|Loving Hut Special Rolls ($4.95)|
I had heard good things about the Loving Hut Special Rolls from the Binge! Eating in Pittsburgh blog so I had to try it. And I'd have to agree with Jake who authors the Binge! blog. These rolls, made with vermicelli, mint, and tofu with a soybean, pineapple, and peanut dipping sauce, were really well done. I tend to think that one important aspect of a good roll is the texture. These rolls have a nice, creative combination of flavors with the right amount of crunchiness. Everything tasted fresh.
As for my main dish, I was going to order something else until I spotted the Guru Curry on the specials menu, which came with a choice of soy protein, potatoes, or taro. Taro?! YES, PLEASE! But when I placed my order, the waitress informed me that they did not have taro. I was probably a little more visibly and vocally disappointed than I meant to be - well, taro was the only reason I wanted the Guru Curry after all - but guess what? The waitress said she'd check with the kitchen and - surprise, surprise! - taro magically appeared. OK, I don't mean to be cynical, but anytime a restaurant tells me they're out of something, I tend to be a bit skeptical (maybe it's because I've read this recently - see #4).
Loving Hut was fantastic, and I'm really glad to see a healthy, vegan option in a city known for its not-so-healthy options, in a part of town that's heavily populated with the usual chain restaurants. Their website for the Pittsburgh location identifies it as "pittsburgh_01," and I hope this means they're planning for locations 02, 03, etc., in da Burgh! (A girl can dream, can't she?) ;)
Random: I know I've been writing a lot more than I mean to lately. Now that work has picked up again, and with many upcoming dining out opportunities, I may have to scale back on the amount of text I write in each post and put the focus back on the photos, like I originally intended. Thanks for reading!
Loving Hut Pittsburgh
5474 Campbells Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205