3/14/2013 04:20:00 PM

Tal Ronnen's Swank Vegetarian Crossroads Debuts Tonight

Hearts of palm crab cakes
Tal Ronnen, vegan chef to the stars - big stars like Ellen and Portia and Oprah - along with entertainment and hospitality vets Parnell F. Delcham and Steve Bing, debuts their swank new veg-only Los Angeles restaurant, Crossroads, tonight. Taking over the former Dolce/Phillipe Chow space on Melrose, expect a Studio Collective-designed space with handcrafted chandeliers, antique glasswork bar, polished wood floors and pearl-finished beer taps.

Tal Ronnen, who penned The Conscious Cook, and executive chef Scot Jones created a small-plates menu with Mediterranean flourishes, things like hearts of palm crab cakes and artichoke "oysters," biscuits with morel gravy, and vegetable cassoulet. There are chef-driven cocktails, craft beers, and biodynamic and organic wines to go along with it. The restaurant opens for dinner at 5 PM.

8284 Melrose Ave.; 323-782-9245


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