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Last Updated September 2020! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops 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 local restaurants (first) and chains (second).

Note: You can ignore the date on this post going forward. We’ll update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new restaurant recommendation, change, or closure. 

Local Michigan Restaurants Recommended for Dairy-Free Eats

We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city, and then by the restaurant or shop name.

⭐️ = Restaurant is either dairy-free, has a dairy-free menu, has dairy-free labels on their menu(s), or lists top allergens with menu items. (At the time of our last review.)

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.”

Brighton

  • 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.

Chesterfield

Detroit

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.
  • 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.

Lansing

  • 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.

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.

Monroe

Royal Oak

  • 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.

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.

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.

Traverse City

  • 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.

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.

National Chains with Several Michigan Locations

There are many more chains in this state, but these are the ones we recommend most for dairy-free options.

This Guide is Continuously Updated with Recommendations

We welcome you to recommend other dairy-free friendly restaurants. Leave a comment or contact us and tell us why you like a certain restaurant. Restaurant owners and employees are also invited to reach out and let us know how you welcome dairy-free customers.

Please kindly let us know in the comments if any of these restaurants close. We want to keep this list current for you, but aren’t always notified when a restaurant closes. Let us know and we will quickly update!

This Guide is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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