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8284 Melrose Ave.
Beverly Grove, CA 90046
Critics' Pick
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Crossroads +

Anne Fishbein Artichoke "oysters"


  • Sun.-Thu., 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5 p.m.-mid.; brunch daily., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • $$$
  • Vegetarian Friendly
  • Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
It’s amazing that it took as long as it did for a truly trendy, upscale vegan restaurant to arrive, one with great cocktails, a killer wine list and an atmosphere to match its swanky Melrose Avenue location. In the three years since Crossroads opened, chic vegan restaurants have become a bit of a trend, with even a couple of meat-loving chefs jumping on the bandwagon. But Crossroads remains the standard-bearer, the place you take your meat-free friends on their birthdays and secretly enjoy your meal every bit as much as you would if it were sprinkled with bacon. Chef Tal Ronnen — who recently released a fantastic cookbook inspired by the restaurant — focuses on the vegetables themselves rather than messing around too much with fake meat (aside from a couple of “comforting classics” for the vegan desperate for veal scallopini), and each dish is a fully realized composition, making for a meal that’s far more compelling than the usual grain bowl or collection of sides. Your rapini may come with black garlic and toasted hazelnuts; your “crab cakes” made from hearts of palm might make you swear off the fishy version for good. —Besha Rodell

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