J. Selby’s is getting closer to opening! As is common with remodeling, their timeline has been pushed back a couple times but I know it’ll be worth the wait. They’re hoping to open by early March right now. At the end of December, I attended a second tasting that was just as promising as the first one.
[Disclaimer: In this post, I’ll mention words like “burger” and “cheese” but they’re meant in the plant-based sense, not the animal sense.]
The sandwich above is the Spicy Tofu and currently in contention for my favorite so far, along with the Buffalo Sub from last time. The tofu has the perfect crunch on the outside thanks to a chili & lime cornmeal breading, and the zucchini planks, tomatoes and lettuce add more crisp freshness.
Below is The Solo which will have tempeh bacon, and Chef Rick Berdahl grilled up a burger from The Herbivorous Butcher. Yum! At the tasting, we had it with a slice of Field Roast’s Chao Tomato Cayenne, lettuce, tomato and mayo. It hit the spot and is incredibly filling.
The Chickpea Slider isn’t something I would normally order, but it’s pretty tasty! I hope they serve it on the same Breadsmith pretzel bun from the tasting. The chickpea salad has a nice blend of flavors and textures and was almost reminiscent of the Filet-o-fish sandwiches I used to have at McDonald’s. And that’s not a bad thing at all because I loved those sandwiches!
We rounded out the tasting (and maybe kicked it off…) with a beautiful Carrot Cake. The cake part isn’t overly sweet, and it’s packed with grated carrots. The cream cheese frosting doesn’t overwhelm the cake but adds just the right amount of sweetness. I personally can’t wait to try a SoyClone which will be similar to DQ’s Blizzards, and I may have even dreamed about having one the first night of Twin Cities Veg Fest.
While some of the items I’ve had at the tastings aren’t the finalized products, I’m highly encouraged by the delicious vegan comfort food Chef Rick has prepared. I’m crossing my fingers that we can sneak in a brunch menu tasting before they officially open…
Until then, Reverie has started serving breakfast so that’s where you’ll find me. There are other restaurants in the Twin Cities with vegan brunch options, but I prefer supporting J. Selby’s and Reverie because they’re all vegan and I don’t have to worry about the kitchen making a mistake. Also, I find it more and more difficult to have a meal with someone who’s not eating a plant-based meal so these spaces feel safe for me. This Mercy for Animals post explains it best.
Thanks again to Casey from Two City Vegans for inviting me to the tasting!
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