G-Zen's G-Monkey Named Best Vegan Food Truck On Planet

BRANFORD, CT — The first vegan food truck in the nation, G-Monkey[1] was named the best on earth by Lonely Planet. Dubbed Farm-2-Street, the truck created by chef Mark Shadle and Ami Beach Shadle, has been up and running for 20 years. Global travel magazine Lonely Planet’s new ‘Vegan Travel Handbook’ names[2] the best vegan food truck across the globe including from France and India, and Branford’s is the best, the magazine says.

“America’s first vegan food truck has been lauded since its launch in 2010. Chef Mark Shadle has 20 years of gourmet vegan cooking experience and the truck runs on biodiesel fuel made from vegetable oil. Try the Zen Burger.”

Read all about G-Monkey here.[3] Last month, the Food Network named G-Zen one of the best vegan restaurants in the nation.[4][5] In its recent story, the TV network shared 30 of the best of the best across the U.S. and G-Zen made that list.

“Husband and wife Mark and Ami Beach Shadle are determined to change what people think about vegetarian food.” “Together they serve high-quality plant-based dishes[6] made from local ingredients. Everything is organic, and whatever isn’t local is fair-trade.

Symbols on the menu indicate which dishes are raw as well as wheat-, gluten- and nut-free. The international dishes include spinach and potato pierogis, an artisan cheese plate (with cashew cheese), Portabella Tofu Napoleon and Kama Sutra (sweet potato, broccoli and vegetables simmered in coconut curry with local “Bridge tofu,” tomatoes, lemongrass and cashews over brown rice). Desserts are strong and forgo processed sugar.

Think Raw Lemon Lavender Cheesecake and Traditional Spiced Carrot Cake.” Among G-Zen’s myriad accolades are:
In 2011, it was named “Top Ten Upscale Vegan Restaurants in America[7]” by SHAPE magazine.
In 2013 G-Zen was featured in Travel + Leisure magazine’s “Best Vegetarian Restaurants in USA[8].”
In 2015 G-Zen was named in The Happy Cow International Cook book as one the “Top Vegan Restaurants in the World.”
In 2013 G-Zen received the impressive “Natures Plate Award[9]” from the Natures Conservancy and was named “Connecticut’s most sustainable restaurant” in honor of all of their sustainable business ethics, commitment to serving organic ingredients, supporting local farmers and composting programs. Mark Shadle is described as “one of the most celebrated vegan chefs working today and a Pioneer of organic, environmentally conscious cuisine both locally and internationally.”

The restaurant says that in 2010, Shadle “had the high honor of being invited to the White House by First-Lady Michelle Obama and is currently involved with the ‘Chefs Move to School’ initiative that involves working directly with schools and helping to bring awareness to healthier food choices for the children. His vision is to give children and adults an interactive and thought provoking way to educate about the importance of healthy foods & organic farming.”
Read more about his storied career here.[10] G-Zen is located at 2 E.

Main St. in downtown Branford.

For more information, visit their Facebook page[11] and website[12].


  1. ^ G-Monkey (gmonkeymobile.com)
  2. ^ new ‘Vegan Travel Handbook’ names (books.google.com)
  3. ^ Read all about G-Monkey here. (gmonkeymobile.com)
  4. ^ Last month, the Food Network named (patch.com)
  5. ^ best vegan restaurants in the nation. (www.foodnetwork.com)
  6. ^ high-quality plant-based dishes (www.foodnetwork.com)
  7. ^ Top Ten Upscale Vegan Restaurants in America (l.facebook.com)
  8. ^ Best Vegetarian Restaurants in USA (l.facebook.com)
  9. ^ Natures Plate Award (l.facebook.com)
  10. ^ Read more about his storied career here. (www.facebook.com)
  11. ^ visit their Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  12. ^ website (www.g-zen.com)

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