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We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in Minnesota 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 Minnesota: 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.)

Bloomington

  • Power Plate Meals – This is a prepared meals service that has order pick-up, delivery, and in-store purchase options. Their menu changes bi-weekly, but they always have at least a few dairy-free options, and the ingredients and allergens of each meal are prominently disclosed.

Burnsville

  • Olivia’s Organic Cafe ⭐️ – If you’re craving farm-to-table comfort food, then this is the spot in Burnsville. They run a gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut-free kitchen, where they prepare all types of breakfast favorites, sandwiches for lunch, and baked goods for dessert. They also scoop ice cream, pour kombucha, beer, and whine, and blend smoothies and coffee drinks. farm-to-table eatery using a 100 percent gluten-free, dairy-free and peanut-free kitchen in Burnsville.

Duluth

  • Love Creamery – This small-batch ice cream shop hand-crafts several vegan flavors, and usually has a couple by the scoop and a handful by the pint available each day. Look for creamy flavors, like Toffee and Chocolate with Peanut Butter, and some sorbet options. They also have vegan ice cream sammies available.
  • Pizza Lucé – This Minnesota chain serves several creative vegan pizzas and hoagies, and can make many more menu items dairy free. They offer soy-free vegan cheese and a house-made “RiNOTa” cheese made from tofu and cashews.

Eagan

  • Power Plate Meals – This is a prepared meals service that has order pick-up, delivery, and in-store purchase options. Their menu changes bi-weekly, but they always have at least a few dairy-free options, and the ingredients and allergens of each meal are prominently disclosed.

Eden Prairie

  • Champps – They were once a flourishing chain, but now have just a few restaurants in the U.S. Minnesota is their original home, and reader Erica says they are quite accommodating to dairy-free diners with several custom order sandwiches and tacos.
  • Pizza Lucé – This Minnesota chain serves several creative vegan pizzas and hoagies, and can make many more menu items dairy free. They offer soy-free vegan cheese and a house-made “RiNOTa” cheese made from tofu and cashews.

Hopkins

  • Pizza Lucé – This Minnesota chain serves several creative vegan pizzas and hoagies, and can make many more menu items dairy free. They offer soy-free vegan cheese and a house-made “RiNOTa” cheese made from tofu and cashews.

Lakeville

  • Power Plate Meals – This is a prepared meals service that has order pick-up, delivery, and in-store purchase options. Their menu changes bi-weekly, but they always have at least a few dairy-free options, and the ingredients and allergens of each meal are prominently disclosed.

Maple Grove

  • Yogurt Lab – They label dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and wheat on their flavors, and reportedly have several fruity dairy-free options daily. The staff can help you with dairy-free topping options and can get fresh toppings from the back if needed.

Maple Lake

  • Clover Meadow Bakery ⭐️ – Thanks to Amanda for this recommendation. “The owner is extremely accommodating with ALL allergies and dietary needs. Delicious cakes and pastries!” This is a gluten-free bakery, and all of their breads are also dairy-free and nut-free.

Minneapolis

  • Agra Culture Kitchen ⭐️ – Their menus are clearly labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and paleo options. Online they even have separate menus for each of these special diet needs, and the dairy-free menu is extensive. It includes all types of bowls, salads, sandwiches, and other dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They even have a couple of desserts! They have three locations in Minneapolis.
  • Bebe Zito Ice Cream – They offer a creamy vegan flavor daily, at last check it was chocolate hazelnut with cookie dough chunks, and dairy-free sorbet. They also have vegan waffle cones available, made by local company The Konery.
  • Black Coffee & Waffle Bar – They offer gluten-free, vegan waffles and make all of their toppings in-house, so they are knowledgeable on dairy-free options. They offer soy and almond milks for coffee drinks.
  • Crepe and Spoon ⭐️ – There are some vegan ice cream shops in the U.S., but this one serves crepes, too! Yes, they are all egg-free, dairy-free, and include a variety of sweet and savory fillings. They also offer vegan, gluten free crepes and gluten free waffle cones. Most of their dairy-free ice cream flavors are naturally gluten free.
  • French Meadow Bakery & Cafe – This large, lofty cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with their house-made baked goods used throughout the menus. They are well-known for their kosher parve breads. They have vegan and gluten-free labels on their expansive menu. The vegan options are diverse, and many more menu items can be made dairy-free with a vegan cheese substitution. They also have vegan desserts, dairy-free hot chocolate, and several dairy-free milk beverages available, including organic oat, organic soy, hemp, coconut, and almond milks.
  • Galactic Pizza – They take planet saving seriously at this casual and quirky pizzeria, right down to their superhero delivery drivers (seriously) in electric cars. They also build vegan pizzas with several vegan sauces, dairy-free mozzarella, and a range of faux meats. They also offer some vegan salads, appetizers, and even vegan cheesecake. There are even more items for dairy-free diners on request.
  • Glam Doll Donuts – Everything is made from scratch at their cute, vintage Eat Street shop and their bright, airy Northeast location. Both spots offer a big array of vegan donuts, including iced, glaze, and filled flavors. They even have a chocolate-iced vegan Dark Angel donut filled with dairy-free pastry cream.
  • Gorkha Palace – Thank you to Carmen for recommending this organic Nepali, Indian and Tibetan restaurant. She says, “great labeling with dairy free and vegan options.” They also have vegetarian and gluten-free labels.
  • Hark! Cafe ⭐️ – You can order gluten-free bagels with various flavors of dairy-free schmear at this completely plant-based eatery and gluten-free bakery. They offer dairy-free cheeses, a modest savory menu for breakfast and lunch, weekend brunch, and house-made pastries.
  • Harry Singh’s Original Caribbean Restaurant ⭐️ –  Harry hails from Trinidad, and serves authentic spicy (you’ve been warned) Caribbean food at this small establishment. And right at the top of their menu, they state, “No milk, eggs, cheese, butter, or msg are used in our menu.” They serve meat and seafood dishes, but also have a vegetarian menu.
  • Himalayan Restaurant – This cozy restaurants serves authentic Nepalese cuisine, which includes quite a few dairy-free options. They label vegan and gluten-free options on their menus, and there are many dishes to choose from.
  • Parkway Pizza – This local pizza chain goes above and beyond for their dairy-free and vegan patrons. They have a full vegan pizza menu, vegan cheese toast, vegan artichoke dip, vegan hoagies, and vegan pasta. And of course, you can build your own dairy-free pizza with a variety of toppings and vegan cheese. They have two locations in Minneapolis.
  • Pizza Lucé – This Minneapolis chain serves several vegan pizzas and hoagies, and can make many more menu items dairy free. They offer soy-free vegan cheese and a house-made “RiNOTa” cheese made from tofu and cashews.
  • Reverie Cafe + Bar ⭐️ – This hip vegan spot has a satisfying, casual dinner menu to enjoy with local craft beer and live music (when possible). The also serve a popular brunch with enticing house-made fare, like bagels and vegan lox and giant cinnamon rolls.
  • The Herbivorous Butcher ⭐️ – House-made vegan “meats” and dairy-free “cheeses” are the specialty at this animal-free butcher shop. They also make hoagies, hot food, and deli favorites for take away, and have a small grocery section of specialty vegan foods.
  • Vegan East ⭐️ – Thank you to Carmen for letting us know about this all-vegan bakery and café. They bake all types of treats, including cupcakes, cakes, cinnamon rolls, pop tarts, and more, and have many gluten-free options. They also have a sandwich menu. They have two locations in Minneapolis, one uptown and one in the Northeast.
  • Yogurt Lab – They label dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and wheat on their flavors, and reportedly have several fruity dairy-free options daily. The staff can help you with dairy-free topping options and can get fresh toppings from the back if needed.

Moorhead

  • Sol Ave. Kitchen ⭐️ – Enjoy globally-influenced street food like beef laab, pork belly tacos, and smoked hummus with sumac. They label their eclectic menu for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests, and have a generous handful of dairy-free options.

Richfield

  • Frosted with Care ⭐️ – This allergy friendly home bakery operates under the MN Cottage Food Laws. All of their cakes and pastries are dairy, egg, peanut and tree nut free, made in a nut free kitchen. Gluten-free and soy free can be accommodated, but gluten and soy are present in the kitchen.
  • Pizza Lucé – This Minnesota chain serves several creative vegan pizzas and hoagies, and can make many more menu items dairy free. They offer soy-free vegan cheese and a house-made “RiNOTa” cheese made from tofu and cashews.

Rochester

  • Hot Chip Vegan Burger Bar ⭐️ – This downtown restaurant has an eclectic burger menu complete with dairy-free cheeses and unique toppings. They also serve salads, nachos, and boozy shakes.

Roseville

  • Pizza Lucé – This Minnesota chain serves several creative vegan pizzas and hoagies, and can make many more menu items dairy free. They offer soy-free vegan cheese and a house-made “RiNOTa” cheese made from tofu and cashews.

St. Louis Park

  • Parkway Pizza – This local pizza chain goes above and beyond for their dairy-free and vegan patrons. They have a full vegan pizza menu, vegan cheese toast, vegan artichoke dip, vegan hoagies, and vegan pasta. And of course, you can build your own dairy-free pizza with a variety of toppings and vegan cheese.

St. Paul

  • Agra Culture Kitchen ⭐️ – This bright, modern, healthy, fast casual restaurant is like their Minneapolis locations. The menus are clearly labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and paleo options, and their dairy-free selections are abundant. they serve bowls, salads, sandwiches, breakfast items, and even vegan cookies.
  • French Meadow Bakery & Cafe – Their is no shortage of vegan options (labeled right on the menus) for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert at this elegant social house. They also serve organic coffee drinks and teas with a plethora of dairy-free milk beverage options, brunch cocktails, wine, and craft beers.
  • J. Selby’s ⭐️ – Their entire menu is dairy-free and vegan, and reportedly delicious. They serve a casual lunch and dinner menu, and have a generous dessert menu with house-made baked goods and shakes.
  • Luv Ice Cream Cafe – They’ve begun packing pints to sell in grocery stores, but Luv still operates this keto-friendly, gluten-free scoop shop. They also serve frappes and affogatos, and have other sweet treats on site, like chocolates!
  • Parkway Pizza – This local pizza chain goes above and beyond for their dairy-free and vegan patrons. They have a full vegan pizza menu, vegan cheese toast, vegan artichoke dip, vegan hoagies, and vegan pasta. And of course, you can build your own dairy-free pizza with a variety of toppings and vegan cheese.
  • Pizza Lucé – This Minnesota chain serves several creative vegan pizzas and hoagies, and can make many more menu items dairy free. They offer soy-free vegan cheese and a house-made “RiNOTa” cheese made from tofu and cashews.

Wayzata

  • Stalk & Spade ⭐️ – This all-vegan restaurant hopes to take on the big chains. Their classic menu includes faux meat burgers and chick’n sandwiches, fries, and dairy-free milkshakes. They also offer soft serve ice cream, served in a cup, cake cone, or waffle cone, and garnished with toppings, if you desire.

White Bear Lake

  • Vegan East ⭐️ – Their main locations are in Minneapolis, but this all-vegan bakery has a suburban outpost. They bake all types of treats, including cupcakes, cakes, cinnamon rolls, pop tarts, and more, and have many gluten-free options. They also have a sandwich menu.

Woodbury

  • Yogurt Lab – They label dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and wheat on their flavors, and reportedly have several fruity dairy-free options daily. The staff can help you with dairy-free topping options and can get fresh toppings from the back if needed.

Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout Minnesota

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.

  • CherryBerry Frozen Yogurt Bar – The flavors rotate at this Midwestern chain, but at any given time, you can usually find at least a few dairy-free flavors. They offer creamy vegan Silk almondmilk frozen yogurt in Chocolate and Vanilla. And they swirl numerous dairy-free sorbets, including Chocolate Fudge and a variety of fruity flavors. The staff has ingredient information, and can open new topping bags if cross-contamination is a concern. They have locations in other states, but half of them are in Minnesota.
  • Toppers Pizza – They have three signature vegan pizzas on their menu (two with plant-based chicken), and you can sub their dairy-free mozzarella to make most other pizzas dairy-free. They also offer vegan cheese sticks and have several dairy-free sauces.

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in Minnesota

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

  • The Konery – You can easily spot these unique, infused waffle cones. They’re all vegan, come in tons of flavors, are sold in local stores, and are also used by many ice cream shops in the region.

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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