South Lyon’s Shimmy Shack Vegan Food Truck Among PETA’s Top Five Picks

Vegan Falafel Burgers and Decadent Dairy-Free Shakes Help Restaurant-on-Wheels Take Top Honors

For Immediate Release:
April 23, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

South Lyon, Mich. – The rise of vegan-friendly food trucks is putting healthy, humane, and convenient foods in the hands of more people on the go than ever, and with that in mind, PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—is unveiling its Top Five Vegan Food Trucks, and South Lyon’s Shimmy Shack is one of the outstanding hotspots on PETA’s list.

Owned by Debra Levantrosser, Michigan’s first and only all-vegan and gluten-free food truck delivers a scrumptious variety of comfort foods to metro Detroit and mid-Michigan. Menu favorites include the classic American lentil burger, the falafel burger with tomato—which is served with Shimmy’s homemade garlic sauce—and other mouthwatering options, including chili, nachos, cookies, and yummy dairy-free shakes in flavors such as chocolate, peanut butter, banana, and more.

“Shimmy Shack’s tasty and family-friendly vegan treats have won over fans throughout Michigan,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “With creative menus that are as delicious as they are convenient for diners on the go, all-vegan food trucks are helping more people spare animals suffering and improve their own health.”

The other winners include Seed on the Go—owned by Jerri Hastey, the mother of vegan actor Jessica Chastain—which steals hearts in California’s Sonoma County with offerings that include the Chia Tapioca Parfait. Also in the count are BBQ Revolution in Austin, Texas, which serves authentic Texan barbecue, all-vegan style; V-Grits in Louisville, Kentucky, whose Hot Brown Melt, a vegan version of an iconic local dish, flies off the grill; and Gmonkey Mobile in Connecticut, whose Feisty Monkey Peanut Soba Noodles, served over a bed of greens and topped with cilantro house dressing, is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Each winner will receive a framed certificate.

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