You’ll Fall in Love with This Pleasant Ridge Plant-Based Café


Photograph by Dustin Sparks

The only real theme at Loving Hut is vegan: Culinary offerings run the gamut from smoothies and raw foodist–friendly dishes to Mexican-, Asian-, and American-inspired eats, and the decor is about as cheerfully hippy-dippy as you may imagine (the eatery’s tagline is “Be vegan, make peace,” and the walls are dotted with photos of celebrities who eat plant-based.)

As vegans everywhere rejoice, don’t let that deter you, carnivores. The food is delightful, and there’s a reason you’ll regularly find a line practically out the door. Try the Mexican Wrap, a savory Chipotle-size burrito loaded with spicy “meat” crumbles, smoky vegan cheese, homemade salsa, and vegan sour cream; or the fan-favorite Grilled CK Sandwich, with vegan cheese and mayo, mustard, sweet pepper-eggplant pesto, and slices of the café’s signature “CK” faux chicken.

If you’re looking for a lighter lunch, the soups—excluding the traditional Vietnamese pho, which is perfectly umami with a delicate kick—don’t quite hit the mark. Instead, pair the generously sized house salad, loaded with avocado, sunflower seeds, and creamy housemade “ranch,” with a cup of gooey mac and cheese or freshly grilled organic dumplings (don’t forget to deep dive into the house sweet-and-sour sauce!).

The diverse menu staples are boosted by new offerings—including the hard-to-find Impossible Burger, a veggie protein-based patty that even meat-eaters swear tastes like the real deal—listed on a dry erase-board by the register. Can’t decide what to try? The always-friendly staff will gladly give recommendations, including suggesting off-menu tweaks.

Loving Hut, 6227 Montgomery Rd., Pleasant Ridge, (513) 731-2233, Lunch and dinner Tues–Sat.

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