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We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania Restaurants Recommended for Dairy-Free Eats

Some local treats to look for include MomPops. They’re top allergen-free, and handmade from local ingredient in Chester County and available at shops and restaurants throughout Pennsylvania.

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.)

Ardmore

  • HipCityVeg ⭐️ – This vegan fast food chain from Philly has one location in this town. Their menu includes burgers, sandwiches, golden nuggets, salads, sweet potato fries, and a full breakfast menu. They also offer smoothies, banana whip, and dairy-free milkshakes.

Bethlehem

  • Vegan Treats ⭐️ – If you’re looking for fun, funky, indulgent, and delicious, then this all-vegan bakery is worth a visit. They offer a huge array of cookies, doughnuts, whoopie pies, brownies, cannoli, pies, cinnamon rolls, and more. The daily selection usually includes cute seasonal items, and they swirl dairy-free soft serve on site. But they’re also well known for their custom cakes, which include a range of layer cakes and cheesecakes.

Bryn Mawr

  • Sweet Freedom Bakery ⭐️ – This everyone-friendly bakery is strictly vegan, gluten-free, and kosher. But they also shun peanuts, soy, corn, refined sweeteners, and preservatives, and fully disclose ingredients for inquiring customers. Their menu includes a huge array cupcakes, cakes, cookies, quick bread, brownies, muffins, donuts and more. They also take custom cake orders for birthdays, weddings, and other celebrations. If you aren’t in the area, don’t worry – they ship treats throughout the U.S.!

Chalfont

  • The Happy Mixer ⭐️ – Everything at this bakery is gluten free, but they also have dairy-free and vegan options available. Their breads and bagels are all dairy free, they have a dairy-free lemon pound cake, and offer vegan cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and muffins. They do take custom cake orders.

Cranberry Township

  • Burgatory – This fast casual chain has been spreading outside of Pittsburgh. Their menu includes a big range of patties, from basic beef to wild game to impossibly vegan. They have bun options for every diet, including lettuce wraps and naked (no bun!). And they offer dairy-free cheese, along with a host of other toppings. As a bonus, they also blend dairy-free milkshakes in several flavors with their house-turned soy ice cream. You can even order one as a “hard shake,” if you’re of age. They have a full bar available.

Easton

  • Bank Street Creamery – In addition to their traditional handcrafted ice cream, Bank Street Creamery churns a full menu of vegan gelato. They offer several creamy flavors daily, which can be ordered in a cup, in a cone (check in store for options), as a sundae with dairy-free topping options, or blended into a milkshake with organic almond milk. You can also order a custom vegan ice cream cake.

Eerie

  • Whole Foods Co-op – This store, cafe, and bakery isn’t affiliated with Whole Foods. They’re a local natural food establishment that offers dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options for most of their menu. They also have daily baked goods and take custom orders for vegan cakes and sweet party trays.

Harrisburg

  • The Vegetable Hunter – This is a vegan restaurant and “boutique brewery.” They brew small batches, allowing them to get creative with fresh and unexpected ingredients. Their food menu was made to complement their beers, with a comforting yet innovative dishes. They also offer dessert, including big vegan chocolate chip cookies.

Lititz

  • Sugar Whipped Bakery – You can find their sweet treats in their shop or on their food truck, including the vegan options. They serve a selection of vegan and vegan gluten-free cupcakes daily, and also take special orders for cupcakes, whoopie pies, and more. Dairy-free customers can also enjoy some of their house-made marshmallows (not vegan).

McCandless

  • Burgatory – This fast casual chain has been spreading outside of Pittsburgh. Their menu includes a big range of patties, from basic beef to wild game to impossibly vegan. They have bun options for every diet, including lettuce wraps and naked (no bun!). And they offer dairy-free cheese, along with a host of other toppings. As a bonus, they also blend dairy-free milkshakes in several flavors with their house-turned soy ice cream. You can even order one as a “hard shake,” if you’re of age. They have a full bar available.

Mount Joy

  • Made With Love Not Gluten Bakery – As the name suggests, this is a gluten-free shop. But they also cater to many other special diet needs. Their daily menu outlines the vegan (dairy-free and egg-free) options they have, which usually includes cupcakes, a couple other treats, and a savory dish or two. However they have many more dairy-free items available. Just ask! They usually have dairy-free breads, bagels, muffins, and other treats. They do take custom dairy-free or vegan cake orders, but be sure to book well in advance.

Murrysville

  • Burgatory – This fast casual chain has been spreading outside of Pittsburgh. Their menu includes a big range of patties, from basic beef to wild game to impossibly vegan. They have bun options for every diet, including lettuce wraps and naked (no bun!). And they offer dairy-free cheese, along with a host of other toppings. As a bonus, they also blend dairy-free milkshakes in several flavors with their house-turned soy ice cream. You can even order one as a “hard shake,” if you’re of age. They have a full bar available.

Newtown

  • The Happy Mixer ⭐️ – This is the second location of this local gluten-free bakery. Their bread loaves and bagels are all dairy free, they have a dairy-free lemon pound cake, and offer vegan cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and muffins. They also take custom cake orders.

Philadelphia

  • Blackbird Pizzeria ⭐️ – If you’re craving vegan pizza, head to this local restaurant. They toss a creative array of pies with faux meats, dairy-free cheeses, and flavorful sauces. They also serve a range of sandwiches, wings (root beer bbq?!), and salads, and have sweets from Vegan Treats in Bethlehem for dessert.
  • Crust Vegan Bakery ⭐️ – They have a commercial bakery, their own storefront, and a co-location with Grindcore House – all located in Philly and all vegan. They bake cookies, bars, “pop tarts,” loaves, scones, cakes, and cupcakes in a huge array of flavors and varieties. They take commercial and custom orders for special occasions.
  • Farmer’s Keep ⭐️ – Everything at this casual rustic restaurant is dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, nut-free, and shellfish-free. They keep it simple with a small selection of salads, a salad bar, and a mix and match style of sides and flavorful entrees. Their menu changes with the seasons, and focuses on local, all natural, organic, and sustainable ingredients. Beverages include fresh pressed juices and locally made Kombucha. Or you can enjoy organic wines, craft brews, and artisanal spirits on their rooftop bar.
  • Goldie Falafel ⭐️ – This counter-serve restaurant offers quick serve falafel dishes at three locations in the city. And everything on the menu is vegan! Their options are simple: sandwich, salad, or bag of balls (falafel balls that is). But they also serve plain or shawarma-spiced fries and popular dairy-free tehina shakes in several flavors.
  • Grindcore House ⭐️ – This hip vegan coffee shop now has two locations: one in South Philly and one in West Philly. Both locations serve organic coffee, teas, pastries, sandwiches, and other eats. But the West Philly spot also houses Crust Vegan Bakery, offering even more treats. For customers who like to linger, the walls are filled with local art and the shelves are lined with books for you to read while sipping a dairy-free latte or savoring a sticky bun.
  • HipCityVeg ⭐️ – This 100% plant-based restaurant is a fast food chain that’s popping up around Philly and the burbs. Their menu includes burgers, sandwiches, golden nuggets, salads, sweet potato fries, and a full breakfast menu. They also offer smoothies, banana whip, and dairy-free milkshakes.
  • Metropolitan Bakery & Cafe – The bustling Metropolitan Bakery has become an institution over the decades, and they’ve since expanded to four locations. But each spot is a little different. All sell their breads, many of which are naturally dairy free. But their University City address is also a cafe, with vegan soups, create your own salad and sandwich menus (with many dairy-free options), and a nice little inset menu of vegan entrees
  • The Couch Tomato Cafe and Bistro – They have two locations in the Manayunk area, each featuring artisan pizzas, craft salads, sandwiches, and homemade soups. Many options are dairy-free, and they offer Kite Hill dairy-free cheese alternative as an option on their dishes. As added bonuses, their garlic knots and cheesy breadsticks can be ordered gluten-free or vegan, and they do offer a vegan dessert.
  • Vedge ⭐️ – It’s a vegetable restaurant, offering a classically elegant dining experience in an old mansion. That’s what they say! It’s an all-vegan restaurant with a focus on small plates for sharing, and complementary beer, vegan wine, and cocktails. Plants are the theme, with herbs and produce used heavily in the dishes and the drinks.
  • V Street ⭐️ – This sister restaurant to Vedge serves creative global street food menus for lunch, dinner, and brunch. It’s a 100% vegan establishment with a casual, yet intimate vibe and a full bar.
  • Vegan Commissary ⭐️ – You can grab and go (after paying!) with anything from this all-vegan food market. They make plant-based hot sandwiches, soups, salads, and other entrees for take out. They also have a selection of sweets and drinks ready to purchase.

Pittsburgh

  • Double Wide Grill – It isn’t often that you see a gas station turned restaurant. This quirky restaurant and sports bar serves a big menu of barbecue and beer. But they also have a full vegan menu, which includes several burgers, wings, and more. Additional “meaty” dishes  are naturally dairy free or can be made dairy free without cheese.
  • Gluuteny Bakery ⭐️ – This cheerful, counter-serve bakery is a dedicated gluten-free and dairy-free establishment, with vegan and soy-free options. Their menu covers all the bases, with cupcakes, cookies, brownies, muffins, donuts, breads, and much more. They also take custom cake and cupcake orders for weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations.
  • Mandy’s Pizza – It’s a bit like a secret menu, since the information isn’t clear on their website. But this popular pizzeria makes vegan pizzas, calzones, and hoagies with house-made dairy-free cheese and plant-based meats.
  • Sugar Spell Scoops – This isn’t grocery store ice cream. Every flavor at this vegan ice cream shop is hand-crafted in small batches with a creamy cashew base. They sell pints, scoops, dipped cones, and other chilly desserts. They also take custom orders for pretty dairy-free ice cream cakes and ice cream pies.
  • Burgatory – This fast casual chain now has locations dotted around the city. Their menu includes all types of patties, from grass-fed elk to the vegan impossible burger. They have bun options for every need, including lettuce wraps and naked (no bun!). And they offer dairy-free cheese, along with a host of other toppings. As a bonus, they also offer dairy-free milkshakes in several flavors, made with house-turned soy vanilla ice cream. And since they do have a full bar, you can order one as a “hard shake,” if you’re of age.

Pottstown

  • Beverly’s Pastry Shop – The incredibly talented pastry chefs at this local bakery make elaborate and creative custom cakes. They accommodate special diets, including dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and vegan. And they take allergies very seriously. They make allergen free desserts separates on their own equipment. When conditions permit, they also have several vegan treats available in their shop.

Radnor

  • HipCityVeg ⭐️ – This vegan fast food chain from Philly has one location in this town. Their menu includes burgers, sandwiches, golden nuggets, salads, sweet potato fries, and a full breakfast menu. They also offer smoothies, banana whip, and dairy-free milkshakes.

Scranton

  • Eden-a Vegan Cafe ⭐️ – This all-vegan comfort food restaurant serves a full selection of burgers, wraps, and pizzas. Beyond their everyday hearty menu, this local spot serves smoothies and house-made desserts. The treats range from fresh-baked quick bread to decadent cheesecakes. They also offer food to go, including prepared feasts for the holidays.

West Chester

  • The Couch Tomato Café – This special diet-friendly restaurant features artisan pizzas, craft salads, sandwiches, and homemade soups, which are often dairy free. They have some vegan items on the menu, and can make many dishes dairy-free with Kite Hill dairy-free cheese alternative. As added bonuses, their garlic knots and cheesy breadsticks can be ordered gluten-free or vegan, and they do offer a vegan dessert.

West Homestead

  • Burgatory – This little town has their own fast casual Burgatory. The menu includes their big range of patties, from wild game to impossibly vegan. They have bun options for every diet, including lettuce wraps and naked (no bun!). And they offer dairy-free cheese, along with a host of other toppings. As a bonus, they also blend dairy-free, soy milkshakes in several flavors. You can even order one as a “hard shake,” if you’re of age. They have a full bar available.

Most Popular Chains in Pennsylvania 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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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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