Vegan cafés abound in health-conscious L.A., but Crossroads Kitchen, which opened in 2013, sets itself apart by turning plant-based dining into a white tablecloth affair. The audience is much broader, too: 90 percent of Crossroads diners are neither vegan nor vegetarian, according to chef/owner Tal Ronnen, who made a name cooking for celebrities such as Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres. The West Hollywood space, with its tufted leather banquettes and Edison light bulb chandeliers, lives up to its swanky Melrose Avenue address, but the Mediterranean small plates menu is the main draw: artichoke “oyster” leaves are topped with kelp caviar and yellow tomato Bernaise, and white lasagna is filled with almond ricotta, basil pesto, and oven-roasted tomatoes. Order the Kite Hill cheese plate to try a selection of Ronnen’s own line of nut-based cheeses.
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The Original High End Vegan Restaurant in LA
Tal Ronnen, former chef to Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres, was one of the originals who brought higher end vegan dining to Los Angeles. He has a hip dining room on trendy Melrose where vegans and their friends can come to enjoy well crafted plant based meals, whether they eat meat or not.