By: Julia Harris
Crossroads on Melrose sits in the old Dolce space. I work just down the street from this place so I had been wanting to try it. I was excited because it is vegan, and although I am NOT vegan, I love Café Gratitude, and I’m always looking for healthy fare. I’ll just cut straight to the chase. Delicious food, but their serving sizes are teeny tiny (they are called “small plates”), and everything is small except the price. Steep prices for everything, including the drinks (which are also wonderful, but pricey).
We had the Lentil Flatbread with 3 seasonal spreads. I couldn’t really tell you what the spreads were, but oh were they oh-so-good! We also shared the “crab cakes” and risotto stuffed banana pepper. Everything was delicious, but again, SMALL portions and steep prices. At least at Café Gratitude you get a lot of food for the prices they charge. For dessert we had the Chocolate Ganache Tartlet, and after splitting it in half, we each had exactly one bite. ONE BITE!
We ended up sitting at the bar because, while waiting for our table, we realized the bartender was more fun (and cute!). He recommended something named after Willie Nelson – can’t remember the name of it right now, but we both ordered it, and it was remarkably wonderful. But again, not a lot of bang for your buck.
We valeted the car, and when we got out of the restaurant, we realized they just park your car on the street, and charge $8.
I'm glad I checked it out, but you shouldn't feel the need to do the same. Seriously. Go down the street to Café Gratitude if you want a nice vegan meal. They know what they're doing.
Julia works in the legal department of a major studio. She enjoys eating, drinking, and eating and drinking at the same time. Due to her love of all things food she is constantly looking for amazing new restaurants and bars in the greater Los Angeles area so that she can force her friends to go out with her and pretend that we’re all big shots.
She is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Los Angeles Bar Association, and the Love Justine fan club.