Why Hollywood’s Hottest Celebrity Restaurant Is Vegan
In Los Angeles, celebrities walk among us. They are covered in large hats and sunglasses, often using a back entrance or driven by unusual car services to avoid detection. Despite the high density of celebrities in a city, they are actually quite hard to find. If you want to accidentally rub elbows with the Hollywood elite, you should go to Crossroads. Run by celebrity chef Tal Ronen, this vegan fine-dining restaurant has attracted countless revelers, all of whom crave a taste of flawless vegan cuisine. Vegan or not, Ronen’s food has won over everyone from Jane Fonda to Paul McCartney. We had to know: What makes Crossroads the best celebrity attraction? Here’s what we found.
Familiar but excellent vegetarian food
Famously or not, diners receive five-star service while seated behind crisp white tablecloths, but that’s where the claim ends. Crossroads’ menu is a carbon copy of any other authentic spot you’ll find in Los Angeles (minus the animal products). Exquisite appetizers, exceptionally prepared vegetables, and exquisitely plated desserts compliment homemade pastas and hearty proteins.
“It feels great to introduce non-vegan diners to our style of cooking,” explains Ronen. “Often people are drawn to the restaurant by a friend and don’t know what to expect, and it’s always die-hard carnivores who are long-time fans of our food and Ordinary people are in the restaurant.
The selection is extensive, which may be the restaurant’s frequent customers—you’ll have to visit several times to try it all. Or, in Lizo’s case, bring a friend. The hostess was spotted here with Shaun T., and we’re wondering… did they order the Impossible Cigars served with almond yogurt or the Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms for appetizers? Did they split the classic Caesar salad before slicing into a thick Sicilian-style buffalo mushroom pizza, or did they prefer to share plates of spicy vodka rigatoni and lentil tempeh piccata? We have to look closely at their social control to understand.
Former Oprah chef
Owner and chef Tal Ronnen has a resume that demands attention. He prepared the dishes for Oprah Winfrey’s 21-day cleanse and catered star-studded events including the wedding of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi and even the first vegan dinner for the US Senate. He also created vegetarian menus for every restaurant at Wynn’s Las Vegas hotels (owner Steve Wynn is himself a vegetarian).
When asked why Crossroads is such a celebrity attraction, Ronen speculated, “I hope it’s good food! But more importantly, we’re committed to protecting people’s privacy, and I think that’s definitely a draw. When we opened, we had a big problem with the paparazzi every night, so we built a garage in the back where our VIPs could go in and not be photographed. We also have a private dining room that is regularly used by guests who want privacy.
While you might not see Katy Perry or one of the Kardashians walking down the aisle and asking the host to sit down, you can certainly enjoy your meal knowing you can breathe the same circulated air.
Ronen is very humble about his impressive clientele, but he is also respectful of anyone who chooses to dine at his residence. We are very grateful to everyone who supports the restaurant, regardless of whether they are a celebrity. “At the end of a long night, it feels good to have fed so many people.”
Given the number of celebrities dining and returning to Crossroads, Ronen might want to add another level to his parking garage. Just a few notable guests who have graced the space include Travis Barker and wife Kourtney Kardashian, who have named Crossroads among their favorite dining destinations in Los Angeles. Other notable guests include Kevin and Harley Quinn Smith, Alicia Silverstone, Addison Rae, Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Ellen DeGeneres, Tobey Maguire, Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Miley Cyrus, and more.
The restaurant has also received praise from celebrity chefs thanks to the Food Network. Los Angeles chef, restaurateur and Food Network personality Michael Voltaggio chose Crossroads as his charity restaurant of choice when competing on the network. Tournament of Champions This past spring, Voltaggio received a $10,000 grant for Crossroads by winning the first round of the competition.
A vegan empire in the making
Crossroads has cemented its reputation particle for direct object A destination for vegan dining in Los Angeles, and now, Ronen is expanding the fan-favorite establishment with two new locations. Earlier this year, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Crossroads Kitchen opened inside Resorts World Las Vegas, officially becoming the first vegan fine dining restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip. The grand opening comes just a month after announcing the restaurant’s new location in Calabasas, California, a city known for its celebrity residents. Calabasas’ menu draws inspiration from its Melrose location, with dishes like stuffed squash blossoms, beet tartare and homemade pastas like tagliatelle bolognese and fettuccine and truffles.
When it comes to dining out, both regulars and celebrities look for convenience and taste, and Crossroads delivers on both perfectly. “We’re trying to make everyone feel welcome, no matter who they are. We don’t have a dress code, and even though we’re a white-tablecloth restaurant, it’s a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Our food appeals to everyone,” Ronen concluded. Whether they are plants or not.
Want to learn more about Crossroads? Catch our 2021 summer food issue with an in-depth restaurant review from the Los Angeles hot spot!
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