Los Angeles’ Crossroads Among Top Six Vegan Fine-Dining Picks in the U.S.

PETA Honors West Hollywood Hotspot for Delicious, Creative Plant-Based Fare

For Immediate Release:
June 15, 2015

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – As the demand for humane, healthy, and eco-friendly vegan food continues to skyrocket, creative and delicious plant-based dishes are popping up on fine-dining menus across the U.S. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—has narrowed down the ever-growing field of contenders to unveil its Top Six Vegan Fine-Dining Establishments, and Los Angeles’ Crossroads is one of the outstanding spots on the list.

Created by celebrated vegan chef Tal Ronnen, Crossroads’ Mediterranean-inspired salads and small plates are as creative as they are delicious. Favorites include the Spicy Meatball Flatbread—topped with vegan meatballs, Calabrese peppers, almond ricotta, and micro basil—and the Artichoke Oysters, crispy oyster mushrooms served with artichoke purée, yellow tomato béarnaise, and kelp caviar. Farm-to-glass cocktails and decadent desserts round out the menu.

“Every bite of the delicious small dishes at Crossroads brings out the subtle flavors that make plant-based dining an exquisite experience,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “All the fine-dining hotspots on PETA’s list have discovered new ways to satisfy diners’ appetites for meals that are as kind to animals as they are to the environment and people’s arteries.”

Each winner will receive a framed certificate. The other winners include Philadelphia’s Vedge, whose menu includes the smoky roasted Eggplant Braciole With Sicilian Salsa Verde, and Plant in Asheville, North Carolina, which serves up a sophisticated menu that includes the Wild Nettle Masala Uttapam. PETA’s other top picks include Ravens Restaurant in Mendocino, California, which features the Sea Palm & Root Vegetable Strudel; New York’s Candle 79, whose diners rave about the creamy Seitan Picatta; and Elizabeth’s Gone Raw in Washington, D.C., which offers an ever-changing menu at its one-night-a-week dining experience. Its past highlights include the Beet & Apple Ravioli.

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