Minnesota: Stay Afloat with this Helpful Dairy Free Dining Guide

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Last Update in August 2021! 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 with Vegan and Gluten-Free OptionsPhoto from Hark! Cafe in Minneapolis

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.)

Anoka

  • Krown Bakery & Eatery – This local bakery makes some dairy-free desserts, like a flourless torte and vegan cookies. They also blend dairy-free smoothies, bake several dairy-free breads, and are happy to make you a sandwich, panini, or salad sans cheese.

Apple Valley

  • Hawaii Poke Bowl – Yes, you can get fresh poke on in Minnesota. This local chain offers both raw fish and several cooked options for protein, and you can order your bowl with a base of white rice, organic brown rice, greens, or quinoa. Most of the menu is naturally dairy free.
  • Kumar’s Minneapolis – Their South Indian menu includes many dairy-free options, with numerous appetizers, breads, curries, and other entrees to choose from.

Bemidji

Blaine

  • Big Dipper – All of their flavors are made in-house, including their fruity dairy-free scoops and the vegan chocolate.
  • Crisp & Green – This rapidly expanding, Minnesota-based chain focuses on fresh salad bowls, grain bowls, and smoothies. At last check, their entire smoothie menu was dairy-free and vegan, and they had a few Asian-inspired, dairy-free bowl options. But you can also build-your-own bowl using their handy allergen guide. As a side note, they also offer vegan, gluten-free crispy treats for dessert.

Bloomington

  • Naf Naf Grill ⭐️ – The menu at this quick serve Middle Eastern grill is completely dairy-free with the exception of one of their packaged baklavas (the other two are made without dairy!). They offer a full menu of favorites, from falafel to shawarma, and have a handy allergen guide.
  • 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.

Brooklyn Center

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.

Cambridge

  • City Center Market Food Co-op & Deli – This is a great place to find dairy alternatives and specialty foods. Most weekdays, they have dairy-free and vegan soups and hot bar items in their deli. They also have a coffee bar with dairy-free latte and smoothie options.

Chanhassan

  • Crisp & Green – This rapidly expanding, Minnesota-based chain focuses on fresh salad bowls, grain bowls, and smoothies. At last check, their entire smoothie menu was dairy-free and vegan, and they had a few Asian-inspired, dairy-free bowl options. But you can also build-your-own bowl using their handy allergen guide. As a side note, they also offer vegan, gluten-free crispy treats for dessert.

Coon Rapids

  • Bakers Square – This is a homestyle bakery and cafe, with milk and butter galore (sorry, all of their pies contain milk!). But they offer a very detailed allergen menu that lets you custom order omelettes, egg breakfasts, salads, and sandwiches (most of their breads are dairy-free). They also have a few dairy-free entrees, like chicken tenders. They also have a “gluten sensitive” menu for gluten-free guests.

Duluth

  • At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe – Thanks to Malarie for this recommendation. This homey little spot serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, with vegan options on each menu.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels – See our Einstein Bros Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • 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.
  • OMC Smokehouse – Malarie also recommended this restaurant for great dairy-free options. They offer all the barbecue favorites.
  • 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.
  • The Grumpy Goose ⭐️ – This is a vegan food truck serving popular comfort food, like burgers, gyros, nachos, and mac and cheese.
  • The Pharm Juice Bar + Kitchen – This is a vegetarian shop that has many vegan options. They have a full dairy-free smoothie and acai bowl menu, and serve a healthy array of handhelds and bowls.

Eagan

  • BitterSweet Gluten Free Bakery ⭐️ – They offer many dairy-free items, including all of their breads, several bars, a range of cupcake flavors, many muffins, and more. They also take custom cake orders.
  • Hawaii Poke Bowl – Yes, you can get fresh poke on in Minnesota. This local chain offers both raw fish and several cooked options for protein, and you can order your bowl with a base of white rice, organic brown rice, greens, or quinoa. Most of the menu is naturally dairy free.
  • Naf Naf Grill ⭐️ – The menu at this quick serve Middle Eastern grill is completely dairy-free with the exception of one of their packaged baklavas (the other two are made without dairy!). They offer a full menu of favorites, from falafel to shawarma, and have a handy allergen guide.
  • 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.
  • Naf Naf Grill ⭐️ – The menu at this quick serve Middle Eastern grill is completely dairy-free with the exception of one of their packaged baklavas (the other two are made without dairy!). They offer a full menu of favorites, from falafel to shawarma, and have a handy allergen guide.
  • Pizza Karma – This isn’t your ordinary pizzeria. They serve tandoor-fired pizza with very unique flavor and topping options. They do offer dairy-free mozzarella, and have a Potatoes & Tandoor-Roasted Vegetables vegan pizza right on the menu. Several other pizzas, or build-your-own options, can be ordered dairy-free. They also serve some vegan starters and salads.
  • 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.
  • Safer Plate ⭐️ – This is an allergy-friendly meal kit delivery service. They run a dedicated facility that’s free of dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish, and sesame. These are cook-your-own meals that come with ingredients and recipes to prepare. Their menu changes weekly, and it includes a good selection of dishes to choose from.

Edina

  • Crisp & Green – This rapidly expanding, Minnesota-based chain focuses on fresh salad bowls, grain bowls, and smoothies. At last check, their entire smoothie menu was dairy-free and vegan, and they had a few Asian-inspired, dairy-free bowl options. But you can also build-your-own bowl using their handy allergen guide. As a side note, they also offer vegan, gluten-free crispy treats for dessert.

Hopkins

  • MinnyRow Market – This is a fun spot for finding all types of locally produced goods, and they have a few dairy-free food surprises for sale.
  • 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.

Mankato

  • Bakers Square – This is a homestyle bakery and cafe, with milk and butter galore (sorry, all of their pies contain milk!). But they offer a very detailed allergen menu that lets you custom order omelettes, egg breakfasts, salads, and sandwiches (most of their breads are dairy-free). They also have a few dairy-free entrees, like chicken tenders. They also have a “gluten sensitive” menu for gluten-free guests.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels – See our Einstein Bros Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

Maple Grove

  • Crisp & Green – This rapidly expanding, Minnesota-based chain focuses on fresh salad bowls, grain bowls, and smoothies. At last check, their entire smoothie menu was dairy-free and vegan, and they had a few Asian-inspired, dairy-free bowl options. But you can also build-your-own bowl using their handy allergen guide. As a side note, they also offer vegan, gluten-free crispy treats for dessert.
  • Nadia Cakes – This popular cupcakery offers two gluten-free and vegan flavors daily: vanilla and chocolate.
  • Naf Naf Grill ⭐️ – The menu at this quick serve Middle Eastern grill is completely dairy-free with the exception of one of their packaged baklavas (the other two are made without dairy!). They offer a full menu of favorites, from falafel to shawarma, and have a handy allergen guide.
  • Pizza Karma – This isn’t your ordinary pizzeria. They serve tandoor-fired pizza with very unique flavor and topping options. They do offer dairy-free mozzarella, and have a Potatoes & Tandoor-Roasted Vegetables vegan pizza right on the menu. Several other pizzas, or build-your-own options, can be ordered dairy-free. They also serve some vegan starters and salads.
  • 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.

Maple Plain

  • Fork Less – All of the sauces for their chicken wings and ribs are dairy-free and gluten-free, except for the white bbq. They also offer dairy-free cheese for their pizzas and you can custom order dairy-free wraps.

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.
  • Barbette ⭐️ – It isn’t often that we see dairy-free labels at a French Bistro, but this one is allergy-friendly. They have a few dairy-free appetizers, vegetable sides, and a couple entrees for dairy-free guests. Most of these options happen to be gluten-free, too, and they have one vegan entree.
  • 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.
  • Ben & Jerry’s – See our Ben & Jerry’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • 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.
  • Brasa ⭐️ – This local rotisserie restaurant clearly labels their menu for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests. Their classic rotisserie chicken, roasted pork, and fried catfish are dairy-free, along with many sides. They also have a vegan menu of entrees and several vegan sides.
  • Broders’ Pasta Bar ⭐️ – Their menu is labeled for special diet needs, and it includes several vegan breads and spreads, vegan salad options, and dairy-free sandwiches. They also sell house-made vegan sauces, dairy-free egg pastas, and pizza dough.
  • Coconut Whisk Café & Bubble Tea Shop ⭐️ – This is a vegan and gluten-free spot that serves mini pancakes, waffles, bubble mylk tea, Vietnamese coffee, and more.
  • 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.
  • Crisp & Green – This rapidly expanding, Minnesota-based chain focuses on fresh salad bowls, grain bowls, and smoothies. At last check, their entire smoothie menu was dairy-free and vegan, and they had a few Asian-inspired, dairy-free bowl options. But you can also build-your-own bowl using their handy allergen guide. As a side note, they also offer vegan, gluten-free crispy treats for dessert.
  • Eat for Equity – This catering company has branched out into weekly meal prep services, and they have dairy-free options labeled for all. You can hand-select items in the omnivore box, or go with a gluten-free vegan option.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels – See our Einstein Bros Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Foxy Falafel – Their menu caters to various dietary needs, including dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, paleo, and even AIP. They label items, and offer dairy-free options like falafel sandwiches and rice bowls (many vegan) and pork tacos.
  • 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.
  • Herbie Butcher’s Fried Chicken ⭐️ – Now you can  order buckets of vegan “chicken” from the founders of Herbivorous Butcher. Their sparse take-out spot is complete with house-made sauces, classic sides like biscuits and mac and cheese, and dairy-free shakes and malts made with Nadamoo ice cream and Oatly oat milk.
  • 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.
  • Linden Hills Community Co-op – This store is affiliated with the Wedge co-op. They’re open to the public and carry a good selection of dairy alternatives, other special diet foods, and local products. Don’t miss their bakery and deli where you will find a few dairy-free surprises, including vegan cookies.
  • Milk + Honey – They make custom ice cream sandwiches for events (like weddings, birthdays, retreats, etc). They have several dairy-free ice cream flavors and vegan cookies for customizing your order.
  • Milkjam Creamery – They scoop a few vegan flavors daily, with options like PB vs Everybody, Toasted Coconut, Black (Cocoa), and seasonal options, like a recent one made with coconut milk. They also have a vegan black cocoa sauce, some vegan shakes on their menu, and you can order a dairy-free float.
  • MN Nice Cream – Their menu is labeled for vegan and gluten-free, and it includes many vegan surprises. Some options include the waffle cones, gluten-free waffle cones, vegan soft serve, vegan cookie dough, puppy chow, peanut butter and chocolate sauces, coconut whipped cream, and more. Please note that their soft serve flavors rotate and are all lactose-free, but only select flavors are dairy-free and vegan.
  • Naf Naf Grill ⭐️ – The menu at this quick serve Middle Eastern grill is completely dairy-free with the exception of one of their packaged baklavas (the other two are made without dairy!). They offer a full menu of favorites, from falafel to shawarma, and have a handy allergen guide.
  • Namaste Cafe – Tiffany said, “If you like Indian food, this cafe is awesome. Many if their dishes are dairy free, but they are also super accommodating. My son has multiple food allergies and they were amazing with him. Most of their foods he can eat anyway.”
  • Origin Meals – This is a meal delivery service that has a full paleo (dairy-free and gluten-free) menu. They do deliver outside of the Minneapolis area, too.
  • 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.
  • Prime Deli & Restaurant ⭐️ – This is reportedly a glatt kosher meat restaurant, so they don’t use any dairy. Their menu includes a variety of classic American handhelds and entrees.
  • Pumphouse Creamery – Their house-made ice creams include a few dairy-free, coconut milk-based varieties, like Madagascar vanilla and chocolate peanut butter (each sweetened with local honey) and muscovado sugar. If you’re in a fruity mood, they also have sorbet.
  • 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.
  • Rise Bagel Co. – Their standard bagel selection is dairy-free and vegan, and they serve three types of vegan cashew cream cheese. Other non-dairy spreads include vegan buttery spread, hummus, peanut butter, and jam.
  • Sebastian Joe’s – Their vegan option changes with the season, and can include a coconut milk variety and a sorbet. Check their “flavor feed” before making the trek. They have two locations, but the Lowry Hill spot tends to have more flavors.
  • Seed Plant-Based Cafe ⭐️ – This is a weekend-only vegan cafe that also offers meal kits.
  • Seward Soft Serve – They offer two creamy vegan soft serve flavors daily, and always have a unique vegan sundae option. The flavors rotate, but we’ve spotted vanilla, chocolate, matcha, cherry, and more. They also offer a lot of local products for sale.
  • Sift Gluten Free ⭐️ – Everything at this local bakery is gluten-free and peanut-free, but they also label for dairy-free, and there is a lot to choose from. In fact, most of their sweets and bread loaves are dairy-free, including donuts, muffins, cupcakes, and several cookies. They also have vegan options.
  • Soul Bowl – Their Southern style menu actually has several vegan options. They even offer vegan fried chicken and dairy-free mac and cheese.
  • Spitz Mediterranean Street Food – All of their wraps and sandwiches and several other items can be ordered dairy-free and/or vegan, on request. They’re also friendly to gluten-free guests.
  • Sweet Troo Vi – Their bakery is by pick up only (no store front), and their waffles aren’t dairy-free (yet! they’re working on it), but their cookies are vegan and you can order them for pick up or delivery.
  • The Dripping Root ⭐️ – This is a plant-based, cold-pressed juice bar that also serves smoothie bowls.
  • 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.
  • Trio Plant-based ⭐️ – Their entire menu is vegan, and includes various handhelds, like tacos, burgers, wraps, and ribs. They also serve mac and cheese and items with a soul food focus.
  • 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.
  • Wedge Community Co-op – They’re open to the public and carry a good selection of dairy alternatives, other special diet foods, and local products. Don’t miss their bakery and deli where you will find a few dairy-free surprises, including vegan cookies.
  • 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.

Minnetonka

  • Nautical Bowls ⭐️ – This smoothie bowl shop has signature blends, but also has a build your own bowl option, where you even choose the base (acai, pitaya, mango, cacao, coconut, blue majik, or chia). All of their ingredients are reportedly gluten free, dairy free, and plant-based.
  • Peoples Organic Cafe – Their healthier breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are dotted with vegan options, and even more items can be ordered dairy-free.

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.
  • Twenty Below Coffee Co. ⭐️ – This local coffee shop bakes their own breads, and has dairy-free and vegan loaves daily (usually a gluten-free option, too). Their menu is labeled for special diet guests, and includes a couple dairy-free breakfast items and some vegan desserts.

New Brighton

  • NomeMade – This is a gluten-free cottage kitchen, so orders are by pick up only (no store front). They can custom make dairy-free cakes, dinner rolls, macarons, and cupcakes. They use your choice of soy or almond milk and Earth Balance buttery sticks (contain soy).

North Oaks

  • Big Dipper – All of their flavors are made in-house, including their fruity dairy-free scoops and the vegan chocolate.

Oakdale

  • Urban Wok ⭐️ – At last check, their entire menu of build-your-own bowls was dairy-free. They even use coconut milk in the Tikka Masala to keep it dairy-free and vegan. They have a variety of sauce flavors and various bases, including three types of noodles, brown and white rice, and grain-free zoodles.

Reads Landing

  • Reads Landing Brewing Company ⭐️ – If you’re a brew pub fan, then this could be a new favorite haunt. Their menu is labeled for dairy-free and gluten-free. The dairy-free options include some sandwiches, burgers, salads, sweet potato tots, garlic fries, and beer-battered shrimp.

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.
  • Hawaii Poke Bowl – Yes, you can get fresh poke on in Minnesota. This local chain offers both raw fish and several cooked options for protein, and you can order your bowl with a base of white rice, organic brown rice, greens, or quinoa. Most of the menu is naturally dairy free.
  • 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

  • Flapdoodles – They churn dairy-free sorbets and coconut milk ice cream, and typically have at least one flavor of each on hand. At last check, they had options like chocolate chocolate chip and peanut butter swirl.
  • 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.
  • Old Abe Coffee Shop ⭐️ – This is a vegan cafe serving a full menu of comfort food favorites.
  • 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.

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.

Stillwater

  • MN Nice Cream – Their menu is labeled for vegan and gluten-free, and it includes many vegan surprises. Some options include the waffle cones, gluten-free waffle cones, vegan soft serve, vegan cookie dough, puppy chow, peanut butter and chocolate sauces, coconut whipped cream, and more. Please note that their soft serve flavors rotate and are all lactose-free, but only select flavors are dairy-free and vegan.
  • The Tilted Tiki Tropical Bar & Restaurant – For the love of vegan family members, the owners of this local restaurant added a full plant-based menu, complete with dessert options. They serve vegan tacos, burgrs, fries, sopapillas, Daiya cheesecake, and more. Additional items can be made dairy-free.

St. Cloud

St. Joseph

  • The Local Blend – This health-conscious coffee shop is also considerate of dairy-free guests. They pay attention to the little things, like offering soy yogurt as an option, cooking their eggs without dairy, and having vegan mac and cheese on the menu. They also have some dairy-free and gluten-free muffins and scones, and can do layer cakes.

St. Louis Park

  • Mill Valley Kitchen ⭐️ – Their lunch and dinner menus are labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests, and include caesar salad (vegan or with protein added), several snacks and sides, and usually at least one main entree. Some other items can be custom ordered.
  • Muddy Paws Cheesecake – Thank you to Amanda for sharing this find. “They say they carry minimum 1 flavor of vegan cheesecake each day. I went there last week and they had five flavors. The ones I tried were hands down the best cheesecake (vegan or not) that I have ever tried! They also have gluten free options.” You can also special order whole vegan cheesecakes. They have more than a dozen flavors, ranging from classic New York to decadent chocolate raspberry truffle.
  • 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.
  • The Block Food & Drink – They have a great selection of vegan menu items, including nachos, mac & cheese, sandwiches, and more. Additional menu items can be ordered dairy free.

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.
  • Bakers Square – This is a homestyle bakery and cafe, with milk and butter galore (sorry, all of their pies contain milk!). But they offer a very detailed allergen menu that lets you custom order omelettes, egg breakfasts, salads, and sandwiches (most of their breads are dairy-free). They also have a few dairy-free entrees, like chicken tenders. They also have a “gluten sensitive” menu for gluten-free guests.
  • Brasa ⭐️ – This local rotisserie restaurant clearly labels their menu for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests. Their classic rotisserie chicken, roasted pork, and fried catfish are dairy-free, along with many sides. They also have a vegan menu of entrees and several vegan sides.
  • Crisp & Green – This rapidly expanding, Minnesota-based chain focuses on fresh salad bowls, grain bowls, and smoothies. At last check, their entire smoothie menu was dairy-free and vegan, and they had a few Asian-inspired, dairy-free bowl options. But you can also build-your-own bowl using their handy allergen guide. As a side note, they also offer vegan, gluten-free crispy treats for dessert.
  • 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.
  • Tongue in Cheek – They focus on sustainably sourcing meat, but also have vegan options throughout their menu. In fact, their chef has been experimenting with different vegan dishes and flavors, and even made a vegan tasting menu.
  • Urban Wok ⭐️ – At last check, their entire menu of build-your-own bowls was dairy-free. They even use coconut milk in the Tikka Masala to keep it dairy-free and vegan. They have a variety of sauce flavors and various bases, including three types of noodles, brown and white rice, and grain-free zoodles.

Wayzata

  • Ben & Jerry’s – See our Ben & Jerry’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Crisp & Green – This rapidly expanding, Minnesota-based chain focuses on fresh salad bowls, grain bowls, and smoothies. At last check, their entire smoothie menu was dairy-free and vegan, and they had a few Asian-inspired, dairy-free bowl options. But you can also build-your-own bowl using their handy allergen guide. As a side note, they also offer vegan, gluten-free crispy treats for dessert.
  • 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

  • Aloha Poke Co – They’re great about sharing allergy, gluten, and vegan info at this midwest poke chain. Most of their menu is dairy-free, but they state that their yuzu ranch sauce, “crunch” fried onions, and furikake seasoning to contain milk. They do have vegan and gluten-free sauce and topping options, too.
  • Nadia Cakes – This popular cupcakery offers two gluten-free and vegan flavors daily: vanilla and chocolate.
  • Nekter Juice Bar – See our Nekter Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • 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.

Dairy-Free Minnesota: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with Vegan and Gluten-Free OptionsPhoto from Olivia’s Organic Cafe in Burnsville

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.

  • Auntie M’s Gluten Free – This isn’t a chain, but rather a food truck that has a different location each day. They hit Duluth, Eagen, St. Paul, and more. Their fair-inspired menu includes dairy-free corn dogs and funnel cakes.
  • 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.
  • Chick-fil-A – See our Chick-fil-A Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – See our Chipotle Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Noodles & Company – See our Noodles & Co Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • 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.

Dairy-Free Minnesota: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with Vegan and Gluten-Free OptionsPhoto from Naf Naf Grill

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!

  • Baba’s – They make Middle Eastern fare, including hummus, baba g’noosh, falafel, and breads. Most of their products are dairy free (they do make tzatziki with yogurt).
  • House of Halva – They make an array of dairy-free and vegan halva cakes. Look for these kosher desserts at Minnesota co-ops and specialty food stores.
  • Hoyo – Keep an eye out for their sambusas and sauces. They’re all made without dairy, and one of their sambusa varieties is also vegan.
  • JonnyPops – They offer a non-dairy line of creamy pops, made with oat milk.
  • Minneoats – If you spot their granola in stores or on menus, you can take heart that it is dairy-free and vegan (but they do not use gluten-free oats). They also have a cute oatmeal bowl catering service, and all options can be ordered dairy free.
  • So Good So You – They make functional probiotic juice shots with a range of healthy benefits. They’re sold in stores locally.
  • 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.
  • Thumbs Cookies – This tiny cookie company has a small selection of mini vegan and gluten-free cookies, too. You can find them in several shops in the Minneapolis area, and they have a shared local shop at Six for Good in a couple of locations.

Dairy-Free Minnesota: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with Vegan and Gluten-Free OptionsPhoto from MN Nice Cream in Minneapolis and Stillwater

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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