Michigan: Diving into Dairy-Free Options in the Great Lakes State

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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 Michigan 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 Michigan: Recommended Restaurants & ShopsPhoto from Rise Authentic Baking in Grand Rapids

Dairy-Free Michigan: 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.)

Acme

  • Tiki Pineapple – You can special order a flavorful wrap without dairy, but the most exciting thing about this local chain is their soft serve. They offer several flavors of dairy-free Dole Whip, which you can order as is, with toppings, or in one of their smoothies.

Ada

  • Mudpenny – This is a popular restaurant with vegans, for their Shroomer sandwich, soup, and the two baked treats they offer. Additional menu items can also be made dairy-free on request.

Allegan

  • Castle in the Country Bed & Breakfast Inn – Raechel (admin of the Deliciously Dairy Free group) recommended this romantic B&B for being very accommodating. “We were leaving early one day and wouldn’t be there for breakfast delivery so they packed me a to-go bag with a safe homemade cinnamon sugar and apricot muffin. The day we ate breakfast in they made me safe French toast, potatoe hash, and bacon with fruit and another muffin on the side.”

Ann Arbor

  • Anna’s House ⭐️ – The menus at this retro diner and Michigan chain are labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan needs. They have quite a few naturally dairy-free options, but also offer a huge separate vegan menu for breakfast and lunch. It’s loaded with pancakes, waffles, quesadillas, grilled cheese, and more. They also serve almond and soy milk for coffee drinks.
  • Blank Slate Creamery – You can order a scoop or two of their non-dairy flavors, house-made with coconut milk. They often include Cookies ‘n Cream, SunButter Chip, and a fruit-forward flavor.
  • Detroit Cookie Co. – They often have vegan chocolate chip cookies available and can bake dairy-free cookies on custom order.
  • Fresh Forage ⭐️ – This healthy fast casual spot goes to great lengths to label dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and the presence of top allergens on their menu. Their cuisine is farm-to-table with a variety of bowls, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and shareables. They also serve dairy-free smoothies and state they can make any dish allergy-friendly on request.
  • Olga’s Kitchen – This Greek-American, fast casual restaurant chain is local to Michigan, with 27 in state locations (at last count). They clearly label their menu for top allergens, and all of their sandwiches are made with their house-baked, gyro-style Olga Bread, which is vegan. Their dairy-free menu options include a handful of chicken, turkey, and veggie (also vegan) “sandwiches,” hummus snackers, seasoned curly fries, and some kid’s menu items. For dessert, you can enjoy their vegan Olga Donuts, which are tossed in powdered sugar and served with a raspberry sauce.
  • Plum Market – This natural food grocer has a few locations in Michigan, each filled with special diet options and local products. They have a good selection of dairy alternatives, gluten-free and paleo products, and other vegan favorites.
  • Seva – This vegetarian restaurant has vegan labels and options liberally dotted on their diverse menu. They craft appetizers like bruschetta with vegan pesto and almond cheese, and have a selection of vegan Italian, Asian, and Mexican inspired entrees. They also have a gluten-free menu available.
  • The Blue Nile ⭐️ – The vegetable dishes on the menu at this Ethiopian restaurant contain no meat and no dairy. Some sides are also accessible for dairy-free and vegan diners. But they do use an herbed butter to cook their meat dishes.
  • Zingerman’s Deli – Stacey recommended this very popular deli with a big made-to-order menu. “We eat dairy free due to my son’s milk protein allergy. A place that’s very accommodating is Zingerman’s deli in Ann Arbor. If you let them know you have a dairy allergy, they walk you through what has no dairy in it, and they prepare your meal away from any dairy food.”

Berkley

  • Urge Juice ⭐️ – This is a plant-based, cleanse shop that serves dairy-free juices, smoothies, acai bowls, savory bowls, and toasts.

Birmingham

  • 7 Greens – This healthy salad and warm bowl restaurant offers an array of vegetables, proteins, add-ons, and sauces, with many dairy-free, vegan, and paleo options.
  • Fruition Açai & Juice Bar – All of their acai bowls are dairy-free, and they offer Dave’s Killer Bread bagels and toasts with dairy-free and vegan topping options. They also serve coffee drinks with almond and coconut milk options.
  • Planthropie ⭐️ – Are you looking for raw, organic, vegan and gluten-free treats? Then this is your shop. It’s a purely dairy-free “cheese” and dessert shop, with all types of treats. They make decadent mini cheesecakes, healthy “bliss balls,” truffles, and a range of plant-based cashew cheeses. They also offer pop-up lunch on the weekends.
  • Try it Raw ⭐️ – They don’t just dabble in raw foods. This cafe serves an array of breakfasts, lunch entrees, desserts, and smoothies with daily specials.

Blissfield

  • Nourish Juicery and Kitchen – ⭐️ Thanks to Margaret at MI Gluten-Free Gal for recommending this plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free shop. Beyond juices, they offer all types of baked goodies. Meal prep is also available.

Bloomfield Township

  • Plum Market – This natural food grocer has a few locations in Michigan, each filled with special diet options and local products. They have a good selection of dairy alternatives, gluten-free and paleo products, and other vegan favorites.

Brighton

  • Blank Slate Creamery – You can order a scoop or two of their non-dairy flavors, house-made with coconut milk. They often include Cookies ‘n Cream, SunButter Chip, and a fruit-forward flavor.
  • No More Belly Aching ⭐️ – This is a dedicated dairy-free, gluten-free bakery with a well-rounded array of breads, muffins, pizza crusts, pies, cakes, cookies, and more. They also have several vegan options, make seasonal sweets, carry some specialty grocery products, and sell some of their baked goods through local grocers.
  • Olga’s Kitchen – This is a Michigan-specific chain with many locations in the state. See the Ann Arbor Listing above for details on dairy-free options.
  • Poké Fresh – According to the restaurant, their entire poke menu is dairy-free. They have signature and build your own bowls available.
  • The Fuel ⭐️ – This plant-based cafe keeps healthy interesting with “pop tart” smoothies, guilt-free cinnamon rolls, sweet potato toasts, Zeus zoodles, and many other “clean” eats, drinks, and treats.

Canton

  • BD’s Mongolian Grill – They offer a very complete allergen chart with many milk-free options. In fact, at last check, their entire stir fry menu was dairy-free, aside from one of the sauces (and they have many sauces). They do serve other types of food, some of which does contain milk.

Cheboygan

  • Nourish Northern MI ⭐️ – This healthy collaborations includes Thrive market and a gluten-free eatery that caters to dairy-free, nut-free, and vegan needs. In fact, most of their breakfast, lunch, and smoothie menu is made without milk.

Chesterfield

Detroit

  • 7 Greens – This healthy salad and warm bowl restaurant offers an array of vegetables, proteins, add-ons, and sauces, with many dairy-free, vegan, and paleo options.
  • Cold Truth – They offer four vegan soft serve ice cream flavors daily, that rotate every so often. They also have vegan gluten-free waffle cones and chocolate-dipped waffle cones.
  • Detroit Water Ice Factory – Water ice is like Italian ice, and most of their flavors are dairy-free and vegan (ask, as a couple do contain milk). Their other cool treats are made with dairy, but they offer some dairy-free flavors of their popcorn and pretzels.
  • Detroit Vegan Soul ⭐️ – As the name implies, this is a restaurant that specializes in vegan soul food. Their menu offers burgers, classic sides, and rotating entrees.
  • Estella’s Vegan Cuisine & Desserts ⭐️ – This is a pop up restaurant and bakery with online ordering of baked goodies for local delivery or shipping. They bake pound cakes, muffins, sweet breads, and cookies. You can also find Estella at the local farmer’s market, and via classes and catering.
  • For the Love of Sugar – This sweet little shop specializes in cakes and macarons, and they have a little of each for special diet guests. They offer gluten-free vegan macarons and bake gluten-free and vegan cakes on order. They often have a couple other vegan treats on hand, too.
  • Good Cakes and Bakes – This Oprah-approved cafe offers vegan cupcakes, cake jars, and other pastries daily. But their true specialty is cakes, which must be pre-ordered. They bake all types of vegan flavors, including cookie butter, rainbow, chocolate, strawberry crunch, and German chocolate.
  • Mudgie’s Deli and Bar – Their huge menu of sandwiches includes some vegan options (including a reuben!) and they have many dairy-free surprises and options that can easily be custom ordered on dairy-free bread with no cheese.
  • Paradise Natural Foods ⭐️ – This is a healthy vegan pop-up that focuses on Caribbean food, and offers a selection of casual savory dishes and desserts.
  • Petite Sweets – You might not find many items in shop, but they take gluten-free and dairy-free custom orders for their pastries and beautiful cakes.
  • Pie-Sci Pizza – This local pizzeria goes above and beyond with two types of dairy-free cheese alternative (Follow Your Heart mozzarella and house-made cashew cheese), several dairy-free sauces and drizzles, vegan proteins, and handmade gluten-free, vegan ice cream sandwiches.
  • Seva – Like their Ann Arbor restaurant, the Detroit location is vegetarian. But Detroit seems to boast even more vegan options, with the addition of some Southern-style dishes, like Jambalaya and Chicken-Fried Tofu. They also have a gluten-free menu available.
  • Street Beet ⭐️ – The big feature at this all-vegan restaurant is faux chicken, which they serve a few ways. But they also offer some popular nachos, wraps, and smothered fries.
  • Olga’s Kitchen – They have over a dozen locations in the greater Detroit area (suburbs and immediate cities surrounding). See the Ann Arbor Listing above for details on dairy-free options.

East Grand Rapids

  • Rose’s – Adrienne at Whole New Mom adheres to a strict special diet, and she recommended this restaurant for dairy-free needs. “Dine on fantastic food right on the lake in the town where Gerald Ford heralded from. The Gaslight Village is within walking distance for great strolling and window shopping either before or after dining.” They also have several vegan and gluten-free items labeled on the menu.

East Lansing

  • Food for Living – This is a small, but full-service grocery store that focuses exclusively on natural foods. It’s a great local option for finding dairy-free brands and other special diet options. They also have a deli with dairy-free and vegan options.

Empire

  • Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate – For years they’ve offered a wonderful line of dairy-free truffles. And they usually have a few more vegan dark chocolate confections available.

Farmington Hills

  • Anna’s House ⭐️ – The menus at this retro diner and Michigan chain are labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan needs. They have quite a few naturally dairy-free options, but also offer a huge separate vegan menu for breakfast and lunch. It’s loaded with pancakes, waffles, quesadillas, grilled cheese, and more. They also serve almond and soy milk for coffee drinks.
  • Bake Station Too ⭐️ – Michigan’s only dairy-free, nut-free, and kosher bakery opened this second location many years ago. Both of their shops offer a huge selection of bread loaves, rolls, cookies, cakes, pies, and pastries that are baked fresh daily. They also have a big selection of gluten-free goodies, and bake custom custom cakes for any celebration.
  • Chive Kitchen ⭐️ – This is a vegan kitchen that churns out baked goods, decadent desserts, an array of meals, and runs a deli and catering service. It’s best to order in advance.
  • Mug’s Coffee & Grub – You’ll stumble across some fun finds at this humble coffeehouse. They use Holy Kakow syrups and chocolate sauce (which are all dairy-free), offer multiple milk alternatives (oat, coconut, almond, hemp, soy), have plant-based smoothies, carry vegan and gluten-free baked goods, and offer dairy-free ice cream and ice cream sandwiches.
  • Olga’s Kitchen – This is a Michigan-specific chain with many locations in the state. See the Ann Arbor Listing above for details on dairy-free options.

Fenton

  • Vibe Well ⭐️ – This juice shop blends various dairy-free, nut-free smoothies (with sunbutter, hemp milk, and coconut milk), and also serves organic acai and steel-cut oat bowls. Plus, they serve superfood coffees with coconut creamer.

Ferndale

  • Clean Plates ⭐️ – This meal prep company services the Detroit area with freshly prepared, never frozen, ready-to-eat meals. They clearly label dairy-free, gluten-free, and plant-based meals, and the week we looked, everything was dairy free!
  • Detroit Cookie Co. – They often have vegan chocolate chip cookies available and can bake dairy-free cookies on custom order.
  • SugarBuzz Bakery ⭐️ – Everything is vegan at this bakery, from the Boston cream doughnuts to the Cakesicles. They have a decadent selection of cake slices, bars, and more.
  • Treat Dreams – They scoop several dairy-free flavors daily, usually including a few sorbets and a few cream vegan ice cream flavors made with coconut milk or oat milk. Some popular flavors include Death by Chocolate, Mint Chip, and Malibu. They also offer gluten-free vegan cookies for ice cream sammies.
  • Western Market – They have a cooler case of specialty sweets that includes various dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan treats. They’re also a good spot for other specialty foods and pre-made meals and soups (they have vegan and dairy-free options daily).

Flint

  • Flint Crepe Company – Thank you to Kirsten for her enthusiastic recommendation of this brunch spot. They are very special diet friendly, and can make most of their menu dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free. She says they clean on request to help prevent cross contamination, too. They make sweet, savory, and seasonal crepes, and offer almond milk for lattes.

Flushing

  • Cops & Robbers Ice Cream & Gifts – They offer a vegan chocolate ice cream, made with coconut and soy, and a sorbet.
  • Teta’s Grill ⭐️ – This halal Lebanese restaurant is 100% dairy-free and nut-free. Most of their food is gluten-free and soy-free, too. They serve traditional lamb, chicken, and beef dishes, but also have a vegetarian and vegan menu.

Frankenmuth

  • Bavarian Inn – Their menu has been in flux, but they always have a vegan option, like vegan chili and/or stir fry. A few additional items can be ordered dairy free.
  • Frankenmuth Brewery –
  • Frankenmuth Fudge Kitchen – You’ll notice a Frankenmuth theme – many of the listings are recommended by a reader named Arielle, like this one. “Most of the restaurants dessert menu’s didn’t work for us but I did get some DF fudge from here and it was so good! I can’t remember that last time I had fudge so that was fun to have the “same” treat as everyone else but know it was safe.” At last check, they had three vegan fudge flavors: chocolate raspberry, peanut butter, and chocolate almond.
  • Honey B’s Eatery – Thank you to Arielle for this recommendation. This breakfast spot clearly labels vegan options on their menu, which include biscuits and gravy, hash, pancakes, a farmer’s plate, bagel sandwiches, and some sides. They also serve made-to-order eggs and breakfast meat for “just” dairy-free guests.
  • Jaami’s Ice Cream and Treats – They have a couple Hudsonville dairy-free ice cream flavors (at last check, vanilla and birthday cake) and also offer sorbet.
  • La Crepe du Jour – This local creperie and cafe was recommended by Arielle. “This place was very good about double checking my drink order and helped make a switch because one of their powders had dairy. I didn’t have any of their [vegan and gluten-free]crepes but will next time. This do mention possible cross-contamination but that’s not an issue for me like it is for some.”
  • Pasty Haus – They offer a few types of vegan pasties (their other pasties contain dairy), and serve bubble tea.
  • SugarHigh Bakery – They have gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan and dairy-free jumbo cupcakes available daily. The selection is limited, so you might want to call ahead or order in advance to ensure availability. But Arielle said they stopped in and had some, which were “pretty good.” They take custom orders for cakes and cupcakes.
  • Sugar Rush – They offer a guide to their vegan options at this sweet candy store. Some additional dairy-free items are available. Thank you to Arielle for this recommendation!
  • The Station 100 – This fine dining establishment typically has a vegan house salad, and a vegan entree – like mushroom risotto or lasagna. Each meal is cooked from scratch, so a few dishes can be custom ordered without dairy.
  • Zehnders Restaurant – This family-style restaurant is known for hospitality, and Arielle thought they delivered. “The waitress brought out a printed page with allergens listed next to menu items. It was a bit dated but she easily double checked all items with the chef. I did the vegetable quesadilla but they were out of the DF cheese so they just did no cheese. It was good and I didn’t have any reactions. On the kids menu there, the only option was the PB & J sandwich but they also brought out some applesauce and the chips that came with it was a lot. [My daughter] had plenty to eat and no reactions either.”
  • Zehnders Splash Village Hotel – Arielle also had a good experience at this waterpark hotel. “The waiter was really good about double checking with the chef, noted that we had a milk allergy, and even made my daughters chicken tenders and fries separately. We ended up paying the adult price for a child but it was worth it to be DF and she didn’t have any reactions. So while the menu was limited I was glad to be able to eat out with my family, felt like the waiter/chef took it seriously and didn’t have any reactions.”

Grand Haven

  • Anna’s House ⭐️ – The menus at this retro diner and Michigan chain are labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan needs. They have quite a few naturally dairy-free options, but also offer a huge separate vegan menu for breakfast and lunch. It’s loaded with pancakes, waffles, quesadillas, grilled cheese, and more. They also serve almond and soy milk for coffee drinks.
  • Bodhi Tree Juice Co. ⭐️ – Thanks to Lucy for recommending this restaurant. “The Bodhi Tree Juice company is absolutely phenomenal. They are a completely vegan restaurant that makes different things like mac and cheese different salads and sides and soups. Their whole facility is gluten free, dairy free, and vegan.” Of course, they also have a full menu of juices and smoothies, too, and they serve a big dessert menu with cakes, cookies, donuts, and more.
  • Long Road Distillers ⭐️ – They clearly label dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan items on their menu. The dairy-free items include appetizers like fries with truffle aioli and duck nuggets, a unique salad, and all three of their plate entrees (at last check).
  • The Paisley Pig Gastropub – Adrienne at Whole New Mom says this restaurant is “Fresh, Local, and Fun—great melding of creative flavors in a casual atmosphere. ” She also recommends it for dairy-free diners. Their menu includes options for barbecue, burgers, sandwiches, and some regional favorites, but do ask your server what the best options are for dairy-free. The menu isn’t clearly labeled.
  • The Toasted Pickle – They are friendly toward dairy-free and vegan guests, and can help you customize several of their sandwiches, burgers, and salads.

Grand Rapids

  • Anna’s House ⭐️ – The menus at this retro diner and Michigan chain are labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan needs. They have quite a few naturally dairy-free options, but also offer a huge separate vegan menu for breakfast and lunch. It’s loaded with pancakes, waffles, quesadillas, grilled cheese, and more. They also serve almond and soy milk for coffee drinks. They have two locations in Grand Rapids.
  • Bistro Bella Vita – Thank you to my friend Adrienne (the healthy blogger behind Whole New Mom) for recommending this restaurant. “Modern French and Italian fare with an emphasis on fresh local sourcing. Great downtown environment and delicious eats–very much allergy-friendly.”
  • Brick Road Pizza Co. – This is a wonderful place for vegan and omnivorous diners to enjoy a meal together. They actually have a big menus for vegan pizzas, sandwiches, and veggie burgers, and can make almost any dish dairy-free – even the build your own mac and cheese! They offer vegan cheese alternatives, faux meats, and even prepare their own gluten-free, vegan pizza crust that is carefully made with designated equipment.
  • Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. – This is more than a coffee house. It’s a roasting company that makes nuts, dried fruit, nut butters, and other snacks. They have a good dairy-free selection, and also make vegan coffee floats and lattes. They often have some other vegan treats on hand, too.
  • Frosty Boy – Move over Dairy Queen. This local ice creamery swirls vegan soft serve varieties and can also blend them into a range of “Flurry” flavors. They use an almond milk or soy and coconut milk base for their vegan soft serve, have dairy-free milk beverages on hand for shakes, and offer some dairy-free mix-ins. (Please note that the dairy-free options are exclusive to the owners of the Frosty Boy locations in Grand Rapids and Rockford.) 
  • Fruition Açai & Juice Bar – All of their acai bowls are dairy-free, and they offer Dave’s Killer Bread bagels and toasts with dairy-free and vegan topping options. They also serve coffee drinks with almond and coconut milk options.
  • Furniture City Creamery – This local ice cream shop began churning dairy-free flavors when vegan diets were just gaining steam. They usually offer a classic, like vanilla (made with coconut milk), along with a more unique flavor. They also have a selection of vegan floats, shakes, and sundaes, along with some house sandwich cookies.
  • Harvest Health Foods – This local area chain of grocers offers a good array of natural, organic, special diet, and local food products. It’s a full-service grocery store.
  • Long Road Distillers ⭐️ – They clearly label dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan items on their menu. The dairy-free items include appetizers like fries with truffle aioli and duck nuggets, a unique salad, and all three of their plate entrees (at last check).
  • Love’s Ice Cream ⭐️ – This ice cream parlor churns a big variety of vegan and non-dairy flavors daily, including some low carb keto choices. Their waffle cones are dairy-free, but contain egg. However, they also offer vegan, gluten-free waffle cones. For garnish, they have several dairy-free toppings, vegan hot fudge, and vegan caramel sauce. You might also find a few other vegan and gluten-free goodies if you head into their shop.
  • Mitten Brewing Co. – Stop by this baseball-themed brewery at  historic Engine House No. 9 for pizza or a sandwich. Almost everything on their menu can be made dairy-free and even vegan. They offer dairy-free cheese and vegan pepperoni, chicken, jackfruit, chorizo, Italian sausage, and bacon! Vegan items and options are labeled on their menu.
  • Mudpenny – This is a popular restaurant with vegans, for their Shroomer sandwich, soup, and the two baked treats they offer. Additional menu items can also be made dairy-free on request.
  • Noco Provisions – They run a nut-free kitchen, and offer a dairy-free Hoppin’ Jane, vegan or with meat or seafood. But they’re also happy to cater to food allergies, and can make many more dishes dairy-free on request. Their menu is a mix of Southern comfort cuisine and modern favorites.
  • Olga’s Kitchen – This is a Michigan-specific chain with many locations in the state. See the Ann Arbor Listing above for details on dairy-free options.
  • Rise Authentic Baking ⭐️ – The selection at this vegan, gluten-free, soy-free bakery is unsurpassed. They offer various breads and pastries, bake custom orders, and have a seasonal café menu with acai bowls, “frattes,” toasts, sandwiches, and bowls. And of course they have a big menu of gluten-free breads and pastries

Grandville

  • Anna’s House ⭐️ – The menus at this retro diner and Michigan chain are labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan needs. They have quite a few naturally dairy-free options, but also offer a huge separate vegan menu for breakfast and lunch. It’s loaded with pancakes, waffles, quesadillas, grilled cheese, and more. They also serve almond and soy milk for coffee drinks.

Grosse Pointe

  • Extreme Pizza – They have a whole menu of vegan signature pizzas, and of course, you can build your own dairy-free pizza. You can also custom order one of their many salads.

Harrisville

  • Alcona Brew Haus – The owner of this restaurant is reportedly a food allergy mom, so she takes allergies and the training of her staff seriously. They don’t use peanuts, tree nuts, or shellfish, and most menu items are dairy-free or can be with the omission of cheese. They offer hearty fare, including burgers, plates, and pizzas, with dairy-free mozzarella available.

Holland

  • Anna’s House ⭐️ – The menus at this retro diner and Michigan chain are labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan needs. They have quite a few naturally dairy-free options, but also offer a huge separate vegan menu for breakfast and lunch. It’s loaded with pancakes, waffles, quesadillas, grilled cheese, and more. They also serve almond and soy milk for coffee drinks.
  • Breadblok ⭐️ – This gluten-free bakery also shuns soy, gums, and refined sugars. Their menu is littered with dairy-free bread, vegan scones, and some more baked goodies for dairy-free guests. They also offer many dairy-free cafe options, like coconut yoghurt and smoked salmon tartine with cashew cream cheese.
  • Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. – This is more than a coffee house. It’s a roasting company that makes nuts, dried fruit, nut butters, and other snacks. They have a good dairy-free selection, and also make vegan coffee floats and lattes. They often have some other vegan treats on hand, too.
  • Paisley Pig – This is the sister restaurant to their gastropub in Grand Haven, which also comes highly recommended. The food menu is similar, with burgers, sandwiches, grilled, and barbecue favorites. They are reportedly quite friendly toward dairy-free needs.
  • Peachwave – If you’re craving something cool and creamy, pop into this froyo chain for some dairy-free Dole Whip! They usually have a few flavors each day.

Holli

  • Jacq n Diane’s Juice Box ⭐️ – Thanks to Margaret at MI Gluten-Free Gal for this recommendation. It’s a vegan eatery with all the standard fare, plus gluten-free pies, other gluten-free desserts, juices, and smoothies.

Howell

  • Poké Fresh – According to the restaurant, their entire poke menu is dairy-free. They have signature and build your own bowls available.

Kalamazoo

  • Anna’s House ⭐️ – The menus at this retro diner and Michigan chain are labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan needs. They have quite a few naturally dairy-free options, but also offer a huge separate vegan menu for breakfast and lunch. It’s loaded with pancakes, waffles, quesadillas, grilled cheese, and more. They also serve almond and soy milk for coffee drinks.
  • Confections with Conviction – This tiny little shop handcrafts an array of chocolates, including a full line of vegan and dairy-free sweets. It includes truffles and various dark chocolate barks. (Update: They reportedly do not practice allergen protocols, so speak with the owner if concerned about cross-contamination with dairy.)
  • Fourth Coast Cafe & Bakery – Stop in any time, they’re open all day, and even 24 hours when conditions permit. They always have some vegan baked goods on hand, like scones, muffins, donuts, brownies, pies, and/or quick bread. They also have alternative milks for drinks, like oat milk.
  • Olga’s Kitchen – This is a Michigan-specific chain with many locations in the state. See the Ann Arbor Listing above for details on dairy-free options.
  • Sawall Health Foods – This family-owned natural food store has been around since 1936! They offer organic produce, specialty foods, bulk foods, and supplements. They also have a full deli with vegan options and a bar that has kombuchas on tap.
  • People’s Food Co-Op – You’ll find full grocery options with plenty of dairy alternatives at this local co-op. They also have a deli with dairy-free snacks, raw treats, daily sushi, grab and go salads, and other dairy-free and vegan options. Use caution with the local baked goods. You’ll find some great breads that are dairy-free, but also some varieties that contain milk.
  • Tiki Pineapple – You can special order a flavorful wrap without dairy, but the most exciting thing about this local chain is their soft serve. They offer several flavors of dairy-free Dole Whip, which you can order as is, with toppings, or in one of their smoothies.

Lake Orion

  • Cookies & Cream by Sprout Bake – This is a very dairy-full shop, but they offer healthy, frozen batter for dairy-free, gluten-free muffins and sometimes other baked goods.

Lansing

  • Babe’s Corner – This sandwich spot has vegan hoagies, and can make additional hoagies dairy free. They also offer a rotating flavor of vegan soft serve. All of their cones and toppings are also vegan.
  • Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. – This is more than a coffee house. It’s a roasting company that makes nuts, dried fruit, nut butters, and other snacks. They have a good dairy-free selection, and also make vegan coffee floats and lattes. They often have some other vegan treats on hand, too.
  • M I Vegan Food Truck ⭐️ – Burgers on pretzel buns with house made cheese, tacos, cauliflower wings, loaded tots, and pesto grilled cheese are on the menu at this mobile plant-based kitchen.
  • Olga’s Kitchen – This is a Michigan-specific chain with many locations in the state. See the Ann Arbor Listing above for details on dairy-free options.
  • Sweet Encounter Bakery – This is a gluten-free, soy-free, peanut-free bake shop with many vegan options. They regularly offer vegan chocolate cake, brownies, scones, muffins, and cookies. They can also take dairy-free custom orders.

Mackinac Island

  • Ryba’s Fudge Shops – They offer a vegan dark chocolate fudge made with pure Michigan maple syrup. Their other treats, including the taffy, do contain dairy.

Marais

  • The Dream Bean Machine –  This is a 1966 Volkswagen bus turned into a full-service coffee shop on wheels. They offer organic and fair trade coffee with barista milk beverage options for lattes, smoothies, some vegan baked goods (like croissants), and packaged dairy-free treats and snacks.

Marshall

  • Outside the Box Wellness Cafe ⭐️ – This hybrid business is half functional medicine, half healthy cafe. There menu is labeled for dairy and vegan options – most option are dairy free! The savory menu is heavy on bowls, and on the sweet side, they have smoothies and some baked goods. Thanks to Margaret at MI Gluten-Free Gal for this recommendation!

Monroe

Munising

  • Falling Rock Cafe & Bookstore – At last check, they offered some dairy-free ice cream and ice cream bars, vegan and gluten-free cookies, and almond milk as a drink option (and for lattes). They also have a full cafe menu, and can make most items dairy-free for a small extra charge, including yogurt parfaits, smoothies, burgers, and sandwiches.
  • Pictured Rocks Pizza – They offer dairy-free cheese alternative, so you can build your own dairy-free pizza. They typically have custom order salad and pasta options, too.

Northville

  • Browndog Barlor ⭐️ – The Barlor name comes from Bar + Ice Cream Parlor, but this is a full service restaurant too! They have some permanent vegan flavors on their ice cream menu, and sometimes rotate in a special non-dairy flavor or two. Their dinner and brunch menus aren’t as easy to navigate, but we’ve been told by readers that they are able to accommodate dairy-free diners without too much trouble.

North Wales

  • The Green Fork & Local Roots Market – Thank you to Kristin for this recommendation. She says, “They also will take allergy precautions when you mention an allergy. The vegan Mac and cheese is my favorite.” Their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are broad, with many vegan and omnivorous options, and many gluten-free items. They even bake vegan and gluten-free cheesecakes for dessert!

Oak Park

  • Kravings ⭐️ – Enjoy a modern take on kosher cuisine at this deli, sushi house, and burger bar. According to the restaurant, their entire menu is dairy-free, right down to the dairy-free “cheese.” They also have daily vegan options.

Plymouth

  • Blck Cocoa Bakes ⭐️ – They don’t have a retail storefront, but this vegan bakery sells from their production facility and delivers to customers in the Detroit area. They bake decadent three-layer cakes.
  • Rumi’s Passion Bakery ⭐️ – This is a gluten-free bakery, but they also have many dairy-free options, which are labeled. The options include all of their breads along with some muffins, pies, and cakes.
  • Shimmy Shack ⭐️ – Margaret at MI Gluten-Free Gal let us know this is a good vegan and gluten-free food truck. they serve burgers, hotdogs, fries, nachos, shakes, cookies, and more.

Portage

  • Earth Fare – This is a full-service grocery store that focuses on high-quality, natural foods. They have a great selection of special diet brands, and have some dairy-free options in their bakery and deli, too.

Rochester

  • The Allergy Table – They don’t have a storefront, as this is a home-based bakery. But you can order their gluten-free and top allergen-free treats for scheduled pick up, and they also sell at some local farmer’s markets. They custom bake cakes, cupcakes, cookies, bagels, and more. Thank you to Margaret for sharing this local bakery with us, she shares more details at MI Gluten-Free Gal.

Rockford

  • Frosty Boy – Move over Dairy Queen. This local ice creamery swirls vegan soft serve varieties and can also blend them into a range of “Flurry” flavors. They use an almond milk or soy and coconut milk base for their vegan soft serve, have dairy-free milk beverages on hand for shakes, and offer some dairy-free mix-ins. (Please note that the dairy-free options are exclusive to the owners of the Frosty Boy locations in Grand Rapids and Rockford.) 

Royal Oak

  • Golden State Chef Co ⭐️ – Their menu changes weekly, and is “99% gluten, dairy & soy-free. (Meals labeled with all ingredients.)” You can pre-order for pick-up or delivery, or simply stop in for grab and go options.
  • Hippies Pizza – This local pizzeria offers Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative, and makes some specialty vegan pizzas. They can make most of their pizzas and salads dairy-free on request.

Saline

  • Matty J’s Bakery and Cafe – For lunch, they offer several vegan sandwiches (and others that can be made dairy-free), and a big selection of dairy-free soups and stews. They typically have a vegan baked treat or two and some dary-free breads.

Saugatuck

  • Mitten Brewing Co. – This is their second location and it’s just as vegan-friendly. They offer dairy-free cheese and a range of faux meats for a huge array of vegan pizzas. Most of their classic pizzas can also be made “just dairy free” on request. They also serve the Impossible burger, and several other vegan bites.

Shelby Township

  • The Conscious Cafe – You’ll b surprised by this humble vegan coffee shop. In addition to coffee drinks, they have baked goodies and sell packaged food items from local Michigan companies.

Southfield

  • Bake Station ⭐️ – This completely dairy-free, nut-free, and kosher bakery offers donuts, cookies, cupcakes, cakes, pies, breads, and so much more. They even make dairy-free cheesecakes and bake custom cakes and cookies for celebrations. There is also a selection for gluten-free customers, often including cookies and cakes. And they have egg-free, vegan-friendly cupcakes and cakes available.
  • Donut Bar + Coffee – Craving a donut? This local shop makes at least two vegan donut flavors daily, with flavors like Peanut Butter Chocolate Oreo, Coconut Rum, and Maple Walnut. They also have soy milk, almond milk, and oat milk available for their coffee drinks.
  • Prime 10 ⭐️ – This is a kosher steakhouse with a huge menu of options, from burgers to seafood. They are kosher glatt, which means their entire menu is dairy-free, even the desserts. They can also cater to gluten-free guests with ease.

Sterling Heights

  • iFreeze Creamery – They offer a dairy-free almond milk base for your custom ice cream flavor. This is a liquid nitrogen ice cream shop, so you get to pick your flavor and mix-ins, and they have a pretty good vegan selection.

St. Johns

  • OhMi Organics – This local chocolatier is strictly gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, and tree nut free, and most of their treats are dairy-free (they use goat milk in some flavors). At any given time, you can find about 50 flavors of chocolates in their shop. My friend Margaret shared more details and pictures at MI Gluten-Free Gal.

St. Joseph

  • Silver Beach Pizza – They were voted best pizza in Michigan, and for good reason we think. They’re reportedly very versed in preventing cross-contamination and offer Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative as an option. They have other dairy-free, gluten-free, and/or vegan options on their menu.

Traverse City

  • Milk & Honey – In addition to their dairy ice cream, they scoop a handful of house-made Vegan Cream flavors. They often have unique flavor options, like Matcharoon, Rocky Road, and Tooty Fruity. As an added bonus, they also make vegan ice cream cakes!
  • Third Coast Bakery ⭐️ – This cute bake shop is entirely gluten-free and dairy-free. They also shun soy, and have a range of vegan options. They bake a huge array of breads, cookies, scones, donuts, muffins, and more. They also bake custom cakes for every milestone, including elegant wedding cakes. If you’re just stopping in for a treat, you can also enjoy their full coffee shop, complete with superfood lattes. My friend Margaret shared more details and pictures at MI Gluten-Free Gal.

Troy

  • Donut Bar + Coffee – Craving a donut? This local shop makes at least two vegan donut flavors daily, with flavors like Peanut Butter Chocolate Oreo, Coconut Rum, and Maple Walnut. They also have soy milk, almond milk, and oat milk available for their coffee drinks.
  • Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria – Our friend Margaret of MI Gluten-Free Gal recommended this gluten-free, nut-free restaurant. They offer Violife dairy-free cheese for their pizzas and wraps, and have a few dairy-free pasta options.
  • Naked Fuel ⭐️ – Most of the menu is dairy-free (they offer whey protein for smoothies) at this local health food spot. They serve juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, breakfast toasts, salads, soups (including bone broth), and wraps. There are also ample vegan and gluten-free options, which are clearly labeled.

Walker

  • Kind Crumbs ⭐️ – This is a wholesale gluten-free, dairy-free bakery, so you can find many of their products in stores. But you can also custom order cakes direct from their production facility. Vegan options are available.

West Bloomfield

  • Naked Fuel ⭐️ – Most of the menu is dairy-free (they offer whey protein for smoothies) at this local health food spot. They serve juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, breakfast toasts, salads, soups (including bone broth), and wraps. There are also ample vegan and gluten-free options, which are clearly labeled.
  • Plum Market – This natural food grocer has a few locations in Michigan, each filled with special diet options and local products. They have a good selection of dairy alternatives, gluten-free and paleo products, and other vegan favorites.

Westland

  • Anna’s House ⭐️ – The menus at this retro diner and Michigan chain are labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan needs. They have quite a few naturally dairy-free options, but also offer a huge separate vegan menu for breakfast and lunch. It’s loaded with pancakes, waffles, quesadillas, grilled cheese, and more. They also serve almond and soy milk for coffee drinks.

Wolverine Lake

  • Dairy Twist Cafe – The “twist” is they offer several flavors of hand-dipped vegan ice cream and soft serve. For the scoops, some flavors are made with soy milk, some with oat milk, and some with a coconut-oat milk combo. Their soft serve comes in oat milk vanilla, chocolate, and twist. If you get lucky, they might also have their vegan chocolate chip cookies available for ice cream sandwiches.

Wyoming

  • Noble Restaurant ⭐️ – This breakfast and lunch spot has a vegan menu, PLUS they have more vegan options labeled throughout their main menu. And they also label dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-friendly options! Every griddled item can be ordered dairy-free or vegan (pancakes, French toast, etc), plus they have omelets, burgers, and more.
  • Peachwave – If you’re craving something cool and creamy, pop into this froyo chain for some dairy-free Dole Whip! They usually have a few flavors each day.

Dairy-Free Michigan: Recommended Restaurants & ShopsPhoto from Planthropie in Birmingham

Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout Michigan

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.

  • BD’s Mongolian Grill – They offer a very complete allergen chart with many milk-free options. In fact, at last check, their entire stir fry menu was dairy-free, aside from one of the sauces (and they have many sauces). They do serve other types of food, some of which does contain milk.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – See our Chipotle Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Cottage Inn Pizza – This Michigan chain offers two plant-based pizzas on their menu, complete with dairy-free “cheese” and sauces and vegan “meats.” You can build your own dairy-free pizza with various other topping options.
  • Uno Pizzeria & Grill – See our Uno’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

Dairy-Free Michigan: Recommended Restaurants & ShopsPhoto from Kravings in Oak Park

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in Michigan

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

  • Dough Chicks – They bake dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free breakfast cookies and snacks under the names SolComet and KaraComet. You can find them locally or online.
  • D’vine Cookies – This local cookie producer makes a whole line of gluten-free vegan cookies, including white chocolate macadamia nut. They’re sold in stores locally and in some local shops.
  • El Cardenal – They make vegan, gluten-free tamales, chips, and salsas, which are sold via local stores and festivals.
  • Hudsonville Ice Cream – They’re production facility is in Holland, so you can expect to find some of their dairy-free pints at local stores.
  • Ice Cream Plant – Look for their coconut milk ice cream on menus and in stores (in pints). It’s vegan and includes a range of flavors like Volcano Salt Vanilla, Maple Bourbon, and Cold Brew Coffee.
  • Kind Crumbs – They’re located in Walker, but distribute their gluten-free, dairy-free breads, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, donuts, muffins, and other treats to stores in and and around the Grand Rapids area.
  • Krafted – You can find their gluten-free, vegan baked goodies in stores in the Detroit area.
  • Ope’s – They make vegan burgers, dairy-free stuffed sandwiches, and vegan cookies in all types of flavors. Sold locally and you can buy the cookies online.

Dairy-Free Michigan: Recommended Restaurants & ShopsPhoto from Hudsonville Ice Cream

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.

4 Comments

  1. The Flint Crepe Company in Flint is AMAZING!!! They keep vegan options for all of their menu items so they can make anything on their menu vegan and dairy free friendly. They also take it very seriously and clean everything for you.

  2. Green space in Birmingham, Michigan on Woodward. They have a completely vegan menu. No dairy, no gluten as well and the bread tastes great. I get the Ros’s(spelling) sandwich that tastes wonderful. They have several sandwiches, salads, a homemade soup, and (I think) some side items , desserts, and smoothies.

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