J Selby's

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169 N Victoria St, St Paul, Minnesota, USA, 55104

Open 2017 a plant-based restaurant in Saint Paul serving a mix of familiar as well new dishes: philly and subs, chili, cauliflower wings, burgers, bowls, sweets, a kids' menu, and weekend brunch til 2pm Open Mon 4:00pm-10:00pm, Tue-Thu 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri 11:00am-11:00pm, Sat 8:00am-11:00pm, Sun 8:00am-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Mexican, Bakery

26 Reviews

First Review by AndrewTasi

It was okay - Edit

The cauliflower bites are super good! I would recommend, but the rest was just okay. I feel like that's where people who don't cook vegan go and think it's super good, but being vegan I felt like I have made a lot better at home and it's not very flavorful.

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perfection - Edit

i had an amazing meal, good prices, tasty, good portions highly recommend

Pros: portion, price, taste

Cons: no delivery

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We love J Selby's! - Edit

This restaurant has delicious and fun dishes and the best part is that they are 100% plant-based! We typically order our food to go because the acoustics in the restaurant are not great for having conversations. That would be my only recommendation for J Selby's. Service, food, creativity, taste, etc. are all wonderful!

Pros: 100% Plant Based, Creative menu, Socially responsible

Cons: Acoustics are not ideal for conversation

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Trendy vegan restaurant - Edit

I came with some friends and I have to say, I was very impressed with their cauliflower hot wings, they were really tasty. Their salads were huge , to share with 3 people at least. They have an option , I can not remember the name, but you pay what you want and they give food away to homeless people.

Pros: tasty food , interesting food options

Cons: a bit noise but I guess it was because it was crow, some of the plates were just too big

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YUM - Edit

My parter and I have been here several times since they've opened and we've never been disappointed.

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The Best. - Edit

I live in Minneapolis and frequently go to J. Selby's. Completely vegan menu, friendly staff, and a KILLER Philly. I'm slowly marking off every item on the menu ;)

Pros: ALL VEGAN, Delicious

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a must for vegetarians living in twin cities - Edit

Very many things are right. Nice to see a good vegan restaurant in twin cities. Self seating, clean, ambiance, clean open kitchen. Order at the reception register and food is brought to your table.
Community bowl had brown rice, black beans, vegetables and cheese sauce. Fresh.
Solo burger was nicely done and tasty. We had a little problem with salad. Server happily replaced it and offered complimentary dessert for inconvenience. That's good empowered service.
Good raspberry lemonade.
I hope non vegetarians also frequent this restaurant as the food is good. We came for Saturday night dinner and it was nearly full. Quality speaks for itself. It's not a huge menu but there is good variety.

Pros: vega, ambiance, value, service, spirit, clean

Cons: none really.

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Wonderful addition to the Twin Cities vegan scene! - Edit

I have been to J. Selby's on a number of occasions and each time was met by a friendly and engaging staff, and what's more, incredible vegan food! I love what this place is adding to St. Paul and the entire Twin Cities vegan eats scene. Recommendation - get the buffalo wings. You can thank me later!

Pros: Breadth of tasty totally vegan options, Amazing staff, Fun and friendly atmosphere

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Fun, with a great menu - Edit

I wish I had ordered something different. I didn't really like the Philly Cheeze Steak, because the roll was soggy, and only toasted on the edges when it should've been well toasted. Everything else (and everyone else's food) was awesome. There was a long line, so we had to wait. But other than the soggy bun (in all fairness, they were REALLY busy) it was good. Great to see community support for this restaurant, and I'm looking forward to eating there again.

Pros: Vegan! Yay, vegan, and popular!

Cons: They're still hitting their stride, imho.

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First time visiting - Edit

OMG! I am happy I took the chance and checked out this place... I had the Spicy Breakfast Hash and it was spicy and very filling. I took half home. Well worth the trip

Pros: Nice selection for brunch , Staff very friendly

Cons: none

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A super new place for the Twin Cities area! - Edit

J. Selby's had only been open a month when we went, so I understood they still had some tweaking to do. There was a long line but no menus in the two menu slots, along the line. The young man at the counter was super friendly, but overwhelmed. I met the manager and told her about Happy Cow! The food was delicious and I look forward to hearing about the great success of J. Selby! There was no art on the walls! I was happy to see a Vegan Outreach leaflet.

Pros: friendly, clean, great food

Cons: Lines, disorganization, no art on walls

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Fantastic Food and Experience - Edit

Some carnivore friends wanted to treat me the vegan to dinner for my birthday so I requested we go to J Selby's which I had just heard about. They agreed, though one asked if he should eat first...

Long story short, all of us were extremely happy with the food, drinks, deserts and atmosphere. The philly, the burgers, the fries, the cauliflower wings appetizer, were amazing. Vegans you can take carnivores to this 109% plant based venue and all walk away satisfied.

Pros: Hebiverous Butcher burgers, Philly to die for, Califlour wings are heaven

Cons: Your Lilly to stand in line for a bit, Wish there was one located in my suburb

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Great Food, Long Line - Edit

The food was really great, but the line was so long. I definitely agree with some of the other comments saying that it would have been nice to have table service. Despite the awkwardness of the line, the food was really good. I got the biscuits and gravy, and it had just the right amount of kick, and the potatoes on the side were mouthwatering!

I'd originally planned on getting some of the apps listed on the website, but apparently they were only serving brunch when we showed up. Hopefully I'll be able to go back sometimes soon, because I can't wait to try the soft pretzel!

Pros: Yummy gravy, Great potatoes!

Cons: Long line.

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YASSSS - Edit

THIS PLACE IS SOOO GOOD! Vegan heaven! I ordered kombucha- which they have on tap- which was so, so good. I ordered a pretzel which was GIANT and came with cheeze sauce. I ordered a basket of cauliflower wings- way too much for one person- but again, phenomenal. I also had the beet wrap, which I had to go, and the pickles complimented the rest of the ingredients so so well. I don't know what kind of culinary magic they're whipping up here, but I'm entranced and I can't wait to go back!

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Exited for this place, hope for a few improvements - Edit

I am so excited for J. Selby's. Great menu options, delicious food (especially the desserts), and fresh decor. After my first visit, I was hesitant to go back. It was unclear where to order and while waiting in line I felt like I was right on top of other diners. I ordered the Mediterranean scramble which I really wanted to like but it was so salty that I could only eat a few mouthfuls. My mom's dish, some sort of hash, was much better. Still salty but manageable. Despite the experience, I wanted to support a new vegan business so I went back. My second dining experience was much better. I ordered the chickpea salad sandwich with spicy slaw and it was delicious. Seriously, it was very good. And the soyclone... I was drooling all over myself. Definitely worth more trips. I hope J. Selby's continues to make improvements. I'd like to see them switch to table service. The long line for counter service is daunting and it's confusing to know where order. I almost didn't go back for dessert because the line was so long. Fortunately, somebody pointed out that there was a separate, much shorter line for desserts. If they switched to table service, things would feel much less chaotic and less stressful for the customer. I also hope their cooks learn that less salt is better.

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good but room for improvement - Edit

First stop here I had brunch- super good. Pancakes were really great and a little salty (in a good way!). Atmosphere is nice and bright... They should opt for table service at night IMO cause the line gets long and is awkwardly in the middle of the restaurant?
Second stop, I had desert. Pretty good coffee and an VERY good brownie. Tried some of my mom's carrot cake that she ordered and it was really good.
Third stop, dinner. I wanted the vegan "Big Mac" and had high expectations! The patties are from local Herbiverous Butcher but they are really dry. The sauce was good (like special sauce, thousand island type) and would have made the burger much better had there been an adequate amount. There wasn't enough and when I asked for a side of it, I was declined. Seems kinda silly to me to charge people $15 for vegan burger and fries and not give them a side of the sauce that, in my opinion, makes it worth eating. The bun was good, fries were definitely decent. So many plant based eateries across the world are moving toward using better meat substitutes that aren't all soy and dry/crumbly. Maybe they could opt for the Beyond Burger or something like that. I ordered the carrot cake again for desert and it was different (drier, too many nuts) than the time before.
However, I'll definitely try it again, it's the only vegan place around and it's cute and I want to support it!

Pros: bright friendly atmosphere, good treats

Cons: could have better customer service, dry veggie burger, inconsistent with baked goods

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Best restaurant in the Twin Cities - Edit

So excited about this place. Every vegan's wish come true. So many people eating good American style plant based food here. Even omnivorous adults and children like how it tastes.

Pros: All plant based food. Modern decor.

Cons: none

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Yeah! - Edit

Yummy food, friendly staff. It's so nice to go to a restaurant where I can actually eat anything off the menu! Everything I've tried has been excellent. I'm working my way through the Soy Clones; favorite so far is the peanut butter cup!

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly staff, Nice atmosphere

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Vegan Holy Grail in the Cities - Edit

This place was pretty amazing. They had the best vegan biscuits I've ever had and they have the best biscuits and gravy that you can get in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. The breakfast potatoes were nothing special but the mimosas, which are made with freshly squeezed orange juice, were incredible. The selection of vegan food literally just cannot be beat here. If you only have time to check out one veg place in town, make it this one.

The whole place was clean and bright and the staff were all very friendly and extremely helpful. Heads up, order at the counter and you get a number, then seat yourself. Condiments are up near the register.

Pros: Great Quality, Gender neutral restrooms, Clean and bright

Cons: Busy?, Hard to choose what to order!

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New Favorite Vegan Restaurant in the Cities - Edit

The menu selections were amazing. I went there with my vegan family for brunch, then went back for dinner later that same day. Very reasonably priced compared to other vegan/vegetarian places in the area. Even though it was extremely busy, customer service was amazing and employees made sure everyone was taken care of. VERY quick service too!

Pros: quick service, many vegan options, reasonably priced

Cons: somewhat limited seating

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So yummmy! - Edit

Fully vegan restaurant! Such a lovely place with so many vegan options. I got the Italian bowl which came with loads of fluffy brown rice and vegan Italian sausage. My other half got a mock McDonalds "BigMac" which was super tasty and ginormous. Staff were really nice — looking forward to coming back.

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New place; worth a visit or three! - Edit

We went 8pm on a Friday night. Crowded and busy, but huge/fresh space and pleasant to sit and visit.
In order of eating--
Tangy fresh lemonade. Good.
Dinner side salad. Average baby lettuce, very spicy-mustardy Maple Mustard dressing, nothing to write home about.
Soft pretzel with mustard and cheeze sauces. Huge. Soft. Maybe glazed with beer? Incredibly good. Great brown mustard. Savory, average cheeze sauce.
Philly sandwich. Nicely sauteed onions and peppers. Good steak texture, but flavor profile akin to breakfast sausage (herbs- sage, rosemary, thyme). Cheeze sauce minimal, so no good squishy gooey experience. Great hoagie bun.
Dirty secret burger. Huge mouthful! Bright complex of flavors with pickles and sauce. Good squishy bite. Beaf patties same flavor profile too much like breakfast sausage. Patties tough but good chew.
Fries. Just frozen crinkle fries, but cooked well and nicely salted.
Moving on to dessert:
Vanilla mint cookie soft serve. Yes. Do it.
Vanilla peanut butter cup soft serve. Eh, good soft serve, but low flavor pbcup

Pros: Not gourmet, but good, fun eats.

Cons: Cheeze sauce needs to be smooth and more flavor

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SO GOOD! - Edit

My boyfriend and I went to check out this restaurant today for lunch. They have an awesome menu with a variety of options! We ordered the cauliflower buffalo "wings" and they were to die for. We were huge Buffalo wings fans before going vegan, so this was an absolute perfect substitute. We also tried one of their burgers with fries which was also pretty tasty. I'm excited to go back and try more menu items.

Pros: Cauliflower Buffalo Wings, Variety of Foods, Delicious

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Deliocious! - Edit

Brunch was fantastic! All vegan with so many options. Can't wait to go back!

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Good news for Twin City Vegans - Edit

My travels to Saint Paul happily coincided with the re-opening of J. Selby's - the latest addition to vegan dining here. The menu is upscale vegan "comfort" food served in sleek, modern surroundings. The vibe is energetic. People are lining up to try it out and I hope they keep coming. Sadly, I could only squeeze in an afternoon snack, but the soft serve twist was wonderful and served artistically. In spite of the crowds, the staff are friendly and happy to explain the menu. A must stop for veg/vegans in the area.

Pros: All plant-based menu, Great location, Good value

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Bright, welcoming, and 100% plant based - Edit

This new restaurant in Saint Paul has a 100% plant-based/vegan menu filled with good food that will appeal to the taste buds of vegans and omnivores alike.

Walk in, look over the menu (with a variety of kosher nod gluten free options), place your order, have a seat, and prepare to enjoy some great made-from-scratch vegan food.

Everything my girlfriend and I have had has been excellent so far, including:
- Buffalo "Wings" - cauliflower with great breading, buffalo sauce, and vegan ranch dressing
- Bacun Caesar Salad
- Dirty Secret - a plant based double patty burger reminiscent of a Big Mac, but fresh and crisp featuring Herbivorous Butcher "meat"
- The Philly - like a Philly cheese steak sandwich, but without the dripping grease
- Buffalo Sub - my girlfriend loved this and said the contents of the sandwich are good enough to eat on their own.
- Spicy Beet Burger - yummy and juicy
- Mediterranean Bowl - a great mix, including falafel
- Asian Bowl
- Quesadillas - excellent filling with delicious sour "cream" on the size.
- Their SoyClones, which are indulgent like a DQ blizzard
- Chocolate brownie

For sides, both the spicy coleslaw and the fresh-cut french fries are superb. They have several good beers on tap, a variety of upscale soft drinks, and they also serve wine.

The ambience is bright and airy, with plenty of windows, wood, white marble, and stainless steel. It's a very pleasant place to sit and eat, whether you belly up to the bar, sit at the community table, cozy into one of their many booths, or just pick a conventional table.

At this point I'd say I am 100% hooked, and have a goal to try everything on the menu.

Pros: 100% vegan menu, Delicious dishes to please vegans and omnivores al, Bright and welcoming ambiance

Cons: None so far

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