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.)
- 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.
- 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.
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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