Crossroads of LA’s best vegan restaurants expands to Calabasas to keep pace with the Kardashians

This fall, Los Angeles hotspot Crossroads Kitchen will open a new location in Calabasas, a city known for its famous residents. When it opens, Crossroads will be the first plant-based restaurant inside The Commons in Calabasas, a sprawling 215,000 square foot Mediterranean-inspired outdoor retail and entertainment complex operated by Caruso.

Celebrity chef Tal Ronnen, former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, opened Crossroads on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood in 2013. The plant-based restaurant is a pioneer in upscale vegan cuisine and is known for its signature dishes such as artichoke “oysters” topped with kelp caviar, oven-roasted truffle potatoes and creamy spaghetti carbonara. Calabasas’ menu will take inspiration from its location in Melrose with dishes such as stuffed zucchini blossoms, beet tartare and homemade pastas such as tagliatelle bolognese and fettuccine and truffles.

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Since opening its flagship in West Hollywood, Crossroads has gained massive stardom with top guests such as Beyoncé, Lizzo and at least one Kardashian. The expansion to Calabasas will bring Crossroads’ coveted cuisine closer to its celebrity guests.

“We have had many guests over the years suggesting that we open [in Calabasas] and a spot became available that we really liked,” Ronnen told VegNews. “We will have a private dining room available for anyone who wishes to book it.” This unique dining area spans an open-air patio and its glass walls become opaque at the flick of a switch, a perfect feature for guests who wish to maintain a certain level of privacy.

Carrefour, Calabasas and the Kardashians

While Crossroads already attracts a celebrity clientele to its original location, its Calabasas outpost is sure to attract celebrity residents, as the Kardashian/Jenner family, whose members have been hopping on and off the factory-based train for decades years, call the city home.

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Kim Kardashian started her plant-based journey in 2019 when she announced that she would only eat plants at home. The 41-year-old artist and entrepreneur has decided to embrace a plant-based diet full-time in 2021. Last May, Kardashian teamed up with Beyond Meat to host a cooking demo, sharing a recipe for her tacos herbal favorites, while her sister Kourtney Kardashian’s second annual Poosh Your Wellness festival.

Similarly, Kourtney Kardashian said she was “95% vegan” last year when she started dating her longtime friend, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, who has been a vegetarian since l 13 years old and went vegan shortly after surviving a catastrophic plane crash in 2009.

And while the sisters tried to follow a plant-based diet, the new season of keeping up with the Kardashians shows that they still regularly consume products of animal origin. However, having a Carrefour in their neighborhood could help them become vegan for good.

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Crossroads Brings Vegan Gourmet Food to Las Vegas

For Barker, a Crossroads partner, the Calabasas restaurant expansion comes just after he and Kourney Kardashian fled to Las Vegas, where two Crossroads outposts are in the works. Before Crossroads comes to Calabasas, it will open its first out-of-state location on the Las Vegas Strip inside Resorts World Las Vegas. This location will feature classic dishes made popular at its flagship location as well as specialty menu items designed to wow the resort’s varied visitors. In addition to the upscale restaurant inside the resort, the team will open CB/Crossroads Burgers, a casual outpost focused on homemade sausages, burgers, fries and shakes that can be eaten in or taken out. .

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Once Crossroads opens this outpost this spring, it will officially become the Las Vegas Strip’s first upscale vegan restaurant. “When we opened nine years ago on Melrose, there wasn’t even a plant-based restaurant in LA that had a full bar,” Ronnen said. “It’s encouraging to see so many new restaurants opening in this space and exciting to see what Eleven Madison Park (a foodie giant who switched to a plant-based menu last year) and other people are doing to elevate plant-based cuisine.”

The Crossroads expansion is being spearheaded by Ronnen, Executive Chef Paul Zlatos and Chief Operating Officer Brad Brown and together Ronnen is confident the team will “help ensure that all three restaurants are well-oiled machines”. Over the years, Crossroads has won numerous accolades and most recently was voted “Best Fine Dining Restaurant” in the 2022 VegNews Veggie Awards.

For more on Crossroads, read:
Crossroads Kitchen reopens as vegan pizza pop-up
Why Hollywood’s Hottest Celebrity Restaurant Is Vegan
The Las Vegas Strip gets its first gourmet vegan restaurant

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