Loving Hut - Cincinnati

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6227 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 45213

Part of the international chain of Loving Hut restaurants; each location is individual family owned and operated. Offers vegan cuisine with a kids' menu plus smoothies, gluten free and raw options. The cafe environment was created using many found, reclaimed, and reused materials. Operating since Mar 2009 previously as Loving Cafe. Open Tue-Fri 11:00am-3:00pm, Tue-Fri 4:00pm-7:00pm, Sat 11:00am-7:00pm.

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

Reviews (27)

First Review by ohheysusieb

holy guacamole. - Edit

This place is so good! After finding it on HappyCow, my family and I came intending for me to order here and for my family to order from a meaty taco truck around the corner. After seeing the nachos and the Mexican wrap, my parents changed their minds. I ordered a bowl of mac and cheeze, my dad ordered a Mexican wrap, and my mom ordered the Golden Burger. We also decided to order a plate of nachos. There was a big seating area with lanterns and a fountain in the back, and the atmosphere was really calm and relaxed. Everything was inexpensive and came in good sizes, and the staff was happy to recommend other veg-friendly places for us to try during our stay here. My brother initially refused to eat any of it, but later, he did try a spoonful of the mac and cheeze and a few of the nachos. I've seen several reviews claiming that this place is too "preachy", but while the walls do sport many vegan posters and things, the staff was very friendly to my non-veg family and did not make them feel uncomfortable at all.

Updated from previous review on 2017-04-20

Pros: Really good vegan versions of non-vegan foods, Peaceful atmosphere, Friendly staff


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delish! - Edit

Extensive menu, wonderful staff, comfortable environment. Love this place !


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Friendly and conscientious staff every time. - Edit

Spot on service with an attention to detail unlike any other Cincinnati Cafe I have come to know in recent times. I always leave there feeling good about having gone the distance to experience their cuisine. The quality and variety of their offerings is excellent. A personal favorite is the Split Pea Soup. Also enjoy trying their new desserts as they appear.
Looking forward to getting back there soon as the cooler weather begins to set in.


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Love the Loving Hut - Edit

I have had many items here and all were good. Especially like the Raw Taco Salad and the Pumpkin Chili. Great Sloppy Joes - I get the spicy version. If you love dessert, you have to try the vegan chocolate cake..........AMAZING. I wish they were open on Sundays.


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My favorite vegan restaurant - Edit

Great food and a great atmosphere. A bit pricy but worth the money. Very friendly staff also.

Pros: Great food


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My Go To Vegan Restaurant - Edit

This place is fantastic! They have tons of options. You can choose to go standard veggie or try one of the many "meat" and "cheese" options if you want a bit of a change of pace. This is flat out the best vegetarian restaurant in Cincinnati.

Pros: Many choices, Fantastic food!

Cons: Atmosphere is a bit underwhelming


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Very Good Food - Edit

I went to the loving hut once with my friend & a second time with some family members. It's very hard in this area to find a good raw vegan meal. I ordered the zucchini noodles with marinara sauce & it was very good. They had vegan & raw vegan meals so the people I brought with me weren't limited to raw vegan food.
A couple things I would point out is limited seating. It's probably just because it's one of the few vegan restaurants around Cincinnati but we have gone & had to stand while we wait for a table to clear up. They also have odd hours so it's can be hard to plan to make it there.

Pros: Good food, Friendly people, Good variety

Cons: Minimal seating, Store hours


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Tasty and super friendly - Edit

UPDATED REVIEW

After eating there a second time in two days, I'm afraid I have to drop them a star (from five stars to four.)

Two major reasons:

The portions are really paltry on both of the sandwiches I've had. Today I had the CX ("chicken") sandwich, and it was thin. Really thin. (See the image I uploaded.) Two very, very thin slices of grilled "chicken", a single lettuce leaf, one half tomato slice, a couple pickles, and dressing. Yes, it was tasty (largely due to the dressings) but just not justified for a $7 sandwich.

I also ordered a side of the very tasty "Tempeh Salad" starter. It was yummy: I guess sort of a take on tuna salad. At $4, it was actually an okay portion for a side, and it filled out my sandwich nicely. But then it's an $11 sandwich, not a $4 sandwich.

Second major reason for the point deduction: for a place that expressly bills itself about environmental stewardship and respecting the earth (and its animals) it's gross that they serve EVERYTHING with paper products. They have a sign near the LANDFILL cans that proclaims that their plates are compostable, and bowls and cups biodegradable. The latter is a borderline worthless distinction, and doesn't account for the dead trees and water and bleach and environmental justice issues with making paper products. And "compostABLE" is not the same as "compostED". Composting any kind of bulk of this kind of stuff usually requires industrial, super high heat composting (this isn't the cute stainless bucket on your countertop: think bulldozers moving around mountains of compost in a big, stinky compound.)

The remain as nice as can be. Just small portions, and to make it substantial enough to be a filling meal, it stops being "inexpensive."

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ORIGINAL REVIEW
I made it in just ten minutes before closing last night, and they were nice as could be. I got takeout, so no good pictures.

My Seitan Panini (%7) was very tasty and well done, if a little on the thin side. Fortunately I got a side of the Mac & Cheez, which was very well done. A little under-seasoned, but a little salt and hot sauce did the trick. Not exactly health food, but there are plenty of healthier options on the menu.

I'd definitely go back: for all vegan, with fun options, it's at a great price point.

Only real down side is the limited hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 11 AM - 3 PM; 4 PM - 7 PM (Closed from 3 PM - 4 PM)
Saturday: 11 AM - 7 PM
Sunday & Monday: Closed

Pros: tasty, friendly, vegan

Cons: limited hours, small portions, all paper serving products


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My Go-To Place - Edit

Living in a conservative and conventional area like Cincy, I find Loving Hut is a breath of fresh air. I do not know any other vegans in this city, so when I step into LH, I feel accepted.
I love their food, hands down. The price, the variety, the taste, the quality. Period.
I dislike the space- it's either outside on two tables, several window tables (which are often taken), several bar tables (which are awkwardly placed as they are inches from the front desk and entry), and the cavernous, echo-y, dim back area. I leave reeking of fried oil (which I wouldn't mind if I was to go home and do laundry...). The ease of entering/exiting available parking spots is a bit scary as cars block the view, and Montgomery Road is often busy.
I wish the location were closer to where I live (but that's a personal thing). I'd live there if it were the case.
Basically, it comes down to location, space, and quality of space.

I love, love the positive energy and feel.

I had a coworker (vegetarian) tell me that it's too preachy (bookshelf of vegan articles, books, newspapers, magazines, documentaries; wall quotes; posters of celebrity vegans, etc.). I didn't see it that way; because, well, I'M VEGAN! I understand her point of view, though- why preach to the choir? Well, it's their space, and why not? If you are to get the message out about something that you fiercely believe in, why not in your vegan restaurant? *shrug*

Oh, and their restrooms are always clean and smell divine!

In conclusion: if you're vegan and live in Cincinnati- GO. THERE. Furthermore, if you're vegan on a budget (and want to treat yourself)- it's THE best place to go. The national chains of Tex-Mex food (only acceptable vegan fast food places in the tri-state area): Chipotle, Hot Head, and Qdoba- get really old, really fast.

Pros: Cheap, Extensive, crazy delicious menu, Friendly/well-informed staff

Cons: Weird/limited hours, You leave smelling like a fryer, Inadequate space/quality of space


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Vegan Heaven - Edit

Extensive vegan menu that will surely satisfy omnivores too.

Pros: inexpesive, extensive vegan menu, yummy food


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Great place - Edit

I'm a little late with this review, but I definitely remember my visit to Loving Hut. The staff was super friendly and helped me decide what to order. The food was amazing and I'd definitely come back.

Pros: Awesome food, Friendly staff

Cons: Small


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Yum - Edit

So many options, so delicious. Try the salads and the faux meats. I love the "chicken" salad.


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Eat here! - Edit

We went about 45 minutes out of our way to eat here and it was well worth it! It had a great menu and everything tasted great and it was fast service. Nice atmosphere and fairly kid friendly. We have 2 small children and they had a kids menu for them and some puzzles for them to play with while waiting. The most friendly staff ever! If we ever come through the area again we will be stopping.

Pros: Great good, Friendly staff, Kid friendly

Cons: Limited parking


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Fantastic Food!! - Edit

I had the Portabella Panini and my husband had the Quinoa Burger. If you like mushrooms then this sandwich is an obvious choice. The service is wonderful and the menu is varied. It is a rare occurrence to walk into a restaurant and be able to truly be able to order "anything" on the menu. Their lemon cake was also wonderful! I highly recommend this place!!

Pros: Food, service, menu

Cons: hours


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Makes Me Want to Move to Cincinnati - Edit

The Cuisine, the Food, the Tea, the Smoothies, the People, the DESSERTS....m-m-m-m-m - ALL fantastic.


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DELICIOUS - Edit

The Loving Hut offers superb fixes for my three most frequent cravings: vietnamese food, vegan comfort food, and hyper-wholesome vitamin-packed vegetable glory. Their sandwiches (esp. the American panino and reuben) are divinely satisfying in a greasy, grilled way.

Their salads are fresh, local, and organic, and their almond ginger dressing is perhaps my favorite salad dressing anywhere. They offer loads of fake meat, as they aim to convert the masses, but I don't think this is their strength.

Most triumphant are their Vietnamese dishes: minty summer rolls with a creamy peanut sauce, and wildly scrumptious pho soup. I find that the ambiance varies widely from the front to the back of the cafe; the window tables are lovely luminous, and quiet, whereas those behind the counter are too devoid of artificial light for my taste. Anyway, go and enjoy; the food is excellent. p.s. they are constantly treading the path of veg-burger innovation, with great results, like their quinoa burger and their sunshine burger.

Pros: scrumptious, affordable, great variety

Cons: lotsa propaganda on the walls


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Love it - great tasting food & Smoothies!!!!! - Edit

My husband & I are vegan and travel quite a bit so to find this place is truly amazing!! Every time we come to Ohio we HAVE to stop in lol!

The food is extremely tasty the wait time is perfect. You will go home satisfied filled and happy. My meat-eater friends gives it two thumbs up.

Wish it were open Sunday and Monday!!
Updated from previous review on Tuesday November 01, 2011

Pros: Everything is 100% Vegan, Price is good, Clean atmosphere


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So Great! - Edit

There is parking around the back, but you have to drive down a really tight driveway to get there. Not a big deal for me and my tiny car, but it might be an issue if you drive a Hummer. You place your order at the register. If you order drinks, it is self serve out of their fridge. There are about 8-10 tables in the back area to dine at. It's a nice atmosphere; much different from the Loving Hut in Chicago.

My husband wasn't hungry, so he got the $2 dumplings. There were 3 of them (2 for him and one for me). They were very good. Small, but the perfect mouthful. I ordered the American Panini. I loved it! It was melt-in-your-mouth yummy goodness. It came with a small side of what was called corn chips, but tortilla chips would be a more accurate description. The sandwich filled me up, so dessert wasn't an option. However, the desserts looked great.

The place was busy, but we were the only table that ate there for the most part. I would definitely go back if I'm in Cincinnati again.

Pros: Delicious, All vegan, Inexpensive


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