Welcome to Crossroads at the House of Blues! Located on the world renowned Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Come in and enjoy a southern inspired menu ... More
Crossroads at House of Blues - Los Angeles
Welcome to Crossroads at the House of Blues! Located on the world renowned Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Come in and enjoy a southern inspired menu with a twist created by Food Network Star Aaron Sanchez. Enjoy live music, internationally recognized folk art, our southern hospitality and an amazing culinary experience. Where food, music and art feed the soul!
my Husband and myself went to Crossroads April 6th 2013 had our car valet and went to watch a band that was playing then after all was finished we went out to retrieve our car and handed valet retrieval card to get our car and WE waited over 30 mins to get our car after others after us got their car in a few mins. We asked The attendant there how much longer will it be to get our car after we had been waiting for about 20 mins and he said that we just turned in our ticket and that was not the case we were checking to see what the hold up was and not to mention they took our car and went curb hopping because when we got it back all items from the dash was on the floor of the car. food and service was great inside,but this experience with valet was a POOR Example of valet parking that we have ever had! BAD BAD BAD for your club that it takes over 30 mins to cet your car and the attendant basically tells you that you are lying What a JOKE the poor guy lost a tip because of this BS! the 1 star rating is based mainly on the valet parking if I could I would give a 0 rating but it wont allow that BUT the Restaurant and service inside is a 5 rate WTG restaurant
The restaurant was fine. Menu options were standard and prices was very reasonable. What I liked most is that drinks at the bar are half price before 6 p.m. Drinks in the restaurant were not - I recommend buying drinks at the bar and bringing them to your table if your are dining in.
I attended a show afterwards and disliked that security didn't begin letting anyone to enter the concert area until over an hour after the show was supposed to start. Also, once inside everyone had to wait another thirty minutes before the show started. I paid extra for VIP seating - it would've been nice if we got a discount on drinks/food that was order. Also, the rules say that camera's are not allowed - somehow, many people were able to get them pass security.
Getting there/parking -
This HOB venue is off Hwy. 101, in Hollywood. Parking on Sunset Strip is at a premium; I self-parked for $10 in a lot across the street, by the Comedy Store. The HOB also has $10 valet parking but I have heard complaints about the long wait for one's car after concerts. Walked across and down the rather steep hill around the corner to the box office, paid about $40 for my ticket, then walked down into the parking lot (their Porch restaurant and VIP rooms are on the upper street level). Got there about 20 mins. early and waited by the big double doors - didn't seem to be a big line this early autumn Sunday...
Seating/the Buffet -
The doors opened a bit after 1pm. There's a sign showing the venue capacity at about 230 - when everybody arrived it seemed about 2/3 full. I was shown to a rickety folding chair seat at the end of a long table behind the salad station (I kid you not - I could probably reach for a shrimp!) but it had a good sideline view of the stage. The buffet seemed standard fare for a brunch but not remarkable. Self-serve coffee/tea, couple of omelet stations, plus the usual breakfast, salad, hot dishes, carving station, bagels, muffins and other desserts. A waiter offered soft drinks but brought me water when I asked. There were only a few Southern dishes - biscuits/gravy, grits, chicken, mac/cheese - I expected more. The best dessert was the bread pudding. I tried a bit of the jambalaya, but like much of the food, it was nothing special.
The Entertainment -
After recorded gospel/jazz music with the buffet, the curtain went up and the live concert started at 1:45pm. The volume also went up; there seemed to be an imbalance of the mix out to the house that made the bass way too heavy, at the expense of the keyboards and the backup vocals (lead vocals were fine). That was improved about halfway through the hourlong show.
If you want authentic Gospel music, may I suggest you check out one of the larger urban churches in the LA area, say, West Angeles COGIC. You must understand that this is a show put on for tourists, having a similar relationship to real Gospel that a Luau at a hotel in Hawaii has to native Hawaiian culture. There was a lady in white costume and hat like on their Web page sharing lead with the male choir director, about eight backup singers who also did solos, and a five-piece band - keyboards, guitar, bass, drums.
They began with CAN'T NOBODY DO ME LIKE JESUS and went on from there, doing several R+B hits like WE ARE FAMILY with gospelized lyrics, and also some rap-like efforts (no Kirk Franklin, though!) and more well-known standards like O HAPPY DAY. All the tunes were uptempo, with frequent exhortations to say 'yeah', 'hallelujah', sing, and to wave our napkins in the air. There were also the usual birthday/anniversary/celebration kind of recognitions as well as a reminder to tip our servers (it's self-serve except for bar/soft drink beverages and bussing our plates during the show, so I left $5)
On this day there was also a visiting gospel choir from Japan - about 20-25 people who shared the stage with the local performers for the first couple of numbers and a few toward the end. The oddest moment had to be when this group performed a Japanese children's rhyme with koto and bamboo flute. Perhaps the most moving was after that, when the Japanese choir director was introduced and she expressed her love for Gospel (and God)...
The atmosphere was hip without being trendy. It stays crowded so and I am not sure you can always make a reservation. The food was good but the bar was voted best amongst friends. Perfect before a concert for a light appetizer and a drink because the concerts held there are standing room only.!
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