Loving Cafe restaurant – Ft. Wayne
As I’ve mentioned before, we really like food. What better gift to give ourselves this holiday season then food? We were so surprised the other day to find that Indiana has a Loving Hut, that we decided it was time to take a trip to check it out.
Loving Hut is a vegan franchise associated with a Buddhist leader who, apart from promoting the spread of vegan food through these worldwide chains, also sells paintings, photo books, and even fashion. Supreme Master Ching Hai has been accused by some of running a cult, and if you’ve been to a Loving Hut with its television showing Supreme Master TV, you might understand why some people find it all a bit odd. But who are we to judge? Ultimately, she’s promoting a green and animal friendly message, and that sounds alright to us.
We’ve eaten at Loving Huts in Seoul and Los Angeles and always really enjoyed them. While franchises, each Loving Hut is unique, with its own menus, run by its individual owners. So we decided to make the drive to Ft. Wayne (why does Ft. Wayne have a Loving Hut and Indy doesn’t? That’s not fair!) and were glad we did.
While part of the Loving Hut chain, it’s called Loving Cafe in Ft. Wayne (and Cincy), and the Ft. Wayne location is in a little strip mall. The staff was very friendly, they had a great selection of dishes, and since we had driven up from Indy to sample it, we ordered more than we could eat and brought the rest home!
The first dish we got was the udon noodles, topped with faux chicken and shrimp, broccoli, red peppers, sugar peas, and carrots. This was very good, similar to lo mein.
The orange sweet and sour “chicken” was served with a salad with a creamy dressing and brown rice. The faux chicken was nicely fried with a good texture and a strong orange flavor. The salad was really good too!
The final of the main dishes that we ordered was the gyros. It was really good but was more like a gyros salad. As you can see, it was stuffed with lettuce and positively overflowing, so we had to eat it with a fork and knife. The pita was also pretty thin, so more like a cross between a pita and a tortilla. That being said, it was smothered with a delicious vegan tzatziki sauce and had crisp, fresh vegetables along with faux chicken and turkey.
As you can see by the picture above, we were in full-on devour mode by the time the desserts arrived and started eating them before remembering to take pictures. So I’d like to say the dessert photos have bites out of them for artistic purposes, but really, we lost our heads for a moment. This vegan cheesecake was very good with plenty of strawberry drizzle.
The vegan chocolate brownie was our final stop on the menu. The icing was fudgy heaven.
We went home stuffed and with plenty of leftovers and the food high was good enough to last us for our drive back to Indy. While there are a few entirely vegetarian restaurants in Indianapolis, as far as I’m aware, there are no entirely vegan restaurants. Loving Cafe is such a joy in that everything on the menu is vegan, and they have a lot of choices.
We were almost expecting a small suffering restaurant desperate for customers, but the place was hopping. I don’t know if it was because it was Monday (with the Meat-free Monday movement), but we arrived pretty early in the evening, just after 5pm, and in less than an hour, over 10 people had come in the restaurant. I think more likely it’s about people knowing yummy and affordable food. We had three entrees and two desserts for around $26. As Sunnie said, people know a good deal, and with variety, good prices, and good food, Loving Cafe is definitely a good deal. Can’t wait to go back!