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J. Selby’s: The Grand Opening!

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The Dirty Secret

J. Selby’s celebrates their grand opening this week! Since Sunday/Monday is my weekend, I was able to show up right when they opened the doors for the first time at 11am today. Sheila from Vegan East joined me, and we ran into Jessica, another friend I know through vegan groups. Not long after we ordered, the space was looking pretty full – how exciting!

J. Selby’s is a vegan fast casual restaurant, so you order at the counter, they give you a number and then bring the food out to your table. Street parking is readily available within a block or two, and the wall of north-facing windows lets a lot of light into the space. 

Sheila and Jessica ordered The Dirty Secret (pictured at the top of the post), and I had The Solo, both of which feature the vegan burgers from The Herbivorous Butcher. I added cheese and tempeh bacon and it was all perfect. The food came out fast, hot, and flavorful. Getting a side of Chili Cheeze Fries was the right call, too.

vegan chili cheese fries j selbys

I went to an invite night preview last week and tried a SoyClone with Newman O’s, and today I went with the housemade brownie. Both were as wonderful as I had (literally) dreamed they would be. Today’s included just the right mix of soft serve and chunks of brownie. And scope out the Carrot Cake in the background that Jessica ordered! It’s a huge slice and plenty for two people to share. The SoyClone is enough for two people to share, too, but I conquered mine alone.

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I’ve since been back for the Street Tacos which have a nice kick thanks to the chorizo. I also really love the spicy slaw which wasn’t too spicy, but dressed just right. The whole dish was so fresh, and if you’re looking for something that’s not too heavy, I would recommend this.

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Street Tacos

I had a sneak peek at a few other menu items at the preview night, too. Take a look!

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Buffalo Sub with soy curls

Kendra from Artfully Engaging had the Buffalo Sub – it’s pretty, tangy, and filling. 

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The Philly

Kale ordered The Philly which is a little messy but full of rich flavors. It’s topped with Provolone from The Herbivorous Butcher.

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Spicy Tofu Sandwich

Aubry tried the Spicy Tofu Sandwich which I tried at one of the tastings and loved. There’s no question this will be one of my regular choices. I also want to try the Spicy Beet Burger soon. It’s pretty amazing (but also a little overwhelming!) to have so many options. And there’s brunch! I don’t even know where to start there.

I love that we finally have fully vegan restaurants in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. I’ll still make my way to Reverie, of course, but J. Selby’s is slightly more convenient. They’re both run by amazing people so I encourage you to go out and support both restaurants!

If you missed my previous posts about J. Selby’s tasting nights, follow these links:

First J. Selby’s Tasting

Second J. Selby’s Tasting

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