairy-free diners. They can make most of their curries dairy-free with a coconut milk swap, and offer several vegan dishes on their vegetarian menu.
  • Nourish Wellness Cafe ⭐️ – Their healthy menu includes wellness bowls and rolls, toasts with avocado or cashew cheese and other toppings, juices, smoothies, soups, coffee drinks, and other house-made grab-and-go items. The entire menu can be ordered dairy-free and most items are vegan-friendly.
  • Paul and Elizabeth’s – Debbie recommended this restaurant, which has a heavy macrobiotic focus. They serve a fresh array of fish and vegetarian dishes, many with a Japanese flair. Much of the menu is dairy-free, they have some vegan options, and the servers are helpful with special dietary choices. They also offer a dairy-free dessert!
  • Tandem Bagel Co. – Not only do they offer vegan cream cheese alternative, they also have vegan cheddar available for creating your own dairy-free bagel sandwich or wrap. Beyond cheese alternatives, they have house-made hummus, natural peanut butter, avocado, honey, and strawberry jam for spreads.

North Andover

  • Burton’s Grill – This upscale bar and grill boasts classic American dishes with fresh ingredients and a touch of global flair. Year after year, they’re top rated as an allergy-friendly restaurant. They follow strict allergy protocols, have well-trained staff, and even attentive to allergies with their online ordering and takeout.

North Attleborough

  • Pokemoto ⭐️ – Enjoy their poke bowls with a range of dairy-free sauces, and get dairy-free Dole Whip for dessert!

Northborough

  • Planit Eats ⭐️ – They offer grab-and-go meals and snacks, meal delivery, and subscription services, all of which are dairy-free and gluten-free.

North Truro

  • Chequessett Chocolate – Their hand-crafted chocolate selection includes many vegan dark chocolate bars, chocolate-covered items, and drinking chocolate. They also have a coffee bar with milk alternatives available, and they make a dairy-free Mexican style drinking chocolate.
  • High Tide Kitchen – Their ice cream and smoothie food truck is located in front of Chequessett Chocolate. They offer a couple vegan and gluten-free ice cream flavors (at last check, Vanilla and Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl), and can also blend you a fruity dairy-free smoothie. This is a seasonal location.

Norton

  • She She’s Bakery ⭐️ – This is a home vegan bakery offering a unique array of healthier and special diet baked goods and sweet snacks.

Oak Bluffs

  • Juice by the Sea ⭐️ – This is a raw juice bar and plant-based cafe that serves a creative selection of sweets and savories.

Orleans

  • Emack & Bolio’s – This Boston-based ice creamery churns a handful of vegan flavors made with coconut milk. They include Cappucino Fudge Swirl, Chocolate Pudding, Mint Chocolate Freckle, Raspberry Chocolate Krispy Rice, Goa Mango, and Toasted Coconut. They also offer dairy-free sorbets.
  • Ice Cream Cafe – Unlike many other ice cream shops in this area, this one is open year round. They also swirl vegan soft serve (vanilla, chocolate, or twist), and have dairy-free scoops available in several creamy coconut- or soy-based flavors, along with some sorbets. We’ve been told they have vegan hot fudge, too. But check ahead on what’s available for the day.
  • The Local Scoop – Their ice cream selection typically includes dairy-free Dole Whip, a creamy vegan soft serve flavor (like chocolate almond), and at least one vegan scoop option. They also offer a fresh selection of fruity dairy-free ice pops and blend a tropical vegan smoothie.

Peabody

  • I Love Milkshakes – Their milkshake menu is dairy-full, but they offer a full acai menu with many dairy-free acai bowls, smoothies, and “guilt-free shakes.”

Pembroke

  • Juice Station ⭐️ – Thanks to Chrissy for recommending this vegan shop. “Fresh juices, smoothies, açaí bowls, and locally homemade vegan food options ready to go, including salads, meals, energy balls/bar, rolls, mousse, and more.”

Pittsfield

  • Ayelada – This local froyo shop has a small rotating selection of flavors, which almost always includes a dairy-free and vegan option. They offer fruity and creamy dairy-free flavors, including options like Girl Scout thin mint cookie, peanut butter oreo, brownie, and carrot cake.
  • The Spot on Tyler – They offer an impressive menu of dairy-free smoothies and acai bowls, along with vegan waffles and their own house “Bear Butter” on apples, bagels, or bread, which is a superfood vegan protein almond butter.

Plymouth

  • Café Create A Cake ⭐️ – This is a home-based bakery that offers a range of allergy-friendly, made-to-suit, treats, from doughnuts to cake jars to wedding cakes.
  • Sweet Sense Gluten Free – They are 100% gluten-free, but do use dairy in many products. Nevertheless, they offer some dairy-free and vegan cupcakes, cakes, and breads, and bake custom order cakes.

Quincy

  • Babycakes – They have a nice little vegan menu of cookies, cupcakes, and gluten-free cupcakes. They also bake custom order vegan cakes.

Raynham

  • Frankie & Dia’s Ice Cream – They offer chocolate and vanilla coconut-based dairy-free ice cream, along with a fruity sorbet option.
  • MoooBerry – This froyo shop offers a rotating flavor of dairy-free Dole Whip, and offers other sweet milk-less treats like slushies and lemonades.
  • Planit Eats ⭐️ – They offer grab-and-go meals and snacks, meal delivery, and subscription services, all of which are dairy-free and gluten-free.

Reading

  • Harrows Chicken Pies – Their unbaked chicken pies are dairy-free (we’ve heard egg-free and nut-free, too). They’re available to walk in and buy for take-and-bake, or you can order ahead for cooked chicken pies. But ask for “no milk” as they brush on milk before baking the pies.

Salem

  • Flatbread Company – This gourmet flatbread pizza chain supports local and organic farming, and is special diet friendly. They offer dairy-free cheese, have vegan pizza on the menu, and can make many of their pizzas dairy free. They also offer a gluten-free vegan pizza crust, and we’ve been told that their regular house dough and most of their toppings are dairy-free. They also have build-your-own salad options.
  • Flying Saucer Pizza Company – This out-of-this-world pizzeria offers a half dozen vegan pizzas right on their main menu, and of course, you can build your own dairy-free or vegan pizza! They offer vegan mozzarella, but also have vegan alfredo, vegan mac and cheese, vegan mock meats, and a plethora of other dairy-free sauces and toppings. Their house-made NY-style dough is vegan, and their gluten-free crust is dairy-free (but does contain egg).
  • Jodi Bee Bakes – This bakery and vegetarian cafe offers an entire range of vegan and/or gluten-free baked goods and savories. You can get vegan cupcakes, cookies, whoopie pies, breads, and muffins on a daily basis, and they take special orders. They also serve vegan quiche, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and more for lunch.
  • Life Alive – Like their Lowell location, this warm, comfortable, counter-serve cafe doesn’t have special diet labels on their menu, but that doesn’t mean they lack options. They use a coconut milk base for all of their smoothies, offer coconut, rice, or tiger nut milk for their lattes and hot chocolate, and most of their grain and salad bowls are naturally vegan. The restaurant as a whole is vegetarian, with a healthy organic focus. And only a few items on the menu contain eggs or cheese.
  • Sweet Java ⭐️ – Their menu is labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests, and includes a menu of dairy-free smoothies, power bowls, and energy balls. They also have some dairy-free options in their daily baked goodies.

Sandwich

  • Twin Acres Ice Cream Shoppe – They have vegan coconut-based ice cream flavors on rotation, that can include chocolate chip cookie dough, peanut butter swirl, vanilla, or others. They also offer dairy-free sorbet.

Saugus

  • Harrows Chicken Pies – They offer some sides and dessert, but chicken pies are the headliner. Grab a cold one to bake at home in single-serve or one of their multi-serve sizes, with or without vegetables – they’re all made without dairy! If they bake it for you, they brush milk on the crust, unless you request “no milk.”
  • Sweet Bakery – This is a classic cupcakery, but everyday they bake a selection of vegan cupcakes and vegan gluten-free cupcakes, cookies, and bars. You can also place a custom order for dairy-free, gluten-free, and/or vegan cupcakes, cakes (for all occasions), cake pops, cookies, and more.

Scituate

  • Dribbles – They scoop vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and cookies ‘n cream dairy-free ice cream flavors, each made with coconut milk. They also offer sorbets, and you can custom order a dairy-free wrap or sandwich.

Sharon

  • Nana’s Vegan Bakery ⭐️ – Their baked goodies have a homemade feel, and are highlighted by cookies, muffins, and buckles. They also have gluten-free options available.

Shrewsbury

  • Atlantic Poké ⭐️ – We contacted this local restaurant, and they told us “there is no dairy on our menu.” They also label their sauces with vegan and gluten-free options, and offer raw tuna, raw salmon, shrimp, chicken and organic vegan tofu for proteins.
  • Burton’s Grill – This upscale bar and grill boasts classic American dishes with fresh ingredients and a touch of global flair. Year after year, they’re top rated as an allergy-friendly restaurant. They follow strict allergy protocols, have well-trained staff, and even attentive to allergies with their online ordering and takeout.

Shelburne Falls

  • Hearty Eats ⭐️ – Their entire menu is free of gluten, dairy, and peanuts. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a global array of flavors, and also offer several sweet treats.

Somerville

  • Flatbread Company – This gourmet flatbread pizza chain supports local and organic farming, and is special diet friendly. They offer dairy-free cheese, have vegan pizza on the menu, and can make many of their pizzas dairy free. They also offer a gluten-free vegan pizza crust, and we’ve been told that their regular house dough and most of their toppings are dairy-free. They also have build-your-own salad options.
  • J.P. Licks ⭐️ – This popular local ice cream chain is all over the greater Boston area, and they offer several dairy-free options. See the Boston listing above for details.
  • MidiCi Pizza – Their signature Neapolitan dough is light, thin, soft, and chewy, with a high crust, and it’s dairy-free. It’s made purely with a special Neapolitan flour, water, sea salt, and yeast. They also offer dairy-free cheese alternative and vegan sausage, and have several custom order salad options.
  • Pokeworks – All of their signature poke bowls, and pretty much all of their menu is dairy-free, including the Dole Whip for dessert! They offer raw, cooked, and vegan proteins.
  • Tipping Cow Ice Cream – Like most good ice cream shops, they offer a selection of sorbets. But they also churn a whole menu of vegan flavors, with a few options on scoop daily. Sample flavors include rum raisin, cookie dough, coco cocoa, cookies and cream, and mint chip.
  • True Bistro – This intimate vegan restaurant serves dinner and weekend brunch. Their menus have familiar favorites, like enchiladas, mac and cheese, lasagna, and crepes. But they are elevated with presentation and from-scratch ingredients, like their house-made cashew cheeses and sauces. They also offer dessert, with specialties like vegan cheesecakes.
  • Union Square Donuts – They typically have around three vegan donut flavors daily, and offer almond, soy, and oat milks for coffee drinks.
  • Veggie Crust – This pizzeria and Indian restaurant is vegetarian. Most of their pizza menu is vegan-friendly, and they offer a range of vegan Indian dishes. Gluten-free items are also available, and labeled.

Swampscott

Taunton

  • Tom & Jimmy’s – They offer four creamy dairy-free, hard-serve ice cream flavors: vanilla, chocolate, oreo, and cookie dough. You can enjoy a scoop as is, in a float, or with toppings.

Tewksbury

  • Harrows Chicken Pies – This is just one of their locations in the greater Boston area, and all sell chicken pies that are dairy-free. Buy the take-and-bakes, or ask them to skip the milk brushing on top if you want them to bake some chicken pies you.

Wakefield

  • Cravings Ice Cream – Thank you to Desiree for sharing this dairy-free find, “They have 70 flavors of dairy free soft serve ice cream (yes, 70– that isn’t a typo!!). They make it for you fresh using the dairy free base. I have enjoyed the chocolate, chocolate Oreo and coffee Oreo— all amazing!” Their shop confirmed, “It was a new addition this Summer [2020]. We use a blending machine to create our huge list of soft serve flavors. 70 of these are available dairy-free. We hope to soon expand into dairy free frappes and sundaes as well.”

Waltham

  • Lizzy’s Homemade Ice Cream – Technically, their dairy-free options aren’t homemade. They offer a couple flavors of Tofutti ice cream, a Tofutti frappe, and some dairy-free smoothies.

Watertown

  • Red Lentil – This award-winning vegetarian restaurant offers a globally diverse menu, with ample vegan options. In fact, their menus have vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and “contains nuts” labels throughout, and they offer vegan alternatives, like cheese. They serve lunch, dinner, and a boisterous brunch menu.

Wellesley

  • Cocobeet ⭐️ – They bottle their own cold-pressed juices, dairy-free mylks, and smoothies, but also serve a completely plant-based menu in their cafe. It includes smoothie bowls, grain bowls, green bowls, toasts, soups, salads, sandwiches, and an array of raw energy bites.
  • J.P. Licks ⭐️ – This popular local ice cream chain is all over the greater Boston area, and they offer several dairy-free options. See the Boston listing above for details.
  • Quebrada Baking Company – Their dairy-free options are limited, but they do offer vegan chocolate cupcakes, chocolate cake, and vanilla or chocolate frosting.

Wellfleet

  • Emack & Bolio’s – This Boston-based ice creamery churns a handful of vegan flavors made with coconut milk. They include Cappucino Fudge Swirl, Chocolate Pudding, Mint Chocolate Freckle, Raspberry Chocolate Krispy Rice, Goa Mango, and Toasted Coconut. They also offer dairy-free sorbets.

Westborough

  • 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.
  • Yummy Mummy Bakery – They usually have a vegan goodie or two in store, like brownies, cookies, dessert bars, and cupcakes. But they also accept orders, if you’re making a special trip, and they do bake custom order cakes.

Weymouth

  • Planit Eats ⭐️ – They offer grab-and-go meals and snacks, meal delivery, and subscription services, all of which are dairy-free and gluten-free.

Woburn

  • Saladworks – Pretty much their entire menu contains dairy, but they offer an interactive allergen menu that tells you how to custom order most items without dairy (or other special diet needs). You can choose between salads, warm grain bowls, wraps, and a few other items. They offer a good handful of dairy-free dressings, and do have gluten-free and vegan options.
  • Something Sweet Without Wheat ⭐️ – This is a gluten-free and nut-free bakery with a plethora of dairy-free and vegan options. They bake savory breads, offer all types of pastries, and bake custom order cakes.

Worcester

  • Bagel Time – They offer an array of dairy-free bagel flavors daily with vegan tofu cream cheese as a schmear option. They also serve a classic selection of breakfast and lunch bagels, many of which can be ordered dairy free.
  • Bean Counter Bakery Cafe – They have a full vegan menu for custom order cupcakes and cakes, and a full gluten-free vegan menu too. And they offer a few varieties of vegan cookies.
  • Chani’s Kosher Take-Out ⭐️ – This is a strictly kosher and dairy-free kitchen. They make a range of deli sandwiches, schnitzel, and other American and kosher favorites.
  • Island Fin Poke – Almost everything on their menu is dairy-free, and it includes some unique Hawaiian touches, like spam as a poke bowl option and dairy-free Dole Whip for dessert.
  • Jennifer Lee’s Bakery ⭐️ – This is a gluten-free, top allergen-free bakery that also shuns coconut and sesame.  They offer all types of treats, from cannoli to cookies to cupcakes. They also bake custom order cakes.
  • ProteinHouse – They offer a range of protein-packed breakfasts, salads, bowls, burgers, and wraps with several dairy-free options, and a vegan option in each category. They even have vegan protein pancakes. They offer vegan protein, and can make a select group of smoothies dairy-free, but keep in mind, they use a lot of whey in their blenders (including to make their acai bowls).

Dairy-Free Massachusetts: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free options Photo from Pokemoto in Franklin and North Attleborough

Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout Massachusetts

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 Massachusetts: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from by Chloe in Boston

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in Massachusetts

These dairy-free friendly companies don’t have their own retail location, but are in Massachusetts. 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!

  • Fancypants Baking Co – Most of their cookies contain dairy, but keep an eye out for their vegan sugar cookies.
  • Fauxmaggio – Several restaurants in the area use their soft and spreadable, cultured, dairy-free nut cheeses. But you can also find them in stores. They also make dairy-free pesto with Fauxmesan and raw crackers.
  • Sweet Tree Creamery – They churn dairy-free ice cream in classic indulgent flavors, and sell it to cafes and scoop shops in the New England area.

Dairy-Free Massachusetts: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Twist Bakery & Cafe in Burlington and Millis

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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Go Dairy Free 2nd Edition - The Ultimate Guide and Cookbook for Dairy-Free Living with Over 250 Recipes!

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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.

4 Comments

  1. Thank you for putting this guide together!! Flatbread Company in Bedford, Somerville, and Salem has amazing vegan pizza (fire roasted pizza with carmelized onion, mushrooms, tomatoes, olives, herbs, etc.). We have been to all 3 locations (the Somerville Location is in a bowling alley) and all are delicious. There is also a place called Cravings Ice cream which is on Main Street in downtown Wakefield. They have 70 flavors of dairy free soft serve ice cream (yes, 70– that isn’t a typo!!). They make it for you fresh using the dairy free base. I have enjoyed the chocolate, chocolate Oreo and coffee Oreo— all amazing! Thank you for all your hard work on this website. I have been using it for many years after I found it back in 2009 (I think) and I recommend it to anyone who needs to eliminate or cutback on dairy! Thank you!

  2. Phil Whitehead on

    I have enjoyed the food and service at Grasshopper on both of the occasions when I have visited Boston. After my first meal at Grasshopper, I made a point to return on my next trip. The large and open format of the restaurant makes it ideal for groups to meet.

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