Pennsylvania: The Keystone Guide for Dairy-Free Eats

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Traditions in Pennsylvania are rooted in comfort food, from chocolate to cheesesteaks. But that doesn’t mean they are light on dairy-free options. In fact, we’ve been able to create 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.

Pennsylvania Dairy-Free Guide to Restaurants, Cafes, Bakeries, Ice Cream Shops and More with Vegan and Gluten-Free OptionsPhoto Credit: HipCity Veg 

Local Pennsylvania Restaurants Recommended for Dairy-Free Eats

Thanks to the Pennsylvania Dutch (immigrants from what is now southeastern Germany), big soft and hard pretzels are popular in this region, which are often dairy-free. (But heads up that some bakeries, like Philly Pretzel Factory do incorporate dairy in their dough!) Fresh baked Amish breads, hoagies sans cheese, and scrapple cooked without butter, are other local foods to keep an eye out for.

Pennsylvania is also home to businesses like MomPops (top allergen-free), Musselman’s, and TastyCakes, which provide convenient dairy-free sweets. And there are many more options! We’ve listed recommendations below, 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.)

Akron

  • Martin’s Pretzel Bakery – They sell their hard pretzels locally, and you can order them online, but they’re less expensive and plentiful at their factory. Most varieties are dairy-free (aside from the butter pretzels). Their bakery is in the heart of Amish Country, where pretzels were first introduced in North America back in the 19th century. They continue the tradition of rolling and twisting the pretzels by hand.

Altoona

  • Joos – This is much more than a juice shop. It’s an all vegan cafe with a petite menu of health-forward breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. They include oat bowls and grilled cheese with house-made cashew mozzarella. They also offer baked goodies and desserts. And of course they have a full juice bar with cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and smoothie bowls.
  • Old Carolina Barbecue Company – They’re a local chain that cares about special diet diners. They have a gluten-free menu and a full allergen chart with an impressive array of dairy-free options. Their meats are slow-cooked for 14 hours, but the food comes out quickly at this counter-serve restaurant. In addition to their pulled pork, ribs, smokehouse chicken, coleslaws, beans, and French fries, dairy-free customers can order hush puppies and Boardwalk Bites, which are basically donut holes with tossed in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar.
  • The Clay Cup – Try your hand at pottery making while you enjoy a dairy-free latte at this art-focused cafe. They offer almond, soy, and oat milk for a small surcharge, and have Gluuteny dairy-free and gluten-free baked goodies daily.

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.

Bala Cynwyd

  • Honeygrow – This fresh restaurant concept offers several dairy-free stir fries, build-your-own salad with many dairy-free dressing options, and a “honeybar” where you pick your fruit, honey drizzle, and other toppings. They have a great allergen chart available, which breaks down all components for the build-your-own options.

Bethlehem

  • Lehigh Pizza – They can make just about any pizza dairy-free if you order cheeseless or Daiya dairy-free cheese and choose their Margherita sauce or our Marinara sauce. Beyond pizza, they have a huge menu of casual food, with some additional dairy-free options.
  • Roasted – This breakfast and lunch spot has a huge menu of comfort food that’s liberally dotted with vegan options, like pancakes, breakfast tacos, and quesadillas. They offer dairy-free cream cheese and other cheese alternatives, so much of their menu can be made dairy-free.
  • 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.
  • VegOut Bethlehem – This quaint little cafe is completely vegan, and serves burgers, pierogies, mac and cheeses, and more. They also offer coffee drinks and desserts. Their menu is labeled with gluten-free options.

Bloomsburg

  • Root 11 – Enjoy breakfast all day, salads, sandwiches, and burgers at this local cafe. They focus on natural and sustainable ingredients, sourcing grass-fed beef and wild caught salmon, and have many vegan options. They serve vegan French toast, chickpea sandwiches, and more, and can make many additional dairy-free dishes. Thank you to Morgan for the recommendation!

Butler

  • Third Eye Pies – Sarah recommended this fast-fired pizza joint, which is currently local to PA, but working on franchises. They offer vegan dough, vegan cheese, and a healthy selection of dairy-free toppings for build-your-own pizza options. Their vegan dough is reportedly stored and baked separately to help prevent cross-contamination.

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.

Dublin

  • Sweet Victory ⭐️ – This gluten-free, dairy-free bakery services several local markets and restaurants in the area, but they now have a storefront, too. Their petite bundt cakes are very popular, but they also bake cookies, cupcakes, party cakes, and other pastries.

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.

Erie

  • 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.

Elkins Park

  • The Rolings Bakery ⭐️ – Everything in this tiny kosher bakeshop is made without dairy. They offer challah, bagels, other breads, pies, cakes, and more pastries.

Exton

  • Honeygrow – This fresh restaurant concept offers several dairy-free stir fries, build-your-own salad with many dairy-free dressing options, and a “honeybar” where you pick your fruit, honey drizzle, and other toppings. They have a great allergen chart available, which breaks down all components for the build-your-own options.

Fogelsville

  • Polish Water Ice – Polish water ice is a soft serve treat made with a water base, so it’s completely dairy-free. And it comes in many flavors. They also offer water ice shakes and floats at their kiosks.

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.
  • The Wild Tomato Pizzeria – Everything is gluten-free at this local pizzeria, and all of their doughs are house-made and vegan-friendly. They also offer vegan cheese alternative, so almost every pizza can be made dairy-free on request. They also have a range of subs made with gluten-free, vegan bread, and a menu of salads.

King of Prussia

  • Bartaco – Their allergen menu is so detailed, that it states exactly what in the item contains the allergen. And their dairy-free options are abundant. Most of their tacos, rice bowls, other entrees, and sides are, or can be ordered, dairy-free. But the dessert and kids menus are heavy in dairy.

Lancaster

  • Rachel’s Cafe & Creperie – Thanks to Alison for letting us know this local spot has vegan batter and cheese for crepes. Their options include many savory crepes, and they offer vegan “nutella” for dessert crepes. They can also make you a dairy-free smoothie or latte with almond milk. You can find them on Richmond Square and Walnut Street (2 locations!).
  • Rolled Cold Creamery – As the name implies, this shop specializes in rolled ice cream. They offer a dairy-free oatmilk base option for their ice cream and label all flavors that can be made vegan. They also clearly label vegan toppings and syrups, and can make you a dairy-free milkshake.
  • Sweetish – They specialize in Swedish candies, but have a whole range of treats, and often have some unique dairy-free and vegan surprises in store.

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.

Mercer

  • Third Eye Pies – Sarah recommended this fast-fired pizza joint, which is currently local to PA, but working on franchises. They offer vegan dough, vegan cheese, and a healthy selection of dairy-free toppings for build-your-own pizza options.

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.

New Hope

Sprig & Vine ⭐️ – Alissa at Connoisseurus Veg raved about this restaurant. “This place is fully vegan and has a menu filled with creative and delicious dishes. The atmosphere is great and it’s a wonderful place for a special night out!”

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.

Palmyra

  • Sweet Velvet Macarons – Their macarons are naturally gluten-free, but they also offer a couple dairy-free flavors, like brownie batter and frosted animal cracker. Thank you to Cindy for this recommendation.

Philadelphia

  • 20th Street Pizza ⭐️ – Their pizza crusts are naturally leavened and topped with cashew mozzarella a this all-vegan restaurant. They sell round and square pies and pizza by the slice.
  • Bar Bombón ⭐️ – Enjoy authentic Puerto Rican recipes made with plant-based ingredients at this vegan restaurant. They hand-make their own tortillas and are well-loved for their tacos and nachos.
  • Batter & Crumbs ⭐️ – This vegan bakery and cafe is the place to satisfy cravings. On the savory side, they have sandwiches, wraps, and dishes like mac and cheese. On the sweet side, they bake all types of pastries, and also do custom order cakes. They have a full coffee bar with creative drinks, dairy-free whip, and several milk alternatives (though they’re partial to oat milk).
  • 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.
  • Charlie was a sinner. ⭐️ – Located in the Midtown Village, this plant-based bar and cafe is usually open from midday into the night. Their creative menu includes an array of small bites, comfort food plates, and desserts. But they are also well loved for cocktails.
  • Clean Eats Meal Prep – This meal delivery service lets your pick your own entrees, and they’re clearly labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan customers. But be sure to check both the dairy-free and vegan sections if you want to view all entrée options – for some reason, the vegan options aren’t in the dairy-free section. They are based in New Jersey, but deliver to this area.
  • 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.
  • Dottie’s Donuts ⭐️ – Everything is vegan at this donut shop. They always have chocolate, vanilla, vanilla sprinkles, cinnamon sugar, and Boston cream donuts, apple fritters, cinnamon buns, and brownies, plus some rotating options.
  • 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.
  • Homemade Goodies by Roz ⭐️ – The entire menu is open to dairy-free customers at this kosher neighborhood bakery. Everything is made on the premises, and they do offer some vegan items.
  • Honeygrow – This fresh restaurant concept offers several dairy-free stir fries, build-your-own salad with many dairy-free dressing options, and a “honeybar” where you pick your fruit, honey drizzle, and other toppings. They have a great allergen chart available, which breaks down all components for the build-your-own options.
  • I Want Moore Bakery – They don’t have a storefront, but you can order online and pick up or get delivery. They have a huge range of vegan pastries, bagels, breads, and more. You can also get custom order dairy-free cakes, and they make dairy-free ice cream pints with 72 hours notice.
  • Lipkin’s Bakery – Kosher pareve, and consequently dairy-free, baked goods are plentiful at this local institution. Their menu includes breads, bagels, pastries, pies, savory items, and more. They do use dairy in some items, but have a big range made without.
  • Merzbacher’s – This old-school bread bakery is located in Germantown. Their breads are dairy-free and vegan, including the original Philly muffin (squarish English muffin), malty grain bread, and sweet potato buns.
  • 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
  • Miss Rachel’s Pantry ⭐️ – Every dish is dairy-free and plant-based at this popular meals-to-go spot. They sell entrees like house-made mac and cheese in addition to cookie dough and appetizer platters.
  • 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.
  • Okie Dokie Donuts ⭐️ – All of their donuts are artisanal, baked in small batches, and gluten-free! They clearly label dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, and soy-free options, and have a few vegan flavors daily.
  • P.S. & Co. ⭐️ – This rustic restaurant is purely plant-based, and offers full meal plans and a gluten-free, vegan bakery. They make all types of sweets and savories and can bake up custom cakes.
  • Sweet Charlie’s – This rolled ice cream chain offers a dairy-free and vegan base that you can customize with various flavor and add-in options or even enjoy as a “milkshake.”
  • Tattooed Mom – Indulge a little with cocktails, desserts, and a full menu of fries and sammies. This isn’t a dairy-free restaurant, but almost everything on the menu has a vegan alter ego.
  • 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.
  • The Tasty ⭐️ – Vegan breakfast and lunch is served at this local diner. They serve traditional diner dishes with purely plant-based ingredients.
  • UnSoul Food – It’s downhome food with a vegan spin. They make cheesesteaks, mac and cheese, wings, burgers, collards, cinnamon rolls, and more, all without any dairy or animal ingredients.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Allegro Hearth Bakery ⭐️ – The scent of freshly baked bread welcomes you into this cozy plant-based bakery. Everything is vegan, and the big menu includes a range of breads, pastries, cakes, and sandwiches with cashew cheese.
  • Apteka ⭐️ – This isn’t your ordinary vegan restaurant. They serve beloved Eastern European dishes, like pierogies, schnitzels, filled yeast donuts, and more.
  • Axel’s Pretzel’s – Get organic, vegan-friendly, soft pretzels from this local bakery. They deliver in the area.
  • B52 Cafe ⭐️ – Sarah recommended this hip vegan eatery, which serves breakfast and lunch. They offer a range of pastries, scrambles, toasts, mezze, wraps, sandwiches, salads, and desserts.
  • BD’s Mongolian Grill – They offer a very complete allergen chart with many milk-free options. In fact, at last check, their entire stir fry menu was dairy-free, aside from one of the sauces (and they have many sauces). They do serve other types of food, some of which does contain milk.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Honeygrow – This fresh restaurant concept offers several dairy-free stir fries, build-your-own salad with many dairy-free dressing options, and a “honeybar” where you pick your fruit, honey drizzle, and other toppings. They have a great allergen chart available, which breaks down all components for the build-your-own options.
  • 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.

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.

Prussia

  • Honeygrow – This fresh restaurant concept offers several dairy-free stir fries, build-your-own salad with many dairy-free dressing options, and a “honeybar” where you pick your fruit, honey drizzle, and other toppings. They have a great allergen chart available, which breaks down all components for the build-your-own options.

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.
  • Honeygrow – This fresh restaurant concept offers several dairy-free stir fries, build-your-own salad with many dairy-free dressing options, and a “honeybar” where you pick your fruit, honey drizzle, and other toppings. They have a great allergen chart available, which breaks down all components for the build-your-own options.

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.

Upper Darby

  • Emack & Bolio’s – This Boston-based ice creamery churns a handful of vegan flavors made with coconut milk. They include Cappucino Fudge Swirl, Chocolate Pudding, Mint Chocolate Freckle, Raspberry Chocolate Krispy Rice, Goa Mango, and Toasted Coconut. They also offer dairy-free sorbets.

West Chester

  • The Couch Tomato Cafe – 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.

Wexford

  • Soergel Orchards – Visit this orchard and you’ll be welcomed by a natural food store with regional baked goods, and plenty of dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options.

Whitehall

  • Griddle 145 – They offer several vegan items right on their breakfast menu, like French toast and tofu rancheros. They can also make several other dishes dairy-free on request in the morning or for lunch. Almond milk is offered for coffee drinks, and they blend almond milk fruit smoothies.

Woodlyn

  • Cheezy Vegan⭐️ – As you can imagine, dairy-free “cheese” takes center stage at this comfort cafe. They have dishes like Cheeze the Day Tofu Scramble, Nothing Cheddar Than This Grits, and a full selection of grilled “cheese” sandwiches. They’re open for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Pennsylvania Dairy-Free Guide to Restaurants, Cafes, Bakeries, Ice Cream Shops and More with Vegan and Gluten-Free OptionsPhoto Credit: Vegan Treats Bakery

Chains with Several Pennsylvania Locations

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

Regional

  • Eat ‘n Park – Their special diet information is limited, but Sarah says her family (with milk allergic member along) have eaten there safely for years. They have locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.
  • Hoss’s – This is a steak and seafood chain with locations throughout Pennsylvania. They offer a detailed allergen guide online, and reportedly have a helpful staff. Their dairy-free options include a range of steak, chicken, and fish entrees, as well as burgers and chicken sandwiches.

National

Pennsylvania Dairy-Free Guide to Restaurants, Cafes, Bakeries, Ice Cream Shops and More with Vegan and Gluten-Free OptionsPhoto Credit: Burgatory

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. Tricia Handza on

    Oh! And also Dottie’s Donuts in Philly, which has two locations. Entirely vegan and their donuts are amazing.

    Merzbacher’s bakery is also entirely dairy free too, I believe.

    And Tattooed Mom’s isn’t fully dairy free but has many options.

  2. Tricia Handza on

    The Philadelphia roundup missed 20th Street Pizza, which is an incredible all-vegan pizza shop. It’s a sister to Blackbird but we think it’s better.

    It’s also missing Bar Bombon, an all-vegan taco restaurant that we love. It’s a sister restaurant to the Hip City Veg chain.

    And lastly, The Tasty should be included. It’s an all-day all-vegan brunch cafe.

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