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Crossroads Kitchen

8284 Melrose Ave. (Sweetzer Ave.) Send to Phone
323-782-9245 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
L.A.'s temple to upscale vegan dining from Oprah's former private star-chef Tal Ronnen.
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Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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Crossroads Kitchen, Los Angeles, CA

Crossroads Kitchen Restaurant Review

: You'd never know from its grey, boxy exterior along Melrose Avenue, but Crossroads Kitchen is where you'll find one of the coolest dining scenes in Los Angeles. Inside, the space mixes pared-down elegance (white tablecloths, cozy banquettes, Edison bulb chandeliers, mirrored bar) with a touch of rock & roll -- black-and-white photos of music icons such as Mick Jagger and Jimi Hendrix hang on the walls and rotate on the restaurant's playlist, not to mention plenty of celebs and rock stars are a daily fixture around here. To go along with the laidback atmosphere, celebrity chef Tal Ronnen (he's on a first-name basis with everyone from Oprah to Ellen to former President Bill Clinton) and executive chef Scot Jones have created a menu of Mediterranean delights that prove you don't have to eat meat to get your fill. That's because everything here just so happens to be free from any animal products. Order the kale Caesar salad, a mound of finely shredded kale ribbons lathered in creamy dressing, and you won't care that the eggs and anchovies are missing. For a warm dinner entree, the Tagliatelle Bolognese is all flavor and texture with chunky marinara featuring house-made sausage that even meat-eaters will crave. During brunch, the bagel topped with house-made almond cream cheese and smoked heirloom carrots provides the satisfaction of a real bagel & lox experience. The bottom line is, whether you're a vegan, omnivore or curious carnivore, Crossroads is for healthy and mindful eaters of all persuasions. Just try not to stare too much when you see Jane Fonda at the table next to you or Toby Maguire and his family at the other booth.

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