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

Anne Fishbein Artichoke "oysters"


  • Lunch, Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; brunch, Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner, Sun.-Thu., 5-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5 p.m.-mid.
  • $$$
  • Vegetarian Friendly
  • Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted

Los Angeles has more plant-based restaurant options than ever before. Crossroads, one of the first and most elegant, celebrates its five-year anniversary this month. Dimly lit and classic Old Hollywood style, it's the first plant-based restaurant with an inspired full bar. If you pick the right night, you just might spy Mick Jagger sneaking in through the kitchen while you're sipping your Cause for Alarm cocktail, which incorporates tequila and dry curacao. Inspired from day one by chef-owner Tal Ronnen, the diverse and imaginative menu is "defined not by what's missing but what it is," he says. Signature dishes include his famous artichoke oysters — a delicate, crispy oyster mushroom nestled on top of artichoke puree with yellow tomato béarnaise, topped with a dab of kelp caviar and served on an artichoke leaf. The impossible cigars wrapped in brick dough, a North African pastry sheet, are served with almond yogurt and are a must-order. Ronnen makes his own impossible (vegan) burger meat. One of the more dramatic items is the romanesco en croute with fonduta and cabernet. A perfect little cauliflower triangle is encased in a plant-based pastry crust that oozes a cashew cheese sauce when cracked open, commingling in perfect harmony with the demi-glace. The pasta selection is great — try the fettuccine carbonara with a yellow tomato egg that melts into the noodles when broken. —Michele Stueven

Related Stories (13)

  • The Meat-Free Impossible Burger Lands at Crossroads Kitchen on Melrose
    Friday, October 14, 2016 at 6 a.m. by Chelsee Lowe

    Many of us enjoy a good burger now and then — or regularly — but for some, the meal is accompanied by a serious side of guilt, whether it be for the now-gone cow required for the beef or the amount of land and water needed to raise ...

  • 10 Great Reasons to Eat Vegan Food in Los Angeles
    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10:31 a.m. by Besha Rodell

    In this week's review, I take on the state of vegan food in Los Angeles, and the issues with the vegan cooking at Little Pine in Silver Lake. As I expected, much of the blowback from readers involves the fact that I'm a meat eater, ...

  • These Are Moby's Favorite Vegan Restaurants in L.A.
    Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 8:43 a.m. by Sarah Bennett

    Moby grew up on what he calls "the standard suburban diet" — Burger King, pizza, Coke, Baskin Robbins. He ditched the junk food and went vegan almost 30 years ago, well before the singer, songwriter, producer and DJ reached int...

  • 10 Best Restaurants in West Hollywood (and Beverly Grove)
    Friday, November 6, 2015 at 6:28 a.m. by Besha Rodell

    Do you even know the difference between West Hollywood and Beverly Grove? Like many L.A. neighborhoods, the boundaries are confusing, and most people think of this area as West Hollywood. When looking to put together a list of great...

Load More Articles


View All

More California Restaurants in Melrose/ Beverly/ Fairfax

View All

More California Restaurants in Los Angeles


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >