Taiwan. Vietnam. Singapore. Indonesia. Japan. Hong Kong. Glendale. What do all of these locales have in common? They all have their own Loving Hut. This international vegan fast-food chain is quickly taking the world by storm, giving people from all cultures and walks of life the ability to enjoy quick, healthy, globally-conscious cuisine. Each Loving Hut has a different menu influenced by the culinary traditions of that region. At the Glendale location, chefs partner traditional Asian dishes?curry noodles, pho, wontons, spring rolls?with recipes that reflect the flavors of the southwest. They make burger patties from scratch, and then crown them with pineapples, homemade teriyaki sauces, and other toppings to complete the signature Hawaiian burger.
Tilapia crusted in walnuts, coconut, and sun-dried tomato. Mixed veggies drizzled with raw-honey strawberry tahini. Mac 'n' cheese. And it's all organic. Fontana D' Amore Organic Bistro delivers three meals a day to clients' doors, each of which uses natural ingredients tailored to raw, vegan, and gluten-free diets. The nutrient-dense menu has plenty of flexibility for clients to customize their meals. Gluten- and diary-free menus can be whipped up by tinkering with milk and sweetener options, which include raw honey, maple syrup, and gratuitous compliments. Owner Rino Soriano developed the innovative menu "because [he feels] it's important for people who desire fun, delicious and healthful food to have options," he told Arizona Central. The bistro's environmental vision doesn’t stop with organic cuisine, but permeates through to the business's core operations, down even to the natural cleaning products that keep its kitchen pristine. And as for all that cuisine, staff members pack each delectable meal in biodegradable paper and plastic products for takeout.
The glass-domed counters of Mozart Cafe & Bakerylook pretty typical for those found in any shop purveying espresso drinks and pastries. The restaurants' chefs and bakers set it apart, though, concocting a whole range Mediterranean-inspired meals and treats with which to fill their menu and display cases. They whet appetites with homemade hummus infused with sauteed mushrooms and onions and served with warm pita bread. They particularly specialize in seafood and pastas for main courses; their schnitzel tilapia fillet offers a taste of both their seafood and doughs, along with a side of french fries and coleslaw. They design every dish to meet the restrictions of a kosher diet, as well as look great when plated in the middle of white porcelain or artfully spilled on a bib.
Fresh Mint's Vietnamese cuisine is entirely vegan, but meat lovers needn't be wary, according to Lonely Planet: “If you’re skeptical of soy chicken and tofu…we understand, but we respectfully submit that this stuff is as tasty as any bacon cheeseburger.” This has always been the goal of owner and executive chef Mai Ly, as she’s mastered the herbs, spices, and other ingredients that turn meat-free dishes into hearty, craveable entrees. Her most popular plates include the spicy lemongrass noodle soup and the golden-curry vegetable entrée, which unites potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and tofu beneath a glaze of her signature curry sauce. All of Ly’s dishes are kosher, and several are gluten-free, which explains why bundles of wheat use the eatery for their family reunions.
It’s easy to guess Shish Kabob’s and Gyros specialty. Flavorfully marinated and grill-licked chicken and beef kebabs and thin slices of Greek-style gyro meat find themselves wrapped into sandwiches, or piled onto dinner platters. However, unlike the miniature cafe inside of a Trojan Horse, Shish Kabob's and Gyros doesn’t exclusively serve Mediterranean staples. Their chefs also grille up hamburgers and dress Vienna Beef hot dogs and polish sausages a half dozen different ways, with everything from pickles and relish to heaping piles of chili and cheese.
Food is medicine. These are the first words of Chakra 4 Herb & Tea House's vegetarian philosophy. It means that, just like prescription medication, the food we consume should be chosen carefully, as the wrong choice can hurt us and the right one can make us feel unstoppable. That's why they seek to feed (literally and figuratively) customers everything they need to achieve optimum physical and spiritual health, starting with Mother Nature's own ingredients. From the mainstays of their cuisine to the most scantily used spices, every element of Chakra's cooking undergoes strict inspection to ensure it is of the absolute best—and safest—quality. For instance, the chefs typically cull their ingredients from local and organic sources, but because many of the best spices come from abroad, the team rigorously tests each and every herb to ensure it's devoid of pesticides, heavy metals, and preferences for monarchical rule. Once ingredients meet the stipulated standards, the crew can get cooking. They make a variety of rich, flavorful, and completely vegetarian dishes that can be made vegan upon request, drawing on culturally diverse influences to create gluten-free chili, roasted-vegetable thin-crust pizzas, and Moroccan nomad stew laden with chickpeas and raisins. The café, however, is only half of Chakra’s offerings. A full health store abounds with bulk herbs, herbal teas, essential oils, and custom-made formulas and capsules made in-house. Owner Kita Centella, who has practiced herbal medicine since 1983, uses her training and experience in astrological herbalism to create medicines completely from scratch, taking into account not only the healing properties of each herb, but also the alignment of the planets.