Vegans everywhere face an inevitable connundrum when dining out. If dining with non-vegans who don’t want to eat at a vegetarian or vegan restaurant, an acceptable compromise must be made. By offering univerally delicious food, The Loving Hut, an entirely vegan restaurant, appeals to all types of eaters.
The Loving Hut is the world’s fastest-growing international franchise of vegan restaurants. They emphasize wholesome gourmet food and market themselves as an accessible entry into vegan cuisine. The Atlanta location (technically in Norcross) is located in a small, upscale shopping center. The interior is well lit but unremarkable, with cafeteria-type seating and soothing instrumental music.
What is wholly remarkable is the food. My carnivorous boyfriend and I shared an appetizer, two entrees, and a dessert. The Loving Hut doesn’t offer alcholic beverages, but carries fresh juices, smoothies, teas, and natural sodas. We each had some wonderful, refreshing iced tea. This wasn’t your typical Southern-style sweet tea, but tasted faintly of cinnamon and flowers.
We decided on the spring rolls for our appetizer, two delightfully crispy rolls stuffed with crunchy vegetables, soy protein, and glass noodles and served with a sweetly piquant dipping sauce. My meat-and-potatoes man ordered the Golden Fried Rice and I ordered the Saintly Stir Fry. His fried rice had carrots, peas, onions, cilantro, tofu, and soy protein; my stir fry was chock full of cabbage, carrots, onions, tofu, cilantro, and textured soy protein strips atop flat rice noodles. Both servings were generous and fantastically flavored. Much to my vegan heart’s delight, at first bite my boyfriend uttered a loud, appreciative sound.
For dessert, we ordered the chocolate raspberry mousse cake. If the rest of the food had’ve been subpar (instead of delicious), the dessert alone warrants a visit. The cake was moist and rich, and one of the best cakes either of us have ever tried–in a word, perfection. Hours later, as we enjoyed our leftovers, we lamented the fact that we didn’t have more cake. We resolved to return to The Loving Hut if for no other reason than to sample the rest of their decadent desserts.
My only criticism of The Loving Hut is the service. Our largely absentee server was inattentive, leaving us with empty glasses, delivering one of our entrees to another table, and acting irritated when we made any inquiries. The food is so delicious, however, that I can overlook all of that.