J Selby's

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 38 reviews )
Contact
651-519-5831
Find

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-Fri 11:00am-10:00pm, Sat 8:00am-10:00pm, Sun 8:00am-8:00pm.

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

38 Reviews

First Review by AndrewTasi

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!

Updated from previous review on 2017-05-21

Pros: quick service, many vegan options, reasonably priced

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

where you can take your non vegan friends! - Edit

I’ve been here a few times now and have never been disappointed. The “mess” breakfast was particularly awesome, as was the breakfast burrito. It’s hard to find good vegan options for brunch so I am glad this place is so good!!! And it’s nice to be able to eat anything off the menu with no worries. The food is accessible, more “vegan junk food” which is right up my alley.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Good Food - Edit

We drove an hour to come check out J Selby's. I called ahead to see how late food would be served and was not impressed by the person answering the phone. Basically hung up on me after shouting the time into the phone. Nonetheless we drove the hour as we heard the buffalo cauliflower was great. When we arrived we were clueless and had no idea we were supposed to order at a counter. After asking a couple people we figured it out. The buffalo cauliflower bites were pretty good. We tried the Falafel Burger and The Dirty Little Secret. Both were good. The Falafel burger needed a few more pickles or a banana pepper for that cold crunchiness, but over all had great flavor. Probably will return sometime.

Pros: vegan food NomNom, clean, good presentation

Cons: a lot of oil, a couple unfriendly staff, not very clear for first timers

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Very Popular! - Edit

My boyfriend and I have family in the Twin Cities and were delighted to find out about J Selby's. We visited for lunch and were overwhelmed by the LONG line! Took a VERY long time to get to order (at least 30 minutes). Once we got our food, however, we were very pleasantly surprised. Nearly everything was delicious. My only recommendation is the cheeze!! Cheese sauce lacked acid and spice and the cheese slices were unappetizing and flavorless. Other than the that, everything else was really, really great. We especially enjoyed the cauliflower wings with sweet chili Asian sauce. Good ranch too! :) We'll definitely be back next time we are visiting!

Pros: 100% vegan, comfort food, cauliflower wings

Cons: long line, cheeze sauce

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Great Food - Edit

This is almost like vegan diner food. Not to fancy, something you could probably make at home, but maybe you don't really have the time to cook tonight. The atmosphere is loud, but friendly. A great neighborhood hangout.

Pros: Vegan, Fast, Friendly

Cons: Line can be long., Might be to causual for date night.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Must for anyone! - Edit

Awesome food and cool vibe! Supports the community and is a comfortable place for anyone to eat. Keep it up!!

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

so expensive!! (soft-serve a must tho) - Edit

The corn dog is amazing but for 10$? We also got the dirty secret-a hamburger that's supposed to taste like a fast food chain--I didn't like it but my husband said it tasted pretty close. The soft serve ice cream is a MUST & it's only 4$. Overall I think the prices are a bit crazy considering it's all plants, but if i get a raise, I'm coming back for that corn dog!

Pros: soft serve!!, great fries, good atmosphere

Cons: pricey

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Absolutely delicious - Edit

Love the atmosphere and selection. Have had both breakfast and dinner here - love the Dirty Secret!

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

bomb.com - Edit

The apps are all awesome! Haven't had anything I wouldn't order again! Even for non-vegans, the chili or quesadilla may be great options.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Hit and Miss - Edit

Went on a Saturday night around their peak time - line was long, but moved fairly well, and there always seemed to be some tables open.

We started with the Pretzel - needed more salt. Cheese dip was flavorless, but the mustard was good. My wife had the Chickpea sandwich, which she said was pretty boring - was basically white bread with a chickpea spread. I had the Philly as a salad ("Unbun"). Needed A LOT more seitan - what was there got lost in the quinoa blend. Flavors were good, just unbalanced proportions. We both had fries as a side (crinkle cut) - unsure if they were fresh or from frozen, but thinking the latter.

On the plus side they carried local brands of Kombucha and a Nitro Cold Brew - my wife had the prior, me the latter - and both were great.

Also picked up a couple baked goods for dessert - cookie and some mini-muffins. Cookie was under-baked, and the muffins were okay.

I really wish I liked the place more - it was humming busy with a really diverse crowd - I love to see vegan places like this. Also it's nice and bright inside, a lot of tables, and fairly spread out - despite the crowd, it never felt tight. Has a modern wood/industrial feel.

Updated from previous review on 2017-10-17

Pros: Seems very popular with the local crowd, Good local brands of beverages, Laid out well for traffic flow

Cons: Mixed execution on food

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

fantastic! - Edit

great place for the whole family- even those who aren't veg. delicious brunch and a large menu at a reasonable price, plus an community bowl option

Pros: delicious food, great staff, comfortable evironment

Cons: can be busy (good though!)

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

enjoyable meal. - Edit

I enjoyed the beet rice wrap and my wife had the Asian rice bowl that she thought was good, not great. There was a large line that moved very slow, mostly because the person taking the orders was not very efficient and was also dealing with drinks when there was a large wait staff that could've been helping in the front. They need two people taking orders minimum. This place seems popular so if you're in a hurry go at off hours.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

great all around - Edit

Food was great.

Pros: Lots of options

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

perfection - Edit

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

Pros: portion, price, taste

Cons: no delivery

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

YUM - Edit

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

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

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!

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Link to this page from your site. .
Return to St Paul Vegetarian Restaurants & Health Food Store Listings
Business Owners, if you see an unfair review, read this.
Why was my review removed? - details / Review guidelines
Reviews are not endorsed by HappyCow - review terms
Has J Selby's closed, shut down, moved, or changed? Please use the Update Form.
This page has been viewed 3167 times.

Keep HappyCow Growing Strong!

I would like to support