G-Zen in Branford, CT

Long time readers know that when I started this blog, I had just moved to New Haven, CT. I was going to grad school and was über excited about all the vegan options in my new home, especially having been living on the not-then-vegan-friendly Cape Cod.

Vegan restaurants have come and gone to the New Haven area since I moved to NY, and one of the ones that came is G-Zen, a few minutes east of New Haven, in Branford.

Unfortunately, they have fairly limited hours, in the evenings and on Saturdays most of the day, so I didn’t think I was going to be passing by during business hours.  I try to travel when the traffic isn’t so bad… but, I ended up leaving the Cape later than I had originally planned, and got to Branford just after they opened for the evening.  Woo-hoo!

Since it was early, I wasn’t ready to eat yet, but they do have take out!

Who would have thought I'd like crab cakes?

Who would have thought I’d like crab cakes?

I started with the Thimble Island Crab Cakes.  Interesting fact: the Thimble Islands is a small archipelago right off of Branford.  They’re the kind of islands people own!

I hated seafood long before I went vegan, though I do remember having crab cakes once as a kid and liking them, which came as a surprise to me.  I liked these too!

Came with an apple butter and a vegan sour cream, just in case you can't decide.

Came with an apple butter and a vegan sour cream, just in case you can’t decide.

There were so many options for an entree it was a little crazy.  I was in a potato mood, so pierogi was it.  I figured they’d travel well.  They did!

My only complaint is that this restaurant didn’t exist when I lived in New Haven!  I would have been a regular visitor.  Then again, it’s only 1.5 hours away from here… so who knows?  Another road trip, perhaps?  I really want to go back to this place!

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