Last Updated September 2020! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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.)
- Cheeze Factory Restaurant ⭐️ – This beloved vegan restaurant has always been a bit of a contradiction. Their original name was “cheese factory,” but as you might guess, that confused many people. The new name is still a little odd, since their menu isn’t “cheeze” heavy. But it does have a nice mix of sandwiches, salads, and entrees that offer something for everyone. They also serve a huge dessert menu and have many “gluten sensitive” options available.
- Cafe Manna – Jessica recommended this casual vegetarian restaurant. “They have a stupendous vegan and vegetarian menu, and they are strict about avoiding cross-contamination. I don’t have a lot of dining options in my areas because my nursing daughter has a severe milk protein allergy, but this place is awesome!” Their eclectic menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, bowls, and more, with icons for vegan, gluten-free, and raw dishes.
- East Side Ovens Bakery ⭐️ – This artisan vegan bakery has a small shop, where you can buy their cookies, pies, and pastries. They also sell at local farmer’s markets and to several shops and restaurants in the Milwaukee and Madison area.
- Scoops Ice Cream & Candy – Don’t let the cow motif scare you. This local shop has several dairy-free ice cream flavors daily, which often include creamy vanilla bean, chocolate, butter pecan, and mint chocolate chunk. They reportedly offer soy milk and dairy-free whipped cream, too, so they can prepare dairy-free sundaes and whip up vegan milkshakes.
- Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream – This local chain has four shops dotted around the city, and each one offers a selection of dairy-free, soy-based ice cream scoops. The selection can includes many classics, like vanilla, chocolate, cookies and cream, and butter pecan. They can also blend you a dairy-free milkshake with oat milk or soy milk. And if you want something more refreshing, they serve Italian ice.
- EVP Coffee – At its heart, this is a coffee shop and roastery. But this popular spot is also well loved for their pastries. They reportedly offer a selection of “regular” and vegan treats. And everything is made from scratch in-house, right down to their granola and biscotti. They also serve a small array of lunch items, which includes vegan sandwiches and salads. And of course they have dairy-free alternatives for their coffee, including almond, soy, and oat milks.
- Lao Laan-Xang – Susannelet us know about this Laotian restaurant. “I wanted to share that I’ve had a very good experience at Lao Laan Xang. The waitress mentioned that their food doesn’t contain dairy (like most Asian foods) and when I said that I’ve always loved their iced Thai tea (which has cream added), she said that she can add coconut milk instead of the cream.” They serve lunch and dinner, and also clearly label gluten-free options.
- Monty’s Blue Plate Diner – This retro restaurant, complete with vinyl booths and spinning barstools, serves all the standard American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But, many of their dishes are actually vegan. They have almond milk French toast, tofu scrambler, vegan Caesar salad, and more. They can also make many other menu items dairy-free, since they offer dairy-free cheese alternatives and have vegan bread and buns.
- The Green Owl Cafe ⭐️ – This cozy restaurant squeezes a lot of options onto their diverse little menu. They have burgers drizzled with cashew cheese sauce, shiitake Caesar salads, jackfruit quesadillas, crabby Po’ Boys, and so much more. Even their sides range from baba ganoush to cornbread. And everything on the menu can be made vegan. They’re open for lunch and dinner.
- Willy Street Co-op – This is a market and deli with a few locations around the city. Their menus have vegan options, and a few more that are dairy-free on request. They also have a juice bar with many dairy-free smoothie options, and one reader said they scoop dairy-free, coconut ice cream. If not, they have some available in the freezer. This grocery store is a good source for special diet and natural food brands.
- Blooming Lotus Bakery ⭐️ – As if being vegan isn’t enough. This bakery is free of dairy, eggs, gluten, grains, cane sugar, oils, soy, and yeast. Yes, seriously. They use nut and seed flours to bake an impressive, heart-healthy array of muffins, cupcakes, cookies, breads, scones, pies, and more. They even bake custom cakes.
Most Popular Chains in Wisconsin 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.