Anna's Vegan Cafe

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    ( 31 reviews )
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3500 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, California, USA, 95820

Offers extensive Asian food dishes and some lunch specials. Formerly Loving Hut and prior to that Au Lac Veggie. Open Tue-Sat 11:30am-2:00pm, Tue-Sun 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, Take-out, Asian, Vietnamese

Reviews (31)

First Review by Kelvin_vegie

Love this place - Edit

Tucked away in a nondescript location this place serves excellent food at a very nominal price.
Good for sattvic diet - they can easily remove onions, garlic, mushrooms from almost all items upon request.

Pros: Excellent food, Good value, Friendly staff


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Anna's Vegan Cafe - Edit

I was first taken here by a classmate. I have returned several times since and have taken non vegans.

The food is good and includes lots of mock meats. I am not a fan of mock meat, if I wanted to eat meat I would eat meat. However, I don't mind having it a Anna's Cafe every so often. The non vegans I have taken there and that have eaten the food I have take to go, say the mock meat tastes just like meat. This would help those who are transitioning from non vegan to vegan.

The lunch price is worth the amount of food given. This includes soup, egg roll, rice and an entree.

It does get busy, especially during lunch. The venue is quite small, there are few tables and limited seated. If your are friendly you might get offered to share a table.

Pros: Affordable , Clean, Friendly service

Cons: Small venue, Limited seating


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Wow - Edit

I have driven past this place on numerous occasions, and would have never known what a jewel was in such a rough around the edge neighborhood.

Pros: Delicious and Quality food for an awesome price

Cons: No cons


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Cozy, affordable place - Edit

The owner is always very friendly and attentive. This cozy little place is always clean and bright, with inspirational sayings and decor on the walls. The lunch specials are a great deal, plenty of food for only $4.95.

Pros: Friendly , Clean, Affordable


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My New Go-To Vegan Restaurant - Edit

I wish I had found this place sooner!

Dropped in on June 26th for dinner.
My entree of "Wonder Pineapple" couldn't have been better.
Perfect sauce, slightly sweet with red pepper flakes (med spicy). Tofu squares thin-sliced and wonderfully cooked so they had a great chewy texture.
I was pretty hungry and this entree, along with a small side of brown rice, was satisfyingly filling.

Service was perfectly friendly.
Nice, inspiring framed quotes on the walls.
Very clean and neat.

Looking forward to future meals here...
Updated from previous review on Thursday July 02, 2015

Updated from previous review on Thursday July 02, 2015

Pros: Tasty, well-prepared entree, Good price/value , Friendly, vegan-supportive environment.


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Asian Comfort Food at its Best - Edit

Lovely family run restaurant that serves many classic cooked Asian dishes; sweet and sour nuggets, black bean sauce eggplant and tofu, coconut curry, bbq vermicelli, fried rice, etc. The prices are affordable and the portions are big.

Great place for quick meal sit in or take out~

Pros: Friendly Staff, Excellent Food, Great Value

Cons: Quiet (no music), Cozy space


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Love Anna's - Edit

Great vegan food! Enough said.

Pros: Food, Food, Food

Cons: Location could be better


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Mock meat bonanza - Edit

I would only recommend this place to someone who was reeeeeally in the mood for mock meats. Otherwise: I'd avoid it.

I've only eaten here once. I brought some friends from out of town here, one who is vegan and the other vegetarian, both enjoy mock meats. I don't but I like to gawk at really passable mock meats when I get the chance, it's entertaining for some reason.

I ordered something not worth remembering. I'm assuming it was something sweet and sour as the sauce was R-E-D red, like melted crayon red, no, like ketchup supernova red. It was crazy! It had balls of some protein source (soy? seitan?) that were breaded and fried then subsequently drenched in red so they got soggy.

My friends ordered meats. One got the mock meat cutlet thing that came out looking like real meat. It was spooky, like being at Ripley's Believe It or Not! It had the stringy, chewy meat texture so spot on it was freaky. I don't remember it coming with a notable sauce. It was so chewy I was reminded of being little and having a bite of steak that my Dad cooked that I had to chew foreeeeever, feeling like I was gonna graduate high school still chewing that bite of steak. I forgot how chewy meat can be! Then I tried the stuff here at Anna's...

My other friend order the drumsticks which were plump little pillows of mock meat on sticks. They were also disturbingly meaty and pretty much tasted like incense to me. They didn't taste smoothly seasoned, they tasted like someone threw the whole spice cabinet in, it was weird.

In summary: I left feeling like I just went in a haunted house rather than had lunch but my friends who like mock meat (and say "I miss meat") really liked the mock meat dishes. I understand this place used to be a Loving Hut but I don't know what the people are ordering now that it's Anna's that they could possibly be leaving 5 and 4 star reviews for. I feel like maybe I ordered exactly the worst thing on the menu!


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Delicious, cheap, friendly, vegan! - Edit

I've been several times, and loved it each time. It's friendly, ridiculously affordable (appetizer, three lunch specials, with brown rice added to two at a $0.50 uptick each, and with tax the whole bill was just over $20 before tip.)

Most recently we got the Green Bean Tofu, the steak-like Grilled Wonder, and Eggplant Basil.

The lunch specials are an incredible buy: they come with a basically full sized entree, crispy roll, soup of the day, and white rice (as noted, the brown rice is a $0.50 uptick.)

The golden drumsticks are a delicious indulgence.

The service is friendly.

The place is small-ish, maybe 10 tables. Look at the one right in the front of the main dining room, a bright, slightly separated space with a four top and tons of light.

Sure, the bathroom is a little dingy, and some carp about the neighborhood (I went to high school in Oak Park, my favorite homebrew supply shop is nearby, I go regularly on bike and in a car, and have no concerns about it.) But it's well worth it: for flavor, value, and friendliness, Anna's can't be beat!

Pros: delicious food, all vegan, CHEAP!


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Great taste and value - you won't be disappointed - Edit

We liked almost everything: the orange meat (nice change from sweet & sour), pineapple fried rice (not greasy), broccoli tofu (tasty sauce), and Won Ton soup (hard to find good vegan won ton soup). We would probably pass on the Drumsticks next time (as someone else noted) but at least they were cheap ($2.95 for 2 drumsticks IIRC). We ordered this for two people and it was slightly too much food so we had some take home left overs.

We had dinner there recently at 7:30pm on a weeknight, only 30 minutes before closing, and someone else came in right at closing. Both were welcomed. More people came in for takeout at that somewhat late hour however. Overall, very pleasant experience.

Close to UC Davis Medical Center (less than one mile IIRC)

Not sure what is up with the name change. We like the San Francisco Loving Hut OK, but we noticed it was nice in the Sacramento Anna's Vegan Cafe NOT to have a religious TV station running featuring "Supreme Master Ching Hai". Maybe owners of the Sacramento Cafe got tired of the TV too (if that was part of having a Loving Hut franchise).

Pros: Flavor, Service prompt and attentive, Good price and value

Cons: Bathroom clean but could be nicer decor, Gated rear parking lot suggests?


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My husband and I love it! - Edit

My husband and I (both vegans) have been here twice and we love it! My brother (meat eater) went with us the second time and he loved it as well. We would highly recommend the crispy rolls. The sauce they come with is delicious. The only thing we didn't like was the drumstick, but that's made from a different "meat" than everything else. We loved the sweet & sour nuggets, fried rice, chow mein delight, mongolian wonder, and the broccoli wonder. The wonder "meat" (brown soy protein) is a little more flavorful than the delight "meat" (lighter-colored soy protein), but we recommend that you try both.

Pros: Good Service, Good Portions, Good Food

Cons: Closed on Mondays, Short Sunday Hours, Location


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Bust a Nut at the Loving Hut! - Edit

Good food Great tasting and Wonderful atmosphere we tried mostly everything on the menu and they were all deliciousooo. Worth stopping by and giving it a try


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Loving Hut in Sacramento (formerly Au Luc Veggie) - Edit

The food is very good and the staff is very nice. It is a very small restaurant and there is sometimes limited parking at lunch-time. I have a slight preference for the food at the Loving Hut in Elk Grove, but both are excellent and worth going.


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my absolute favourite. - Edit

I love Loving Hut!!!! the price is right, the portions are great and the People who run Loving Hut are truly conscious people who care about the environment. The daily lunch special has got to be the best deal in town hands down!!!! I highly recommend Loving Hut!

Pros: Great food, great prices, great service with a smile

Cons: not open 24 hours


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  Contributions +49

Great mock meats! - Edit

Finally, a place in Sac that has fantastic imitation-meats and great customer service! Food was great, great prices, great portions. Service was fabulous and recommended good dishes. Will definitely return over and over again. Even my kid who tries to stay away from anything vegan liked it.

Pros: Great Food, Great Customer Service, Realistic imitation meats

Cons: None


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The best litttle restaurant! - Edit

The is my absolute favorite place to eat. I have been bummed a few times, because it was a Monday, going out to eat...and they are closed Mondays! I make sure to visit about once a month and to get extras for leftovers! I have recommended Au Lac to many people, mostly non-veggies. There are many choices to choose from. My favorites are the curry, chow mein, chow fun and eggplant with basil. If you aren't crazy about mock meats (I don't like fake chicken), then they will gladly substitute w/ tofu. They offer brown rice as well. This is a little mom & pop place with just a few places to sit and they are usually filled up during the lunch hour. Plan on waiting a bit for your food if it's busy as well. It's worth the wait though! The lunch special is $4.95 and portions are big. It's not in the best neighborhood, so it's best to visit for lunch rather than after dark. Make sure to pick up an Au Lac Veggie T-Shirt!

Pros: very clean, wonderful & friendly service, good portions


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Yummy, despite bad neighborhood - Edit

Au Lac really surprised me! The neighborhood is pretty questionable- lots of vagrants and roach hotels, and the decor in the restaurant is reminiscent of a sub-par strip mall chinese buffet, but you'll instantly forget all that when you get your food! I had the Veggie Mongolian Chicken and vegetable egg rolls. The portion was huge, and the flavor was fantastic. I got entirely full twice on this $9 dinner! The menu had at least a dozen things that interested me, so I will certainly be back. It is fairly close to downtown and worth the drive if you want a decent vegan meal in Sacramento. Pay attention to the hours, they close between lunch and dinner.

Pros: Delicious, Portion size is huge, LOTS of choices

Cons: Location, Decor


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great Choice - Edit

Terrific and inexpensive restaurant. Lots of interesting and delicious menu choices. Definitely try the veggie egg rolls. The Seaweed Soup is very good. Serves both brown and white rice--costs a bit more for the brown rice.
The $4.95 lunches are served Tues-Fri. A little more expensive on the weekends.
Located in somewhat rough neighborhood but safe during the day. Parking in back inside a fenced in parking lot. If you are coming up from the south on HWY 99, take the 12th Ave exit(after MLK Blvd, Fruitridge and 47th Ave exits) and turn left on Stockton Blvd. It's a few short blocks after that on your left.
The owners are extremely nice, which makes a big difference.

Pros: great food , friendly staff, very inexpensive

Cons: rough neighborhood at night


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