Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse – for Dairy-Free Wings and Other Things

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More than a decade ago, several readers recommended Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse as a great chain for dairy-free diners in Canada. That was at the restaurant’s peak. They’ve since met with hard times, and have shuttered half of their locations. But, there are still dozens of Kelsey’s in Canada, serving the usual selection of comfort food. Today, the dairy-free options at Kelsey’s are a little spotty, but they do have a good range of sauces and dressings to make things interesting. See our dairy-free menu guide below for details.

Kelsey's Dairy-Free Menu Guide - A Canadian Casual Restaurant Chain

Dairy-Free Menu Guide to Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse

Ribs, wings, and build-your own meals are the best options for dairy-free diners at Kelsey’s restaurants.

Appetizer

  • Garden Salad (see Dressing Options below)
  • Pita Wedges (Baked)

Dairy-Free Dressing Options: Garlic Peppercorn Ranch Dressing, Balsamic Dressing, Spiced Honey Citrus Dressing, Asian Sesame Vinaigrette

When Available? Kelsey’s lists Fried Pickles and Korean Fried Chicken Bites as milk-free (but made in a shared fryer), but we didn’t see this option on their current menu.

Chicken

  • Classic Chicken Wings (see Sauce Options below; Shared Fryer Alert)
  • Dusted Chicken Wings (see Sauce Options below; Shared Fryer Alert)

Dairy-Free Sauce Options: Mild, Medium, Hot, Classic BBQ, Sweet & Spicy Thai, Honey Garlic, Apple Butter BBQ

Surprise Dairy: The Chicken Fingers, Thai Chicken Curry Bowl, and Chicken Fajitas do contain milk.

Burly Burgers

  • Beef Patty
  • Lightlife Veggie Patty
  • Gluten-Free Bun
  • Bacon

Caution: Their wheat burger buns contain milk, and all of their menu burgers are topped with cheese. You can special order a burger with the items above, dairy-free burger topping basics, and other sauces in this guide.

More Mains

  • Ribs with BBQ sauce
  • Ribs & Dusted Wings (Shared Fryer Alert) with Coleslaw

Surprise Dairy: The Sirloins, Salmon, and Salt & Vinny Fish all contain milk. But you might be able to special order a steak or salmon dinner without dairy.

Sides & Extras

  • Fries (Shared Fryer Alert)
  • Coleslaw
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Bacon
  • Tortillas
  • Fajita Tortillas

More Sauces

  • Chipotle Ketchup
  • Guacamole
  • Plum Sauce
  • Salsa
  • Sundried Tomato Aioli
  • Tartar Sauce

Note: For additional options see the dairy-free Salad Dressings and Wing Sauces listed above.

Shared Fryers at Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse

As noted with select menu items above, Kelsey’s does note use of shared fryers at their restaurants, and several of their fried items do contain milk and other top allergens.

This Post 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. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.

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.

Kelsey's Dairy-Free Menu Guide - A Canadian Casual Restaurant Chain

Where to Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse

You can still find over 80 Kelsey’s locations across Canada. See their website below for addresses and hours.

Website: www.kelseys.ca

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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.

2 Comments

  1. I’ve been searching (googling) but can’t find Kelseys allergen ingredient list posted online. I thought all restaurants had to post the ingredients they use in their dishes. You shouldn’t have to contact them and ask. What are they afraid of? I’m going out to dinner in a couple of hours at Kelseys and just want to know which menu items I should avoid, since I have very bad reactions to Soy Lecithin (which seems to be in everything these days) and soy protein, soy whey, soy protein isolate, etc. But not soy oil. I realise you only are dealing with milk allergies, which I don’t have, but LOL I need to vent. I wish these restaurants were more aware of food allergens, and would try harder to post detailed information so that we who are sensitive would know if we can eat there or not, and specifically which items we CAN choose from their menu. My other gripe is, even when they do post an allergen list, as far as soy is concerned, they will just list “soy”, not the various types of soy. If it’s just soy oil, I can eat that item. If it’s one of the others, I can’t. And if you ask a server, regarding soy lecithin, they look at you all confused, having never heard of it before. Not to mention that soy is disguised or hidden as gaur gum, xanthum gum and dozens of other strange names. Frustrating.

    • I can’t say for all countries, but in the US and Canada there are no laws requiring that a restaurant share their ingredients, have an allergen guide, have food allergy options or protocols, etc. So when you find ones that do, know that they are going above and beyond and patron them!