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Last Updated September 2020! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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.)

Chattanooga

  • Mojo Burrito – This local chain has two locations, and is proud to serve farm fresh Mexican food with vegan options. Reader Miriam recommended them. “They are set up similar to other build your own burrito joints, but they do a great job with dairy allergies. Last time I went, I told them about the allergy and they wiped down the whole counter, and pulled my toppings from bins that hadn’t been used yet, so there wouldn’t be any cross contamination.” They also have a dairy-free cashew cheese right on the menu for their burritos and nachos.

Collierville

Franklin

  • Brixx Wood Fired Pizza – This southeastern chain offers dairy-free cheese alternative at no extra charge! In fact, their classic pizza crust and sauce are vegan, and they can make any veggie pizza vegan. They also have a fantastic allergen list. It tells you the specific items with dairy AND the items that contain dairy even when you hold the cheese.
  • Honest Coffee – The actual coffee roasting happens at this flagship location. They offer house-made almond-coconut milk and oat milk for your dairy-free coffee, and usually have some vegan baked goods available.

Green Hills

  • Brixx Wood Fired Pizza – This southeastern chain offers dairy-free cheese alternative at no extra charge! In fact, their classic pizza crust and sauce are vegan, and they can make any veggie pizza vegan. They also have a fantastic allergen list. It tells you the specific items with dairy AND the items that contain dairy even when you hold the cheese.

Hendersonville

  • Brixx Wood Fired Pizza – This southeastern chain offers dairy-free cheese alternative at no extra charge! In fact, their classic pizza crust and sauce are vegan, and they can make any veggie pizza vegan. They also have a fantastic allergen list. It tells you the specific items with dairy AND the items that contain dairy even when you hold the cheese.

Knoxville

  • Benefit Your Life Bakery & Cafe – This is a dedicated gluten-free restaurant and market. They freshly bake many of their own goodies, but also sell an array of special diet foods. They have daily pastry options that are dairy-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly, including cookies, scones, and more. You can also order a dairy-free sandwich for breakfast or lunch.

Nashville

  • Honest Coffee – Their roastery is at their Franklin outpost, but this coffee bar in the L&L market has its own charms. They pour house-made almond-coconut milk and oat milk for dairy-free coffee drinks, and have daily vegan pastries (often from Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery), dairy-free acai bowls, and some vegan lunch items on their menu.
  • Kokos Ice Cream ⭐️ – Sam Brooker, the founder of Kokos, is working on this mission to create plant-based scoop shops and “pint shops.” He churns “insanely creamy” frozen dessert that’s made with coconut milk, and is free of dairy, peanuts, and tree nuts. Most flavors are gluten-free too. They serve classic flavors, like Vanilla and Mint Chip, but often mix things up with unique rotating flavors, like Moondust (activated charcoal), Caramel Latte, and Watermelon Taffy.
  • Ted’s Montana Grill – Founded by media mogul and rancher Ted Turner, this American chain serves a meat-heavy menu with lots of dairy-free options. See our Dairy-Free Guide for Ted’s Montana Grill for more details.
  • The Wild Muffin – Of course this dedicated gluten-free and peanut-free bakery makes lots of muffins, but they also bake cookies, brownies, breads, and custom order cakes. They have many vegan options served daily, and even their dairy-free, egg-free muffins are jumbo-sized.
  • Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery – As the name implies, this is a dedicated vegan and gluten-free bakery, but they are peanut-free, too. During difficult times, they’ve had to do shipping and wholesale only. Hopefully their storefront will reopen, but you can still get many of their muffins, mini cakes, and other baked goods at local restaurants and grocery stores, like The Produce Place and Hendersonville Produce.

Ooltewah

  • Mixed Up Cup – BethAnn told us about this froyo spot. “They have organic frozen yogurt with several varieties that are dairy-free. It was so exciting to go to a frozen yogurt place where I could actually eat something. And not only that….this stuff was GOOD! The yogurt had great flavor and lots of fun toppings. They also have a juice bar and can make all kinds of amazing fruit juice drinks and smoothies. We talked to the owner and she was very sweet and helpful.”

Most Popular Chains in Tennessee 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.

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