There's no shortage of lunch spots on the busy streets of downtown Clayton but for a quick and healthy meal, your options are more limited. Enter Wicked Greenz. The fast-casual eatery opened its doors at the end of September in the former home of Bocci Wine Bar. It offers (and delivers) chef-made salads either "bowled" in the traditional style or "rolled" into a tortilla. Each leafy combination is then paired with a recommended protein and housemade dressing. The concept comes from Chris Sedlak and Matt Ratz, both previously of Jimmy John's management and franchising, and Justin Haifley, co-owner and chef.
Sedlak believes the concept is fitting for those with busy schedules that hinder workouts and healthy eating - something he experienced himself. "I'd wind up getting McDonald's or pizza," he says. "You get frustrated because you don't have a quick, healthy option that you know is going to taste good." On your next visit, try the Mexicali, topped with black beans, red onion, sweet corn, cilantro, pico de gallo, pepper Jack cheese, crispy tortilla strips, avocado-lime crema and a charred tomato vinaigrette. (Blackened chicken is the recommended protein.) Look out for a location in O'Fallon, Missouri, slated to open in late spring or early summer, as well as outposts in Maryland Heights, Missouri, and West County coming soon.
Written by Sarah Kloepple. Photography by Jacklyn Meyer. This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.