Two new restaurants just a few blocks apart, both opening the same week?
Not bad for a particular stretch of Indian School Road that hasn't see a lot of action lately. The brand-new dining options are cheap, cheerful, and casual.
Maui Dog is a brightly painted joint that took over the former Ricky's Big Philly location (3538 E. Indian School), serving hot dogs and bratwurst decked out with garlic mayo, mustard (including a passionfruit-flavored option), tropical fruit relish, and additional toppings such as bacon, avocado, cilantro, or Hawaiian coleslaw.
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Meanwhile, Loving Hut is the newest incarnation of the former Vegetarian House (3239 E. Indian School), with a completely vegan, mostly Asian-inspired menu. A couple months ago, I reviewed its sister eatery in north Glendale and was surprised at how tasty it was -- fake meat and all.