Ahhhh Hugo’s. One of my all time favorite places to eat, not only because their food is so darn lip smacking good to the last bite lick your plate good, but because they are a regular restaurant with lots of omnivorous options that goes above and beyond to accommodate vegans as well. Their vegan options are so abundant here I forget it’s not a full fledged vegan only establishment sometimes. They also have two locations; one in West Hollywood and one in Studio City. Today I had the pleasure of dining at their Studio City location with my dear friend Jesi. We LOVE it here, as we are both vegans, and both pretty picky. Jesi has some gnarly food allergies and they always are more than accommodating of that as well. We got to Hugo’s with ferocious appetites (shocker) and were ready to get downnnnnn.
12851 Riverside Dr
Studio City, CA 91607
I immediately grabbed the June specials list to see what we were working with this month. Each month Hugo’s puts out about ten specials, one or two of which are consistently so spectacular I come to eat them pretty much weekly. This month they do NOT disappoint.
New American Veggie Burger
An outstanding combination of organic sprouted mung beans, organic brown rice, assorted fresh vegetables, mushrooms, pumpkin & sunflower seeds, herbs and spices fried crispy. Served with onion, lettuce, tomato, Vegenaise and your choice of any burger toppings (get diya vegan cheese!!). This burger is new, because it is more nutritious than meat and is a positive use of our agricultural resources. And most importantly, it’s delicious. If you want to make it gluten free order it on fried portabello or crispy potato pancakes!!!
Very Green Casserole
Broccolini, spinach, asparagus, zucchini, with garlic and fresh herbs in a tomato-basil pesto sauce. Topped with a veggie patty and melted goat and mozzarella cheeses. (Daiya vegan mozzarella substituted upon request – obviously do this) Served with organic mixed lettuce.
Green Tamale Plate
Two spinach infused sweet-corn tamales covered with our tomatillo sauce and mozzarella cheese – ask for the vegan daiya). Served with garlic spinach and a zucchini, corn and roasted red pepper medley. Ask for it vegan and have the sour cream left off.
Creamy Green Risotto or Pasta
Vegan risotto!!!! Fresh chopped organic leafy greens, broccoli, zucchini and asparagus blended with our creamy cashew and sunflower cheese sauce and spinach-basil pureé. Tossed with a choice of organic brown rice, house made spaghetti or fusilli. Garnished with crispy onions.