Hugo’s Tacos in Studio City is a wonderful little oasis of taco stand goodness right in the middle of the valley, smack dab between a gas station and the 101 freeway, with a number of satisfying vegan options. You’ll find them across the street from Whole Foods Market and catty-corner to the Hugo’s main restaurant (yup, same owners).

Hugo’s Tacos offers a number of basic and classic Mexican dishes such as tacos of course, as well as burritos, taquitos, tostadas, tortas, salads and bowls… most of which also involve rice and beans in some form or another. You get your choice of filling which would be either one of the meat options or one of the two vegan options, which are either the soy chorizo/potato/zucchini mix, or the grilled veggie combo of corn, zucchini and string beans. Or if you wanna be extra piggy, get both (this works particularly well on the salad or in a bowl). You also get your choice of salsa, all of which they make there and are genuinely fantastic.

Soyrizo Mexican salad at Hugos Tacos

On a recent visit I got the Salad: “Romaine lettuce, green beans, corn, zucchini, pico de gallo, cotija cheese and vegan spicy caesar dressing.” I had them leave off the cheese and bring on the soy chorizo, which is vegan and made from Soyrizo. This stuff is so good… if crack were made from soy, this would be it. It’s very rich and meaty tasting, so if you don’t like mock meats I’d stay away from it. However if you do still enjoy all the flavor and feel of the stuff without the guilt, dig in. Their vegan caesar salad dressing is excellent too. As you can see the salad is huge and could easily feed two people.

Vegan Soy chorizo taquitos at Hugos Tacos

On another occasion of particularly reckless abandon, I opted to try the taquitos in all of their deep fried, vegan glory. These also involved the soy chorizo & potato filling and they come served with delicious (and you guessed it, vegan) organic white beans, lettuce, guacamole, pico de gallo, tomatillo sauce and cotija cheese (which you’ll want to remember to ask them to leave off for full veganization optimization). These taquitos are perfectly crispy and frighteningly good… well worth the occasional naughty indulgence of greasy goodness. Just do it and don’t look back.

Soyrizo Mexican burrito at Hugos Tacos

Last but not least, yet another way to enjoy Hugo’s yummy soy chorizo… stuffed inside of a burrito. Flour tortilla with organic spanish rice, organic white beans, choice of filling (soyrizo please!), choice of salsa, onion & cilantro. Ok, so I asked for them to leave off the onions and give me the honey chipotle salsa and it’s like heaven has suddenly exploded in my mouth. If you no longer consume honey, obviously the honey chipotle isn’t for you, but if that is an ingredient you do still allow… oh mama, it’s to die for… sweet & spicy in all the right places. But as mentioned above, all of their salsa rock.

From their website: “Our Jalapeno Tomatillo salsa, for instance, is a descendant of a salsa served at a small taco stand in Tijuana. The Salsa Negra traces its lineage to Michoacan where dark red guajillo chilies are given a special roasting on open fires.”

Sounds good, right? What’s cool about Hugo’s Tacos too is that it’s another great spot to have in your arsenal for when you’re eating with folks who aren’t vegetarians… because all of the food here is delicious, so everyone in your group will leave very pleased… and very full.

And check out what I just learned: their rice pudding is vegan too! I’ve never ordered it because I always thought it was made with cows milk, but I just found this on their website: “Organic basmati rice, saigon cinnamon, tahitian vanilla, organic cane sugar, organic rice and soy milks. A sweet vegan option.” Fancy that!

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28 Responses to “Hugo’s Tacos, soyrizo and me.”
  1. Holy crap, this place looks good.
    Next time we’re in the valley, I hope to try this place.
    It’s not to often you come across a place that serves vegan Mexican food.
    You are so lucky to live near all these wonderful places.

  2. FoodEater says:

    Vegan Tickles: I think that’s got to be the first time that anyone has ever told anyone else that they’re lucky to live in the valley! It’s totally worth the drive when you get the chance, and I think they’re open late on weekends too.

  3. Zach Behrens says:

    Nice photos!!!! I love Hugo’s

  4. wildflowermama says:

    We live in ojai and fossil fuel it over to hugos when the craving hits bad. (luckily my sister lives near by for a good excuse) your pictures are of everything we order. you’re not helping. stomach growling.

  5. FoodEater says:

    wildflowermama: Sorry to torture you! I only do it out of love…

  6. Melisser says:

    Dang! I need to come to LA, pronto!

  7. Wow, St. Louis has a lot of catching up to do regarding vegan dining options! I love your photos – they give me ideas for making my own soyrizo creations at home!

  8. VeggieGirl says:

    I always love your descriptions of the restaurants that you venture to!! :0)

    I’ve never had soyrizo before – looks enticing though!

  9. Joan says:

    OMG, you made my day. thanks !

  10. Cookiemouse says:

    Cool that you found somewhere that caters for vegans.

  11. Trina says:

    I love the idea of a vegan-friendly taco stand, and nice burrito shot – it is hard to get an appetizing photo of a burrito.

  12. scott says:

    maybe i’ll give them another shot. it just annoys me that i have to sit and inspect my food for the rogue chunks of pork or chicken that just happen to fall into my food. those taquitos look awesome!

  13. FoodEater says:

    Melisser: Get your butt back out here girl! Surely you can’t be tired of traveling yet? ;)

  14. FoodEater says:

    Lisa (Show Me Vegan): Glad I could help… even if I can’t take the credit for creating this dish. I can take the credit for eating it though!

  15. FoodEater says:

    Trina: So true… food porn with burritos is nearly non-existent. I was surprised this one came out as well as it did… burrito pics usually turn out rather nasty, or just plain boring.

  16. FoodEater says:

    Scott: Ewwww gross. I’m sorry that happened to you… especially with something like this soyrizo which looks and tastes a lot like meat, it would be really hard to tell if something stray got in there. Grody to the max.

    The kitchen is really small and they’re working in some pretty tight quarters, so I can see how mistakes happen. Considering too that it’s not an exclusively vegetarian place I guess it’s a risk… but for something this tasty, it’s a risk I’m willing to take! I think the taquitos are pre-made, so at least with those you can be reasonable assured that nothing extra made it in.

  17. FoodEater says:

    Oh and hey everyone else… thank you so much for your comments, compliments and encouragement!

  18. julie says:

    i also love the honey chipotle salsa… i swear i could drink the damn stuff!

  19. FoodEater says:

    Julie: I know right? That honey chipotle salsa is like nectar from the Mexican food gods! If there’s one thing on this earth that would prevent me from ever excluding honey from my diet, this would be it.

  20. Allison says:

    Yes! The other day my friends and I were driving from the beach back to Griffith Park for a kickball game (not a bad weekend at all) and stopped here because we were starrrving. I think I’m subconsciously remembering all your restaurant reviews and managing to convince my friends that we have to try all these places. It was so good.

  21. FoodEater says:

    Allison: I’m so glad you liked it! I’m also tickled pink to know that my good reviews are subconsciously sinking into your mind… perhaps in the future I will be able to just telepathically recommend restaurants to folks while they’re out on the road looking for place to eat :)

  22. jd says:

    That salad is unreal!

    I love it when restaurants (or in this case taco stands!) provide great vegan options.

    Very cool – thanks for sharing!

  23. Nancy says:

    I usually make my own potato, carrot and soyrizo tacos. These are usually made in a traditional mexican kitchen. I grew up eating these kind of tacos. Back then I ate them with the real sausage, but today soyrizo takes it’s place. Try a little vegan sour cream and shredded cabbage right on top. I do love the tacos at Hugo’s my only problem is that their fried.

  24. FoodEater says:

    Nancy: If you want to avoid the fried at Hugo’s give the Bowl a try, you can basically get everything that’s in a taco, but in bowl instead in a fried shell. Yum!

  25. Nancy says:

    Thanks, I’ll try that next time. Nancy

  26. quarrygirl says:

    those taquitos look AMAZING. i dont know why i didn’t order them. i really need to go back and get some deep fried goodness!! great review and pix!

  27. I wasn’t really diggin’ Hugo’s.

    You can see me VIDEO REVIEW of Hugo’s here:

    www.thetacoreview.com

    The Taco Inspector

  28. FoodEater says:

    The Taco Inspector: That was video is pretty funny! I love the concept of what you’ve got going on there. It’s too bad you didn’t love Hugo’s though :(

    Important to note that they have a selection of salsas from mild to really spicy. That pico de gallo that you got isn’t spicy at all… if you would have picked one of their hotter options, you would have had a hotter taco. For me it’s all about the honey chipotle sauce. I don’t eat meat so I cannot compare notes with you on the carne asada, but I can tell you that their soy chorizo is freakin delicious.

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