Crossroads’ Oysters—That Is, Mushrooms!—Nab Vegan Seafood Award

PETA Honors Los Angeles Eatery for Signature Dish of Artichokes, Crispy Mushrooms, and Kelp Caviar

For Immediate Release:
August 22, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – The results are in for PETA’s first-ever Top 10 Vegan Seafood Dishes, and Los Angeles restaurant Crossroads has nabbed a spot on the list for its signature Artichoke Oysters: crispy oyster mushrooms served with artichoke purée, yellow tomato béarnaise, and kelp caviar. Another menu standout is the Seafood Tower, a seasonal offering comprised of hearts of palm calamari, smoked carrot lox, oyster mushrooms Rockefeller, and more.

“Crossroads’ crispy and creamy Artichoke Oysters prove that a delicious dinner can serve up seaside flavor while leaving sea life in peace,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the restaurants on PETA’s list are dishing up mouthwatering animal-free seafood that’s sure to have diners catching—and riding—the vegan wave.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that crustaceans and other sea animals feel pain, yet live lobsters are dropped into boiling water, crabs are dismembered while still conscious, and fish are gutted on the decks of fishing boats. And because fish absorb contamination from the water in which they live, their flesh is laced with toxins, such as mercury, lead, arsenic, PCBs, pesticides, and even industrial-strength fire retardant. Every person who goes vegan prevents nearly 200 animals a year—including fish and other marine life who are hauled out of the sea and left to bleed to death or suffocate on the decks of fishing boats—from being abused and slaughtered.

Rounding out PETA’s list—in no particular order—are dishes from Detroit Vegan Soul; 3 Brothers Vegan Cafe on Long Island, New York; Imagine Vegan Cafe in Memphis, Tennessee; Sailor Jack’s Snack Shack in Kansas City, Missouri; The Land of Kush in Baltimore; Vegan House in Phoenix; The Owlery Restaurant in Bloomington, Indiana; Seed in New Orleans; and The Grange in Providence, Rhode Island.

PETA offers a variety of recipes for delicious vegan seafood dishes on its website as well as a vegan starter kit full of recipes, tips on dining out, and more. For more information, please visit or click here.

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“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind