• healthy at hugo’s

    September 25th, 2010quarrygirlhugo's restaurant, LA restaurants

    okay, so i know this site is largely about eating ridiculously drool worthy and fattening animal-free foods…but in real life, sometimes you just gotta keep it healthy. and as we all know, finding good, nutritious vegan fare in los angeles restaurants can be surprisingly difficult. enter hugo’s. they’ve got something for everyone—health nuts, junk foodies, omnivores and vegans can all find a meal on the menu. i’ve told you all about their vegan version of the double down and their crazy good chili cheese fries, but their lighter stuff is just as tasty.

    i hit up hugo’s recently with my omnivorous parents for lunch, and all 3 of us ordered vegan. i find that although hugo’s has tons of meat and dairy options, whenever i take omnis there they end up ordering from the vegan menu as well, because it’s so accessible. there’s no strange fake meats; it’s just downright good food made with fine ingredients. ANYWAYS, i was in the mood for something simple, so i ordered the “create-a-plate”.

    create a plate with brown rice, steamed vegetables, soup and pico de gallo. $12.65

    hugo’s create-a-plate option is fucking awesome, because you can choose 3, 4, or 5 items from this huge list of vegan offerings, as well as whatever sauce or dressing you want. they’ve got stuff like sauteed leafy greens, black bean cakes, lentils, and tons of other goodies to choose from…not to mention additional protein selections for an added price, such as new american veggie patties and grilled tofu. i ordered my plate with organic brown rice, steamed vegetables, pico de gallo, and the vegan soup of the day (which is always oil-free). in this case, the soup happened to be carrot ginger, and it was fantastic.

    i know that everything else on the plate looks pretty basic, but the soup really took it over the edge. so rich and flavorful, but entirely vegan and with no oil? NICE. each component was just so well prepared, and the portions were large. everything mixed together so perfectly.

    three salad plate (made vegan): wild rice salad made with scallions, carrots and celery in a sherry dressing. avocado-tomato salad made with sliced red onions in a dill dressing. curry organic grilled tofu made with apples, grapes, currents, hazelnuts in a curry mango dressing. $12.50

    my parents opted for the vegan three salad plate, a september special (act fast!), which came with a wild rice mixture, an avocado-tomato salad, and a side of curry tofu mixed with fruits and nuts. i sampled a bit of the tofu, and it was amazing! while i can’t go into detail about this dish because i didn’t try all of it, let’s just say my meat-eating parents devoured it all…as well as some other vegan appetizers that i’ve already blogged about.

    basically, i just want everyone to know that hugo’s is there for you no matter what. you’re a vegan? you want crazy fatty fried foods? you avoid oil at all costs? you’re gluten-free? you only eat organic? HUGO IS YOUR MAN. eat at hugo’s, people! it’s all there.

    hugo’s restaurant
    8401 Santa Monica Blvd.
    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    (323) 654-3993
    12851 Riverside Drive
    Studio City, CA 91607
    (818) 761-8985

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  • गौरी राधा

    I like the look of that vegan three-salad plate stuffs!!

  • hugo’s is great! i want to try their other locations too.

  • That salad trio looks amazing. Fresh, colorful, different textures and and flavors. YUM! That’s vegan dining right there. All those natural super foods and unprocessed sources for everything we need to be healthy, energized, fit, clear skinned and lusciously locked. I’m jizzing on my keyboard, as. we. speak. Specifically that wild rice salad is calling me. Makes me miss the Rez in Minnesota real bad. You haven’t experienced locovoric food until you’ve been out on the lake with your poles slapping the rice out into the bottom of the canoe, then smoke out all the bugs over an open fire knowing you are going to DEVOUR. THAT. SHIT. Oh! This post made me quiver. Thanks Quarry Girl!

  • Great coverage Quarry Gril. Although you mentioned it I want to reinforce that there are numerous sauce options that come with the Create-A-Plate. Add A sauce is free with the CAP. Up to two without charge.

    Mushroom-Herb Gravy, Marinara, Roasted Tomato Chipotle, Cilantro-Mint Chutney, Tika Masala, BBQ, Chimichurri, Honey Chipotle, Sesame Chili, Tomatillo, Pico de Gallo and all of the salad dressings.

    My favorite CAP is a 4 selection that includes the lentils with caramelized onions, leafy greens, the medley of zucchini, corn and roasted red peppers and brown rice. I request that all the vegetables be prepared without oil and then order a side sauce of Tika Masala. If I am really wanting a “BIG” meal I add the New American Veggie Burger.

    So many possibilities, so little time.

  • Havent had that soup in a long time, thanks for reminding me about it & for the info that ALL their soups are oil-free! Yay!

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