South Dakota: A Monumental Guide to Dairy-Free Eats and Drinks

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Last Update in June 2021! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in South Dakota 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 South Dakota: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Oh My Cupcakes! in Sioux Falls

Dairy-Free South Dakota: 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.)

Aberdeen

  • Natural Abundance Food Co-op – Everyone can shop at this local co-op. They’re purely a grocery spot, but have a gluten-free section and carry many special diet products for dairy-free and vegan customers.

Brookings

  • Agua Fresh – Their smoothie menu is vegan, and they offer dairy-free acai bowls and pitaya bowls. They also offer vegan tomato soup, a vegan wrap, and have a few more menu items that can be ordered dairy free.
  • ‘Brosia Bowls – This is a local plant-based meal delivery service that serves entrees in, you guessed it, bowls. They have breakfast and lunch/dinner options.
  • Chick-Fil-A – See our Chick-fil-A Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

Chamberlain

  • Upper Crust Pizza & Wings – They have dairy-free cheese available for pizzas and oven-baked sandwiches. They actually have two vegan sandwiches on the menu (including vegan meatball), and also offer herbivorous and omnivorous salads, that can be ordered dairy free.

Custer

  • Horatio’s Homemade Ice Cream – This seasonal shop is open about six months of the year. They typically have at least one house-made, dairy-free, coconut milk ice cream flavor on hand.
  • Wild Spruce Market – This local store offers specialty food with many dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options. They also sell local grass-fed meats and game, and have a bar with wine, local beers, and kombucha on tap.

Keystone

  • Grapes & Grinds – This coffeehouse and wine bar offers dairy-free milk beverages for coffee drinks, blends vegan fruit smoothies, and serves local bagels from Black Hills Bagel (in Rapid City) with local nut butter. They also scoop a couple sorbetto flavors, which are made in-house.

Rapid City

  • Armadillos Ice Cream Shoppe – They haven’t branched out into ice cream yet, but do offer Italian ice in a couple flavors, fruit smoothies sans dairy, and some dairy-free slush options to help you cool off.
  • Black Hills Bagel – They are friendly toward food allergies and special diet guests, and have a good range of dairy-free menu options. Of course, most of their non-cheesy bagels are made without dairy, and they have hummus and honey-whipped peanut butter as spread options. They also offer a vegan sandwich, and can make several sandwiches and salads dairy-free. We’ve also heard rumor that they have vegan cookies for dessert!
  • Blaze Pizza – See our Blaze Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Breadroot Natural Foods Co-op – They reportedly have a great inventory of dairy-free and vegan special diet foods.
  • 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.
  • Fork Real Cafe – Give back by having lunch or getting meals-to-go at this community cafe. They have a pay-what-you-can model, and have some dairy-free options daily.
  • 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!
  • HuHot Mongolian Grill – See our Hu Hot Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Noodles & Company – See our Noodles & Company Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Pita Pit – See our Pita Pit Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • The Market – This is a well-loved store for local and organic foods. They also sell a wide range of dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan foods, and have a very well labeled online ordering system for special diets.
  • Z’Mariks Noodle Cafe – They have allergen info available, and offer information on how to make some of the dishes vegan and/or gluten-free. Most of the bowls start out vegetarian, but they have added protein choices. Dairy-free options include some noodle bowls, rice bowls, and salad bowls.

Sioux Falls

  • Agua Fresh – Their smoothie menu is vegan, and they offer dairy-free acai bowls and pitaya bowls. They also offer vegan tomato soup, a vegan wrap, and have a few more menu items that can be ordered dairy free.
  • Bee Loved Kitchen – This is a local, plant-based meal delivery service. Their menu includes healthy dairy-free foods with many raw options.
  • Breadico – This is a local sourdough bread company uses traditional methods to bake about a dozen different types of dairy-free, sourdough loaves.
  • Breadsmith – They do use dairy in many of their products, but you’ll find some milk-free surprises, like biscotti, apple cinnamon pecan bread, blueberry cornbread, and more. Many of their classic yeast breads are also made without milk.
  • Chef Ellen – This personal chef has a shop with pre-made meals. You can order only and pick up, or walk in and choose from their grab-and-go selection. They have a vegan menu of dishes, plus a couple of desserts (including dairy-free ice cream), and usually have a few additional dairy-free meals.
  • 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. They have two locations in Sioux Falls.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – See our Chipotle Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Cody’s Smokehouse BBQ ⭐️ – They go above and beyond with their allergen chart. Dairy-free guests can order any of their BBQ meats, and can get them on a sandwich if ordered without butter on the bun. They also have a good handful of classic dairy-free sides, have custom order tips for salads, and detail allergens in their sauces. This appears to be a great find for gluten-free diners, too.
  • Coffea Roasterie – They offer soy, almond, and oat milk for coffee drinks, make their flavor syrups in house, and use a vegan chocolate sauce for their hot chocolate (order it with dairy-free milk!). At last check, they had gluten-free, vegan cinnamon rolls daily, and usually offer one or two other dairy-free treats. They have several locations around the city.
  • Daily Clean Food & Drink – This fresh and healthy organic restaurant offers an abundance of dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options. Breakfast is a nice menu of grain bowls, acai bowls, dairy-free smoothies, and toasts. Lunch and dinner include a big array of savory bowls (including build your own), entrees, and pizzas. They make special diet ordering easy with several dairy-free milk beverages (coconut-hemp, oat, almond, and more!), dairy-free cheese alternatives, grain-free noodles, gluten-free grains, gluten-free breads, and plant-based faux meats. Many menu items are naturally dairy-free, and most can be made without dairy.
  • Dakota Snow/ Sub Zero Desserts – They offer a dairy-free, coconut milk-base option for their rolled ice cream, and you can order various shaved ice flavors, and even top them with a coconut cream cap!
  • Firehouse Subs – See our Firehouse Subs Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Heart of the City Bakery – They don’t have a storefront, but you can order and pick-up one of their dairy-free options. They offer dairy-free carrot and vegan Dutch chocolate cakes and cupcakes. They also bake gluten-free, vegan fruit crisps using coconut oil and gluten-free oats.
  • HuHot Mongolian Grill – See our Hu Hot Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Lam’s Vietnamese Restaurant – Their food is traditional Vietnamese, but they tend to be more special diet friendly than most. As expected, most of their menu is dairy-free, but they also have a separate vegan menu, many gluten-free options, and do their best labeling for top allergens. Plus, we hear their food is quite good!
  • Nature’s Way Juice Bar ⭐️ – They make juices and smoothies with pure fruits and vegetables, and blend dairy-free acai bowls with coconut or almond milk.
  • Noodles & Company – See our Noodles & Company Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Oh My Cupcakes! – This local cupcakery offers vegan flavors daily. Their standards include Cloud 9, Razz My Berries, Vanilla-Almond Chocolate, and Vanilla-Almond Lemon in both regular and mini cupcake sizes. They all of have a vanilla-almond cupcake base, but different flavored icing. However, they also offer a chocolate vegan cupcake base.
  • Parker’s Bistro – Their petite but refined menu includes vegan lasagne. They have a few other dishes that are, or can easily be ordered, dairy free.
  • Pita Pit – See our Pita Pit Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • PizzaRev – This build-your-own pizza joint has four dairy-free pizza crusts (two of which are gluten-free, and three of which are vegan), Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative, and most of their sauces and toppings are dairy-free (skip the alfredo, pesto, and meatballs). They also offer Beyond Meat sausage for vegan guests.
  • Pomegranate Market – They have a good selection of dairy alternatives, carry various natural food and special diet brands, and also sell great local foods.
  • Power Plate Meals – This is a prepared meals service that has order pick-up, delivery, and in-store purchase options. Their menu changes bi-weekly, but they always have at least a few dairy-free options, and the ingredients and allergens of each meal are prominently disclosed.
  • Sanaa’s Gourmet ⭐️ – Ordering lunch is easy at this Mediterranean restaurant. They label vegan items, and additional items that are just dairy-free. More than half of their menu is vegan, but omnivores can enjoy some chicken and beef, dairy-free and gluten-free options.
  • Shahi India Grill ⭐️ – Their menus are thoughtfully labeled for dairy-free and gluten-free diners. For dairy-free guests, they have roti, several soups, and a handful of classically dairy-free entrees.
  • Sioux Falls Food Co+op – This co-op has been around for nearly 50 years, but their inventory has evolved with the times. They still offer local and farm fresh foods, but also have many special diet products, including dairy-free ice creams, cheeses, and yogurts. They also have a hot bar with a daily vegan and gluten-free soup and entree; a grab-and-go kitchen with vegan wraps, soups, entrees, and baked goodies; freshly prepared, savory dairy-free bowls; a dairy-free smoothie bar; and a coffee bar with dairy-free options.
  • 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.

Spearfish

  • Good Earth Natural Foods – This nice stores packs a good supply of special diet foods, and has an organic café inside (Sunshine Cafe). They have a simple menu with several options that you can order dairy-free, gluten-free, or vegan.

Vermillion

Watertown

White

  • Bizzy Lizzy Bakery – This is a “flourless” bakery that uses oats for baking. They offer gluten-free and dairy-free muffins and dessert bars, along with some vegan options.

Dairy-Free South Dakota: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Fork Real Cafe in Rapid City

Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout South Dakota

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 South Dakota: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Daily Clean Food & Drink in Sioux Falls

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in South Dakota

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

  • Bizzy Lizzy – This flourless baker uses whole grain oats to craft a variety of treats. They offer several dairy-free goodies, like muffins and bars. Some items are also vegan and/or use certified gluten-free oats. They are located in White, but sell through stores and ship.
  • Char’s Kitchen – Char makes jams, jellies, syrups, and salsas with fruit from their farm. You can find her condiments in many South Dakota stores.

Dairy-Free South Dakota: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free options Photo from Bee Loved Kitchen in Sioux Falls

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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