I have to admit, vegan cuisine has never been a top favorite. But now I am a ridiculously obsessed fan of Crossroads Kitchen. Already famous for their play on words, where it states on the menu “artichoke oysters” doesn’t really mean oysters but a huge flavor packed superfood of artichoke puree, crispy mushroom oysters, yellow tomato béarnaise and kelp caviar. Crossroads is now transforming their traditional favorite weekend meal into a sophisticated yet satisfying everyday indulgence. Chef and owner Tal Ronnen who is on the heels of the launch of his newest book Crossroads (Artisan Books), is celebrating the perennial brunch season with an exciting menu that draws inspiration from the elevated and inventive plant-based dishes that introduced haute vegan to gourmands in Los Angeles. Hearty and comforting dishes that are ideal for the winter season, guests will enjoy savory and sweet, signature sandwiches, as well as nourishing sides for an irresistible selection that will declare brunch a weekday habit. “The approach for Crossroads was unprecedented, as we were the first to introduce L.A. to a more elevated dining experience featuring a plant-based menu, stylish setting, and a full bar. Once again we are doing something completely new in L.A. with our daily brunch menu served in a fine-dining environment,” says Tal Ronnen, chef and owner.
Available Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m, standout dishes will include Crossroads Benedict, Porcini Mushroom Scramble served with butterbean toast, Fried “Chicken” and Waffles, Egg Sandwich featuring a playful take on bacon topped with “Shitake Bacon”, Jann’s Bagel served with house-made Smoked Heirloom Lox, and a Chopped Salad with persimmons, kohlrabi, pumpkin leaves, apples, and pomegranate seeds dressed with Marcona almonds and white balsamic vinaigrette. As morning comfort transitions into a leisurely afternoon brunch, diners are invited to enjoy a cocktail from Crossroads’ exclusively all plant-based bar including a Bloody Mary using orgnic tomatoes for the house-made mix and garnished with pickled veggies with truffle dill and chive Kite Hill cheese or they can sip on a Blackberry Mimosa muddled with fresh blackberries. If you dont make it in for brunch, there’s always dinner with spicy meatball pizza and “crab cakes” (hearts of palm, granny smith apples, heirloom beets and horseradish aioli) And let’s not forget dessert, with chocolate bread pudding and hot fudge sundae with hazelnuts and coconut whipped cream on the menu, its hard to just pick one. So you get both, with an almond milk latte.
Above three Photos by: Excerpted from Crossroads by Tal Ronnen with Scot Jones (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lisa Romerein
Above Photos by: Crossroads
Top Feature Photo of Restaurant Interior by: Elizabeth Daniels
Luxe Tip: Ideal hot spot for a “New Year, New You” diet. Complete with a plant based bar and stylish and chic dining room to boot, diners might find themselves power brunching next to Joaquin Phoenix, Anne Hathaway or Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal (Yes spotted!)
Address: 8284 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone: (323) 782-9245
Facebook: Crossroads Kitchen