St. Paul’s Top 5 Healthy, Organic Restaurants

The capital of Minnesota and one of the “Twin Cities” of this northern state, St. Paul is at the core of Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area, the 3rd largest in the Midwest and home (at recent count) to over 3.6 million people.

We’ve taken a close look at the healthy dining options this city offers because when you’re fighting cancer, the last thing you want is to jeopardize your health – and that means finding healthy restaurants when dining out.

We’ve done the work for you by finding and vetting the healthiest restaurants all across America, according to our 5-star rating system. We’re happy to share our Top 5 restaurant picks for healthy, organic restaurants in St. Paul, Minnesota:

Agra Culture

721 Cleveland Avenue South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55116

Also open in sister city, Minneapolis:

50th & France
3717 West 50th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55410

Using fresh and responsibly sourced ingredients, Agra Culture offers a variety of vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, and vegetarian options. Check out the Athena Plate (shrimp, tzatziki, cauliflower, couscous, hummus, pita, organic cucumber, organic tomato, feta), Thai Plate (your choice of chicken or tofu, made with Thai sauce, broccolini, cilantro brown rice), and the Skinny Buddha (quinoa, organic raw kale salad, avocado, mushrooms, pickled daikon and carrots, edamame, sunflower seeds, ginger miso sauce).

Tillie’s Farmhouse

232 North Cleveland Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

Open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 4-8 PM local time, favorites include Jerk Shrimp Bowl (shrimp, peppers, coconut milk grains, plantain, pineapple salsa, coconut relish), Tempeh Reuben Sandwich (tempeh, Swiss, sauerkraut, remoulade, rye bread served with side of housemade corn tortilla chips), and Mediterreanean Tuna Melt (olives, capers, cucumber, and goat cheese on grilled marble rye, served with side of housemade corn tortilla chips).

Khyber Pass Café

1571 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55105

This Afghani café is open for dinner (4 :30 to 8 PM local time Monday – Saturday. Featuring authentic Afghan cuisine, Khyber Pass prepares its food according to old family recipes. Only all natural ingredients are used in the preparation of meals—no preservatives or artificial flavor enhancers such as MSG. The lamb is naturally raised New Zealand spring lamb, and extra-lean ground beef is used for meatballs. Beans and other legumes are organic. The freshest spices available, ground inhouse, also contribute in making their dishes exceptionally healthy and tasty.

Featured menu options include Chopan Kebab (organic lamb chops marinated in a blend of fresh herbs and spices; grilled and served with salad, basmati rice, spinach, and lentils); Goshti Shola (mung beans and sticky brown rice cooked in a vegetable stock, served with organic lamb curry, topped with cilantro chutney); and Kichiri-Koroot (meatballs made with ground beef and spices, served with mung beans cooked with sticky brown rice, topped with yogurt sauce and cilantro chutney.)

Also check out their featured desserts such as Daygcha (cardamom and rose scented rice pudding with pistachios and walnuts).

J. Selby’s

169 Victoria Street North
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

Serving plant-based comfort foods such as burgers and wraps made with meat and cheese substitutes, J. Selby’s also offers vegetable-based dishes, such as stir-fries, salads, and a variety of dairy- and egg-free baked goods.

Selections include their gluten-free Community Bowl (seasoned rice and beans, marinated cabbage, broccoli, roasted potatoes, and chipotle sour cream); Roasted Mushrooms and Vegetable Medley (locally grown Lion's Mane mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, fennel and red cabbage with a bright lemon tarragon sauce on brown rice); and the Bungalow Bean Burger (house-made burger patty with black beans, brown rice, and garlic, dressed with cheeze, tangy pub sauce, lettuce, and pickled radishes on a toasted pretzel bun or can substitute a GF bun).

Evans Organic Eatery

56 6th Street East
St Paul, Minnesota 55101

Menu options include Vegan Chickin Wild Rice Soup (Wild Rice, Chickin, Carrots, Onion, Celery, Button Mushrooms, Herbs de Provence, Vegetable stock, Coconut Cream); BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich (BBQ Jackfruit, Pickled Cabbage, Pickles, on your choice of a bun or GF Bread); and Legend Tacos/Nachos/Salad (made on a warm naan bread with house-made hummus, cucumbers, cabbage, carrots, topped with balsamic drizzle topped with avocado, cherry tomatoes, blueberries and roasted salted almonds -- available as Nachos or as a Salad).

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Created by James Templeton, a 30+ year Stage 4 Melanoma cancer survivor, the

Templeton List is part of his lifelong dream to give back and lend a helping hand to cancer survivors and to anyone desiring to increase or maintain their good health. James experienced first-hand the challenge of finding quality restaurants and food sources when traveling.

The successful CEO of Uni-Key Health Systems and founder of the Templeton Wellness Foundation, The Templeton List was developed to help anyone easily find trust-worthy, vetted healthy restaurants all across America. Read more about our 5 Star Rating System here!

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