Nebraska: Harvesting the Best Dairy-Free Food & Drink Options

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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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with gluten-free and vegan options

Dairy-Free Nebraska: 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.)

Aurora

  • JoJo’s Gelato & Grill – Stop in at this convenient spot for a dairy-free Italian ice or a scoop (or two) of sorbetto (most flavors are dairy-free – inquire).

Bellevue

Chadron

  • Natural Food Co-Op – This is a great place to find dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, raw, natural, and organic foods, as well as some regional items.

Elkhorn

  • Greenbelly – Their dietary labels aren’t very helpful for dairy-free guests, but they do have many good build-your-own and custom order options. They offer a huge menu of salads, sandwiches, wraps, and lettuce wraps with gluten-free options. A couple vegan options are available, but they are limited.
  • Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe ⭐️ – They are very friendly toward special diet guests. They offer vegan lentil chili, and all of their sandwiches and salads can be ordered dairy-free with the exclusion of cheese, ranch-based sauces, and Caesar dressing (other dressings are available). They even offer a whole selection of vegan vinaigrettes.

Grand Island

  • Qdoba Mexican Eats – See our Qdoba Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Salted Chef ⭐️ – Pamper yourself with an affordable in-home chef service. They offer various special diet menus, and the dairy-free one is extensive – complete with lasagna, alfredo, and much more.
  • Wasabi Bistro – As a sushi and Chinese food spot, much of their menu is naturally dairy-free – including the tempura. But it’s also a popular spot, and reportedly friendly to special diet guests.
  • Wave Pizza Co. – They offer dairy-free cheese alternative for their build-your-own pizzas and a plethora of meaty and veg toppings. They also offer a few surprising vegan appetizers / sides.

Gretna

  • Purple Açaí Bowls ⭐️ – A lot of acai spots in Nebraska use dairy, but Purple makes their own acai soft serve that’s completely vegan and dairy-free. They offer a range of acai bowls, smoothies, oatmeal bowls, and even vegan cookie dough.
  • Voodoo Taco – They offer a fried avocado vegan taco, and most of their other tacos are dairy-free when ordered without cheese. They also have gluten-free corn tortillas available.

Kearney

Lincoln

  • (402) Creamery – Two of their signature flavors are vegan, peanut butter chocolate chip and chocolate, and they often have a rotating vegan ice cream or sorbet flavor.
  • Banhwich Cafe – If you’re a banh mi and bubble tea fan, then this is a must stop. They have a whole range of banh mi sandwiches and lettuce wraps, in addition to iced bubble tea and dairy-free milk tea options.
  • Biji’s Best ⭐️ – This is a grab and go spot inside a gas station, but the food is reportedly quite delicious. It’s authentic, from-scratch Indian food that’s labeled dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options. Each day they serve lentil soups with white Basmati rice, but Fridays are the “big food day” when they come up with three meal specials. They’re open for lunch and dinner.
  • Blaze Pizza – See our Blaze Pizza Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Blue Sushi & Sake Grill – This sustainable Japanese restaurant makes innovative maki and nigiri. They have a full vegan menu, complete with tempura maki, and of course most of their menu is naturally dairy free.
  • Charred Burger + Bar – Thank you to Jordan for this recommendations, “Charred is so good. Burgers can be made dairy-free if you choose their gluten-free bun and no cheese.” They serve a selection of wagyu burgers.
  • 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.
  • Clean Juice – They make their own cold-pressed cashew milks and offer dairy-free acai bowls, smoothie bowls, smoothies, toasts, and some other eats. Please note that their flatbread wraps (the bread itself) contain dairy, but all other menu items can be ordered dairy-free by omitting the cheese or substituting vegan protein for the whey protein (in the proteins smoothies).
  • Goldenrod Pastries – They bake “traditional,” dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan pastries daily. They also bake custom order cakes.
  • Juju’s Vegan Cajun and Creole Cuisine ⭐️ – Their all-vegan menu includes jambalaya, “ribs,” sandwiches, salads, and many Southern-style sides.
  • Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill – It’s not often that you see a local restaurant with an allergen menu, but this eatery has a full chart for their three Nebraska restaurants (two in Lincoln). The milk-free options aren’t extensive, but do include some surprising options, like Brewery Battered Fish, Casablanca Chicken, and their Burger, to name a few. Their house Beer Bread, Onion Rings, Chicken Fingers, and several other sides were also dairy-free at last check.
  • Mellow Mushroom – See our Mellow Mushroom Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Noodles & Company – See our Noodles & Company Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Open Harvest Co-op Grocery – They offer a good selection of dairy alternatives and other specialty dairy-free items, and in their deli they have a daily soup that’s usually dairy-free and vegan. They also make breakfast burritos that can be ordered dairy-free or vegan, and have some lunch options.
  • Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe ⭐️ – They are very friendly toward special diet guests. They offer vegan lentil chili, and all of their sandwiches and salads can be ordered dairy-free with the exclusion of cheese, ranch-based sauces, and Caesar dressing (other dressings are available). They even offer a whole selection of vegan vinaigrettes.
  • Qdoba Mexican Eats – See our Qdoba Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Ruby Tuesday – See our Ruby Tuesday Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Rutabagas Comfort Food ⭐️ – This vegan restaurant transforms several lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch favorites into plant-based dishes. They serve sandwiches, burgers, waffles, and more, and also offer some sweet treats, line cinnamon rolls and cookies. Ample gluten-free options are available and labeled on the menu.
  • Sebastian’s Table – Vegan and gluten-free options are labeled on their menu, and the vegan choices include paella. But they do have additional tapas and entrees that are, or can be ordered dairy free.
  • Tandoor Indian Cuisine ⭐️ – They clearly label dairy-free and vegan menu items. At last check, all of their appetizers were dairy-free, and a good majority of their entrees were dairy-free. They also have ample vegan options.
  • The Rabbit Hole Bakery – This is a traditional bakery, but they offer vegan and gluten-free items daily. The options typically rotate, but they often have goodies like cake by the slice or cookies, They also bake custom order cakes.
  • 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.
  • Yogurtini – They swirl a variety of dairy-free sorbets along with Silk plant-based chocolate and vanilla frozen yogurts. Keep in mind that available flavors can rotate often.

McCook

North Platte

Omaha

  • Amateur Coffee ⭐️ – This is a vegan cafe that offers local vegan pastries and gluten-free, vegan waffles. They also make wellness lattes with your choice of oat or almond milk.
  • Bärchen Beer Garden – They offer a vegan burger on the menu, and some other handhelds can be ordered dairy-free with a vegan cheese and bun swap.
  • Blatt Beer & Table – This social house offers a vegan root burger, but they also have several other dairy-free options on the menu. They include (subject to change) snacks (chicharronnes, fries, sriracha garlic shrimp – no cheese), salads with dairy-free dressing (there are a few), fish and chips, and several burgers and sandwiches when ordered without cheese and specifically on their oat-topped wheat bun. They also offer a couple dairy-free sides, but be sure to inquire on those specifially.
  • Blue Sushi & Sake Grill – This sustainable Japanese restaurant makes innovative maki and nigiri. They have a full vegan menu, complete with tempura maki, and of course most of their menu is naturally dairy free.
  • Brick Oven Pizzeria – It’s easy to order a dairy-free pizza at this restaurant. They offer soy-free, dairy-free cheese alternative, all of their crusts are vegan (including the gluten-free option), and they have dairy-free tomato, garlic, and pesto sauces. They even offer a variety of vegan “meats” and are working on a vegan menu.
  • Charred Burger + Bar – Thank you to Jordan for this recommendations, “Charred is so good. Burgers can be made dairy-free if you choose their gluten-free bun and no cheese.” They serve a selection of wagyu burgers.
  • 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.
  • Clean Juice – They make their own cold-pressed cashew milks and offer dairy-free acai bowls, smoothie bowls, smoothies, toasts, and some other eats. Please note that their flatbread wraps (the bread itself) contain dairy, but all other menu items can be ordered dairy-free by omitting the cheese or substituting vegan protein for the whey protein.
  • Coolgreens – This healthy chain makes salads, wraps, sandwiches, and grain bowls. They have at least one dairy-free option in each category, and most items can be custom ordered dairy-free. At last check, all of their proteins, all of their greens and grains, most of their dressings (just skip the ranches), and most of their toppings (just skip the cheeses) were made without dairy. Even their croutons and spiced pecans are listed as dairy-free.
  • Coneflower Creamery – This fun shop scoops house-made ice cream and offers local root beer on tap. They typically have a couple vegan flavors, like golden mylk and chocolate, and offer vegan coconut whipped cream for sundaes.
  • Eat to Evolve – They offer meal plans and meal delivery, but also have some brick and mortar locations where you can pick up. Everything they make is gluten-free, and they focus on paleo and primal diets. Most of their meals are dairy-free, but not all. You can pick a dairy-free meal plan or order by the entrée.
  • El Basha Mediterranean Grill – This popular Lebanese restaurant was recommended by Jordan. They have a good handful of vegan items on the menu, and several more that are, or can be made, dairy-free – just ask the staff.
  • Fauxmaha – Vegan burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, burritos, and loaded tots are on their completely “plant-based” menu.
  • Flagship Commons – This is actually a unique food court that has dairy-free and vegan options at every restaurant. They have Vegan Thursdays, where each spot has a special discount on one or more vegan menu items.
  • Greenbelly – Their dietary labels aren’t very helpful for dairy-free guests, but they do have many good build-your-own and custom order options. They offer a huge menu of salads, sandwiches, wraps, and lettuce wraps with gluten-free options. A couple vegan options are available, but they are limited.
  • Hook & Lime – They have vegan tacos, tortas, empanadas, tamales, and even cheesecake right on their menu. And of course, there are some additional dairy-free taco and torta options, too.
  • Kitchen Table – Their casual, yet eclectic, from-scratch menu includes vegan salad and sandwich options, and a couple additional options that can be ordered dairy-free.
  • Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill – As mentioned above, this local chain has a full allergen chart, complete with several dairy-free entrees and sides. They can also make several more entrees dairy-free, like their salads, simply by omitting the cheese. Reader Destini visited this location and said they were extremely helpful and patient – she was ordering dairy-free and gluten-free.
  • MealBox – This is a meal delivery service for Omaha by Chef Will Birge. Their meals are labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, and a couple other dietary needs, and typically include at least a few dairy-free options.
  • Modern Love ⭐️ – Vegan icon Isa Chandra Moskowitz founded this plant-based restaurant in midtown. They serve a dinner menu that’s focuses both on comfort food and fresh, locally grown cuisine. And the dessert menu is not to be missed. It includes cheesecakes, milkshakes, fun pastries, and more.
  • Mouth of the South – Jordan let us know about the amazing service at this Southern-style restaurant. “I told the server I had a dairy allergy. The server and chef came back to the table to let me know what all had dairy in it. At the end of the meal, the server came back with a take home menu and told me how I could customize each dish to be dairy-free. It was the most amazing thing.”
  • Naughty Buddha Burger Bar ⭐️ – We might argue that this is actually a pretty nice establishment. Their simple menu is all vegan, and includes about a half dozen piled high burgers and sides.
  • Noodles & Company – See our Noodles & Company Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Oasis Falafel – They have a prolific list of vegan sides, a couple vegan entrees, and additional dairy-free entrees. Vegan and gluten-free items are labeled.
  • Pacific Eating House ⭐️ – Thanks to Margaret for emailing this recommendation! This full-service, upscale restaurant focuses on natural, wild, and thoughtfully-sourced foods. They offer lunch, dinner, and drinks, and label dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan items clearly on their menus. At last check, over half of their items were labeled as dairy free!
  • P.F. Chang’s – See our P.F. Chang’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe ⭐️ – They are very friendly toward special diet guests. They offer vegan lentil chili, and all of their sandwiches and salads can be ordered dairy-free with the exclusion of cheese, ranch-based sauces, and Caesar dressing (other dressings are available). They even offer a whole selection of vegan vinaigrettes.
  • Pita Pit – See our Pita Pit Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Pitch Pizzeria – At the time of writing, they didn’t offer dairy-free cheese. But you can order a cheeseless pizza, and they have a gluten-free, vegan cauliflower crust. They also offer dairy-free salads (side or meal) and have some dairy-free sides.
  • Pokeworks – All of their signature poke bowls, and pretty much all of their menu is dairy-free, including the Dole Whip for dessert! They offer raw, cooked, and vegan proteins.
  • Qdoba Mexican Eats – See our Qdoba Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Spin Pizza – Their allergen menu is a bit cryptic, but we did some digging. Their original and gluten-free crusts (not the cauliflower crust) are dairy-free (and vegan), and they offer Daiya dairy-free cheese, along with red and white dairy-free sauces. So most of their pizzas can be ordered dairy-free. Their rosemary flatbread (without cheese) and custom order salads and sandwiches are also good options. All of their sandwich breads are dairy-free and many of their dressings are dairy-free.
  • Sweet Magnolias Bake Shop – This is a traditional bakery, but they offer vegan donuts, vegan gluten-free brownies, and custom order vegan cakes in several flavors.
  • TCBY – See our TCBY Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Ted & Wally’s Ultra-Premium Ice Cream – They offer a couple vegan ice cream flavors daily, usually with some unique options, like root beer, cookie monster, singing Buddha, or ginger pear sake sorbet.
  • The Benson Brewery – They have some fun vegan items on their menu like wings and gyros. A couple additional menu items can be ordered dairy free.
  • The Cheesecake Factory – See our Cheesecake Factory Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • The Grove Juicery & Wellness Cafe – They bottle their house-made nut mylks, and also use them to make classic smoothies, superfood smoothies, acai bowls, and wellness lattes. They also offer toasts. At last check, their menu was dairy-free and mostly vegan (aside from bee products).
  • The Tea Smith – They have vegan pastries from Sweet Magnolia. They rotate, but can include scones, brownies, or cake. They also use coconut milk to make dairy-free boba and milk teas.
  • 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.
  • Voodoo Taco – They offer a fried avocado vegan taco, and most of their other tacos are dairy-free when ordered without cheese. They also have gluten-free corn tortillas available.
  • Wilson & Washburn – This local brewpub serves a popular vegan beet burger, but they have some additional dairy-free snacks on the menu, and sandwiches that can be ordered dairy free.
  • Zio’s Pizzeria – You can custom order a dairy-free pizza with Daiya cheese alternative at this local chain.
  • Zoup! – See our Zoup Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

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Dairy-Free Nebraska: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with gluten-free and vegan options

Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout Nebraska

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.

Nebraska doesn’t have a lot of major cities, so we’ve been able to add all chains to the individual cities above thus far!

Dairy-Free Nebraska: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with gluten-free and vegan options

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in Nebraska

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

  • WayFare Health Foods – Their popular line of dairy alternatives can be hard to find in stores, but you’re bound to find them in their home state of Nebraska. They make cheeses, sour cream, puddings, and more.

Dairy-Free Nebraska: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with gluten-free and vegan 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.

4 Comments

  1. Several of the restaurants listed for Omaha are actually in Lincoln, but otherwise a pretty great list. I’ve eaten most of these places and they’re really good. A few additions for my Omaha people: El Basha has a few dairy free items, just ask beforehand. I get the falafel wrap there. Also, Charred is so good. Burgers can be made dairy-free if you choose their gluten-free bun and no cheese. We went to Mouth of the South for the first time last week. I told the server I had a dairy allergy. The server and chef came back to the table to let me know what all had dairy in it. At the end of the meal, the server came back with a take home menu and told me how I could customize each dish to be dairy-free. It was the most amazing thing.

  2. Samantha Wolf on

    It isn’t on their online menu, but Zio’s Pizzeria offers Daiya Cheese on pizzas instead of regular cheese

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