J Selby's

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    ( 42 reviews )
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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-Fri 11:00am-10:00pm, Sat 8:00am-10:00pm, Sun 8:00am-8:00pm.

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

42 Reviews

First Review by AndrewTasi

YUM - Edit

So great to see this place so busy!!! And the food was delish! Had the Dirty Secret and the buffalo cauliflower “wings”

Pros: large portions, All Plant Based!

Cons: parking is difficult but worth it!!

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SO GOOD - Edit

I a pretty new vegan, about a month, and I and seriously in love with this place! It was my first time there and the nachos were sooo yummy, but I wish it came with guacamole! The wings are amazing! Didn’t care much for the vegan ranch but that’s something I can overlook! Lastly, the captain crunch ice cream was to die for! Will definitely be back!

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When it's good it's good... - Edit

When it's good it's good, but some of the food is so-so.

I split food with my partner. We got The Dirty Secret, The Philly with fries and slaw, and buffalo cauliflower wings. The wings and The Dirty Secret were out of this world good. The Philly was just okay. The fries had that "we've obviously spent most of our life in the freezer" taste, which wouldn't be such a big deal if they were cheaper, but with a $15 burger+fries combo you expect more. The desserts were amazing, though!

Pros: The Dirty Secret is amazing

Cons: Bad fries

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The Awesome J. Selby's! - Edit

We love this vegan restaurant...they make delicious vegan meals that would satisfy even the most ardent carnivores so you can bring your non-vegan friends & family and they'll enjoy it as well. Some of their meatless meat comes from our beloved Herbivorous Butcher such as their "Dirty Secret" burger. OMG. They also have a nice selection of wine and beer, so now you know. Go there!!

Updated from previous review on 2018-02-23

Pros: fabulous food!, helpful & friendly staff , great variety of dishes

Cons: street parking

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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!

Updated from previous review on 2017-05-21

Pros: quick service, many vegan options, reasonably priced

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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Must for anyone! - Edit

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

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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

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Absolutely delicious - Edit

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

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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.

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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

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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!)

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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.

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great all around - Edit

Food was great.

Pros: Lots of options

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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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