Monday, February 7, 2011

Loving Hut: Best veggie burger in Chicago?

So, who has been to a Loving Hut (any location)? What are your thoughts? My thoughts, plain and simple: BEST vegan food, WORST atmosphere. Let me just get my opinion on the atmosphere out of the way so I can talk more about the food. OK, so I've got the idea that all Loving Hut locations are owned by "Supreme Master Ching Hai", right? Well, this is nothing against the folks who follow her at all. In fact, I'm under the impression that Ching Hai is a humanitarian who also tries to spread the word about vegetarianism...which is a good thing! BUT...the Loving Hut atmosphere is nothing but 2 or 3 TVs around the place constantly playing what I believe to be Ching Hai's own network? ALL I'm trying to say here is that I wish there were some music or something playing instead! The mood is just kind of quiet and odd in that place. But please, please do not let my opinion make you stay away from the Loving Hut. You need to go to this place. If only for the veggie burger!

 Now of course I have not had every kind of veggie burger that Chicago has to offer. BUT...out of every veggie burger I've ever had in my life...this one is hands-down the best. Called "The Noble Burger" at Loving Hut, you can also pay a bit extra for fries or vegan cheese. I don't do the cheese, but I almost always (ok, always) do the fries. They have regular and sweet potato, both are yum. The burger has that smoky, grilled taste that I've missed so much in other veggie burgers. And it also comes with caramelized onions, my favorite! So even though Loving Hut has quite a few other foods to offer, this one is my go-to. It should be yours, too.

I've also had Alice's Teriyaki...again, very delicious.
I also enjoy their Yakisoba and Don Ka Su (that's how it's written on the menu. I usually call it tonkatsu), but unfortunately I don't have pics of those. Here's a link to their Chicago menu (different locations have slightly different menus, I believe). So far, I've enjoyed everything I've tried there. 

Last time we went there, we got a couple of desserts. Chocolate Cake and Carrot Cake. 
I'm not a huge carrot cake fan, but Loving Hut is magical and of course I love their carrot cake. Chocolate one is yum too, by the way.

And, they have recently started delivering! They told me that they deliver 4 miles away, so make sure you're closer than 4 miles before getting all excited. $3 delivery fee and $15 order minimum, 

Anyone else out there have thoughts on the Loving Hut? I'd love to hear them!

 Loving Hut
5812 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660

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