Written on August 15, 2016
Following in the footsteps of veg dining institutions such as Candle 79, The Chicago Diner, and Millennium, Loving Hut is the Reader Pick for Restaurant of the Year. The voting in this category is always some of the most fast and furious, and this year was no exception. The international vegan restaurant restaurant and cafe first appeared just two years ago and has since spread like wildfire into 39 countries with more than 160 locations. Each establishment offers a culinary mix of traditional and Chinese veg dishes balanced with locally inspired cuisine. From signature noodle soup to fried rice to burgers, shakes, and other more typical fast-food fare, diners can find a variety of dishes at each location. All Loving Hut menus are completely plant-based, making it easily the world’s largest vegan restaurant organization. The restaurants are the inspiration of Supreme Master Ching Hai, who encourages followers to open individually owned location as a means of promoting peace, protecting the planet, and fostering veganism around the globe. With highly mainstream locations—such as the West Coast’s largest mall — and branded appeal, there’s just one thing to say about Loving Hut: You’re loving it.