Crossroads is a great resort world restaurant that just so happens to be vegan

Chef Tal Ronnen made a huge impact on dining on the Las Vegas Strip more than a decade ago when he designed vegan menus for many restaurants in Wynn and Encore. This collaboration helped launch a trend to expand vegan options at other fine dining venues in more advanced casinos and restaurants in various neighborhoods.

While more vegetarian and vegan restaurants have mushroomed across the valley in the past decade, there has only been one all-vegetarian restaurant to open since then, the casual Truth & Tonic Cafe in Venetian. Now it’s Ronnen again, working with chef Paul Zlatos and Resorts World, who brought to the Strip the first all-plant-based fine dining destination, Mediterranean-inspired Crossroads and Italian from Los Angeles.

Located close to the Resorts World scene, Crossroads is not promoted as a vegetarian restaurant within the new resort. There is a small café space out front that operates by the name of Crossroads Burger (CB), serving home-made sausages, veggies, burgers and chicken nuggets. And the larger restaurant inside looks like a classic steakhouse or Italian restaurant, secluded from the action on the floor and adorned with chandeliers, rich wood tones, and even a gorgeous picture of David Bowie.

The menu is easy to navigate, with appetizers, salads, pastas, pizza, main dishes, and sides, and no dish here feels mysterious or elaborate. New creations for summer include Watermelon Salad ($16) with heirloom cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, and pistachios; Creamy Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms ($17); and sliced ​​eggplant ($24) with mashed potatoes, chanterelle mushrooms and bordelaise sauce.

Appetizers are particularly innovative at Crossroads. There’s a caviar-and-chips version with French onion dipping ($16) and foie gras ($18) made with chestnuts and served with cabernet d’Amigles and grilled sourdough bread, but everyone orders the impossible cigar ($16), crunchy tubes filled with imitation meat. Unlike some of the city’s meat-free restaurants, Crossroads doesn’t focus on repeating animal protein; This kitchen only cooks delicious food and uses alternative proteins only when necessary.

There’s no understated decadence in pasta dishes, especially not with tagliatelle bolognese ($27) and rich ragu layers all over the perfect pasta. Next time we want to try bucatini con nduja to see what you can do to create a meat-free version of this funky spread of salami.

Hummus Marsala ($20) is stocked with a familiar flavor and served on a delightful polenta, reaching the height of lightness and satisfaction. If these plates don’t reset your appetite, the Chocolate Crunch Bar ($14) might do the trick, like a great dessert you’ll find anywhere on the Strip.

Crossroads Resorts World, 702-676-7978, rwlasvegas.com. Sunday – Thursday, 5-10 pm; Friday and Saturday, 5-11 pm

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