New Mexico: Heat Things Up with these Dairy-Free Options

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Last Update in July 2021! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in New Mexico 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 New Mexico: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with Gluten-Free and Vegan Options

Dairy-Free New Mexico: 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.)

Albuquerque

  • Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria – Their traditional pizzas include a classic, no cheese, vegan, marinara pizza. But they also offer vegan mozzarella to make almost any pizza dairy free.
  • Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café – Most of their healthy (and expansive) menu is vegan, and it’s labeled with gluten-free and soy-free options. They also have a bakery case with several vegan goodies.
  • Beets Juice Bar & Cafe – They have a protein smoothie bar, where you pick your brand of protein powder. Most options are dairy, but they have a few dairy-free options. They also blend fruit smoothies and offer custom build salads. They have almond, rice, and soy milks for smoothies and lattes.
  • Bizzy B Cakes – They take custom cake orders for dairy-free, gluten-free, and/or paleo needs.
  • Blaze Pizza – See our Blaze Pizza Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Bristol Doughnut Co – The Ruby is their vegan, gluten-free cake doughnut, which is typically available in chocolate and vanilla.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – See our Chipotle Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Coda Bakery – This Vietnamese restaurant specializes in banh mi and spring rolls, and much of their menu is dairy-free. They often have vegan sesame balls and specialty desserts, too. And they make their own tofu and soymilk.
  • Duke City Taco – Choose your own dairy-free adventure at this local Mexican restaurant. Start with your choice of a taco, burrito, bowl, salad, or plate, pick your rice and beans (they’re all vegan), then choose your protein (they have dairy-free option plus three vegan choices), and add some garnishes.
  • Eldora Chocolate – They craft dairy-free dark chocolate bars, offer two vegan truffle flavors, and make their own vegan energy balls.
  • Flying Star Cafe – This lively counter-serve restaurant is a local chain, with half a dozen locations in Albuquerque. Their menu focuses on American cuisine, with all-day breakfast, sandwiches, salads, burgers, and bowls. Vegan options are clearly labeled, and they even offer menus telling you how to order vegan or gluten-free. There are even more dairy-free options, and the friendly counter staff can help you with those requests. The bakery case is quite enticing – most of it is off limits, but they do offer a vegan cake!
  • Genghis Grill – See our Genghis Grill Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Grassburger – This recommendation was originally sent to us by Molly L. “They offer dairy free, gluten free, and even vegan options. They even have dairy free cookies and dairy-free milkshakes!!!” This fast casual burger joint serves grass-fed beef, turkey, and vegan burgers in both sandwich and bowl formats. According to their allergen menu, everything is dairy-free, except for the cheese, ranch dressing, and dairy milkshakes. They use Earth Balance for buttering needs, and appear to only make fries (regular and sweet potato) in their fryer. Everything but their potato bun is gluten-free (they have a gluten-free bun), and they don’t use any fish, peanuts, tree nuts, or sesame seeds.
  • Great Harvest Bread Co. – They offer many dairy-free loaves, and some vegan varieties, but make sure to double check the ingredients. We did see a cheese bread that wasn’t labeled as containing milk!
  • Juice it Up – See our Juice it Up Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Kamikaze Kitchen – This fusion food truck serves some seriously unique dairy-free mains, including “fortune cookie fried chicken” in eggrolls, smoked pork belly street tacos, and tempura battered cauliflower.
  • La Finca Bowls – Most of their bowls can be ordered dairy-free, and of course, they have a build your own option. They also have a couple different vegan protein options, and a specialty vegan bowl on the menu.
  • La Salita Restaurant – They offer dairy-free cheese alternative and plant-based faux meat as options, and their guacamole, red and green chiles, salsas, tortillas, sopapillas, beans, rice, and papas are all vegan-friendly. So most of their menu can be ordered dairy-free, and they do have some dairy-free tamales.
  • Olo Dessert Studio – This soft serve shop usually has two innovative sorbets available (ranging from clovis kiwi strawberry to fudge), and they regularly have an almond milk-based, creamy, vegan vanilla flavor.
  • P.F. Chang’s – See our P.F. Chang’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Planty Sweet ⭐️ – This vegan bakery works by order only (no storefront). They specialize in custom layer cakes, cheesecakes, bundt cakes, and cupcakes.
  • Poki Poki Cevicheria – They offer an array of unique raw fish and cooked food bowls, with a range of sauces and toppings to choose from.
  • Rebel Donut – They offer a few flavors of vegan raised and iced donuts daily.
  • Rosemary – They have a couple vegan and a few more dairy-free menu items, plus a chocolate mousse for dessert. They’re also accommodating toward special diet requests.
  • Rude Boy Cookies – This sweet shop offer vegan cookie dough pops and a couple classic vegan gluten-free cookie varieties.
  • Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q – They offer an allergen chart, and at last check, all of their meats and most of their sandwiches were dairy-free, and all of their sauces were gluten-free and top allergen-free. We also noted dairy-free brownies and a handful of side options, but note that their breakfast menu is much heavier in dairy.
  • Rush of Prana ⭐️ – This is a healthy vegan cafe, serving smoothies, acai bowls, hot drinks, hot bowls, and more.
  • Sister Bar – They have house-made vegan cremas and jalapeno ranch dressing for their vegan tacos, loaded fries or tots, and frito pie. They also have vegan green chile stew, dairy-free paletas, and several other menu items that can be ordered dairy free.
  • Squeezed Juice Bar – Most of their smoothies and acai bowls are dairy-free, and they also make Monkey Balls and Quinoa for quick dairy-free eats. Vegans take note that they use honey in a lot of menu items.
  • Thai Vegan ⭐️ – There’s no need to worry about dairy milk in the curries at this vegan Thai food restaurant. Their menu is expansive, with some wraps and burgers for guests who aren’t into Asian food. They also serve quite a few desserts! The menu is similar at the Nob Hill location, but it’s hard to tell if the two are related.
  • The Chocolate Dude – They offer a vegan truffles, chocolate bars, chocolate clusters, chocolate-dipped Oreos, and more. They also make dairy-free lattes and mochas with your choice of oat or almond milk.
  • Tia B’s La Waffleria – They press sweet and savory waffles, with gluten-free and vegan waffle options. They offer many dairy-free topping choices, including coconut whip topping.
  • Two Boys Donuts – They offer a selection of vegan donuts in store on the weekends only. Tuesday through Friday you can order vegan donuts a day in advance, with a dozen minimum.
  • Vegan Vato ⭐️ – They serve Mexicali cuisine from a roaming food truck. See their website for schedules and locations.

Arroyo Seco

  • Sol Food – This cafe and market offers a vegan breakfast burrito, a couple other made-to-order dairy-free breakfast options, and a range of dairy-free superfood smoothies. For lunch, you can custom order salads, wraps, and sandwiches without dairy. They use local Wild Leaven breads that are dairy free.
  • The Wake & Take ⭐️ – This is a plant-based, 99.9% dairy-free (they do offer dairy creamer on request) local café serving breakfast and lunch. Their casual, healthy menu includes handhelds, bowls, and grab-and-go items.

Cedar Crest

  • Greenside Cafe – At first glance, their dairy-free options look paltry. But they have several menu items that can easily be ordered dairy-free or vegan, including peanut noodles, enchiladas, and burgers.

Clovis

Farmington

Hobbs

  • Bowls & Rolls – Unlike most poke bars, they have a lot of cooked options. Raw fish fans can enjoy salmon or ahi, while cooked foodies can choose to build their own chicken, sirloin, or vegan tofu bowl. They offer an array of dairy-free sauces.
  • 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.

Las Cruces

  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – See our Chipotle Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Genghis Grill – See our Genghis Grill Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • K-Bowl ⭐️ – This Korean BBQ spot has a build-your-own bowl menu that we were told is completely dairy free.
  • Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q – They offer an allergen chart, and at last check, all of their meats and most of their sandwiches were dairy-free, and all of their sauces were gluten-free and top allergen-free. We also noted dairy-free brownies and a handful of side options, but note that their breakfast menu is much heavier in dairy.
  • The Game – This neighborhood bar and grill is friendly to dairy-free and vegan guests. They offer vegan nachos, mac and (no) cheese, cauliflower wings, and more. They have dairy-free cheese alternative and vegan bread, so many more menu items can be ordered dairy free.

Rio Rancho

  • Squeezed Juice Bar – Most of their smoothies and acai bowls are dairy-free, and they also make Monkey Balls and Quinoa for quick dairy-free eats. Vegans take note that they use honey in a lot of menu items.

Santa Fe

  • Apothecary Restaurant – You can stop in at the oxygen bar while you wait for your order from this healthy cafe. They serve brunch, lunch, and dinner daily, with a generous amount of vegan, gluten-free, and even paleo items on their menu. In fact, almost any menu item is, or can be ordered, dairy free.
  • Bumble Bee’s Baja Grill – They have several vegan menu items, including burritos, tacos, and tortilla soup with vegan “chicken.” But they use fresh ingredients for their made-to-order menu, so many additional options can be ordered dairy-free.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – See our Chipotle Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Cowgirl BBQ – They are very friendly toward special diets, with a gluten-free menu and a vegan menu. Yes, and it has several menu items! Of course, some additional dishes can be ordered dairy-free.
  • Inn of the Turquoise Bear – When requested upon booking, they will gladly craft dairy-free, gluten-free, and/or vegan breakfast options for your stay.
  • Kakawa Chocolate House – This rustic shop serves authentic drinking chocolate elixirs and makes a stunning array of chocolate confections. They have a full line of dairy-free and vegan truffles, and offer dairy-free drinking chocolate elixirs made with almond milk.
  • Paper Dosa ⭐️ – They offer some dairy-free dosas, pakoras, and sides at this South Indian restaurant. In fact, their dosa batter is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan, so pretty much all of their dosas can be ordered dairy-free, and some can be ordered vegan.
  • Plant Base Cafe ⭐️ – Their vegan menu is broken down into Mexican, American, and Italian dishes, and also includes representative desserts, like churros, chocolate chip cookies, and tiramisu.
  • Plantita Vegan Bakery ⭐️ – They bake an assortment of sweet and savory goods. Some items include various bagels (dairy-free cream cheeses are served), biscuits, cinnamon rolls, cookies, bread loaves, muffins, pies, and empanadas. They also have pizza nights.
  • Ras Rody’s Jamaican Vegan – As their name implies, this food truck serves authentic-style vegan Jamaican food.
  • Revolution Bakery – This is a purely gluten-free bakery that also offers some dairy-free and vegan breads and pastries daily.
  • Sabor Peruano – They offer a nice little vegan menu of options, and a few additional Peruvian dishes can be ordered without dairy.
  • Santarepas – They offer a vegan arepa option, and you can custom order some meaty dairy-free arepas, too. The arepas are gluten-free.
  • Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen – This is a gluten-free restaurant that also offers ample vegan and dairy-free dishes for brunch, lunch, and supper.
  • Terra Verde Organic – Pretty much everything on their menu can be ordered dairy-free. Their healthy smoothie selection is dairy-free (right down to the coconut yogurt), they offer oat, almond, and hemp milks for their coffee bar, and their bowls and soups are, or can be ordered, dairy-free. Most of their menu is vegan-friendly, too, and they offer an assortment of dairy-free, gluten-free treats.
  • Tia Coco Healthy Chocolate ⭐️ – This local chocolatier is completely vegan. They craft chocolate bars, nut butter cups, and other treats made low-glycemic or keto.

Santa Rosa

  • Silver Moon Cafe – If you’re cruising down Route 66, then you might want to pop into this restaurant for a bit. They make burrito bowls with dairy-free choices, including a vegan option, and have some other custom order Mexican and American food options.

Silver City

  • Silver City Food Coop – In addition to a good supply of special diet grocery items, they also make various grab-and-go foods that include vegan and dairy-free options, like sandwiches, salads, soups, and more.

Taos

  • Chokola – This bean to bar chocolate shop offers single origin dairy-free dark chocolate bars, and some vegan chocolate desserts.
  • Dreamcatcher Bed and Breakfast – This local lodging options caters to special diets, including dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and keto guests. Just make sure to specify your dietary needs when booking.
  • Hacienda del Sol – When you book at this bed and breakfast, let them know if you have dairy-free, gluten-free, and/or vegan needs. They are able to accommodate.
  • Manzanita Market – Their healthy menu is dotted with dairy-free options, like bone broth, vegan chowder, Mediterranean sandwiches on local sourdough, and more modified options. They also blend dairy-free smoothies and offer lattes with oat milk.
  • Squeezed Juice Bar – Most of their smoothies and acai bowls are dairy-free, and they also make Monkey Balls and Quinoa for quick dairy-free eats. Vegans take note that they use honey in a lot of menu items.
  • Wild Leaven Bakery – Their pastries are made with butter, but they make an array of organic, sourdough (yeast-free) dairy-free breads, including a gluten-free variety. They have pick up available, or you can find them at the Taos Farmers Market.

Dairy-Free New Mexico: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with Gluten-Free and Vegan Options

Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout New Mexico

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.

Dairy-Free New Mexico: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with Gluten-Free and Vegan Options

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in New Mexico

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

We’ll add them as soon as we learn about them!

Dairy-Free New Mexico: 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.

1 Comment

  1. BEWARE!! I would NOT recommend this as a dairy free restaurant!!! I contacted them myself in preparation for a trip to ABQ soon, explained my son’s dairy allergies and asked if they were able to guarantee no cross-contamination. Their reply told me specifically NOT to eat at their restaurant, that it would be “best if I found a different restaurant to eat at while in town,” and that they will not guarantee my son’s safety. So, while I applaud their efforts in sourcing locally and being environmentally conscious, I would NEVER allow my dairy allergic son to eat here if the management isn’t even confident that they could feed him without issue!

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