Sometimes you just have to jump in the car and head to Minneapolis! Some call this a road trip. We call it research. Besides the waterfalls, Mill City Museum, Walker Art Center, Guthrie Theater, outdoor Sculpture Garden, and the Science Museum of Minnesota, we found some great food as we explored the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. We’d like to have tried it all but, hey, how much can a vegan eat in just four days?
Tao Natural Foods - 2200 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
This funky little coffee shop is just our kind of place. Browse the store for inspirational materials, yoga apparel, supplements, and more. Enjoy healing beverages and sustainable, organic fare either inside or outdoors on the patio. We tried the burrito bowl ordered without the cheese or yogurt. Filled with brown rice, black beans, sweet potatoes, guacamole, tomatoes, salsa, cilantro, and corn tortillas, this dish was as beautiful as it was satisfying. While Tao has many vegan items on the menu, they are very accommodating at altering non-vegan dishes as well.
Kindee Thai - 719 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis
Across the street from the Guthrie Theater and the Mill City Museum, this restaurant has a relaxed, friendly feel. Enjoy one of the many lunch specials or order off menu. We went with the Yellow Curry with tofu and the Tofu Garlic Stir Fry with broccoli. Great service, plenty of plant-based options, and a neighborhood vibe. We highly recommend.
Target Field - 1 Twins Way, Minneapolis
If you’re in Minneapolis, it’s like a requirement to head to the ball field, right? Twins versus Yankees? Why, yes, we think we will. And as a vegan bonus, Target Field serves up Sriracha Brats and Italian Sausage made by Herbivorous Butcher, an exclusively plant-based provider of meat-free “meats” and “cheeses.” You can find them at the MSP Kosher cart in Section 129. Not in the mood for a dog? Check out the Vegan Aloo Gobi Rice Bowl from Hot Indian Foods in Section 120.
Science Museum of Minnesota - 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul
We were pleasantly surprised to find vegan fare at this expansive museum. Located on Level 3, the Chomp Cafe serves up a Vegan Power Boost. This bowl is filled with spring greens, edamame, broccoli, carrots, sunflower seeds, candied walnuts, dried cranberries, green apples, and a balsamic vinaigrette. Java Lab, located outside the Omnitheater offers soy milk for your lattes. Elements Cafe, on the sixth floor, offers a limited selection of veganizable dishes.
J. Selby’s - 169 N. Victoria St., St. Paul
A vegan walking into this exclusively plant-based restaurant is like a kid walking into a candy shop. Where to start? First, we tried the Cauliflower Buffalo Wings, a spicy delight to begin our meal. For our main course, we ordered up The Philly, a vegan take on a traditional favorite. This sandwich contains shredded beaf, grilled onions and green peppers, and provolone cheez on a hoagie bun. Stuffed as we were, we couldn’t leave without trying a Cherry Brownie SoyClone, a non-dairy cup of soft serve ice cream with mix-in sweets. Holla, J. Selby’s! You may just be our new fave.
Ginger Hop - 201 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Tired of the same old faux meats? Try Ginger Hop. This restaurant offers mock duck in addition to grilled or soft tofu. We sampled the spring rolls with tofu in addition to the mock duck satays while we waited for our entrees. For the main course, we enjoyed the curried fried rice with mock duck ordered without the egg. And, hey, when you’re in Minnesota and Bell’s is on the menu, it’s a must to order. Cheers!