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We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in Texas 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 Texas 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.)

Allen

  • The Gelato Cone – This is a local gelato shop chain, with one location in Allen. They have a “milk-free” range that includes dark chocolate and fruity flavors. They’re also egg-free and gluten-free. Order a cup, but skip the cone – they reportedly contain dairy. However, they can also make a dairy-free almond milk smoothie for you.

Austin

  • Anti Social Icecream Co. ⭐️ – Formerly known as Vicecreme, this vegan shop scoops local ice cream (aka Nadamoo) in a big range of dairy-free flavors. They also make frozen treats like banana splits and vegan ice cream sandwiches.
  • Bananarchy – If you’re craving a frozen banana, dipped in vegan chocolate, and rolled in toppings, then just look for one of their carts. They have three seasonal food trailer locations and they offer year-round catering. Reader Liz says she had them roll it in crushed coffee beans for breakfast!
  • Bennu Coffee – Whether it’s three in the morning or afternoon, you can get a dairy-free drink and bite at this 24 hour coffee shop. They have two Austin locations, both offering dairy-free milk beverage and a special vegan iced coffee (the Vennu), serving vegan pastries from local bakeries, and making eats that include vegan pizzas and wraps.
  • Bouldin Creek Cafe – This is a from-scratch vegetarian restaurant with vegan options for almost every dish on their expansive breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. They even offer vegan cream cheese for bagels, other cheesy alternatives for sandwiches and appetizers, vegan butter for bread, and four types of dairy-free milk beverages for making drinks. And for dessert, they source sweets from local vegan bakeries. According to reader Dusty, the servers also go above and beyond to confirm daiy-free orders.
  • Casa de Luz ⭐️ – Thanks to Liz for recommending this vegan, macrobiotic restaurant. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but their daily menu changes often. However, it’s always plant-heavy, nutrient-rich, and hand-crafted with organic ingredients. We’ve been told that their meals are also gluten-free, and that they are very allergy aware if the staff is notified.
  • Counter Culture ⭐️ – You might feel a little blue when you enter this all-vegan restaurant, but that’s only because of the retro monotone color scheme. Their menus are actually rather uplifting, since they’re filled with comforting dairy-free cuisine, like house-made mac and cheezes and quesadillas. They also offer decadent desserts, and have a small grocery section with local vegan sweets and eats.
  • Guero’s Taco Bar – It’s billed as a tourist destination, but locals love this lively Mexican restaurant, too. They offer separate vegan and gluten-free menus that are quite abundant. They even offer cashew queso, and state “Many items on our regular menu can be vegan. Just ask your server to help with modifications.” Which means, most items can be made dairy-free on request!
  • Kerbey Lane Cafe – This Austin favorite has three locations, and big breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus that are liberally dotted with vegan options. Dusty shared this recommendation with us, “Vegan pancakes, queso, and much more! The waiters at Kerbey Lane Cafe are always willing to help plan a delicious dairy-free meal. The pancakes are delicious and change weekly!” They also offer tacos, burgers, chili, and rumor has it, they often have a vegan dessert.
  • Lick Honest Ice Creams ⭐️ – This is a traditional ice creamery, but they also have vegan, gluten-free ice cream sandwiches and a small range of creamy, dairy-free and vegan house-made ice creams. They’re each made with coconut milk, and come in flavors like vanilla, chocolate chocolate, and caramel brownie swirl. They also make their own sauces in house, and usually at least one or two of them is dairy free. But skip the waffle cones and bowls, as they are made with butter.
  • Milky Way Shakes ⭐️ – You’ll be on cloud nine when you find this humble little vegan food trailer (in the Vegan Nom food truck lot). Their dairy-free milkshakes are made from a special blend of almond milk and coconut milk, and they make all of their vegan ice cream, sauces, and syrups in house. They even source local ingredients, feature seasonal flavors all year long, and have special touches, like crunchy egg-free meringue toppings.
  • Mr. Natural ⭐️ – This casual vegetarian café and vegan bakery serves a big range of American and Mexican vegan dishes. They have vegan waffles, fried chic’n and biscuits, migas, enchiladas, and much more. Their bakery case is quite big, with an array of muffins, cakes, empanadas, cookies, and other pastries. They als have a full range of gluten-free options, and take custom cake orders. They have two locations, one in East Austin and one in the South of the city.
  • Nadamoo! Scoop Shop ⭐️ – Yes, this popular dairy-free pint producer has a vegan ice cream shop, too! This lively spot isn’t just a great place to get dairy-free and vegan ice cream, it’s also their testing epicenter. In addition to their beloved ice cream flavors, they often have shop-exclusive flavors that are in the development process. All are available to order in a cup, cone, or milkshake. They have all types of cones (including waffle tacos) and toppings (they have a sprinkle station) available.
  • Skull & Cakebones ⭐️ – The name might be foreboding, but there’s nothing scary when you step inside this simple vegan bakery. Everything is baked fresh daily and made with all-natural ingredients that are locally-sourced, when possible. Their case holds a big variety of croissants, danishes, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and more, and they bake custom cakes and cupcakes that are quite impressive. They also prepare sandwiches and other entrees, and have many grab-and-go items available, like cookie dough, nut milk, and pudding.
  • Sweet Ritual ⭐️ – This retro vegan ice cream parlor specializes in banana splits, shakes, sundaes, vegan candy bar toppings, and ice cream cakes. But it’s perfectly respectable to just order a simple cup or cone of their house made ice cream. They offer several different scoop flavors s and also swirl dairy-free soft serve made from their own original recipe (not from a powder). It’s a creamy blend of coconut, non-GMO soy, and other natural ingredients.
  • Thai Fresh ⭐️ – This isn’t just a Thai food restaurant. Sure, they have a wonderful authentic menu of Thai entrees and bites. But they also serve breakfast and brunch, with a fusion feel (American, Mexican, and Thai), and they have a vegan and gluten-free bakery on site. They bake American favorite, some French pastries, and Thai-influenced treats. But wait, there’s more. You’ll also find house-made, award-winning vegan ice cream here in an array of rotating flavors.
  • The Steeping Room ⭐️ – Liz recommended this restaurant and tea lounge. They have ample vegan and gluten-free menu items and options clearly labeled for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dairy-free labels are also used on their menu, but a bit more sporadically. They also offer almond milk and soymilk for tea lattes, and have dairy-free and vegan pastry options to enjoy with your tea.
  • Zucchini Kill ⭐️ – This punk rock bakery is dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan! They whip up a unique selection of cupcakes, swiss rolls, donuts, and more – like graveyard dirt cupakes, cream coffin cakes, and golden mylk donuts.

Bryan

  • Kalachandji’s ⭐️ – Located in a Hare Krishna temple, this restaurant serves a lunch and dinner buffet that is vegetarian and mostly vegan. Items with dairy are clearly labeled. The fare is heavily Indian, but they often have an international array of dishes.

College Station

  • Blue Baker ⭐️ – This bakery, pizzeria, deli, and cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. They have cute little icons on their menu for dairy-free, gluten-free, keto, vegetarian, and super food. There is a handful of dairy-free options, and several items can be made dairy-free with slight modifications (like holding the cheese). They have a few locations in College Station.

Dallas

  • Company Cafe – Most of the menu at this rustic restaurant is gluten free, and anything that isn’t has a gluten-free option. They also have some vegan menu items. Unfortunately, they don’t label for dairy-free, but several readers have told us they are very accommodating with dairy-free diners, and have quite a few options available.
  • Spiral Diner ⭐️ – This all-vegan retro restaurant is a local chain that serves breakfast all day, lunch, dinner, and dessert. They offer blue plate specials, burgers, sandwiches, salads, nachos, pancakes, smoothies, and more. Desserts include dairy-free milkshakes and sundaes, or something from their full bakery. They offer beautiful cakes, pies, cookies, and more.
  • The Gelato Cone ⭐️ – They make classic gelato, but also have a nice array of “milk free” options. These usually include dark chocolate and several fruity flavors, which are also egg-free and gluten-free. But be sure to order in a cup, as their cones do contain dairy. However, they can make dairy-free smoothies for you, as they use almond milk.

Denton

  • Seven Mile Cafe – Sharel told us about this about this local chain of restaurants. They have a homey menu that’s littered with vegan icons, from breakfast bowls to benedicts to sandwich melts. They offer dairy-free cheese alternative, several milk beverages, vegan bread options, and dairy-free salad dressings, so most of their menu can be made dairy-free!
  • Spiral Diner ⭐️ – This bright vegan diner is a local chain that serves breakfast all day, lunch, dinner, and dessert. They offer blue plate specials, burgers, sandwiches, salads, nachos, pancakes, smoothies, and more. Desserts include dairy-free milkshakes and sundaes, or something from their full bakery. They offer beautiful cakes, pies, cookies, and more.

Fort Worth

  • Seven Mile Cafe – You can enjoy breakfast or lunch at this homey local chain. Their menu is littered with vegan icons – they even have Vigas (vegan migas), vegan pancakes, and vegan grilled cheese. They offer dairy-free cheese alternative, several milk beverages, vegan bread options, and dairy-free salad dressings, so most of their menu can be made dairy-free.
  • Spiral Diner ⭐️ – This hip vegan restaurant is a local chain with a comforting retro menu. They serve breakfast all day, lunch, dinner, and dessert with blue plate specials, burgers, sandwiches, salads, nachos, pancakes, smoothies, and more. Desserts include dairy-free milkshakes and sundaes, or something from their full bakery. They offer beautiful cakes, have an array of cupcakes on display, sell whole pies, and much more.

Highland Village

  • Seven Mile Cafe – You can enjoy breakfast or lunch at this homey local chain. Their menu is littered with vegan icons – they even have Vigas (vegan migas), vegan pancakes, and vegan sandwich melts. They offer dairy-free cheese alternative, several milk beverages, vegan bread options, and dairy-free salad dressings, so most of their menu can be made dairy-free.

Houston

  • Field of Greens ⭐️ – This counter-serve restaurant has a huge vegan menu with a heavy emphasis on macrobiotic food. They serve an array of salads, sandwiches, burgers, and a handful of other entrees for lunch and dinner – all of which appear to be dairy-free, but double check with the staff.
  • Green Vegetarian Cuisine – This is a vegetarian restaurant, but almost every item on their menu can be made vegan. They offer eggs and cheese on certain items, but are happy to substitute with tofu or Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative on any item. All of their desserts, sauces, and breads are vegan. They have one location in Houston, serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.
  • Jodycakes – This is a custom cake shop that offers a huge array of vegan, gluten-free, and/or organic flavors. They use Earth Balance Buttery Sticks for their vegan “buttercream” but can make your frosting soy-free, on request.
  • Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine ⭐️ – From the appetizers to the desserts, everything at this Asian-style eater is vegan. The dishes can be ordered a la carte for lunch or dinner, or enjoyed in their all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. They also have a gluten-free menu available.
  • Three Brothers Bakery ⭐️ – This kosher bakery does make some items with dairy, but their dairy-free selection is dizzying. They have cream cakes, pound cakes, coffee cakes, pies, turnovers, cookies, brownies, muffins, danishes, bagels, bread, and of course challah (more than 20 types!). Top allergen information is available on their website and the staff is available to help in store. They have three locations in Houston and they ship nationwide!

Keller

  • Seven Mile Cafe – You can enjoy breakfast or lunch at this homey local chain. Their menu is littered with vegan icons – they even have Vigas (vegan migas), vegan pancakes, and vegan sandwich melts. They offer dairy-free cheese alternative, several milk beverages, vegan bread options, and dairy-free salad dressings, so most of their menu can be made dairy-free.

Lewisville

  • Seven Mile Cafe – You can enjoy breakfast or lunch at this homey local chain. Their menu is littered with vegan icons – they even have Vigas (vegan migas), vegan pancakes, and vegan sandwich melts. They offer dairy-free cheese alternative, several milk beverages, vegan bread options, and dairy-free salad dressings, so most of their menu can be made dairy-free.

McKinney

  • The Gelato Cone ⭐️ – This local gelateria chain has one location in McKinney. Like the others, there are several dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free gelato options, which usually include dark chocolate and several fruity flavors. Order a cup, but skip the cone – they reportedly contain dairy. However, they can also make a dairy-free almond milk smoothie for you.

Plano

  • The Gelato Cone ⭐️ – They make classic gelato, but also have a nice array of “milk free” options. These usually include dark chocolate and several fruity flavors, which are also egg-free and gluten-free. But be sure to order in a cup, as their cones do contain dairy. However, they can make dairy-free smoothies for you, as they use almond milk. They have two locations in Plano, one downtown and one at the Legacy shops.

Richardson

  • Reverie Bakeshop ⭐️ – This sweet little vegan bakery makes a beautiful array of daily cupcakes, cheesecakes, layer cakes, cookies, and other pastries. They also offer a small selection of savories. Their menu is clearly labeled for top allergens, and they have a gluten-free menu. They also take custom orders for cakes, cake pops, cookies, and more.

San Antonio

  • Earth Burger – Texas’s first vegan fast food restaurant is big on plants. They serve burgers, sandwiches, wraps, wings, and bowls with a healthier spin. But they do offer coconut soft serve and milkshakes for dessert. They have two locations in San Antonio.
  • Green Vegetarian Cuisine – This is a vegetarian restaurant, but almost every item on their menu can be made vegan. They offer eggs and cheese on certain items, but are happy to substitute with tofu or Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative on any item. All of their desserts, sauces, and breads are vegan. They have two locations in San Antonio, each serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.
  • Lick Honest Ice Creams ⭐️ – This traditional ice cream shop has two locations, one in Austin and one in San Antonio. They churn a small selection of dairy-free coconut milk ice creams, offer vegan, gluten-free ice cream sandwiches, and always have a couple dairy-free, house-made sauces for topping. But ask before you order a cone – the waffle varieties reportedly contain dairy.
  • The Cove – This quirky eatery also hosts live music, a laundromat, and a car wash. Their menu is casual Mexican-American with several vegan options, including a vegan bacon cheeseburger, vegan nachos, and more. They have a vegan cashew cheese, and can make most menu items dairy free, on request.
  • Viva Vegeria ⭐️ – If you’re craving good Tex-Mex, then this is the restaurant to hit up. The entire menu is vegan, gluten-free, and made from scratch. They serve various types of nachos, flautas, enchiladas, tacos, tamales, and more.

San Marcos

  • Earth Burger – Texas’s first vegan fast food restaurant is big on plants. They serve burgers, sandwiches, wraps, wings, and bowls with a healthier spin. But they do offer coconut soft serve and milkshakes for dessert. They have one location in San Marcos.

Most Popular Chains in Texas 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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