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

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

Local New Mexico Restaurants Recommended for Dairy-Free Eats

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

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

Albuquerque

  • 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!
  • 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.

Santa Fe

  • 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.

Most Popular Chains in New Mexico for Dairy-Free Diners

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

This Guide is Continuously Updated with Recommendations

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

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

This Guide is for Informational Purposes Only

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

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

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About Author

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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