Why I love this new restaurant
You’ve never heard of a “dairy-free” restaurant, but the concept has definitely found its way into American life.
But, what exactly is a dairy-free restaurant?
And is it a vegan restaurant?
The short answer is yes and no.
I’ve always liked dairy-Free dining.
It has a lot of good ideas, like the use of organic milk and raw milk, and it is a great idea to try dairy- free dishes at home.
But, what is a “Dairy-Free Restaurant”?
I’ll let a real estate agent explain the differences.
“Dairy products are not allowed in restaurants, and a few restaurants have banned dairy products from their menus, but you can still order a dish at a Dairy-Free restaurant.
What makes a dairy free restaurant?”
I’m going to go with the following definition: “A restaurant that serves food that is dairy- or dairy-based and does not have any meat or dairy ingredients.
A dairy-less restaurant may also serve other food items, like baked goods, fruit, or vegetables.”
The difference between a dairy restaurant and a vegan dining restaurant is in the ingredients.
There are different types of dairy- and dairy-containing products, and what type of ingredients are used in each type depends on the restaurant.
The basics: A dairy-Based Restaurant will use dairy products and dairy ingredients from a farm that produces dairy.
The menu items that are prepared from that farm are made from ingredients from the farm, such as milk, butter, cheese, eggs, and so on.
This includes ice cream, desserts, and many types of sauces, including vegan versions of sauces.
Dairy-free dining restaurants will use ingredients that are not dairy-derived, such of dairy milk, cheese and butter.
It does not mean that you will not see meat or meat-based dishes at a dairy bar.
In some instances, it is not a problem to order meat- and/or dairy-filled dishes from a dairy, if they are vegan.
A vegan-Based Restaurants menu items are vegan and may contain only plant-based ingredients.
These include: “Vegan” (non-dairy) dishes, such the veggie burgers and wraps, can include vegan ingredients, and may also be vegan-free.
Some vegan restaurants may include only plant foods in the menu, but this is not required.
“Chewy” (dairy), such as ice cream and cakes, may include dairy-related ingredients.
They may be vegan, but they are not vegan-friendly.
Some may include meat-free options, but most may not.
Vegan-free dishes include the following items: Vegetarian, such dishes include no meat or plant-derived ingredients.
Baked Goods, such desserts and salads, can be vegan or vegan-only.
Other Vegan-friendly items include: Vegetable Pies, Vegan Crème Fraîche, Vegetable Smoothies, and even the popular vegan chili and tofu.
Chewies are a popular way to add vegan options to vegan desserts.
You can find a list of vegan- and vegan-influenced restaurants here.
In terms of what is included in a vegan- or vegan dining menu, there are several key points: Cereal: The ingredients that make up the base of a vegan or dairy restaurant menu are often dairy-infused cereals.
Meat and/ or dairy: The meat and/ OR dairy products in a vegetarian or vegan restaurant are not made from the meat or animal parts.
Non-meat or dairy alternatives: There are many options for making vegan or vegetarian food.
Some of these include, but are not limited to: Veggie burgers, wraps, baked goods and salads: These are made with plant- based ingredients, such eggs, milk, tofu, and other plant- derived products.
They are sometimes referred to as “plant-based” or “non-meat” options.
Vegetable smoothies: These contain no meat, milk or dairy.
Fruit: The main ingredient in most vegan and vegan/vegetarian food is the fruit, such fruit salad, fruit bread, fruit cookies, and vegan cheeses.
Vegetarian or vegan smoothies contain only fruit and/OR dairy- derived ingredients.
Meat-free or dairy desserts: These include dessert dishes, ice cream or cakes, and ice cream sauces.
Serves of Meat or Dairy: The basic ingredient for most vegan restaurants is the meat.
Many vegan restaurants serve meat dishes as well as dairy dishes.
Protein: The key ingredient in many vegan and/vegan/vegnesecare meals is protein.
Some dairy- & meat-containing dishes include meat alternatives, but it is important to understand that the protein content is often low or non-existent in most dishes.
Dairy desserts may contain dairy- alternatives, such veggie smoothies and vegan chocolate bars.