One of my favorite things about Hugo’s, aside from their seriously tasty food, is the very clearly marked menu. They offer up some delicious vegan, vegetarian, and of course, gluten free options. They also clearly listed items that CAN be made gluten free. Always a great thing.
Hugo’s proudly boasts, “We have eliminated gluten from our cooking, except for obvious wheat-based products (bread, tortillas, and some pancakes & pastries), by substituting rice or potato flour, Tamari Soy Sauce, and Bragg Liquid Aminos”
Unlike many restaurants where the question is, “what few things are safe for me to eat?” at Hugo’s, those of us seeking gluten free choices will find many, many options!
From the breakfast menu, awesome choices like Chilaquiles, Go Green Frittata, Eggs Blackstone, Green Tamales & Eggs, Almond Energy Pancakes and Blueberry Pancakes are among your gluten free choices. By my count you have 19 gluten free choices all together, and 4 more that can be made gluten free upon request.
Off the starter menu, every item, with the exception of a bread basket is either gluten free, or can be made gluten free. Gingseng Chicken Soup, Asian Spring Rolls, Nachos, and even Mac and Cheese (gluten free by request) are fantastic gluten free choices.
Every salad, with the exception of the Caesar, which can be made gluten free is listed as gluten free. How great to not have to wonder if a seemingly safe salad will be loaded with croutons or flour tortilla strips!
On a 9 item sandwich menu you have 4 choices that can be made gluten free, such as the Cuban Sandwich, or Club Sandwich, and one that is gluten free – Kale Tacos wrapped in GMO-free corn tortillas.
10 pasta dishes on the menu – and surprise! Every one of them is available gluten free on request. Hugo’s offers a 100% organic red lentil gluten free pasta. Mac and Cheese, Carbonara, and many more await you.
The main entree menu only has one item on it that is not, and can not be made gluten free. Choose from things like Turkey Meatloaf, Hugo’s Shepard’s Pie, Mushroom Marsala Chicken, or the Green Tamale Plate. The create-a-plate option is totally vegan, and gluten free.
Got a gluten free kid? You’re in luck! Hugo’s even has a gluten free kid’s menu, offering 4 items that either are, or can be made gluten free.
And to finish it all off – dessert! Yup, even a selection of gluten free desserts to satisfy that sweet tooth. Brownie Tort, Pumpkin Pie, and Maple Pecan Cheesecake are just a few of the many decadent sounding options.
Hugo’s is a place that I feel good about eating, they take pride in their menu, and their ingredients -
Hugo’s exclusively uses:
• Organic coffee, tea, herbal infusions, grains, beans, ketchup, mustard, sugar, soy milk, rice milk and tofu.
• Vegan pasta made here with organic semolina and flax seed.
• Organic free-range eggs grown locally.
• Hormone and antibiotic-free steaks and hamburgers, from pasture-grazed cattle.
• California fresh chicken.
• Zero trans-fats for deep frying.
• Seafood from sustainable sources, harvested in a manner that does not harm the environment. We proudly
follow the guidelines of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.
• Filtered water for drinking, all beverages, ice and cooking. We have bottled water available; however we
encourage you to take advantage of our free filtered and sparkling water. Recent reports on bottled water
have indicated that transporting bottles and bottle waste negatively affect the environment.