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Brunch with a Conscience

While you’re scratching your head to find a good brunch you’ve never been to for this weekend, consider one that makes you feel a little less guilty.

Crossroads by Chef Tal Ronnen on Melrose Avenue in Santa Monica offers vegan alternatives to your favorite brunch items, and I dare you taste the difference!

The Bloody Mary Cart

Sunday isn’t proper without a Bloody Mary, and at Crossroads they are made table-side with about every pickled substance you can imagine.

Bloody Mary Cart

Chicken and Waffles

A perfect blend of sweet and savory, and with “chicken” that tastes just like the real thing, served with a maple hot sauce, instead of just plain syrup.

chicken and waffles

Oven Roasted Herb Fingerling Potatoes 

Oh and did I mention they’re gluten free?


Crossroads Benedict 

If Chicken and Waffles are too sweet for you, then head to the savory side of the street with some Eggs Benny. Made with herb chickpea panisse and shitake bacon tomato hollandaise, they are another example of some expert wizardry in the kitchen by executive chef Scot Jones.



Crossroads is breaking the glass ceiling of Vegan dining while simultaneously taking the upscale brunch scene by storm. While I won’t be giving up meat anytime soon, it’s good to know it can be done without sacrificing taste…just many tomatoes!



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